Opening of 22-Story ‘Joie de Vivre Hotel’ at 50 Bowery Delayed Until March
More than four years of bottlenecks, headaches, and desecrated city history for this.
Back in September, the public relations arm of Joie de Vivre Hotels flexed its muscle to let everyone know that it had finally arrived on the Bowery. A blinding fact (quite literally) that locals had known since before the 22-story glass building even rose from its pit at 50 Bowery. Now we learn that its initial rosy projections of a January 15 (2017) grand opening were recently dashed.
Hotel 50 Bowery is delayed another two months. At least. Probably because the development is still racing to finish its so-called punch list. According to fresh job listings for the lodge, and the official website, the latest projection is for a March debut, at which point it’ll cost near $300 per night to lodge here.
As previously reported, Chef Dale Talde and his partners at Three Kings Restaurant Group will operate an assemblage of three restaurants at the Joie de Vivre…
Rice & Gold
Contemporary Asian-American food served to more than 200 people. Includes outdoor seating within the property line, so not subject to DCA approval. The restaurant is operated by Talde in partnership with Commune, and has its own entrance north of the hotel lobby. Closes at 2am nightly.
Goldie’s (fka Green Lady)
Basement club/lounge that fits roughly 119 people. It’ll have live music and DJs most nights of the week, promoted events and with cover charge. Dance floor, too, which will require approval from the DCA for a Cabaret license. Full kitchen with dim-sum for snacks. It also has a dedicated entrance; closes 4am nightly.
Technically on the nineteenth floor, as the top levels are for mechanical equipment. This space also carries indoor and terrace components; closing times 4am and 2am respectively. There will be a hot dog cart for food, plus menu items from Rice & Gold downstairs. Periodic live performances as amenity in the lounge (i.e. no cover charge).
The so-called “Breezeway” on the second floor is the flexible whitebox space. It will house a semi-permanent exhibit (for 3 years) from the Museum of Chinese in America that includes historic artifacts discovered at the 50 Bowery project site.
Meanwhile, as the last of the construction materials are deposed and carted away from the project site, let’s not forget what was lost here.
Both developers and preservationists had previously tussled over architectural remains found at 50 Bowery. The latter believed the historic colonial-era Bull’s Head Tavern was beneath the project site; contractors also uncovered a cache of artifacts – bottles, plates, and oyster shells – that apparently date back over 150 years. However, there was still debate as to whether the tavern that George Washington frequented existed on this spot.