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Balazs Gets Nod for Liquor Transfer at Cooper Square Hotel

balazsNick DeSantis

Famed hotelier André Balazs was rewarded for his cameo at Community Board 3’s SLA Committee meeting last night, as the group voted unanimously to support his application to transfer the Cooper Square Hotel’s liquor license to his name.

Mr. Balazs’s high-profile establishments – the Mercer Hotel in Soho and the Standard in the meatpacking district – are magnets for celebrities. His Cooper Square Hotel takeover raised questions that the party atmosphere of the Boom Boom Room (his nightclub in the Standard) could soon migrate to the East Village. But Mr. Balazs ameliorated those fears by addressing residents directly. Read more…

Hip Designers Sell Their Digs

Ever wonder how the designers of stylish spots like The Breslin, The Dutch, and The Standard’s 18th floor bar outfit their own apartment? A listing posted on Curbed offers up the “famous” 25 East 4th Street loft belonging to Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, better known to interior design hounds as Roman and Williams. Two bedrooms (and the furniture!) can be yours for $3.5 million.