Ron Castellano, Taavo Somer Partner in Jarmulowsky Hotel

Jarmulowsky Bank building, 54 Canal Street.

There’s been some talk in the past day or so about the future of the Jarmulowsky Bank building, the beautiful 1912 landmark at 54 Canal Street.  A spokesperson for the Ace Hotels knocked down rumors that the company was involved in a hotel conversion at this location.  Today a source with knowledge of the Jarmulowsky project tells The Lo-Down that the creative team consists solely of Ron Castellano, the developer of The Forward Building, and Taavo Somer, who’s behind Lower East Side restaurants Freemans and Peels.  The source said no national or regional hospitality company is involved; the hotel will be locally owned and operated.

Meeting Tonight to Discuss “Thompson LES” Noise

20090526_shangpool_560x240 This evening at 630pm there will be a community meeting to discuss complaints about late night noise from the Thompson LES Hotel on Allen Street. The hotel is home to the rooftop club "Above Allen" and the restaurant "Shang." The club features a rooftop swimming pool (see above).

Representatives from the hotel and the NYPD will be on hand to hear what people in the neighborhood have to say. Until the recession hit Manhattan, there was a boutique hotel building boom downtown. Rather than relying solely on booking guest rooms, the hotels became nightlife destinations — attracting big crowds and late night noise.

In a 2007 interview with the New York Sun, Thompson LES developer Michael Pomeranc downplayed the hotel's impact on its neighbors: "Since this will predominantly cater to people staying in the hotel, it will keep a serene atmosphere in the neighborhood." The meeting will be held in the Raphael Hernandez Community Room at 189 Allen.

Meeting Tonight to Discuss “Thompson LES” Noise

20090526_shangpool_560x240 This evening at 630pm there will be a community meeting to discuss complaints about late night noise from the Thompson LES Hotel on Allen Street. The hotel is home to the rooftop club "Above Allen" and the restaurant "Shang." The club features a rooftop swimming pool (see above).

Representatives from the hotel and the NYPD will be on hand to hear what people in the neighborhood have to say. Until the recession hit Manhattan, there was a boutique hotel building boom downtown. Rather than relying solely on booking guest rooms, the hotels became nightlife destinations — attracting big crowds and late night noise.

In a 2007 interview with the New York Sun, Thompson LES developer Michael Pomeranc downplayed the hotel's impact on its neighbors: "Since this will predominantly cater to people staying in the hotel, it will keep a serene atmosphere in the neighborhood." The meeting will be held in the Raphael Hernandez Community Room at 189 Allen.