Trump Gives Up On Flagship Manhattan Hotel

The New York Times reports:

The announcement came on his television show, “The Apprentice.” Donald J. Trump would open his second luxury hotel in New York, a “work of art” in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan that would become “an awe-inspiring masterpiece.”

That was 11 years ago. The 46-story skyscraper, it turned out, was actually an albatross for Mr. Trump — drawing local opposition soon after its unveiling, partisan protests when he became a candidate for president and political scrutiny because of its early ties to a dubious Russian deal maker. Now, in the latest sign of strain in the president’s family business, the Trumps want no more.

The Trump Organization has reached a deal that will allow the company to exit the property by the end of next month, the company said Wednesday. It is the second time this year the Trump name was erased from a hotel development, after a June announcement in Toronto

The hotel has experienced plummeting room rates, loss of group events, and the recent closure of its restaurant. It will likely be quickly rebranded.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Everything the Dotard touches turns to merde.
    Bankruptcies galore, law-suits in the 1000s, and a myriad of unpaid contractors.
    His tiny fingers really do have the Merde-Touch.

    • Todd20036

      Even his own family.

      The only family member who isn’t a mess is Tiffany, and she left Trump

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        I really felt sorry watching the young one at the turkey show yesterday.

        • boobert

          And Baron ! He gives some strange looks when the moron is speaking.

          • JAKvirginia

            Well, they see so little of each other he’s probably wondering who that old guy is! Have we ever seen them together outside of official photo ops just being Dad and son? Cripes, even Diana took her princes to Disney World. Guess Donnie would rather golf than be with his son. I feel for the kid. Really.

          • ColdCountry

            On the other hand….

          • Niblet58

            Most likely because he has PTSD from being that things child. He physically shrinks when ever it is near him. That screams to me of abuse, not physical perhaps but definitely mental and psychological. No wonder Melania has kept him away from that thing.

      • Lizard

        I have no reason to hate Barron either. Poor kid.

      • SelectFromWhere

        She actually IS a mess, but it’s not (totally) because she’s a Trump.

    • J Ascher

      Yes, he’s really the anti-Midas!

  • another_steve

    Jared just emailed me. He wants me.

    He’s tired of the shiksa bitch.

    • AlternativeQuacks

      He’s just using you. He wants you to hide him from Mueller, a_s.

      • another_steve

        My basement amphitheater is finished and ready. $50 American to sit (in a semicircle) and watch Jared squirm, chained to the wall.

        For another $10, a tickling feather.

        Three minutes only, please. And then give the next guy a chance.

        • Reality.Bites

          Good to see after the events of the last few weeks some people still think rape is funny.

        • Robincho

          How much for a blowtorch?…

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Nope. That was a 400 lb Russian.

      #FakeAccount

    • Canadian Observer

      Did he remember the dick pic this time? You mentioned elsewhere that your email inbox wasn’t receiving any.

      • another_steve

        Ivanka tells me that Jared is not particularly well-endowed. She and I have had several heart-to-hearts on point.

        We Jews, depending on which tribe we are descended from, are sometimes deficient in that department.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      I just got an email from a bonafide Nigerian prince – I won the Nigerian State Lotto. After sending a few thousand for banking fees, I can lie back and wait for my millions to deposit. Life is good.

      • Tomcat

        You lucky devil you.

        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          It really is unbelievably lucky. I never even bought a Nigerian lotto ticket, but somehow the computer picked my number!

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Good thing you are laying back, as you are about to be (&@##@ in a non fun way.

          • Tomcat

            If you turn the money down you can claim it as a tax deduction for a loss. Lots of people are saying.

          • Dreaming Vertebrate

            Win-Win!
            So much winning!!

          • JackFknTwist

            Are you implying that Trump/turd is a Nigerian ?
            Are you starting the next Birther Movement ?

      • boobert

        I know of two old ladies that fell for those scams.

    • Joe in PA

      I see the drinking has already started today. Hmmm.

    • Ernest Endevor

      They’re jealous and bitter.

      • another_steve

        Every Jewish mother warns her son concerning the shiksas. Mine did too.

        Her warning was, of course, a useless exercise – in my particular circumstances.

        • Ernest Endevor

          I meant the guys around here. Jealous to a man. I, on the other hand, applaud your selfless to desire to humble Jared ben Kushner, prince of the Upper West Side, and teach him to worship the mighty peen. Kudos.

          • another_steve

            Thank you, Ernest.

            I am nearing the end of life and want to exit in the most decadent way possible.

        • Zeldacat

          My dad married one.

          • another_steve

            So you have a shiksa mother? There’s no shame there.

            You might never know from a good kugel, but there’s no shame there.

          • Zeldacat

            Her best friend makes a very good one. 🙂

            I rather like it, one foot in two worlds.

    • boobert

      He’ll be much better off chained in your basement ! lol

    • JAKvirginia

      According to Jared, his emails don’t mean what they say. Ask Mueller.

      Sorry.

      • another_steve

        Jared is reaching out to his mishpucha (Yiddish: extended cultural family).

        I will rescue him.

        • Robincho

          One generally sees this as “mishpoche’ — Yiddish is in grievously desperate need of orthographic uniformity…

  • PickyPecker
    • AlternativeQuacks

      LOL. They should just leave the RU up. That’s the extension letters for websites based in Russia.

      • another_steve

        ^^ LMAO.

        That’s an absolutely brilliant comment!

      • Menergy

        first thing I saw and thought of!

  • Puckfair52

    Fucking ugly piece of shit has been an eye sore since it went up! I really do Hope NY attorney General reopens the fraud case against Ivanka & her brother that Cyrus Vance Jr squashed. It’s been one lie after another since this project first started.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    So, … Trump Soho, yet another Trump failure.
    So, … ho-ho-ho; ha-ha-ha!

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    That’s only fair. The orange one is an albatross for the U.S.

  • Jeffg166

    The new improved Not trump Hotel.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Wish they would rename it the Convict.

    • Jeffg166

      The Slammer, The Joint, The Big House.

      • Paul_in_Dallas

        Mar-A-Gaol

        • Natty Enquirer

          And the award goes to Miss Anna Gram!

    • AlternativeQuacks

      That sounds like the name of a 70s gay bar.

      • Natty Enquirer

        Think that would go over as well as “Raid.”

        • coram nobis

          An FBI raid at the Trump Org would go well about now.

  • DreadPikathulhu

    I was in Las Vegas last spring and saw its own Trump hotel sitting forlornly by itself about 1/2 mile off of the strip, which made it difficult for me to take a special trip over there just to piss on the side of it.

    I wonder how long its going to last before being rebranded?

  • OdieDenCO

    you can remove the name from the facade, but how do you remove the taint of association.

    • bkmn

      The stench that is the Trump name.

    • Natty Enquirer
    • Joe in PA

      I hate it that ‘taint’ and ‘taint’ mean such different things. 🙁

      • Treant

        Rename it the “tizzent.”

        ‘Tisn’t testicles, ’tisn’t anus…

        • Reality.Bites

          It taint necessarily so.

      • Bluto

        I just met a man with a taint tattoo. It was distracting.

        • Robincho

          It beats a squirrel, I’m guessing…

        • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

          Imagine the tattoo artist…

          • Bluto

            Imagine getting needled in the taint.

          • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

            I sat on a hornet once. I can sort of imagine it, but Do Not Want!

    • stevenj
      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        LOL!

      • MT YVR

        Oh GODS … I’ve a buzzed head. And I used to get this line all. The. Damned. Time.

        I didn’t say I said no. 😛

      • DenCo

        Taint misbehavin 🙁

    • FelineMama

      You mean like in prezdint? RAID!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Harveyrabbit

    ” The 46-story skyscraper, it turned out, was actually an albatross for Mr. Trump”

    Seems more than fair. tRump is a giant albatross for America.

  • Is Trump the president or still some real estate tycoon? Looks like trump is not good at either. I wish we had a president. Such a depressing thanksgiving.

  • bkmn
    • Joe in PA

      Hurry Mueller, hurry!

      • Treant

        Don’t get me started. 🙂

      • JackFknTwist

        I feel your pain.

    • JT

      Drumpf, your tine is up!

      • PickyPecker
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        Knifing wit!
        No spoonerisms here!

        • JT

          And not kniferism and forkerism either, despite appearances.

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    • Paula

      Yep, stick a fork in him, he’s done.

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element

    Talk about a building giving the finger to its neighborhood.

    https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/57001325/trump_soho.0.jpg

    • Treant

      And it’s not even a shapely and attractive penis.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        But man, can it bench press!

      • FelineMama

        penis compensate, much? Ugly, also, too.

  • Joe in PA

    The Trump Organization has reached a deal that will allow the company to exit the property by the end of next month….

    That’s a shame Mueller won’t be able to investigate the Russian money-laundering ties then.

    Bwahahahahaha.

    • BlindBill

      they can still audit for money laundering – there is no statute of limitation for unreported income –

      • Joe in PA

        Of course, I was being snarky.

        • bzrd

          Bill is blind, he didn’t see the
          Bwahahahahaha

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Let this happen to every single product bearing that name.

    • Joe in PA

      We were in one of those last-ditch outlet/overstock warehouse kind of places (don’t judge) and we saw a line of Trump housewares. I had no idea. I guess no one else did either, hence their location.

      • Treant

        Who’s judging? I’ve gotten the coolest stuff at discount warehouses. Including some stuff I use for making soap and in the garden!

        • Joe in PA

          We were looking at those big ceramic pots…1/3rd the price of garden centers.

          • Treant

            I love them, but protect from thunderstorms and never put them on a stone pedestal.

            Ask me how I know.

          • Robincho

            Might it have had something to do with a thunderstorm and a stone pedestal?…

          • Treant

            Ding, ding, ding! I’ve even broken plastic pots that way, until I finally gave up and put a square planter up there.

          • PickyPecker

            We sell those. People come out from Chicago to buy from us as our prices are ‘small town’….so they say.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            You are selling charm….. it has a price.

      • Harveyrabbit

        Keep your eyes open for a few of these in the not too distant future. Probably all in Alabama or Florida.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e817904caa19afca86f59eaf1b4f3503602f21e883cf30bf4e4f296e66ac8f06.jpg

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        I only judge people in their taste for socks & underwear.

        • Paula

          But, I don’t wear underwear.

          • Tiger Quinn

            Same.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            LOL. well ok then !

      • Bambino

        Any frying pans available to knock some senses into his supporters? Or the quality is so bad, you can’t even squash a bug with it?

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR

        Oh, please, honey. I stopped paying retail many years ago for most everything. I still pay for high quality coffee and other beverages, shoes (their foundational for foot, leg, hip, spine, and neck health), and toys.
        The rest is bought at the best cost I can get. Many years ago i worked for Strucure (Limited Brands). In my position I knew all costs involved in manufacturing, shipping, distributing and marketing to get a single pair of $60 jeans on the shelf, about $4 to $12 depending on a couple variables. Plus, almost all jeans are made in one of three different manufacturing plants. They do the run for Lee, changeover to the plates for Levi, then to Structure or designer labels and send them all into the same sewing and finishing processes.
        I was done.

        • CB

          Same for coffee. I worked on the Gevalia brand, and it was Maxwell House with a different grind and package. All from the same plant.

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            Yeah, tastes like it, too. I’m hellbent on always being able to drink really good coffee. I use a local small batch roaster who has retail coffee shop as well. A coworker applied and got a license to buy their roasts wholesale with his own label. So, I get a $5 – $8 discount per pound depending on what I’m getting by going through him.

  • GanymedeRenard
  • JWC

    As very few of these ,if any, are actually Trump properties,other than name only, it would be an interesting study to see how financially viable any of them are The Trump name is somewhat of a “loss leader”

  • BlindBill

    11 years …. hmmm, did the real estate tax exemption expire, or is it just another “failed” business that he can no longer launder Russian money through?

    • Treant

      Why choose? Both sound equally probable.

    • Reality.Bites

      He doesn’t own it and never did. He had no ownership stake in Toronto either.

      In Toronto the owners (bought it from bankruptcy of course) had to pay him millions to get out of the management contract and get his name off their building. I imagine it’s the same here.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • boobert

    DUH ! The only ones that finance his projects are the Russians ! Now that he’s president it would have to be disclosed , and it would be blasted on every news outlet.

  • JT

    It is the second time this year the Trump name was erased

    Let’s hope it will be erased from the Presidency before much longer.

    • boobert

      More than the second ! There were also the apartments near the UN and the Taj in AC.

    • JerryRich
    • JAKvirginia

      I want to live long enough to stand at the WH and watch as that helicopter with him and Barron and Melania takes off for the last time, joining in with the tens of thousands also there to sing…
      Na-Na-Na-Na, Hey-Hey-Hey, Goodbye!

      • bzrd

        with the millions

      • Robincho

        You want a helicopter, I want a tumbrel pelted with rotten fruit as it heads toward the guillotine that will have been erected on the Mall.
        Don’t laugh — it’d be his last chance to draw a crowd approximating the size of either of Obama’s inaugurals…

  • Cuberly Deux

    OT: This has been Pai’s approach from go. He claims that advocates for net neutrality fail to provide sound legal arguments for it. The problem is, he’s been claiming this for a long long time. He flaunts any sort of public hearings or discussion as irrelevant and ignores them.

    Said it before and I’ll say it again, he’s an arrogant self-serving opportunist. He’s our employee not a decider on behalf of an industry prone to be less than reliable.

    “FCC explains why public support for net neutrality won’t stop repeal”
    “Americans who support net neutrality find that their voices don’t count for much.”

    https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/11/why-the-fcc-ignored-public-opinion-in-its-push-to-kill-net-neutrality/?comments=1

  • Treant

    Just call it, “Not Trump’s Hotel And We Hate Him Too” and you’ll see the business flood in.

    • misterjack

      Hahahaha!!!

    • Bambino

      As long as his name is still there, no one who can afford it will want to be near it. In a sane world his brand is poison. Marla Maple should change their daughter’s name to Tiffany Maple asap.

      • Treant

        The name “Trump” may go the way of the surname “Hitler.”

        • Bambino

          I’m sure somewhere deep in the south some siblings will be birthed that will bear his name.

          • SelectFromWhere

            Siblings of whom?
            Actually he tends to prefer “imported” women; only one of his wives was Southern.

          • Bambino

            Sblings to their children silly.

        • Todd Allis

          I heard most of them changed to “Hiller.” I wonder if “Trump” will change to “Tramp.” It’s an improvement.

      • coram nobis

        … and move to Vermont?

    • Rolf

      But wait, going by ad, the clientele are all and only women.
      Was this meant to be a hotel for lesbians?

    • teeveedub

      I’d be OK staying there, as long as they guarantee that they’ve smudged every room, hallway, conference room, restaurant, kitchen, and laundry facility, as well as anything else that anyone with the last name of Trump might have touched, brushed past, breathed on, or looked at. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cea53ba423682648e6385b547e11c593bdbba62724ec0adca40671004578fb6e.jpg

      • Todd Allis

        Smudge the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.

        • Treat it like a severe bedbug infestation and steamclean everything.

    • metrored

      I’m both broke and I live in the city but I would rent a room if that became it’s name.

  • Blake J Butler
    • Paul

      Reported a few nazi trolls replying to that tweet

  • Danieruw

    Hotel – “I’m giving up on you, drumpf. Pack your sign and get out!”
    https://youtu.be/Ae8tlDGnDOg

  • JackFknTwist

    I guess the whole Trump/turd name has become exactly what it says on the tin: a turd.

  • Ernest Endevor

    It’s almost like they suck at business.

    • OdieDenCO

      true, but the money is clean and fresh when the business goes belly up

      • Tomcat

        Very few rich people lose a dime when they have a closure of a business or a building in this case.

  • Lazycrockett

    pity.

    • Joe in PA

      Yeah, damn shame, eh?

      Bwahahaha.

  • PickyPecker

    OT: A nod today to Maurice Ravel as his Boléro premiered today in 1928. Paris.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZDiaRZy0Ak

    • coram nobis

      The Stan Kenton bolero did homage to this piece.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL7Ohsk1e3M

    • AlternativeQuacks

      That’s one of my favorite pieces ever, along with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and everything by Puccini. (You can probably tell I like drama.)

    • Joe in PA

      I’m less than 2 minutes in…that is beautiful.

    • Mikey

      not to bring politics into it.. but Gergiev is a stalwart Putin backer.
      I’ve gotten rid of all my recordings by him.

      you want to hear Bolero performed as it should be? Find the recording by Charles Dutoit and the Montreal Symphony. It is perfection.

    • kareemachan

      I first heard this as part of the soundtrack to ‘Allegro non Troppo’ and was blown away. That was also when I first heard Sibelius’ ‘Valse Triste’.

      And cried.

      I recommend this movie.

    • Robincho

      The feast day of Saint Cecilia, patron saint of music. Also the birthday of Benjamin Britten, a coincidence of which he was quite proud…

    • When Larry Adler was here in Oz some years ago he told the story that when he first played his own arrangement of Bolero in public, Ravel’s US publisher sent him a huge bill for royalties and ordered him not to play it again. I can’t remember whether Mr Adler, then a very young man, wrote to the composer apologising for being unable to afford to pay the fee and enclosing a record, or whether Ravel just happened to hear it — but the upshot was that Ravel himself wrote to the young harmonica player authorising him to play Bolero, royalty-free, any time or any place he wished. Mr Adler said that letter was his proudest possession.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uyN8QdGkDc

  • coram nobis

    The creditors might say that Donald can check out any time he likes, but he can never leave. At least not without paying up.

  • Boreal

    Failed businessman and grifter keeps failing.

  • Lazycrockett
  • TuuxKabin

    Was that a fish sperm bath?

  • lattebud

    Hoping it is rebranded as the Ali Forney Center for LGBTQ Youth funded by the Clinton Foundation. That would cause him to blow a gasket

    • Joe in PA

      Speaking of that…I wonder what is happening with the Harlem hate preacher…he was losing his building. I sure was hoping the Ali Forney Center could move in there!

  • hdtex
  • billbear1961

    Tear it down and sow salt into the earth where it stood.

    Let the notorious name TRUMP–synonymous with pathological mendacity, theft, contempt for the rule of law, racist HATRED, and TREASON–be EXPUNGED from the face of the earth.

  • Treant

    The ad is certainly interesting.

    Welcome to the city!
    We have bridges!
    Architecture!
    You’re driving an SUV!
    Archite…er, sorry about that, but it’s what we have.
    Your SUV has a chauffeur!
    We’re saying Ivanka Trump is better than Armani! No, that’s not being sarcastic…why?
    Silver Medusa!
    Brownstones for faux rich people!
    Your SUV again!
    Lock the doors, it’s getting SKETCHY!

    And it just gets worse and worse with the disjointed imagery.

    • totally agree with you!

  • William

    So much failing!

  • Kevin Andrews

    The lying failure, the Shitgibbon can’t get his Russian Money-Laundering with the scrutiny of We The People now. Instead he violates the emolument clause and rapes the USA to pay his resort bills and extended vacations. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8f6c2ac98fc1f60da04cdd60143df7d63046de6ef34b87bfb0fcd150bb2874d0.png

    • coram nobis

      Faster than a speeding subpoena. More powerful than a loco pomeranian. Able to bankrupt tall buildings in a single week!

  • AlternativeQuacks
  • Michael R
    • Bambino

      Bitch doesn’t even bake brownies.

  • Michael R

    I haven’t seen this , but it’s out on video now …

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df0TQJBkPP4

  • popebuck1

    Translation: It was really just a money-laundering front like the ones in Panama and Azerbaijan, and they hope they’re getting out before Mueller gets his hands on the books.

  • Joe in PA

    ThinkProgress has more: As part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into the Trump SoHo property after it was revealed Felix Sater, a former business partner of Trump with deep ties to the Mafia and Russian government, was partner in the Trump SoHo development.

    Nice.

    https://thinkprogress.org/trump-soho-loses-trump-00b1dda84857/

  • Spudman

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1b5ae072d7795e767892700528f1e434094805a8b3d17a03aebac02508f74572.jpg It’d take a shitload of sage to cleanse that property; let’s start a “rebranding”/renaming contest…

    • Spudman

      The Rodham…?

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      . . .

  • JWC

    Of course in Trumps view he partrd with them In all factuality they dumped him

  • RKitty01

    Good

  • JCF
  • BobSF_94117

    Should I ever be forced to stay at a Trump hotel, I will insist on a brand new mattress and I’m going to bring my own sheets.

    • Dubito et cogitare

      I’d rather sleep in my car.

  • JAKvirginia

    Okay, this was a fail from square one. Built as a condo-hotel because of zoning restrictions, owners can’t stay in their units for more than 120 days/year, then they rent. Except for shopping it’s not really near anything. As you can see from the clip, it’s just about women (rich wives?) shopping and having lunch or a spa visit. That was a hard sell from the get-go. Must’ve consulted with Jared on this loser.

  • ColdCountry

    HA!

  • -M-

    Also, it’s not even in SoHo plus Jr and Ivanka lied massively to buyers about how many of the stupid condo/hotel units had already been sold.

    P.S. Ha-Ha!

  • TuuxKabin

    How’s ’bout a musical interlude. A POS song, done gospel.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojbFSARiN14&list=PL7A4D9C100657150E&index=13

    Every step you take, every cake you bake, every milk you shake. FU sting.

    • Dana Stinson

      Sting by himself is a turd. The Police(as a band) was, IMHO, the holy of holies. 🙂 Happy Turkey..

      • TuuxKabin

        True that. Happy duck here. What’s the fowl there? If any?

  • Queequeg

    I wish he’d sell the Chicago Trump Tower. It is a beautiful building, destroyed by having his name prominently displayed on it.

    • BillysWilly

      I visited Chicago a few months ago and was sickened when I saw his hideous name on that building. It felt like I was in a horror movie, where the evil bad guy not only owns everything but for some god-awful reason is also in charge. It truly was maddening, sickening, and saddening all at the same time.

      • Queequeg

        Yes. It is sickening. The people in Chicago don’t like it, but, apparently, there is no ordinance against it. Even Rahm tried to prevent it from going up.

  • justme

    So how much will his partners, in this venture, have to pay to remove his name??

  • The_Wretched

    He’s busy milking emoluments and still can’t stay in business. Hehe.

  • goofy_joe

    Is this that super-tall, very out of place building next to Central Park?