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Chelsea Hotel Group Testimony Final

Chelsea Hotel Group Testimony Final

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Protect the Hotel Chelsea
Testimony to the New York City Landmarks Preservation CommissionRegarding Hotel Chelsea byUnited States Representative Jerrold NadlerCity Council Speaker Christine C. QuinnManhattan Borough President Scott M. StringerState Senator Thomas K. Duane andAssembly Member Richard N. GottfriedTuesday, April 10, 2012Good afternoon Chair Tierney and Commissioners. This is the testimony of United States Representative Jerrold Nadler, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn,Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, State Senator Thomas K. Duane, andAssembly Member Richard N. Gottfried, whose districts include the Hotel Chelsea,located at 222 West 23rd Street, which the Commission is reviewing today. Thank youfor the opportunity to submit testimony.The Hotel Chelsea has been an architectural and cultural beacon in New York City since it was built in 1883. It opened as New York’s first private cooperativeapartment building and later evolved into a home and gathering place for luminaries inthe visual, performing, and literary arts. The grandeur of its Queen Anne Revival andVictorian Gothic architecture matches the stature of many of the hotel’s residents andguests.The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) designated the Hotel Chelsea asa New York City landmark in 1966, one year after the creation of the commission.Considering the stock of buildings in New York City, this speaks to the building’s top-tier standing in architectural and cultural significance in New York City. At the time of designation, the Commission found that the Hotel Chelsea had a unique array of featureslike the flower ornament iron balconies, the pyramid style roof, and the enlarged brick chimneys. The Hotel Chelsea was also a pioneer in having one of the first duplexapartments and penthouses in New York City. In 1977, the Hotel Chelsea was listed onthe National Register of Historic Places.We are strongly opposed to the applicant’s proposed 3,800 square foot rooftopaddition for commercial use on the north side of the building which abuts existing,occupied roof-level apartments. The proposed materials of stucco, aluminum, and glassare not contextual with the original façade, the rooftop’s brick masonry, and the slatecladding, all of which will be obstructed or obliterated by this addition. Moreover, the

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