SROs, or single room occupancy hotels, house some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in New York City, but policies created dating to the 1950s and 1960s have resulted in residential hotels being gradually converted to market-rate housing or hotels. Yesterday, an SRO owner in the Fordham Heights section of the Bronx filed plans to convert his five-story building at 2327 Grand Concourse to a hotel or a dormitory.
The South Bronx hotel boom is picking back up again. Last week, plans were filed for a 10-story hotel at 2568 Park Avenue, in an industrially zoned section of Mott Haven.
Earlier this week, DNAinfo caught the pre-filing for a five-story hotel that would replace a Western Beef supermarket at 36-20 Steinway Street in Long Island City. Now official plans have been submitted to the Department of Buildings for the project, which will rise between 36th Avenue and Northern Boulevard, right across from Sunnyside Yards.
The blocks just south of Penn Station in Chelsea are getting yet another hotel designed by Gene Kaufman. Plans were filed yesterday for a 40-story hotel at 144 West 28th Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues.
Great Neck, N.Y.-based McSam Hotel Group has filed applications for a 24-story, 252-unit hotel building at 525 Eighth Avenue, located between West 36th and 37th streets in Midtown’s Garment District. The tower will encompass 88,127 square feet and rise 213 feet above street level to its roof. Guest amenities include a fitness center, bicycle storage, and a rooftop bar on the 24th floor. There will also be retail space on the ground floor. Gene Kaufman’s Union Square-based architecture firm is the architect of record. The 7,454-square-foot property, at 523-529 Eighth Avenue, is currently occupied by a single-story commercial building. Joseph P. Day Realty Corporation is the property owner.