… Despite the concerns, Boerum Hill will actually get new shops. The Hendrik will have
retail, as will The Nevins — a 73-unit project with interiors by Andres Escobar at 319
Schermerhorn St. that begins sales this spring from $550,000.
The neighborhood’s hip offerings include Clover Club, which is a popular cocktail bar, while
those in need of a bite can go to Shelsky’s — an old-school delicatessen that opened in 2011.
For games and concerts, Barclays Center at the neighborhood’s fringes draws ticketholders from
all over the city. Developers agree there’s more room for retail — which will clearly be needed to serve the area’s new residents. The HUB, a towering 56-story, 750-unit rental property at 333 Schermerhorn
St., where 20 percent of apartments will be affordable, launches leasing in July and will
bring even more people to Boerum Hill when move-ins begin this fall.
“It’s going to be a real 24-hour neighborhood,” says HUB developer Doug Steiner. “And I think
that’s an absolute positive.”
The opening of the Holiday Inn in Downtown Brooklyn, New York marks a departure from the brand’s traditional look, greeting guests with edgy designs from Andres Escobar and his firm Escobar Design by Lemay. Located near the Barclays Center, Brooklyn Navy Yard, and Metro Tech, the 14-story, 245-guestroom hotel is designed to accommodate a wide range of travelers.
“It was important that the design reflects the area’s exciting transformation. From the moment guests walk through the front doors, we want them to be delighted by the glamour of the hotel, as well as its comfort,” says Escobar.
The entryway makes an immediate impact thanks to a full-height water feature and custom-designed Brooklyn Bridge mosaic mural. Natural walnut walls and macchiato quartz floors grace the lobby, and a chrome and bronze metal grid detail in the reception area also appears in the elevator interiors. Multiple prism-shaped pendant crystal chandeliers refract light throughout the level, and a fully landscaped greenhouse is located adjacent to the lobby, with a partially shaded atrium. A dark azure pool, equipped with a waterfall and glass wall, overlooks the hotel’s fitness center.
The Holiday Inn Downtown Brooklyn, an IHG hotel operated by NY Hotel Management, marks the first of Escobar’s five hotel projects in New York this year. Other 2016 projects include the first of two hotels in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, a Marriott Courtyard, and a new ALOFT location.
Andres Escobar, regarded as one of New York’s most prolific and influential interior designers specializing in luxury residential and hotel development in New York City, will be the latest subject of Michael Stoler’s acclaimed profile series Building New York: New York Stories. The show is scheduled to debut Monday, April 25, 2016 at 10:30 p.m. on CUNY-TV (TWC Channel 75; Verizon/Fios Channel 30) with eight additional broadcasts in New York all week. The 30-minute profile covers Mr. Escobar’s rise to fame, personal background and recent merger with one of Canada’s leading architectural design firms, Lemay. In addition, he describes some of his newest projects, of which 15 are currently under development in New York City.
It was a wonderful surprise to be invited on the show,” says Mr. Escobar. “Several of my clients have been profiled and I’ve always admired Michael’s skill as an interviewer. Now I know firsthand how skilled he is at making his guests feel at ease!”
Having made his mark in New York for nearly 20 years with distinct and daring design, Mr. Escobar joins a pantheon of prominent personalities on the show who have made their own impact on real estate, theatre, government, hospitality and healthcare in the city. Over the years, Building New York: New York Stories has profiled many of the people who have literally shaped the city, such as Larry Silverstein, Stephen Ross and Steven Witkoff, as well as revered restaurateurs and chefs such as Danny Meyer, Drew Nieporent and Eric Ripert; Broadway and television celebrities like Richard Kind; supermarket mogul and mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis; and former NYFD Commissioner Thomas Van Essen, among others.
Putting his own imprimatur on the New York landscape, Mr. Escobar is working on or finishing nine residential projects, including Queens Plaza Park, slated to be the tallest residential tower in Queens and 532 Neptune Avenue, 222 East 44th Street and 56 Fulton Street, 505 West 43rd Street, 237 East 34th Street, Five Franklin Place, 300 Schermerhorn and 357 East 17thStreet; and one in Hoboken, NJ.
In addition, he has recently designed five new hotels.
Mr. Escobar’s project roster in New York also includes the redesign and renovation of two Upper East Side, mid-century apartment buildings owned by the Chetrit Group and Stellar Management and containing more than 800 units. He is additionally working on two circa 2001 luxury rental buildings in Midtown, respectively owned by The Torkian Group and Gaia Real Estate.
Since merging with Montreal-based architecture and design firm Lemay in December 2015, Mr. Escobar has been expanding his own interior design practice. As Partner, Design Principal and Creative Director of Escobar Design by Lemay, he now has access to an award-winning group of architects, planners, landscape architects, designers, and engineers for future projects.