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.
Gene Kaufman Architect
When YIMBY last visited the site of the 192-room hotel at 100 Greenwich in October 2015, the 25-story tower’s foundations were only beginning to take shape. Rebar was being laid out for the concrete foundation mat at the rear on the site, while the front portion was still under excavation. Three months later, the building is yet to breach ground level, but its foundations are virtually complete.
Sam Chang’s Great Neck-based McSam Hotel Group has filed applications for a 22-story, 162-key hotel at 16 East 39th Street, in Midtown South, located a few blocks from Bryant Park and Grand Central Terminal. The building would measure 73,073 square feet in its entirety, and 66,328 square feet would be used for hotel operations. The hotel rooms would each measure an average of around 400 square feet and a lounge would be located on the top floor. SoHo-based Gene Kaufman is the architect of record. The existing 12-story, thru-block office building was subdivided into separate tax lots in October, so we’re guessing only the the 39th Street half of the building is going to be demolished, along with an adjacent three-story townhouse at 14 East 39th Street. According to The Real Deal, the properties are currently owned by ClearRock Properties and Juster Properties.
Tennessee-based Chartwell Hospitality has filed applications for two hotel buildings that would rise on the roughly 80,000 square-foot parking lot immediately east of the Hilton New York JFK Airport, located at 144-02 135th Avenue in South Jamaica. The larger hotel planned is an 11-story, 362-key building measuring 158,892 square feet in total. Rooms would average 439 square feet apiece. The second hotel would be a 12-story, 183-key structure measuring 84,664 square feet. In that building, rooms would average a slightly larger 463 square feet apiece. Gene Kaufman is the architect of record for both hotels, according to The Real Deal.
Over the past month, the 19-story Aloft Hotel at 27-45 Jackson Avenue reached its full height. The building was designed by Gene Kaufman, who is best known for designing budget hotels of the type that seen here. While most of them stand in Manhattan and easily get lost in the skyscraper thickets, the new tower in central Long Island City is now the tallest all-hotel building in Queens.