In September of 2014, YIMBY reported on applications for a 10-story, 133-key hotel planned at 38-42 11th Street, in the Ravenswood section of Long Island City, located four blocks from the 21st Street-Queensbridge stop on the F train. Now, a rendering of the project has been revealed in a report by The Real Deal. The latest building permits indicate the hotel, which will be an extended-stay one by Marriott’s TownePlace Suites, will encompass 69,045 square feet. If the project’s 50,457 square feet of commercial space is exclusively representative of the hotel units, individual rooms should average a relatively spacious 379 square feet apiece. Guest amenities include a fitness center, laundry facilities, a lounge and breakfast area, a garden area behind the building, a bar, a rooftop terrace, a 21-car garage on the ground floor, and storage for five bikes. Midtown Properties is the developer and Think! Architecture and Design is behind the architecture. Foundation work is reportedly underway at the site, and completion is scheduled before 2017.
It was in March of 2015 when YIMBY last brought you a construction update on the 30-story, 317-key Courtyard Marriott under development at 133 Greenwich Street, in the Financial District. At the time, the project was 18 stories above street level. Since then, the structure has topped out and has received much of its façade elements, as seen in photos by Tectonic. The building’s windows are all in place and paneling is currently being installed on its southern face. In all, the building measures 151,282 square feet. There will be retail space on the ground floor, with the hotel taking up the rest of the building. A fitness center will be located in the cellar, followed by a restaurant on the sixth floor, and a rooftop bar and terrace on the 28th floor. Hidrock Properties is the developer, while Danny Forster Design Studio being responsible for the design, with Peter Poon Architect serving as the architect of record. Completion can be expected later this year.
In 2015, New York’s landmarks law turned 50 years old. Events and discussion panels were held across the city throughout the year. The Museum of the City of New York held the commemorative Saving Place exhibit. As YIMBY reported, six individual landmarks and four historic districts were designated during this period. However, last year also saw its fair share of demolitions. Here, we look back at a small selection from the dozens of buildings that met the wrecking ball over the course of 2015. These eight structures range from architectural masterpieces to eyesores and span across a variety of decades, styles, and uses – as diverse as the Big Apple’s built environment itself.
The LIC Marriott and Residential Tower at 29-07 Queens Plaza North is effectively complete on the exterior, and the last glass panes have now been installed on its eastern facing facade. At 31 stories tall, it is now among the five tallest topped-out buildings in central Long Island City.
Roseland, a branch of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation, has landed $94 million to build a 364-key hotel development at 500 Avenue At Port Imperial, in Weehawken, New Jersey. According to Real Estate Weekly, the project will include a 210-key Renaissance hotel and a separate 154-key Residence Inn, both to be operated by Marriott. The hotel will be built atop an existing multi-level parking garage, and 15,000 square feet of outdoor space is planned on the sixth floor. Completion is expected near the end of 2017.