Located at 185 Bowery on the Lower East Side, at the intersection of Bowery and Delancey Street, New York City’s newest CitizenM hotel has finished construction, and is officially now the tallest modular hotel in the United States and the world.
With 19 stories and 300 rooms, the 224-foot-tall hotel contains nearly 100,000 square feet, designed by Concrete Architectural Associates, while Stephen B. Jacobs Group served as the local architect. DeSimone Consulting was hired as the structural engineers, while Polcom Modular designed each modular unit for the building. CitizenM and Brack Capital Real Estate are the co-developers.
The building stands next to the Bowery Station subway line, with access to the J and Z train making it highly accessible for out-of-towners and tourists who stay overnight, or those wanting to enjoy the nightlife and skyline views from the top. Each room averages around 150 square feet and comes with amenities like a fitness center, a lounge and bar in the cellar of the building, a ground floor cafe and a rooftop bar and lounge named “CloudM” on the 19th floor.
A 3,400 square foot landscaped plaza along Bowery Street welcomes visitors before entering the hotel along with a 5,000-square-foot outdoor mural by Jonathan Cohen, aka Meres One.
The building is also home to a number of artworks as part of the new Museum of Street Art (MOSA), curated by 5Pointz spokeswoman Marie Flageul. It will be open seven days a week, with no admission fee. The work of 20 graffiti artists will be featured across all floors, with the structure acting as a new place for artists to showcase their creativity. Each of the artists had their work displayed at the 5Pointz warehouse before it was demolished in 2014.
Visitors to the museum take the elevator to the top of CitizenM and go down the stairwell, surrounded by each of the 20 artists’ spray painted murals while heading down the staircase back to street level.
MOSA will also feature an audio-guided tour that can be listened and accessed through the hotel’s Wi-Fi.