Construction Update: 1717 Broadway

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1717 Broadway is almost ready to open, and the tower is a sleek addition to the Midtown skyline. At just over 750 feet in height, the new building – which will be occupied by two Marriott-brand hotels, a Courtyard and Residence Inn – the tower isn’t all that prominent outside of the immediate neighborhood, but it is tall enough to make an impact from vantage points near and far.

The base meets the street quite nicely, and plans call for a restaurant to occupy the setback space between the podium and the main tower – which will be perfect for people watching, especially given the tower’s proximity to Times Square. Besides its interaction with the pedestrian realm, the tower’s aesthetics are quite nice, guided by Ashihara’s penchant for simplicity – and the vibrancy of the super-reflective glass adds another dimension to 1717 Broadway’s character.

The project’s architect is Nobutaka Ashihara, and 1717 Broadway is his most notable work in New York so far. Thankfully the tower’s design is far better than 215 Pearl Street, which will be Ashihara’s second major New York tower – though that will be mostly hidden in the depths of the Financial District.

Together, the Courtyard and Residence Inn comprise a total of 639 rooms. 1717 Broadway is expected to be open for business later this year.

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