Imagine going to a mall and after a long day of Louis Vuitton and Hermes Handbag shopping sprees you suddenly stumble upon a 155 Room business traveler’s hotel, perfect right?
Well for the Kardashian in us all perhaps but for the actual residents of Yonkers, not sure I can say the same.
The Hyatt Place Hotel opened its doors this month and along with its swanky hotel lobby and indoor pool which is currently under construction, one would have to look far and wide as to how the City of Yonkers, the people themselves, actually benefit from the monstrosity.
I took a stroll over to the hotel yesterday and here’s what I found…
First off…it’s weird to look up past the store fronts and see the same exact steel beams that once housed the hospital building now holding up this…
Look it is what it is. They took an upscale hotel chain and plopped it right in the middle of the Country’s oldest outdoor mall.
There’s an entrance for key card holding guests from the mall…
And some other highlights of the Hotel include the lobby which is actually pretty nice and does have a ton of seating for an evening glass of wine or appetizers.
And there’s a giant satellite photo of the Cross County area, in case you forgot where you were…
Very nice swanky seats and lounge chairs…well worth the $165-$250 a night they charge per room and depending on room size and day of the month and a myriad of other factors.
Like I said, the lobby is actually a nice place to sit and have a drink but other than that…not sure I’m impressed with much else of the Hyatt Place…
I’m not trying to play the role of grumpy old man here but when the Cross County Shopping Center was built, it served the community it surrounded, as did the Hospital that bore its name, but this? Not sure Yonkers will benefit at all other than a few more jobs and some tax revenue.
By the time I came along in the early 80’s, the Cross County Hospital was a shell of its former-self and was more used as an office building for the mall than anything else and certainly in the last few years, hell even decade, it did become a bit of an eyesore…
Far from its glory days of the 60’s and 70’s, so many Yonkers babies were born here within the same steel beams that now house the weary business traveler and the compulsive gambler…
My heart truly yearns to see the City not just survive but thrive.
Cross County has been in the midst of a decade long revitalization with costs estimated in the $150-200 Million dollar range that the owners have shelled out to make the area what it once was.
Hyatt Place…not the answer Cross County, sorry.
It serves a small consortium of people who have no vested interest in the city or the mall for that matter.
It will serve the businessman who wants to stay there so that the casino is a hop skip and a jump away. It will serve upper Socio-Economic families who want to spoil themselves while visiting their roots in Yonkers and the surrounding area for a weekend.
And it will serve the young foolish yuppies who have more expendable income than they know what to do with and feel that paying $200 a night for a hotel in Cross County is a value too good to pass up.
Again though…what about the City itself?
Where does it leave the city of gracious living and the people who could have benefited from the services the building could have otherwise offered had it been designated for other purposes such as education, health care, business, etc.
I’m sure in 10 years, we will all forget what life was like without the Hotel sitting there but for now, old habits and sights and eyesores die-hard.
The best case for the city of course will be the raging success of the Hyatt, so that it too won’t become a former shell of itself and sit vacant for decades.
Perhaps the ghosts in the steel beams of the Hospital have other plans though and this property will become a black hole of sorts where any business that dares to take up shop will forever remain in the red, broke and penniless.
For more info on the Hyatt Place, click here and see if there’s any vacancies…and for those who haven’t been to Cross County in a while, they’ve since plopped a Red lobster, Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse in the vacant areas of the parking lot of the mall.
So plenty of rooms and plenty of places to eat at Cross County…for now.