Saturday, May 26, 2007

'Artsy' Hotels Underway on Duffield Street

Across the Street from Underground Railroad Houses, a Sheraton and a 'Hip' Hotel Bloom

In spite of the Underground Railroad scandal right across the street, construction is ongoing at the site of two new upscale, artsy and “hip” hotels in Downtown Brooklyn, on the now infamous Duffield Street.

We know that a Sheraton and another hotel are planned for the site, because the developer, John Lam of The Lam Group, told the Brooklyn Eagle all about it last year.

But we didn't know just how artsy the hotels were going to be. A recent walk-through revealed that even in this early stage, the developer has chosen the high road: a poster by Degas graces the construction fencing.

In spite of the good feelings produced by the Degas, a rendering posted by Brownstoner shows the hotels may not have the desired artsy effect. One Brownstoner correspondent went so far as to say the planned twins looked like "a Hostess factory, maybe Crackerjacks."

Not quite up to Degas.

Photos by MK Metz

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