Bye Bye Gershwin Hotel?

Categories: New York

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The Gershwin is the funky, arty hotel at 7 E. 27th Street, where the atmosphere is experimental and cultural--simultaneously avant garde and rich in history--and the event space hosts many a Warhol-themed bash.

Well, a source claims that on December 15, the Warhol party there will be the last one!

Says the snitch, the hotel has been sold and will be turned into something that makes more cash.

(A Chipotle?)

I pray it isn't true since we need a hotel with aspirations rather than ass-y pretensions.

I will tell you what the place's reps say when they get back to me in, you know, 15 minutes.


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arochard
arochard

This makes me so sad. I used to be nuts about NYC and the Gershwin was part of that reason. From the first time I stayed there in 1998. I've felt like it's the only place I could stay at to feel like I'm in NYC (visits to other hotels just didn't do it for me) The last few visits for me to Manhattan have been underwhelming to say the least and it's stuff like this that makes it worse. I suppose it's like the Disneyfying of Times Square -a longtime visitor from Toronto.

rjbnyc1
rjbnyc1

New York is more rapidly than not becoming like a strip mall in Florida. Maybe they will put in an all you can eat restaurant there. All they care about is of course $$$. What is this city going to be without an underground art scene where the rest of the world looks to and gets it's cues. New York City has always been where nearly everything starts, but how can artists afford to keep this town the number one center of culture in the world, if they cannot afford to live here and all our venues are being taken away, because Gloomberg and his developer cronies put more value on their almighty dollar and have no regard for what has really made this place the best city in the world. Neke Carson a great talent has been bringing us incredible acts for over a decade at the Gershwin Hotel which is pretty much one of the very few spots, if not the last one where New York City's fading underground scene and it's artists have to keep the city's arts fresh and alive. In the words of the great singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell " Don't it always seems to go that you don't know what you got till it's gone they paved paradise and put up a parking lot" or a Starbucks or a 7/11 or another luxury high-rise. How pathetic.

whizzbang8
whizzbang8

Neke Carson did a fabulous job presenting shows there for 12 years. Made so many things possible, really nurtured the artists community. There is no replacement venue. Where else could you see a World War 1 in 3-D show with Theremin accompaniment this thursday at Eight ?

 

RobertAllenFirth
RobertAllenFirth

The photo looks like a still out of an ancient Warhol movie, "3 Johns Waiting for Their Clients."

blissbaby
blissbaby

Yes, NYC has the same chains as everyone else. Chain chain chain....

exackerly
exackerly

New York has Chipotles? Good Lord, why would anybody go there when you have so many actual taquerias? I can understand it here in Iowa, but even here the (Obama-voting) Mexican population has risen to the point where you can usually find at least a catering truck.

suburbanoinker
suburbanoinker

This kind of thing is becoming more and more of a sad inevitability in NYC, unfortunately.

blissbaby
blissbaby

I've passed by it a million times and was never sure what it was. Now I know. hope it stays around because NYC needs it.

SavannahMontgomery
SavannahMontgomery

 @exackerly yeah we got them too...but, the chains have taken over.  Plus, the tourists "love" a piece of the familiar.not the "Mexicans speaking 'mexican' places...and Chipotles can afford to be where office folk are at lunchtime.A lot of the "chains" Ruby Tuesdays, Applebe's etc...we didn't know about till we went home for the holidays...."fine dining" there!

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