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523-529 Eighth Avenue

24-Story, 252-Key Hotel Filed At 525 Eighth Avenue, Garment District

Great Neck, N.Y.-based McSam Hotel Group has filed applications for a 24-story, 252-unit hotel building at 525 Eighth Avenue, located between West 36th and 37th streets in Midtown’s Garment District. The tower will encompass 88,127 square feet and rise 213 feet above street level to its roof. Guest amenities include a fitness center, bicycle storage, and a rooftop bar on the 24th floor. There will also be retail space on the ground floor. Gene Kaufman’s Union Square-based architecture firm is the architect of record. The 7,454-square-foot property, at 523-529 Eighth Avenue, is currently occupied by a single-story commercial building. Joseph P. Day Realty Corporation is the property owner.


6 Water Street

29-Story, 250-Key Hotel Building Tops Out at 6 Water Street, Financial District

Since being eight stories in height when YIMBY checked in last October, the 29-story, 250-key hotel under development at 6 Water Street — located at the corner of Moore Street in the Financial District — has topped out. The construction progress can be seen thanks to a photo posted to the YIMBY Forums. The latest building permits indicate the 298-foot-tall structure measures 125,684 square feet. Guest amenities at the hotel will include storage for 10 bikes, a fitness center, a coffee shop, and a restaurant on the second floor. The hotel rooms will begin on the third floor. The hotel operator is not yet known. Magna Hospitality Group is the developer and Gene Kaufman’s SoHo-based architectural firm is responsible for the design. Since the majority of the hotel’s façade is already installed, completion later this year wouldn’t be surprising.


Completion Near for Aloft Long Island City at 27-45 Jackson Avenue, Future Tallest Hotel in Queens

Construction is wrapping up on the Aloft Hotel at 27-45 Jackson Avenue, in Long Island City’s Court Square district. According to Starwood Hotels, the 176-room property, officially called the “Aloft Long Island City – Manhattan View,” is set to open on October 27. At that point, the 18-story, 186-foot-tall high-rise should become the tallest all-hotel building in Queens. Though the 31-story slab of the nearby 29-11 Queens Plaza North, which opened its doors just recently, stands a good deal taller, the Marriott Courtyard within occupies only the tower’s lower half, with the residences at Aurora LIC sitting above. By YIMBY’s count, Aloft Hotel’s lofty pinnacle rises higher than that of any other hotel in the borough.

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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.


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