Sunday, September 25, 2005

Gap-toothed CPW

There's a rare perspective of Central Park South and environs to be had from about Broadway and 62nd these days, while work on Robert A.M. Stern's 15 Central Park West remains well below the scaffolding. It's kind of like the Mayflower Hotel was the baby tooth that fell out and the adult tooth is taking its time growing in -- in the most expensive mouth around, of course.

Oh, and someone should probably tell the people over at Yahoo! Travel that they're not taking any more reservations at the Mayflower. Also, click on one of the final reviews of that dearly departed rooming house: "This hotel gets 1 star because there is no way to give NO stars. We stayed here in Sept 2004. Rumor has it the place is being torn down. That might explain why the place is in the condition it is. But where to start. The shower pressure was great. Now that the [positives] are over: The shower pressure was great at the expense of the pressure needed to flush the toilet. The carpet throughout was worn and dirty. The furniture is old and stained. The 2 double beds were hard as rock and sat low to the floor. The [building's] lobby and elevators had no a/c and were very warm. On a warmer day, it would have been unbearable. The room had 2 [in-window] a/c that had seen ... better days. The elevators are small and slow. My advice would be spend a few dollars more or less and stay somewhere else. The location doesn't overcome the conditions."

The developers of 15CPW better be hoping the site isn't cursed.

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