The cores of dense cities work best when they mix a variety of functions, such as residential, commercial, or office. This mixing allows for a round-the-clock pedestrian presence, ensuring that the streets do not empty out at any point of the day. The concept is taken literally to the next level when two independent functions are stacked one on top of another within the same building, like roommates sharing a bunk bed. This effectively puts two buildings on the same plot without resorting to narrow towers with small floorplates. Although generally rare, mixed-use skyscrapers have made their mark upon Manhattan, starting with the famed Waldorf-Astoria, which combined hotel rooms at the bottom with apartments on top in 1931. Now, the city’s first major mixed-use tower has risen outside of Manhattan. The 31-story, glass-and-concrete slab at 29-11 Queens Plaza North in Long Island City, has seen construction virtually wrapped up at the time of this writing. Its lower 15 floors house the Marriott Courtyard Long Island City hotel, with the 135-unit residential complex called the Aurora sitting on the floors above.
Foundation work is now complete for the 33-story, 271-key Marriott hotel under construction at 151 Maiden Lane, located on the corner of Front Street in the Financial District. The above photo is courtesy of the hotel’s developer, Pizzarotti-IBC. The latest building permits indicate it will encompass 139,891 square feet and stand 341 feet in height. Guest amenities will include a market on the ground floor associated with the hotel, storage for 11 bikes, a lounge, a fitness center, and a terrace on the sixth floor. The hotel rooms will be located on the third, fourth, and sixth through 30th floors. SoHo-based Peter Poon Architects is behind the design. Completion is expected in 2017. YIMBY previously revealed renderings of the project roughly a year ago.
Construction is now three stories above street level at 215 Pearl Street, located on the corner of Platt Street in the heart of the Financial District, where a 39-story, 320-key hotel is planned. The construction progress can be seen thanks to photos posted to the YIMBY Forums by user rbrome. The hotel — which YIMBY first reported on in September of 2012 — will be a Courtyard & Residence Inn by Marriott. The latest building permits indicate it will encompass 165,655 square feet and stand 396 feet in height. The hotel rooms will be located on the fifth through 37th floors, while retail space will occupy some of the ground floor. Guest amenities include bike storage, a restaurant, meeting rooms, a fitness center, and a roof garden on the 38th floor. Lam Group is the developer and Nobutaka Ashihara Architect is the architect of record. Completion is expected in the summer of 2017.
A rendering has been revealed of the 24-story, 122-key Hotel Indigo planned at 120 Water Street, in the Financial District, by the Commercial Observer. The new building will encompass 51,600 square feet and guest amenities will include a fitness center, a restaurant & bar on the ground floor, a rooftop bar & lounge on the top floor, and bike storage space in the cellar. The hotel rooms should average 360 square feet apiece. Long Island-based Atlas Hospitality is the developer and Gene Kaufman’s SoHo-based architectural firm is the architect of record. Since YIMBY’s report on the planned hotel in December of 2014, the project has shrunk from 31 stories and 150 rooms to 24 stories and 122 rooms. The project also has a different developer and architect. The 36-foot-wide, 2,877-square-foot assemblage is currently occupied by four- and five-story mixed-use buildings. Demolition permits were filed in November of 2015. Completion of the new hotel is scheduled for the spring of 2018.
A hospitality haven is rapidly rising at the northern fringe of Long Island City, in an area that overlaps into Dutch Kills to the east and Ravenswood to the west. Despite its convenient location just minutes away from Midtown via subway, the neighborhood north of Queens Plaza was largely ignored by the city and developers for most of the 20th century. During that time, local street character ranged from quiet residential enclaves to fenced-off commercial and industrial facilities to seedy, crime-ridden nooks that the casual visitor best stay away from. Since Long Island City has become one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods, a dozen hotels sprung up within its northern portion, with several more currently in progress. Upon completion, the 10-story one at 29-12 40th Avenue, which will be run by a yet-to-be-announced operator, would bring 75 rooms to the booming neighborhood.