Times Square’s Hard Rock Hotel Gets Ready to Rise at 159 West 48th Street

159 West 48th Street. Rendering via Curbed NY

Work is now progressing quickly for Times Square’s impending Hard Rock Hotel, situated between Sixth and Seventh Avenue at 159 West 48th Street. The 445-key inn is being designed by Berg + Moss Architects. The 225,000 square foot project is being developed by Extell, in partnership with Hard Rock International. The site was purchased by Extell eight years ago for $26 million, along with the necessary air rights that will allow the structure to rise 442 feet tall. The previously existing parking garage has since been demolished, and now work on the foundation is underway.

The Hard Rock Hotel site from above. The construction site with the red construction crane in the foreground is 145 West 47th Street. Photo by Michael Young

Looking from above, the 13,000 square foot site has progressed significantly since YIMBY last checked in back in July. Excavation is nearly finished, with a small section on the eastern end of the property remaining. The foundation walls on the northern side are about halfway complete, with scaffolding and equipment arranged around the concrete walls in multiple sections. Work on the core and lower levels of the building have not yet begun, but should start by spring.

When complete, the new tower will stand directly next to McGraw Hill Park, with hotel views facing south towards Times Square and north towards the upper half of the Midtown skyline. Other features of the development include a rooftop lounge and bar, a restaurant, a lobby lounge, and an underground speakeasy. From the main rendering, the logo will be boldly displayed on the southern and eastern elevations.

This is only one of several new hotels set to open in Times Square. Some other examples include the Marriott Edition which launches next month at 20 Times Square, with one of the largest LED screens in the district and the country. 1568 Broadway, just across the street from the Edition, is about to undergo a massive demolition and construction project called TSX Hotel. A Margaritaville Hotel on West 40th Street is also underway, at the southern end of Times Square.

No completion date for the Hard Rock Hotel has been announced yet.

Subscribe to YIMBY’s daily e-mail

Follow YIMBYgram for real-time photo updates
Like YIMBY on Facebook
Follow YIMBY’s Twitter for the latest in YIMBYnews


11 Comments on "Times Square’s Hard Rock Hotel Gets Ready to Rise at 159 West 48th Street"

  1. The Architect on this project is not Berg + Moss. Architect of Record is SLCE. DeSimone is the structural engineer.

    • Architect of Record is often a different firm than the actual design architect, for instance when the design architect is outside the geographic location of the project

  2. David in Bushwick | January 27, 2019 at 10:26 am | Reply

    Why are some tall buildings allowed to have big signage on top?
    It’s something that really shouldn’t happen if anyone cares an ounce about aesthetics.

    • This is the Hard Rock Hotel, not the Van Cleef & Arpels Hotel.

    • Would agree about the signage; don’t know city guidelines on signage but can tolerate this only because in Times Sq — although IMO lighted signage ultimately undermines (rmore like trashes) the skyline from every direction. Less is more.

      • Michael. Bergstein | January 28, 2019 at 9:32 am | Reply

        Zoning for Times Square signage actually REQUIRES bright signage.
        Perhaps if you have such an opinion, you should become more involved in the public hearing process.

    • Terry Scholle | June 2, 2019 at 12:24 pm | Reply

      look down not up if it bugs You . ITS NY CITY

  3. So happy the building is not a Big A guitar like the southern monstrosity they are building!!

  4. That McGraw-Hill pocket park is a treasure.

  5. This is the old Sam ash music store site

  6. Terry Scholle | June 2, 2019 at 12:22 pm | Reply

    David Bushwick wonders why You need a sign in times square ? LOL City dweller that dose not like signs should look down not up ! I love the Hard Rock Hotels , feel like a rock star

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.