Chelsea’s hotel boom has been gobbling up whatever under-built properties remain in the neighborhood, and now that is happening at 140 West 24th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, where new building applications were filed yesterday. Sam Chang is developing a new 45-story and 416-foot-tall tower on the property, which is naturally going to be designed by neighborhood go-to, Gene Kaufman.
Chelsea isn’t the only neighborhood seeing fresh permits for hotels this morning, and new building applications have also been filed for a 114-room project at 97-11 Sutphin Boulevard, in Jamaica, Queens. Cheng Yang-Lee of Atelier CS is the architect of record, and the nine-story structure will have 36,375 square feet of commercial space, for rooms averaging almost 320 square feet apiece. Charanjit Singh of AIH Group, LLC is listed as the developer, and demolition permits for an existing one-story structure were filed back in March.
Technology and urbanity have a long and tempestuous relationship, with the former’s advancement over the past century having had an occasionally deleterious effect on the latter. This has been most evident when periods of previously unimaginable progress have yielded inventions like the automobile, which in turn led to the temporary collapse of many inner cities. Now, as online retail continues to outpace brick and mortar shopping, technology has once again laid siege to the fabric of New York City, threatening the time-honored local bodega, and potentially undermining a segment of local retail that has value far beyond its shelves.
The upper blocks of the Upper East Side are only just starting to sprout legitimately Manhattan-scaled skyscrapers, and what will soon become the tallest in the neighborhood, at 180 East 88th Street, is now rapidly rising. The tower is being developed by DDG, which also does their design in-house, though HTO Architect is listed as the architect of record on the permits.
Back in January of 2016, YIMBY reported on new building applications for 848 Lorimer Street, in Greenpoint. Now, the first renderings of the project are out, thanks to its architects, Meshberg Group. The site is located between Nassau and Driggs avenues, and the latest building applications also show some revisions compared to the original figures.