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120 Water Street

Reveal for 24-Story, 122-Key Hotel Indigo at 120 Water Street, Financial District

A rendering has been revealed of the 24-story, 122-key Hotel Indigo planned at 120 Water Street, in the Financial District. The new building will encompass 51,600 square feet and guest amenities will include a fitness center, a restaurant & bar on the ground floor, a rooftop bar & lounge on the top floor, and bike storage space in the cellar. The hotel rooms should average 360 square feet apiece. Long Island-based Atlas Hospitality is the developer and Gene Kaufman’s SoHo-based architectural firm is the architect of record. Since YIMBY’s report on the planned hotel in December of 2014, the project has shrunk from 31 stories and 150 rooms to 24 stories and 122 rooms. The project also has a different developer and architect. The 36-foot-wide, 2,877-square-foot assemblage is currently occupied by four- and five-story mixed-use buildings. Demolition permits were filed in November of 2015. Completion of the new hotel is scheduled for the spring of 2018.


29-12 40th Avenue, looking west. All photos by the author.

Ten-Story Hotel Over Halfway Up at 29-12 40th Avenue in Northern Long Island City

A hospitality haven is rapidly rising at the northern fringe of Long Island City, in an area that overlaps into Dutch Kills to the east and Ravenswood to the west. Despite its convenient location just minutes away from Midtown via subway, the neighborhood north of Queens Plaza was largely ignored by the city and developers for most of the 20th century. During that time, local street character ranged from quiet residential enclaves to fenced-off commercial and industrial facilities to seedy, crime-ridden nooks that the casual visitor best stay away from. Since Long Island City has become one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods, a dozen hotels sprung up within its northern portion, with several more currently in progress. Upon completion, the 10-story one at 29-12 40th Avenue, which will be run by a yet-to-be-announced operator, would bring 75 rooms to the booming neighborhood.

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1301 Surf Avenue

Mixed-Use Commercial Conversion Planned for Eight-Story Coney Island Theater Building, 1301 Surf Avenue

The first preliminary renderings have been revealed of the planned mixed-use commercial conversion of the eight-story, 115,000-square-foot Coney Island Theater Building (a.k.a. Shore Theater), an individual landmark at 1301 Surf Avenue, located on the corner of Stillwell Avenue on Coney Island. PYE Properties currently plans to transform the property into retail space and a hotel, while restoring the existing theater, which has been rapidly deteriorating, to an entertainment venue, Brooklyn Daily reported. Office and community space may also be included, depending on the tenants that show interest. Alteration permits haven’t yet been filed with the Buildings Department. Since the building is a landmark, the Landmarks Preservation Commission must approved any exterior alterations. PYE acquired the Shore Theater in January for $20 million. The Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue stop on the D/F and N/Q trains is across the street.


310 West 40th Street

42-Story, 287-Key Hotel Close to Topping Out at 310 West 40th Street, Garment District

The 42-story, 287-key hotel under development at 310 West 40th Street, in the Garment District section of Midtown, now appears to be a few concrete pours away from topping out. The construction progress can be seen in photos posted to the YIMBY Forums by user JC_Heights. The latest building permits indicate the completed tower will measure 117,280 square feet and stand 420 feet in height (although the bulkhead will bring the tower’s pinnacle to 472 feet). The hotel rooms should average 310 square feet apiece and guest amenities will include a fitness center, meeting rooms, a lounge/bar/terrace on the ground floor, and a restaurant & bar across the 40th and 41st floors. Helm Management Inc. is the developer and Nobutaka Ashihara’s Financial District-based firm is the architect. Completion can probably be expected by the end of the year.