The new Peter Poon-designed hotel at 136 West 42nd Street has topped-out at 37 stories. Construction on the 405-foot tower began in late 2012, so the building progressed at the rate of one floor per week – a fairly standard pace for new developments in the city. No cladding has risen yet, and the concrete superstructure stands naked; what’s expected to rise is innocuous enough, and the building should make for benign filler.
136 West 42nd Street will eventually be occupied by a Hilton Garden Inn, which will contain 282 rooms. Architect Peter Poon is responsible for several aesthetic atrocities across Manhattan, but this should not be one of them; the setback from the street wall is relatively inoffensive, and its neighbors – the Bush Tower and the Knickerbocker Hotel – are exquisite pre-war structures that will diminish 136 West 42nd’s impact on the cityscape. The hotel is expected to open in 2014.