Japanese budget hotel operator Toyoko Inn Co. is planning a huge hotel in Long Island City. The company has filed applications for a 50-story hotel—its first one in the U.S.—at 24-09 Jackson Avenue, between 45th Avenue and 23rd Street.
Property owner Feil Organization is now clearing out a majority of the 14-story, 80,000-square-foot commercial building at 140 West 57th Street, along “Billionaires’ Row” in Midtown. The third through 14th floors are possibly getting a condominium conversion, the New York Post reported, although plans are not yet confirmed. The space could also get an office renovation or a hotel conversion, but plans for apartments have already been drawn up and are apparently further along. The three-level Morton Williams supermarket, located along the street level, will be unaffected. The property is an individual landmark, which means any exterior alterations that go into a renovation or conversion must be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a request for proposals (RFP) to upgrade, modernize, and expand Pennsylvania Station, located at Eighth Avenue and West 33rd Street under Madison Square Garden. The project will also incorporate the landmarked James A. Farley Post Office Building into the transportation complex. Now, renderings of the project have been revealed, per The New York Times, along with a timeline.
DNA Development has filed applications for a four-story, 32,349-square-foot commercial-retail building at 12 West 48th Street, in Midtown. The ground through fourth floors will exclusively contain retail space. The structure will rise 66 feet above street level, which means the ceilings should average 16.5 feet in height. West Village-based Ennead Architects is the architect of record. The amount of commercial space planned clocks in at 23,345 square feet, which is significantly less than the maximum commercial square-footage that could be built, 75,310 square feet. The 7,531-square-foot lot is currently occupied by a parking garage. Permits were filed to demolish it over the summer, as YIMBY previously reported. Completion is expected in early 2018.
Hearst Tower, the 46-story, 861,100-square-foot office tower located at 300 West 57th Street in Midtown, is about to get a flashy upgrade to its ground floor. Crews are now constructing what will be dubbed HearstLive, a digital, wrap-around media installation that will broadcast news and other information. It will become the building’s façade at street level, measuring 107 feet, five inches along Eighth Avenue and 57th Street. The exact content will be determined by a collection of Hearst’s brands and partners. Hearst Tower is an individual landmark, which means the Landmarks Preservation Commission would have had to approve any exterior alterations, but this latest addition appears to be located behind the existing glass. HearstLive will debut on September 27.