YIMBY checked in on 159 West 48th Street in Times Square, the site of the first Hard Rock Hotel in New York City, where work appears to have stopped. Thick planks of wood can be spotted covering the exposed steel rebar protruding from the completed reinforced concrete foundations. The project is designed by Berg + Moss Architects and is being developed by Extell and Hard Rock International.
The construction crane was previously installed back in June, and since then more of the foundation walls were finished. None of the core walls and sub-level columns and floor slabs have been formed yet.
The site is located between Sixth Avenue and Seventh Avenue, just off Times Square. The 225,000-square-foot hotel will yield 445 rooms upon completion. The main rendering shows this will become a fairly tall superstructure with a sleek glass curtain wall on the main southern profile featuring long corner balconies and wrap-around glass on the lower floors. The Hard Rock logo will be conspicuously placed and illuminated atop the hotel floors and the proposed outdoor rooftop lounge and bar, which would likely be among one the highest rooftop bars in New York City. There will also be a restaurant, a lobby lounge, and an underground speakeasy.
No completion date for the Hard Rock Hotel has been announced yet.