Hotel Indigo Opens, Long Nightmare Ends For Upper Orchard & Ludlow Streets

Hotel Ludlow Team Asks CB3 to Support Liquor License for Italian Restaurant

180 Ludlow Street.

As EV Grieve noted the other day, 180 Ludlow Street is beginning to look more like the hotel it’s destined to become with each passing week. The “Ludlow Hotel” site was stalled for many years before the team behind the Bowery Hotel, the Jane Hotel and many other Manhattan properties bought it two years ago for $25 million.  A week from tonight, they’ll ask Community Board 3’s SLA Committee to support their liquor license application for the 20-story hotel’s ground-floor restaurant.

The names listed on the application are Richard Born, Ira Druckier, Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson.  Some or all of the applicants are involved in some of the city’s most well-known hotels and restaurants, including the Maritime, the Mercer and aforementioned Bowery and Jane Hotels. Restaurants in their portfolio include The Park in West Chelsea, the Waverly Inn and B Bar in the East Village.

Rabbi’s Ruling Complicates 180 Ludlow Lawsuit

The long saga surrounding 180 Ludlow – one of the neighborhood’s most infamous stalled construction sites – is taking more strange turns.

Next month, attorneys for developer Serge Hoyda return to the Board of Standards and Appeals, seeking a variance — a request for an extension of time to complete a 20 story hotel. The troubled project has been an eyesore on Ludlow Street for four years.

This past month, Community Board 3 declined to support Hoyda’s application,  in part because he could not commit to hiring at least 20% local workers once the hotel opens for business.  But the setback at the community board appears to be the least of his problems.

It seems Hoyda is also having to fend off a lawsuit from Ira Yavarkovsky, whose family owned three parcels that make up the hotel development site.  The Yavarkovsky’s operated a paper products company at 180 Ludlow from 1898-2007. The suit claims Hoyda only made one payment of $1.67 million and, four years after the title was transferred, still owes almost $12 million.