Robert De Niro Gets Approval for New York Hotel Redesign

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The New York Landmarks Preservation Commission has approved redesign plans for the penthouse at Robert De Niro's 88-room Greenwich Hotel in TriBeCa, after nearly two years of back-and-forth negotiations. Officials didn't make it easy for the tough-guy actor.

Oscar-winner De Niro agreed to tear down a controversial structure on the top of the hotel in favor of a redesigned roof-top penthouse. The earlier structure, with a brass mansard roof, was determined by the commission to be too large, too out of place for the neighborhood and too visible from the street.

"I think it was great, and I'm very happy," said De Niro after his architects presented new plans for the penthouse, reports the New York Post. "I'm glad that sensibility prevailed.''

The new design embraces the style of the neighborhood of former factory buildings converted to residential properties and uses only recycled materials found around the city, the designers said.

"We wanted to make something that looked like it was there forever," said Axel Vervoordt, one of the architects on the project.

With the penthouse revised, Robert Tierney, chairman of the commission, called the hotel project "a terrific new building."

There was no word on when the new penthouse might be ready for guests. Rates for regular rooms at the hotel start at around $450 per night.
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