Concrete Floods NY Meridien Hotel Cafe

Front Doors of Le Parker Meridien New YorkOn Wednesday morning, pounds of cement rushed into the cafe of Le Parker Meridien New York after a construction accident in the space next to the hotel. Rooms at Le Parker Meridien New York start at $500 per night and rise to over $6,000 a night for the presidential suite.

Construction staff were pouring concrete just before noon, and then the accident happened, causing a lot of damage to Knave, the hotel’s espresso bar. According to photographs of the scene, the concrete was almost a foot deep before the machine was able to be stopped. A thick layer of cement could be seen covering the antique-inspired furniture and carpet.

Jack Parker Corporation president Steven Pipes, whose company owns and manages the Meridien hotel, said that the wall in Knave was broken through by the construction work next door. The accident didn’t spread, so nothing made it to the main lobby of the building. They were also fortunate that no-one was hurt, and the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) was immediately called to action.

The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) says on its website that it has issued a stop work order at the location due to a failure to safeguard all properties and persons. Spokesman Tony Sclafani says that the construction workers were pouring cement at the site next door to the hotel, on the fifth floor, before the accident. The formwork had collapsed, and the department is currently investigating if it or the wooden mold that pours the cement was constructed properly or not.

Marisa Zafran, a spokesperson for Meridien, says she doesn’t know how long it will take to restore Knave. They are currently assessing the extent of the damage. Workers were seen cleaning the concrete throughout the afternoon with wheelbarrows and a hose, restless to get it off the floors before it solidified.

This isn’t the first time there has been a problem at the site next door, which has 29 stories. Just months ago, Meridien guests were complaining about the construction noise, which was so strong that the espresso spoons in Knave were rattling. Hotel workers said at the time that the noise was causing migraines and sending guests running.

Records at the DOB show that DiFama, the concrete contractor at the site, was cited on Tuesday for creating unsafe conditions, while the crane operator they were using had an expired licence. The site also has four open Environmental Control Board violations that range from scaffolding issues to failing to safeguard property and persons affected by construction operations. DiFama was also in the news in 2008, when a worker fell from the 42nd floor of Trump SoHo.

Construction group Hunter Roberts says on its site that the property, which will become Willow Hotel, will have 250 guest rooms. The building will feature loft-like windows, a full pool, spa, rooftop event space, fitness centre and a Con Ed vault. It’s due to be finished by the end of the year.




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