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    April 13, 2004

    MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ANNOUNCES CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN ON NEW YORK’S FIRST MARRIOTT RESIDENCE INN

    Bryant Park Tower Includes Marriott Hotel, Rental Apartments, Retail and Parking


    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, G. Holdings Corporation Chairman & CEO Harry Gross, Marriott International, Inc. Executive Vice President for Lodging John W. Marriott, III and NYC & Company: ( www.nycvisit.com ) President Cristyne L. Nicholas today announced the start of construction of the Bryant Park Tower, a 43-story building that will house New York City’s first Marriott Residence Inn, with 357 suites, at Avenue of the Americas and West 39th Street. The $150 million project also includes 96 studio and one-bedroom rental apartments; street-level retail space totaling approximately 8,500 square feet; third-floor meeting, function space and a bar overlooking Bryant Park; and 100 on-site parking spaces.

    “The celebration in Times Square is spreading with the construction of the new Bryant Park Tower,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “In addition to housing New York City’s first Marriott Residence Inn, the $150 million project will also include new residential and commercial space, all at the heart of one of our City’s most exciting neighborhoods. Most importantly, the Bryant Park Tower project will mean new jobs for New Yorkers – 400 jobs during construction and when it is finished, the hotel, shops and parking will provide more than 200 full-time jobs. I salute John W. Marriott III and Harry Gross for working together on a project that will be a wonderful addition to the hotel industry.”

    “With great partners such as Mayor Bloomberg and Marriott International, our family will continue to invest in New York City, the Capital of the World,” said Mr. Gross. “The Marriott Residence Inn suites, drawing on the energy and excitement that flows from Bryant Park, Herald Square and Times Square, will provide affordable accommodations for families and business travelers in New York. And the rental apartments at Bryant Park Tower will be an exciting place to live, with great views of Midtown Manhattan.”

    “We are thrilled to introduce the Residence Inn brand to the New York City marketplace and are confident that its arrival will offer visitors an alternative to the more traditional hotel room setting,” said Mr. Marriott. “The new Residence Inn will be one of six Marriott brands currently represented in the New York City area.”

    “Marriott International is one of New York City’s most valuable partners in tourism,” said NYC & Company President Cristyne L. Nicholas. “The new Residence Inn property will be an exciting addition to New York City’s collection of extended-stay accommodations and have tremendous appeal to the international visitor, business traveler and vacationing family.”

    Residence Inn by Marriott, North America’s leading extended-stay brand, allows guests on long-term trips to maintain a balance between work and life while away from home. There are more than 425 Residence Inn hotels across North America. The Residence Inn entrance will be at the corner of Avenue of the Americas and West 39th Street. The retail spaces on the Avenue will house approximately 8,500 square feet of prime retail space. The second floor will house a public garage, with the hotel’s restaurant, bar, meeting rooms and ballroom on the third floor. The hotel will occupy 30 floors, and be topped by 10 floors of rental units.

    G. Holdings has developed and owns three additional Marriott hotels. In Manhattan, the New York Courtyard by Marriott – Times Square South, located diagonally across West 39th Street in Queens the New York Courtyard by Marriott – JFK Airport and in Philadelphia, the Marriott Residence Inn – Center City Philadelphia.

    “Before the end of 2005, 10 hotels including this one – with more than 2,100 rooms – are scheduled to open in our city. More proof that New York City is the safest, most exciting destination in the world,” concluded Mayor Bloomberg.

    www.nyc.gov

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    The modernist design as seen here:



    Has since been revised to a more elegant tower more fitting of a Park Avenue address and an architecture practice two decades past date.

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    April 14, 2004

    A Hotel That Says 'Stay a While'

    By JOHN HOLUSHA


    Two existing buildings will be surrounded by a 43-story Midtown hotel.

    Construction has begun on an unusual 43-story hotel and rental apartment building on the Avenue of the Americas between 38th and 39th Streets. The project, to be known as Bryant Park Tower, will house an extended-stay hotel - the 357-suite Marriott Residence Inn - with 96 studio and one-bedroom rental apartments on the top 10 floors.

    The hotel will be the first Residence Inn in Manhattan, although there are 425 hotels of that brand around the country. They are aimed at people on management-training programs, long-term projects or relocations, and are larger and better equipped than a standard hotel room.

    Harry Gross, the chief executive of the G Holdings Corporation, which is developing the $150 million project, said that the nearby Times Square area had become a corporate center with four new office towers completed in recent years. And the Durst Organization has a deal to add a fifth, a 2.1-million-square-foot building anchored by the Bank of America, just up the street at 42nd Street and the Avenue of the Americas.

    "An extended-stay hotel is what the market needed with all the new office buildings," Mr. Gross said.

    Extended-stay rooms are designed to be more like apartments than hotel rooms. They have a kitchen with a refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave oven and dishwasher. Most have separate working and sleeping areas. Residence Inn will even permit a lonely corporate trainee to keep a pet in the room - for a fee.

    Officials of Marriott International said the hotel would be the 14th to bear the company's name in New York City, with 6 of its 10 hotel brands represented. Two city properties are owned by Mr. Gross and his family, a Courtyard by Marriott a half a block west on 39th Street and another near Kennedy Airport.

    Mr. Gross said he planned to build another hotel bearing a Marriott brand at the northwest corner of Broadway and 54th Street, starting next year. The company also owns a Residence Inn in Philadelphia and is planning to build a full-service Marriott hotel in Ghent, Belgium.

    According to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who attended a brief ceremony to start the project, 10 new hotels are expected to be completed in the city by the end of next year, adding 2,100 rooms to the approximately 70,000 now available.

    Mr. Gross said the project would have 8,500 square feet of retail space on the first floor, a 100-space public parking garage on the second floor and meeting rooms and a bar on the third. The hotel will occupy the next 30 floors with the rental units in the top 10.

    The height should provide good views of Midtown and the project's namesake park, even though the building is a block south and on the opposite side of the Avenue of the Americas from Bryant Park's southwest corner.

    The entrance will be at the corner of 39th Street and the Avenue of the Americas. The residential units will have a separate entrance and lobby farther west on 39th Street and will have their own elevators and doorman.

    Mr. Gross said he expected the apartment units would appeal to single people and couples without children. "These are rental apartments in the heart of Manhattan," he said. "They fill a need in mid-Manhattan."

    The building, which is being designed by Nobutaka Ashihara Associates, will extend from 39th Street to 38th Street, occupying the full eastern end of the block with two exceptions. A three-story building housing the Millinery Center Synagogue and an adjacent four-story building will remain and the new structure will wrap around them.

    Mr. Gross said "the one building is a temple that basically cannot be sold." He could not reach agreement on a purchase price for the other, he added, an illustration of the difficulties of land assembly in New York.

    Copyright 2004 The New York Times Company

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    not bad... so thats what, three skyscrapers going up around Bryant Park soon?

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    Care to share it?
    Listen. If I could, I sure as hell would.

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    Ooh, what is this about a redevelopment plan for Chinatown?

    (I'm referring to the article the link to which Stern posted)

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    Supposednly part of the Chinatown redevelopment includes opening up the waterfront.

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    Appropriately the image name is 0412gross.jpgp

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    Looks kind of like a Disneyland Clock Tower...

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    Yikes!

    I was going to ridicule the Bryant Park address, but now I'm glad it's not on the park.

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    If the materials and construction are good quality it won't be too bad.

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    Bad massing, bad horizontal and bad vertical elements, and a poor choice of complementing materials. It is the ugliest building in the picture IMO.

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    What was wrong with this design? This is three times better than the new design...What are they thinking! :x

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