Last spring, All Year Management filed applications for a seven-story, mixed-use commercial hub at 71 White Street, in East Williamsburg. The 79,365 square-foot project would feature a 112-key hotel, an amphitheater, retail space, and restaurants, according to Arch Daily, who also has renderings. The graffitied façade on the existing single-story warehouse will be preserved, and retail space will span the ground and second floors. In the back of the building, an open-air, second-story level will feature additional access to businesses as well as the amphitheater. The hotel will occupy the upper five floors, and will include a variety of suites and a rooftop bar. ODA Architecture is behind the design.
Early last year, an on-site rendering was posted of Rinaldi Group’s planned 19-story, 300-key CitizenM hotel at 185 Bowery, located near the corner of Delancey Street on the Lower East Side. Today, the construction is moving forward following a period of no activity, according to Bowery Boogie. Rebar can be seen poking up above the construction fence and crews are likely pouring concrete for the ground and below-grade levels. Once complete, the 99,433 square-foot building will feature hotel rooms averaging roughly 250 square feet apiece, a ground-floor café, and a rooftop terrace/bar. A 3,383 square-foot public plaza will front Bowery, and Stephen B. Jacobs Group is the architect of record. Completion is expected in late 2016.
Last month, the leasehold interest of the 45-story, 468-key DoubleTree Suites hotel (by Hilton New York City – Times Square) was purchased for $540 million by Indianapolis-based Maefield Development, according to The Real Deal. The mixed-use building at 1568 Broadway, between West 46th and 47th Streets in Times Square, currently contains ground-floor retail space and the Palace Theatre, which was designated an interior landmark in 1987. Last November, YIMBY brought you news of the proposed retail and lobby expansions, and the restoration (and raising) of the Palace theater for entertainment purposes. The building is set to receive a significant overhaul, which includes the hotel portion as well as the installation of a new, state-of-the-art LED screen.
Red Hook was severely damaged by flooding during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and few residential developers have been willing to touch the transit-starved Brooklyn neighborhood. But commercial projects are alive and well among the 19th century warehouses, from Est4te Four’s big office complex to a factory-to-office conversion on Van Brunt Street. Now new building applications have surfaced for a five-story hotel at 411 Van Brunt Street, only a block from the waterfront.
The New York City landmarks law was signed 50 years ago this year. So, what better time to talk about some of its successes? Plenty of great structures, such as the Empire State Building, completed in 1931 as a multi-tenant office building, are easy to keep relevant and functioning. Others, however, become obsolete and can no longer perform their originally intended purpose. That’s where adaptive reuse comes in. If you haven’t heard the term, it’s when an old structure is adapted for a new use. It’s often how we are saving our great city.