Nu Hotel’s growing pains

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Overnight residents at the Nu Hotel on Smith Street are dealing with two unwanted guests: bus exhaust and unwanted guests.

That’s because a B61, B65 and B75 bus stop that had been relocated during construction of the boutique hotel was suddenly re-transplanted right in front of the lodge’s front door on the block between Atlantic Avenue and State Street.

“Why not keep it where it was?” asked Nu Hotel General Manager Bertrand Nelson, who not only deals with exhaust from buses, but also a procession of transit riders coming into his lobby to use the always-spotless bathrooms.

“People waiting for the bus come into our vestibule when it gets cold, and we can’t have that,” he said.

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Joe Chan lobbied the transit agency on the Nu Hotel’s behalf, claiming that his office was never told that the bus stop would move back to the hotel site.

“It’s a weird place for a bus stop,” Chan told The Brooklyn Paper at the Nu Hotel’s opening party last month. “For a guest’s first experience [to be] inhaling a bunch of bus fumes — it’s less than an ideal way for them to experience a morning in Downtown Brooklyn.”

Chan’s lobbying effort was rejected by New York City Transit, which said it prefers the Nu Hotel bus stop because it’s long enough to “easily accommodate two buses” and allows commuters to make an easy transfer to Atlantic Avenue buses.

Nelson, for his part, tries to remain optimistic.

Indeed, despite the buses, business at the new hotel is booming thanks to our devalued dollar — and our cheaper borough.

“Manhattan is so expensive that tourists come to Brooklyn, so the main thing my team has done is to make sure they know that this place is a destination,” he said.

That includes, of course, distracting guests from the bus fumes and instead pointing out that “Gossip Girl” are filming down the street.

And whenever guests notice perps being shuffled in and out of the Brooklyn House of Detention across the street, Nelson admits to a little poetic license.

“I tell them it’s an episode of ‘Law and Order,’” he said, flashing that mega-watt smile.

Updated 5:09 pm, July 9, 2018
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Sam from Boerum Hill says:
Its outrageous that they didn't know. The other bus stop said it was temporary. Its a transfer point for the Atlantic avenue bus. The buses are there for a few seconds. Unless you never road a bus or never were at Atlantic and Smith before construction you would have known. That's right you don't want poor people in your lobby--at least those who ride a bus. Good for the TA in not moving it.

Maybe you should put in detectors that will scan for a metrocard and if they the person has it not let them in.

Many hotels in Manhattan have bus stops in front of them.
Oct. 10, 2008, 9:05 am
b75 bus rider from downtown says:
Give me a break. The bus stop is north of atlantic - right in front of your precious lobby, where it has always been. the only thing that moved it wass the constrcution of your hotel! Yes, right across from the Brooklyn House of Detention (yes a jail) which you probably were betting would never be repopulate, and alo across the street from one of the largest Criminal Courts in the world. The construction of 'your' fancy luxury hotel, actually inconvenienced us bus riders while the bus stop was moved to accommodate the non union job on your cheap luxury hotel and actually backed traffic up even more on Smith/Jay Street.
Oh, and another thing, the jail is going to re-open.
Oct. 12, 2008, 10:52 pm

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