The Community Board 2 Landmarks Committee will be hearing an application by Restoration Hardware to build a two-story rooftop addition on top of 55 Gansevoort Street, directly across the street from Aurora Capital’s massive Gansevoort project, this coming Thursday:
Thursday, July 14, 6:30 PM
NYU Silver Building, 32 Waverly Place, Room 520
(near the Northeast corner of Washington Sq. Park)
Restoration Hardware is planning to open a boutique hotel at 55 Gansevoort to complement the flagship store they are building at the old Pastis site at 9-19th Ninth Avenue, which they have leased from Aurora Capital.
This addition is very large, and very visible both from Gansevoort Plaza, from Washington Street, and from the High Line. CB2 should recommend rejection of the application, or at least recommend that the addition be significantly reduced in size and visibility.
Once again, there is a James Capolino connection. Aurora Capital was represented by lobbyist James Capolino when they got Landmarks permission for the huge addition on top of the old Pastis building which will be the site of the Restoration Hardware store, and Aurora’s massive Gansevoort project is also represented by Capolino.