Construction Update: 136 West 42nd & 135 West 45th Street

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Construction on the new Hilton Garden Inn at 136 West 42nd is progressing rapidly, and the building is already taller than its western neighbor, the old Knickerbocker Hotel. The tower has nearly twenty floors to go before topping-out, which will give it a minimal neighborhood presence.

Designed by Peter Poon, 136 West 42nd really seems quite adequate so farbarring any garishly unfortunate cladding, it should make for simple, aesthetically harmless filler. The Hilton Garden Inn will provide a total of 282 new hotel rooms.

Three blocks north, work is coming to a close on the new Hyatt, at 135 West 45th Street. The tower’s western and eastern sides are completely blank. Though unattractive, they are along the Hyatt’s lot-linesgiven the boom in new construction, it shouldn’t be long until neighbors spring up.

Even at 550 feet, the Hyatt is lost in the Midtown canyons, and is completely invisible once outside the immediate vicinity. Per the New York Observer, opening is scheduled for later this year.

 

136 West 42nd Street NYC
136 West 42nd Street
136 West 42nd Street
136 West 42nd Street

 

Hyatt Times Square
135 West 45th Street, Hyatt Times Square
135 West 45th Street NYC
135 West 45th Street, Hyatt Times Square
135 West 45th Street, Hyatt Times Square
135 West 45th Street, Hyatt Times Square

 

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