By Michelle Cohen, Wed, August 10, 2022
Photo credit: Noë & Associates / The Boundary
The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria has released a first look inside two new amenities spaces that honor the iconic hotel’s connection to music history and culinary innovation. The Stage & Screen Theater and The Chrysler Room were designed to add to the building’s glamorous history while introducing a new era for the celebrated Park Avenue address.
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By Michelle Cohen, Tue, August 9, 2022
Photo credit: Matthew Williams
Canoe Place Inn and Cottages, situated on the site of America’s oldest inn, reopened its doors this week after being shuttered for nearly two decades. The historic 17th-century Hamptons inn, which was once referred to as “The First Stop Out East,” has been restored and reimagined for the 21st-century traveler.
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By Michelle Cohen, Tue, July 26, 2022
Photo credit: Jason Varney
José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup on Tuesday opened Zaytinya, a new restaurant and hotel in-room dining option at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Nomad. The restaurant features a mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese cuisines in a 140-seat street-level restaurant with a mod-meets Mediterranean interior design courtesy of David Rockwell’s Rockwell Group. The Nomad location will be the second for Zaytinya, which first opened in 2002 in Washington, DC.
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By Devin Gannon, Fri, July 8, 2022
All renderings courtesy of Aman New York
A penthouse on New York City’s Billionaires’ Row has sold for $74.34 million, the highest closed sale of 2022 so far. Taking up the entirety of the 20th floor of the Aman New York, a new hotel and residential project at the iconic Crown Building on Fifth Avenue, the home measures over 6,700 square feet and features a private saltwater swimming pool, cabana, and two terraces. The apartment–dubbed the “Jala Penthouse”–was originally listed for $83.53 million.
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By Michelle Cohen, Wed, June 8, 2022
Governor Kathy Hochul signs hotel conversion bill; photo credit: Darren McGee–Office of Governor Kathy Hochul
Gov. Kathy Hochul today signed a long-awaited bill that will relax the current rules for converting underutilized hotels into permanent housing. The new legislation allows for Class B hotels within–or within 400 feet of–residentially-zoned districts to operate as permanent residences. It also allows hotels which meet those criteria to be used for permanent housing if they enter into an agreement with the city or receive State financing, through the Housing Our Neighbors with Dignity Act (HONDA).
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By Aaron Ginsburg, Thu, May 5, 2022
Images courtesy of TSX Broadway
The redevelopment of a historic Times Square theater hit a major milestone this week. L&L Holding Company on Wednesday announced the 30-foot lift of the Palace Theatre is completed after seven weeks. The project is part of TSX Broadway, a 46-story $2.5 billion mixed-use development set to open next year with a performance venue, 660-key hotel, retail, and a restored theater on the third floor. Using techniques that defied traditional engineering, the theater’s lifting unlocks 100,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space.
By Devin Gannon, Mon, May 2, 2022
Photo by Dimitry Anikin on Unsplash
Mayor Eric Adams on Sunday called on Albany to pass legislation that makes it easier for New York City to convert vacant and underused hotels into affordable housing. Introduced earlier this year by Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz and State Sen. Brian Kavanagh, the bill creates an exemption to zoning rules that require developers to undergo the city’s lengthy land use review process or complete major renovations for hotels to become permanent housing. While the idea of converting hotels into housing has been floated by lawmakers for years without getting off the ground, the city’s growing housing and homelessness crises have renewed a push from officials.
By Michelle Cohen, Wed, February 16, 2022
Streetview of 258 West 97th Street © 2022 Google
As part of a larger plan to create much-needed affordable housing, Mayor Eric Adams has expressed his support for converting hotels to residential units. In the first such attempt by his administration, Adams announced on Monday plans to convert what had been an illegal hotel at 258 West 97th Street on the Upper West Side into 80 new units of housing primarily for formerly homeless and low-income New Yorkers.
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By Devin Gannon, Tue, October 26, 2021
All photos by David Mitchell
The world’s first hotel on wheels is set to debut in the Hudson Valley this winter. The New York-based startup company Moliving Inc. revealed earlier this year its first model unit, which measures roughly 400 square feet and includes two outdoor decks. The company believes the movable luxury hotel rooms, which are designed to be easily installed and relocated, offer hoteliers the opportunity to build hotels faster, more sustainably, and to adjust room inventory according to seasonal demand.
By Dana Schulz, Tue, September 28, 2021
Photo via Wikimedia Commons
October 1 marks 90 years since the Waldorf Astoria opened its doors on Park Avenue. It was the world’s tallest hotel for 32 years and became perhaps the most famous hotel on the globe, too, attracting Hollywood’s elite, world leaders, and famed cultural events and galas. Since 2016, the landmark has been closed for a restoration and reimagination that will bring 375 hotel rooms and suites, along with 375 luxury condos as part of The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria. In anticipation of the reopening in early 2023, and to mark its nine-decade-long history, a new website called Waldorf Stories will “honor, document, and preserve the oral history of the world’s most famous hotel through stories told by the people that lived them.”