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This Week: Two More Hyatt Hotels in the Pipeline, Queens Development Reopens for Bids

April 24, 2009, 11:55 AM EDT

The Queens complex originally proposed by Delaware North Companies included dedicated meeting and event space as well as a casino.

Rendering: Courtesy of Delaware North Companies

  • The slump in demand for celebrity architects such as Frank Gehry is good news for small public projects like the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., which are now seeing bids from high-profile firms. [NYT]
  • Hyatt will open two more hotels in Manhattan in the next year, including a 42-story tower on Wall Street. [GlobeSt]
  • The Brooklyn Museum appears to be experiencing financial problems and has reduced salaries, canceled an exhibition, and undertaken a range of other cost-cutting measures. [Brooklyn Paper]
  • After Delaware North Companies failed to raise the $370 million payment for the Aqueduct Racetrack project last month, the state has reopened the call for proposals to develop a 328,000-square-foot complex. [GlobeSt]
  • Now that the redevelopment of the Donnell branch of the New York Public Library into an 11-story hotel with a state-of-the-art library is unlikely to happen, its Midtown neighbors are bitter. [NYT]
  • The former Biltmore Room space will reopen next month as a lounge called the Gates. [NYMag]
  • Approval from the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday has paved the way for the construction of DumboSpace, a performance venue operated by nonprofit Little Feather Works. [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
  • British publication Restaurant magazine announced its 2009 list of the world's 50 best restaurants, which includes Per Se, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, and Momofuku Ssam Bar. [Bloomberg]
  • At the new stadiums for the Yankees and the Mets, the higher priced seats are going empty, possibly due to the economy's affect on consumer and corporate spending. [NYT]
  • Frank Bruni delivers a two-for-one review on two Spanish newcomers, La Fonda del Sol and Txikito, awarding the former with a two-star rating and praise for its lunchtime offerings and maintaining that “a terrific meal is definitely a possibility” at the latter. [NYT]
  • According to Danyelle Freeman, “there's nothing civilized or subdued about dinner at Fatty Crab [on the Upper West Side], which is exactly what makes it so fun.” [NYDN]
  • There's very little praise to be found in Steve Cuozzo's review of the Graydon Carter-operated Monkey Bar, where the critic argues that “for a place supposedly trying to be more of a real restaurant than Waverly [Inn], the food shouldn't be this lousy.” [NYP]
  • Ryan Sutton weighs in on Citi Field, claiming “a ticket to the new stadium in Flushing might be the quickest path to one of the city’s best burgers.” [Bloomberg]

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