Construction Update: 218 West 35th Street

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The new hotel at 218 West 35th Street has topped-out; at 40 floors, it’s probably the tallest non-noticeable building under construction in Manhattan, with visibility restricted to 7th Avenue adjacent to Penn Station. The developer is Cayre Investments and the architect is SRA;  no hotel partner has been announced.

Besides topping-out, cladding has also made major progress. The facade looks fairly typical for an average, mid-range hotel  — featuring character-deficient glass — but the building’s size leaves it with a much larger impression than typical developments on adjacent streets. Nevertheless, in terms of neighborhood scale, the tower is lost.

218 West 35th Street

218 West 35th Street

In terms of comparable new buildings, 120 West 42nd Street comes to mind, and — indeed — the glass facades on both high-rises are quite similar. The towers have similarly difficult relationships with the pedestrian sphere, and neither will have an architecturally engaging street-level presence.

Completion of 218 West 35th Street is expected next year, and the hotel will have 342 rooms.

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