Duffield Street Hotel Double-Shot Revealed

With all the controversy swirling around the Underground Railroad houses on the east side of Duffield Street, we thought it would be interesting to check in on what’s going on the west side of the street. One word: Hotel. Two, actually. As has been briefly mentioned in various places over the past few months, the Lam Group is planning two side-by-side hotels that will add a combined 500 rooms to the boroughs inventory. On the left will be a 320-room full-service Sheraton; on the right, a 180-room Aloft hotel. Both buildings are designed by Gene Kaufman Architect and will be 24-stories high for a total square footage of 200,000. GMAP P*Shark DOB
NYC Sees Wave Of New Midprice Hotels [BTonline]

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  • Too bad that Brooklyn is now being afflicted by this sort of ugly crap. Lam has built dozens of these tourist warehouses in Manhattan and they are a boil on the face on the city.

  • why don’t you buy some land and build something nicer, then??

    until that point, you can shut your hole.

    these hotels are good for brooklyn no matter how you cut it. and not nearly as bad as you claim.

  • some people are true real estate whores!

  • They sure are ugly, but the fact is Brooklyn needs the hotel rooms. In 20 years they’ll get a re-skin and not be so bad. Bring ’em on!

  • In response to anon 10:14, I do own land and I have built much nicer buildings.

    That said, I do not deny Mr. Lam the right to build anything he wants as long as he is building to code and within the allowable zoning. I simply think that a developer would have some pride in what he builds and would not build the cheapest possible structures that add nothing to the quality of the environment of our city.

    Luckly, this is not the only way to make a buck and there is plently of new construction in both Brooklyn and Manhattan that is both good for the economy (more jobs, tourists, etc.) and is not so butt ugly.

  • Repugnant. What year is this again? If NY had the same architectural standards, or dignity, it had in the early 20th century Gene Kaufmann would have been run out of town.

    More, I don’t understand the defense for these people. Those buildings are ugly because the architect is not talented enough to design something attractive, appealing and innovative while working with a modest budget and the developers don’t have the slightest understanding of the importance of good architecture and urban design. PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

    Even sadder is to think of how many eager young architects out there that don’t get beautiful work built because slimy developers almost work exclusively with hack architects.

    Insert lesson from Europe here.

  • Looks like a Hostess factory, maybe Crackerjacks.

  • i thought a lot of the other projects on the website looked above average.

    i didn’t see this one, however. maybe i just missed it.

    if you’re simply going by the above rendering which doesn’t really show much, i’m not sure how you can make such adamant remarks.

  • There’s no architecture there, it is just value engineering. The most mass for the least cost.

  • I wonder too if critics are basing all their clever remarks on this one little picture. I checked out their website and don’t find it.
    To me the pic is too little and reveals too little to even have an inkling of what will look like…alone or in context.
    I think the point of commentors is to be the most clever and most cutting and what building really will look like makes no difference. And those goes for 90% of postings.

  • why is it ever necessary to say “shut your hole” to another poster on this site?

  • There’s no pleasing you guys. You hate everything. You live to complain. Sad and pathetic.

  • That area has lots of good transit access, plenty of cabs and a few existing parking garages. Why do they need to build another one? Plenty of hotels in the city do just fine without a garage.

  • I don’t mind a tall hotel tower there, but these buildings are too ugly!

  • I know if the participants of this blog all got together surely the Sistine Chapel II would be in its place.

  • Actually, the criticism of this architect is wholly appropriate and without any bearing on his renderings. Look at renderings of older projects and you will see that, in every case, the constructed building is even worse than anticipated. Want proof? Look at his Hampton Inn on West 24th Street or his new hotels going up on in the West 20’s & 30’s west of 6th Avenue. This guy has absolutely no aesthetic skills and to defend the design reveals a real ignorance of what the art “architecture” is all about.

    The Lam Group has every right to build, but this kind of newly constructed blight needs to be reeled in. There needs to be an architectural review board to ensure that new buildings – particularly in a new development zone – meet minimal aesthetic standards.

    Look at Jersey City and then look at Brooklyn. It is astonishing that a borough that has the incredible architecture of Court Street is seeing its next boom phase populated with this stuff that offends the senses on every level.