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This Week: Flatiron Building Could Become Hotel, Nobu Project Stalled

January 30, 2009, 12:04 PM EST

Lehman Brothers plans to foreclose on the site where developer Ken Swig wants to construct Nobu Hotel and Residences.

Rendering: Courtesy of Nobu Hotel and Residences

  • The New Yorker's architectural critic, Paul Goldberger, took a look at the soon-to-reopen Alice Tully Hall and noted a glass-enclosed room where small receptions could be held. [NewYorker]
  • Italy's Sorgente Group bought a majority share in the Flatiron Building and plans to turn the 22-story landmark into a hotel. [NYDN]
  • Due to some issues with the Department of Health and Giuseppe Cipriani, downtown hotspot Socialista may remain closed. [NYP]
  • The developer of the proposed Nobu hotel-condo venture and bankrupt investment bank Lehman Brothers are locked in a legal battle, which could stall, if not kill, the project. [Crain's]
  • André Balazs is planning a nightclub and event space on the 18th floor of the Standard Hotel. [Curbed]
  • Daniel Boulud admits that he's “always loved beer,” which is what he'll be serving at his burger joint on the Bowery. [NYP]
  • Although the Cutting Room closed earlier this month, the owners may find a new spot for the music club. [Eater]
  • The owners of the Greenwich Hotel have snagged chef Andrew Carmellini to head up the kitchen of Ago, which will reopen in the spring with a new name. [NYT]
  • Noted restaurateur Keith McNally thinks “a bad economy will bring about more interesting restaurants” and that the James Beard Awards are “ludicrous.” [NYO]
  • Bar Martignetti has closed and will reopen in two weeks with an extra room and a new menu. [NYMag]
  • The newest property from the Thompson Hotel Group, Smyth Tribeca, is expected to open next Friday. [HotelChatter]
  • For The New York Post, Hudson Square—the western area of SoHo where the Trump SoHo is being constructed—is the next hot neighborhood. [NYP]
  • Chef Zak Pelaccio's Cabrito restaurant earns one star from Frank Bruni, who claims it is “a whole lot more than the bar-with-food it is sometimes cast as.” [NYT]
  • Adam Platt enjoys the food at 10 Downing, where chef Jason Neroni “seems to have found his balance,” and West Branch, Tom Valenti's “slightly more accessible, down-market version” of Ouest. [NYMag]
  • Steve Cuozzo debates the merits of three new restaurants that might survive the recession. [NYP]
  • Salumeria Rosi, a 25-seat eatery on the Upper West Side gets approval from Jay Cheshes, who alleges it's “the first New York market-restaurant that actually makes sense,” [TONY]

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