What Are the Odds Rainbow Room Gets Landmarked Next Week?
Jotham Sederstrom Sept. 6, 2012, 7 a.m.
It was the velvet drapes, crystal chandeliers and one-of-a-kind revolving dance floor that first drew Manhattan’s upper crust to the Rainbow Room when it opened in 1934, and it may be those same Jacques Carlu-designed features that help immortalize it next week.
Indeed, a full four years after the glamorous Art Moderne restaurant and nightclub was shuttered amid a drawn-out feud between landlord Tishman Speyer and the Cipriani family, the Landmarks Preservation Commission is now set to consider the space for a rare interior landmark designation, which would simultaneously protect it from alterations by future tenants while arguably reducing the number of potential suitors for the 65th-floor space.
While all eyes will be on the Rainbow Room when officials meet September 11, The Commercial Observer will also be paying attention to a host of other landmarks issues tentatively scheduled for next week’s LPC docket. After the jump, we handicap the odds.