Owner of Bowery Hotel Faces $50 Million Lawsuit

The Bowery Hotel on the Bowery between East 2nd and 3rd Streets, in lower Manhattan, New York City, opened in 2007. Photo credit: Beyond My Ken

Richard Born, owner of the Bowery Hotel, and father of the boutique hotel, is being threatened with a $50 million lawsuit brought from his partner Gerald Rosengarten.

State Supreme Court Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich, presiding over the case, is not happy with Born’s behavior. She described some of his actions as “inexcusable” and “unacceptable,” referring to his delaying the case for close to nine months and flooding the court with a tsunami of paper work: more than half a million pages of documents, some of which were actually junk mail that has nothing to do with the case.

Rosengarten accuses Born of leaving him out of a deal to sell the penthouse suite of the Bowery Hotel, and a few other apartments at the top of the hotel. He is also claiming that right after he filed his lawsuit in April, 2014, Born began to withhold payments due him from his 12 percent stake in the hotel.

As of now the case seems to be leaning towards Rosengarten. In May a state judge told Born to pay Rosengarten for his share of equity in the hotel, which he says is about $1.5 million. Now the court has once again ruled against Born, stating that he deliberately avoided handing over information about the case in the form of email addresses and electronic communication, which he was told to do.

“Suffice it to say that the problems are material, pervasive and inexcusable,” Justice Kornreich writes. “Such behavior is unacceptable in the Commercial Division” of the state’s supreme court, she added.

When Born did finally get around to producing the information he handed over 500,000 pages, which the judge called a “document dump” and “inexcusable.” Justice Kornreich angrily said that some of the documents were “junk mails” with no value whatsoever to the case.

Mr. Rosengarten said that he is happy so far with the rulings of the court, but he would like to reach a settlement with his partner before a trial ensues.

“Richard is taking the position, because of his money, that he can squeeze me to the point of submission,” Rosengarten said about his partner. “I will not let that happen.”

Gemma Restaurant Re-opens After Recovering from Small Fire

Gemma Restaurant Back Up and Running

Gemma Restaurant Back Up and Running

After forcing an evacuation of the restaurant last Tuesday due to a small kitchen fire the Gemma restaurant at the Bowery Hotel has reopened for business.

The fire broke out at about 11am on Tuesday in the restaurant’s kitchen, forcing patrons out of the restaurant. Luckily the fire was not out of control and the rest of the building did not need to be evacuated.

New York City FireDepartment Deputy Chief Jim Hodgens explained the situation:

“We evacuated some of the building. It was just contained to that duct work in the kitchen that extended up to the upper floors, but we didn’t evacuate the whole building.”

Thankfully no one was hurt in the fire.

iMentor Spring Benefit at the Bowery Hotel

iMentor isholding their annual Srping Benefit this Wednesday, June 12, from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, NYC. iMentor is an organization that helps high school students to stay in school and succeed there utilizing the special support which is provided by a caring and dedicated mentor.

iMentor Spring Benefit 2012

iMentor Spring Benefit 2012

This vital organization works with low income families to keep the students on the path not only through high school, but hopefully onward through college, and achieving their dreams.

The Spring Benefit, which will be held on the large indoor/outdoor terrace of the Bowery Hotel, will be an opportunity to meet iMentor’s community of mentors, learn more about the mentoring program, drink some amazing signature drinks and taste some fine, delicious hors d’oeuvres. There will also be a fun auction where people can bid on exclusive objects and services, while drinking in the sounds of great music by Cameron Smalls.

All the money raised during the benefit, from the entrance tickets to the bids on the items, will go supporting iMentor’s efforts to keep at-risk kids on the road to success. To learn more about the iMentor Spring Benefit contact Stacey Gorman at 646-797-4438 or sgorman@imentor.org.

Eater Eve at The Bowery Hotel

On November 12, 2012 The Bowery Hotel will host a competition to choose among the best chefs, restaurants and food industry talent in the country. Organizing the third annual “Eater Awards” is Eater, which will showcase a list of 10 of the best chefs from the most exclusive restaurants all over the nation. Among the chefs will be Justin Yu, owner and chef of Oxheart in Houston, Texas.

The public is invited to come and taste of the finest delicacies these top-notch chefs can prepare, some for the very first time in New York City, at Eater Eve, which will take place on Sunday night, November 11th, at 6 to 9pm. In addition to the fabulous specialties concocted by these world class chefs will be an open bar and a great, unforgettable evening of gastronomic fun.

The cost per person is $95. Among the ten chefs will be Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski of Statebird Provisions in San Francisco; Tim Cushman of O Ya in Boston; and Mike Doyle, Maurepas Foods in New Orleans.