Last year Robert De Niro's Greenwich Hotel
ran afoul of New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission over a penthouse on top of building. The best suite in the TriBeCa hotel has caused controversy because the commission says that the penthouse does not match the design that they approved in 2004. Last year De Niro appeared at a panel hearing to ask commission members to give him a break and not make he and his partners remove the suite (at an estimated $1.5 million cost) and start over. At the time De Niro said that they worked on the project a long time and tried their best to make it fit into the historic neighborhood. The NY Post reports
that De Niro had told the commission that he would update the penthouse façade to match detailed brick used on rest of the building's exterior.
It's been over a year and the building hasn't been corrected. De Niro's business partners and a team of architects were supposed to appear before the commission last week to address the delay. There is no official deadline for getting the project finished but the commission isn't giving up on getting the building fixed in a way that makes the neighborhood happy.