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    Landmarks studies mixed-use tower at Bryant Park 11-JAN-07

    The Landmarks Preservation Commission held a hearing Tuesday night on the design of a proposed, 31-story, mixed-use tower at 14 West 40th Street.
    The proposal seeks to use a restoration plan for the former Knox Hat Building that had been approved in 1994 when the Republic National Bank intended to develop this long-vacant site, which extends through to 39th Street. The bank had developed the large office tower directly south of the Knox Hat Building in 1981 and at that time received a building bonus for agreeing to maintain the Knox Hat Building, which was incorporated into its new building program at the site, in good condition.

    The 1994 plan would have permitted the bank to seek various building waivers, but not increases in bulk, for the new building in return for a major restoration program for the Knox Hart Building, but the bank, which is now part of HSBC, decided not to proceed with the new building and therefore did not start the restoration program.

    Morris Adjmi, the project's architect, told the commission that the proposed building is a transition between the taller HSBC (formerly Republic Bank of New York) tower that wraps around the Knox Building, and the American Radiator Building, now the Bryant Park Hotel, further west on 40th Street.

    Tthe proposed building is across 40th Street from the landmark New York Public Library.

    Commissioner Stephen Byrns noted that the proposed tower is mostly "free-standing," which he said was "one of the best aspects" of the building on this "up-and-down" block, "one of the more remarkable streets in New York," but he said he was "a little underwhelmed" by the design, which he felt was "a little tall" and "could be more elegant."

    Jan Pokorny, another commissioner, however, said he felt "good" about the design, which he described as "elegant" and "first-rate."

    Commissioner Margery Perlmutter said that the proposed building was "not too tall."

    The proposed, limestone-clad building has a "punched" fenestration pattern that recesses windows more than a foot and the window openings are framed in stainless steel on the lower floors and aluminum on the upper floors. The bulkhead at the top of the building is surrounded by a wide "fence."

    A statement from the Historic Districts Council maintained that the design was inappropriate and not harmonious with the nearby Knox Building or other Beaux Arts buildings on the block.

    Commission chairman Robert Tierney asked the applicant to work with the commission's staff to refine the design and then return.

    The tower, which would have some corner windows, will have 150 hotel rooms and 64 residential condominium apartments. The top of the new tower, Mr. Adjmi, whose other projects include 345 West 14th Street, 450 West 14th Street, and 40 Ganesvoort Street, said, would be illuminated at nigh.

    The new tower would be a couple of doors to the west of the 29-story tower at 450 Fifth Avenue that was erected by the Republic National Bank in 1985 and designed by Eli Attia with a staggered north fażade that wraps around the former Knox Hat Building. The Knox building was designed by John H. Duncan in 1902 and sensitively remodeled into a bank building by Kahn & Jacobs in 1965.

    The proposed restoration of the former Knox building will recreate a curved glass entrance marquee on Fifth Avenue, replace a missing cast-iron railing on a cornice, replace non-original multi-pane windows with single-pane windows, make various needed repairs, but retain the non-original storefront configuration on 40th Street because, he said, it is bettered centered to the upper fażade. Several commissioners agreed retaining the anon-aligned storefront facades was preferable.

    The new tower will be known as "The View at Bryant Park" and is a project of the 40th Street Development LLC, which is in contract to purchase the property from HSBC Bank.

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    Existing thread for that^ project here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek2k3 View Post

    Cooper Square Hotel

    25 - 33 Cooper Square / 201 - 205 East 5th Street
    21/22 stories 226 feet
    Perkins Eastman Architects PC

    DOB Permit
    This one has started to rise above The Bowery ...



    A big column at the Bowery entrance is all askew, ala Gehry / IAC ...

    ...

    The hotel is going up around the old 4-story building at the center of the site (far right below), where tenants chose to stay rather than be bought out ...



    And which leaves their old 2nd-story back door in a somewhat precarious position ...


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    326 - 332 W. 40th:

    33 Stories / 297' H. / 97,942 Gross SF / Lot: ~ 100' x 50' / 248 Rooms
    Arch.: Gene Kaufman
    Owner: John Lam / UniGroup Hotel
    Two of the 33 stories are now above street level on this hotel on W. 40th east of 9th Avenue ...


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    Costes Brothers eye Manhattan


    By Jonathan Scheff
    January 17, 2007

    The Costes brothers, the famous French hoteliers, are rumored to be scouting Manhattan for their first development across the Atlantic.

    Costes, as well as other big names - the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Four Seasons, and more - bid on an available lot on Maiden Lane in Lower Manhattan, said one source close to the Costes' representatives in the U.S.

    "I think the deal is off, but they're actively looking for a secure site in Manhattan," the source said.

    Vivian Deuschl, vice president of public relations for the Ritz-Carlton, denied ever bidding on a Maiden Lane site. Costes representatives did not return telephone calls inquiring about their intentions.

    In the cutthroat market of New York City hotel development, companies do not often reveal their intentions to the public. The source who knows the Costes' representatives in New York, said, "These things aren't typically spoken about until there's a signed deal."

    He said, however, that he would expect a new Costes project in the near future.

    Costes brothers Jean-Louis and Gilbert, and Gilbert's son, Thierry, are known for their hip and chic properties, like Hotel Costes, which opened in 1995. Their Paris empire now boasts 40 hotels, cafes and restaurants.


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    Quote Originally Posted by antinimby View Post

    ... The Chetrit Group announced this month that it would halt its planned conversion of the Empire Hotel across from Lincoln Center into 125 luxury condos and instead begin constructing a 440-room hotel.
    A new Starbucks has now opened in the NE corner of the Empire Hotel (formerly a stationery store) -- and today new glass was going in for the retail space just to the south of that.

    A plywood shed has been constructed over the NW corner of the Empire Hotel (formerly the site of the Iridium jazz club before it moved down towards Time Square) ...

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    man mscam has a mcnopoly on making too many mchotels in the same vicinity at the same time.

    50 trinity is bad enough, but from that list a few pages back, it seems like he is mcmaking 8 more in fidi/greenwich south. While this is potentially a good idea to make cheap hotels for the busses of tourists to WTC, it is not going to do much AT ALL for the neighborhood. Who wants to be packed in amongst holiday inns?
    Not much of a step up beyond the strip clubs as they are now. In fact, worse, since at least sometimes you want to go to a bad strip club.

    anyone have renderings of exactly how bad kaufman/ mcsam are? Do they all come with mcdonald's in the lobby?

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    I hope that he does not raze any historic buildings. Many of the buildings on Greenwich St. are from the 1700s.

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    I had to go down to far West 38th Street yesterday to get my car fixed, and I noticed this:



    How long has that lovely hotel been there for? The kids wanted to go to Disney, but I opted for this beautiful resort so I could use my points

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    "Best Western"? More like "Worst Western"

    DOB says the "New Building" at 522-524 W. 38th was signed off on 10.25.2002.

    Not surprisingly, it is a CHANG thang.

    First glance told me it was a Kaufman.

    But it turns out to be a Poon.

    Poon is also doing the CHANG thang at 305 w. 39th (seen here) and another on Watts / 6th Avenue (among many others).

    As sfenn1117 has said:
    Peter Poon may just be worse than O'hara.
    antinimby put it best:
    Kaufman, O'Hara and Poon.

    The Holy (Sh*t!) Trinity.

    Of course of all the places in the world, they would be here.
    But, ultimately, the blame lies with Chang

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    Poon Chang?

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    Peter Poon, what a great porn name.

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    my god that is so bad. no more best "westerns" please especially when they look like SRO's.

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    One block, six hotels planned
    Sam Chang developing sextet of hotels on West 39th Street






    By Adam Piore
    February 2007

    Hotel developer Sam Chang plans to build six hotels on a gritty stretch of West 39th Street within sight of the Lincoln Tunnel.

    It's an ambitious undertaking that real estate experts say may be unprecedented in New York City. And it will likely transform the landscape of a single block, now home to a desolate parking lot and drab office buildings, just off Eighth Avenue.

    "This block now is not the most upstanding street in New York City," concedes architect Gene Kaufman, who is designing all six hotels. "We are going to be able to improve the neighborhood."

    The hotels will range in height from 31 to 37 stories. The highest building in the area right now is 20 stories. There are currently no hotels -- and usually no tourists -- in the immediate vicinity.

    Chang says most of the hotels will be franchises of varying price and quality. At the low end is an 80-room budget Comfort Inn, at 305 West 39th Street, which will cost about $15 million to construct and offer rooms for about $150 a night. Across the pricing spectrum, there's a four-star, $110 million, extended stay Homewood Suites (a Hilton brand), at 311 West 39th Street. The Homewood Suites will rent rooms for $275 a night and offer a 4,000-square-foot library and sitting area.

    The other hotels on the block will likely be a Hampton Inn at 337 West 39th Street, a Candlewood Suites at 339 West 39th Street, and a Holiday Inn Express at 343 West 39th Street. Those three properties will be connected, and each will have 200 rooms, creating a total of 250,000 square feet. Construction costs are estimated at $150 million.

    Chang is also building a full-service Holiday Inn at 588 Eighth Avenue.

    Sean Hennessey, chief executive of Lodging Investment Advisors, says Chang's project is nearly unprecedented in New York. The only example he could cite of one developer owning multiple competing properties next to one another was the Essex House on Central Park South, which offered accommodations in a Weston on lower floors and in the more expensive St. Regis on the floors above.

    "They were able to get higher room rates for the St. Regis than they would have been able to get had they just had the Weston," he said.

    Suburban developers sometimes buy large blocks of property and break them up into separate hotels, Hennessey added. The owners can then launch separate marketing themes, while cutting facility costs by sharing the reservation systems, gyms and pools.

    But Chang says he has no such plans -- though he says he is saving about 20 percent on construction costs on three of the properties, because they are adjacent.

    "We started building the Comfort Inn, and the owners of 343 [West 39th Street] approached us and asked if we wanted to buy" the three adjacent properties, says Chang. After we bought from them, the owners of 311 [West 39th Street] and 585 Eighth Avenue approached us. Maybe we will call this 'Hotel Street.'"

    Chang expects to finish the Hampton Inn by June 2007, the Holiday Inn by July 2008, and everything else in between.

    "Some of them I will keep, some of them I will sell," Chang says. "I have opened 25 hotels in New York. What is there to be excited about? It's like eating dinner. Every day you have to do it."


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    Default This could wind up looking interesting.

    An entire block of different buildings built in the same period. My other thought is this could wind up being a giant brothel. : (

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