32 West 48th Street Begins Ascent in Midtown, Manhattan

32 West 48th Street. Designed by SLCE Architects

Construction is rising on 32 West 48th Street, a 31-story hotel tower in Midtown, Manhattan’s Diamond District. Designed by SLCE Architects and developed by Extell, the 456-foot-tall structure will span 213,158 square feet and yield 534 guest rooms with an average scope of 316 square feet. AECOM Tishman is the general contractor for the project, which is located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, directly south of Rockefeller Center, with a narrow annex extending south to West 47th Street.

The reinforced concrete superstructure has ascended steadily since our last update in late January, when crews were in the process of building the first story above street level. The structure has since risen above the multi-story podium, which stands wrapped in orange netting, and a handful of floors for the main tower have been constructed. The cantilevering western section should become visible in the next couple of weeks as the building rises higher. Curtain wall installation has yet to commence and likely will not get underway for a few more months.

Photo by Michael Young

Multiple trucks were seen delivering building supplies from flatbeds along West 48th Street.

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

Photo by Michael Young

The rendering of 32 West 48th Street depicts the main northern elevation beginning with the podium enclosed in glass framed by white columns. Following a setback, the tower then rises with a dark reflective glass curtain wall with a dense grid of mullions. The building culminates in a flat parapet with an extension for a bulkhead covered in the same glass cladding.

The closest subways from the property are the B, D, F, and M trains at the 47-50th Streets-Rockefeller Center station.

32 West 48th Street’s anticipated completion date is posted on site for September 2024, though YIMBY expects work to conclude sometime in 2025. A hotel operator has yet to be confirmed.

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9 Comments on "32 West 48th Street Begins Ascent in Midtown, Manhattan"

  1. David in Bushwick | April 7, 2024 at 10:49 am | Reply

    You gotta love the bookend holdouts, reminding us what this neighborhood used to be.


    • Seconded.

      I also like how the new developments streetwall projects forward in line with the taller neighbors and tucking the old little walk-ups like they’re being nestled. This is ideal and the new tower if lined up with the old walkups upper setback wouldn’t have been near as successful. Hoping the facade is very aesthetically pleasing and “wraps” around the sides not leaving a cheaper “lot line cladding” like EIFS – that would be a disspointment.

    • I used to get lunch occasionally years ago from a terrific falafel place on the 48th Street side of the decrepit arcade this new hotel replaces. The only constant is change.

    • miguel de la 0 | April 7, 2024 at 7:00 pm | Reply

      I have a love/hate with hold-ups. I cheer for the little guy but then I wonder what they are going to do with those buildings. The residents are now stuck in a dark canyon! I used to own an 8 tenement on 44th that I sold way too early.

      • David : Sent From Heaven. | April 7, 2024 at 11:16 pm | Reply

        Think about how happy you will be, if you could sit and watch the aerial view on the 20th floor: Thanks to Michael Young.

  2. That Chinese restaurant, Wu Liang Ye, used to be pretty good when I worked around there. Nice interior and good food. Hope they survive.

  3. How’s the spa

  4. Blah, blah, black box, have you any soul?

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