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350 West 40th Street

35-Story, 612-Key DoubleTree Hotel Rises to 17th Floor at 350 West 40th Street, Garment District

Work is now underway on the 17th floor of the 35-story, 612-key DoubleTree by Hilton hotel under development at 350 West 40th Street, in the Garment District of Midtown. The developer — Sam Chang’s Great Neck, N.Y.-based McSam Hotel Group — also secured a $215 million mortgage to refinance existing debt and fund construction, Commercial Observer reported. The latest building permits, which YIMBY first reported on in early 2014, indicate the 328-foot-tall project will measure 199,664 square feet. The hotel rooms should average a budget-sized 290 square feet apiece. Guest amenities include a fitness center, storage for 18 bikes, a restaurant on the ground floor, and a rooftop lounge & bar. Gene Kaufman’s SoHo-based architectural firm is behind the design. Completion is expected later this year.


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, by the Commercial Observer. 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.


1050 Sixth Avenue

Reveal for 24-Story, 62-Unit Mixed-Use Building Planned at 1050 Sixth Avenue, Midtown

A rendering has been revealed of the planned 24-story, 62-unit mixed-use building under development at 1050 Sixth Avenue, located between West 39th and 40th streets, just below Bryant Park in Midtown. The reveal comes as Skyline Developers held a groundbreaking ceremony for the project earlier this week, as reported by Real Estate Weekly. The new building will encompass 62,886 square feet. It will feature 2,710 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, and its residential units, which will be rental apartments, should average 841 square feet apiece. Amenities include storage for 32 bikes, private residential storage, laundry facilities, a fitness center, and a tenant lounge. The building’s top unit will also include a private rooftop terrace, with a number of other units boasting balconies. SoHo-based Gene Kaufman is the architect of record. Completion is expected in late 2018. YIMBY first brought you news of the project when building applications were filed in December of 2014.


334 West 36th Street

Reveal for 19-Story, 386-Key Hotel Project at 334 West 36th Street, Garment District

Back in June of 2015, Sam Chang’s Great Neck, N.Y.-based McSam Hotel Group disclosed plans to incorporate a portion of the façade of the six-story Christ Church, at 334-344 West 36th Street in the Garment District, into their planned hotel redevelopment. Now, a rendering of the project has been revealed by the New York Post. The latest building permits indicate a 19-story, 386-key hotel is in the works, which is somewhat scaled-down compared to early filings that listed as many as 566 rooms. It will encompass 132,210 square feet and is being designed by SoHo-based Gene Kaufman Architect. Unfortunately, the six-story parish house portion of the church is in the process of being demolished. It’s expected to be rebuilt with pre-fabricated materials. Guest amenities include a fitness center, meeting rooms, a ballroom, laundry facilities, a restaurant and bar, and storage for 12 bicycles.


27-45 Jackson Avenue

Façade Unveiled on 19-Story, 176-Key Aloft Hotel at 27-45 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City

Back in December of 2015, YIMBY reported on the topping out of the 19-story, 176-key Aloft Hotel under development at 27-45 Jackson Avenue, in the Court Square section of Long Island City. Since then, façade installation has been underway and is now being unveiled from scaffolding, The Court Square Blog reports. The 68,160-square-foot complex features a main 19-story structure on Jackson Avenue in addition to a slimmer eight-story counterpart on Hunter Street. Guest amenities include storage for seven bikes, a fitness center, a conference room, and a bar/lounge. Nassim Seliktar is the property owner, while Gene Kaufman Architect is behind the design. Completion is expected within the next few months.


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