Construction Pauses on Peter Poon Architects’ 58 West 39th Street, in Midtown

58 West 39th Street. Rendering by Peter Poon Architects

Work appears to be stalled on H Hotel W39, a 447-foot-tall project from Peter F. Poon Architects at 58 West 39th Street in Midtown. Developed by Wei Hong Hu of H Hotel LLC, the 29-story building is located between Fifth and Sixth Avenue just south of Bryant Park.

Recent photos from Tectonic show the reinforced concrete superstructure has risen just one story since YIMBY’s last update in late January. The formwork and rebar for the columns and floor slabs currently hover around the third floor and are still within the confines of the two abutting structures.

58 West 39th Street. Photo by Tectonic

58 West 39th Street. Photo by Tectonic

58 West 39th Street will yield 56,000 square feet with 41,500 square feet of commercial space, 65 hotel rooms, meeting rooms, a fitness center, and a hotel lobby along West 39th Street. The rendering depicts a very unconventional massing with a dramatic cantilever on its eastern profile. The glass-clad structure features rounded corners throughout and culminates in a dome-like parapet. The northern elevation, not seen in the rendering, will likely be a flat wall of glass that faces Bryant Park, and the eastern profile appears to feature an outdoor terrace.

The closest subways are the B, D, F, M, and 7 trains at the 42nd Street-Bryant Park station. Times Square is a short walk from the hotel, while the Port Authority Bus Terminal is only two avenues away on Eighth Avenue.

It’s unclear when progress will pick up or when 58 West 39th Street will be completed. YIMBY spotted a target of winter 2020, as noted on the construction fence, though sometime in 2021 is more likely.

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8 Comments on "Construction Pauses on Peter Poon Architects’ 58 West 39th Street, in Midtown"

  1. This is one I wouldn’t mind getting cancelled. Look at that goddawful setback. The best Peter Poon can bring apparently.

  2. Randall Cummings | May 31, 2020 at 4:13 pm | Reply

    Like the soft curves , I call these designs jinga block buildings.

  3. This building is the extreme of “This is what we brought upon ourselves”. If new york can hold hands and evict a few legacy tenants (and probably give them an accessible better apt in the new building) then we’d get a regular building. But since certain people are beholden to dying in the same tenement they were born, and laws are written to protect physical attachments, developers have to build silly buildings around them.
    A building being not up to building code should be argument enough that it can be torn down. Who supports grandfather clauses in 2020? That is very 1950s.

    • U speak of removinglegacy cheap renters. What demographic r those ppl? Older and lighter in tone appearance. Nyc doesnt want 10000 or 100000 or 500000 old senior or middle age poor w hite ppl on the streets.

      Its the same across the ues uws chelsea hells kitchen east end park slope etc.

      The rules are archaic. Yes for sure. But then u displace hundreds of thousands of w hite and c olored ppl.

      And this is a neutral but quite real truth.

  4. The promotion of market rate apts in nyc is all but dead. Rent stabilized or regulated apts r genwrally passed down or leased out at higher rates so some folk can movw to a florida nursing home.

    Site acqusition fees will grow or perhaps dwindle.

    The owners may sell out at a discount prior to covid. But the fees r insane.

  5. This is very cool .
    Sometimes you need to shake things up

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