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Envious of Le Très, Très, Très Bleu, Gowanus Holiday Inn Now Blue

February 19th, 2009 · 2 Comments

[Photo for GL by Steven Skollar]

WTF? First, Hotel Le Bleu was lit up in blue like a nighmare vision of a Latvian bordello designed by a Karl Fischer protege where they decided that the red and pink of Amsterdam is too gauche. And now? That is the m*therf*cking Holiday Inn Express on Union Street. That’s right friends. In a fit of what can only be jealousy (or perhaps an episode of psychedelic drug-induced insanity) the freaking Holiday Inn is now lit up in blue. It doesn’t appear the rooms have blue ights like Le Bleu, but still. (Attention City Planning: In rezoning Gowanus limit a single color to one hotel only. So, if Le Bleu has blue. Make Holiday Inn go pink. And Fairfiled Inn go purple. Etc. These are certainly heady days in our Gowanus Hotel District, which is what we call the area hit by the Gowanus Hotel Boom. Of course, where there is boom, there is bust and some of these rooms may be renting for $30 for three hours by Q4 2009 and all the lighting may be red, but that is putting the cart in front of the horse. The view down President Street, below, is especially interesting, because it shows the almost complete Super 8 on Third Avenue and the corridor where two hotels are planned. (Or might have been planned before, you know, the financial market hit those little bumps in the road back in September and October. Us, we never fail to laugh when we see tourists emerging from the Comfort Inn Brooklyn Bridge in Gowanus, look around and seem, well, a little surprised at our beloved Gowanus. We’d suggest yellow for the Comfort Inn or perhaps just tagging the whole place up.

Tags: Gowanus · Hotels

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sid from Brooklyn // Feb 19, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    You know the Blue light district has a certain aire about it. Does this mean you think the Empire State Building should be limited to one color? BTW zoning(city planning) doesn’t make light rules….only Landmarks…

  • 2 the big man // Feb 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Dont be a hater. It looks nice like a Miami Beach hotel does. and the Comfort Inn is now a Holiday Inn Express for over a month now. Holiday Inns colors are blue anyway. Would you rather it look like the beige shithouse it was or the way it is now?. At least its a reference point as you find your way home from drinking in the slope