The future Midtown East home of the fitness- and wellness-themed EVEN Hotel line has reached its 414-foot apex. Situated one block away from Grand Central Terminal, the 36-story mixed-use tower at 219 East 44th Street will be the hotel brand’s second location in the city, and its upper floors will be crowned with ten penthouses.
The building’s developers are a partnership between CWC and the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG), who are also the parent company of the Holiday Inn and Crown Plaza brands. IHG will debut their first Manhattan EVEN Hotel later this year at 321 West 35th Street with this 44th Street location opening soon after. The brand promotes a health and wellness lifestyle for travelers through in-room fitness zones for private workouts and healthy food and beverage options, including made-to-order smoothies and grab ‘n’ go meals. Additionally, the hotel will have dedicated meeting areas, indoor/outdoor eating and exercise space, and spa-inspired showers.
The tower replaces an eight-story building that formerly housed the popular Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse, which according to Crain’s New York will return to the site once the hotel opens. While there have been few updates on the hotel’s status since its announcement back in 2012, the construction site was the location of a tragic crane accident this past April when a mechanical failure caused a flatbed truck crane to fatally crush the owner of Kenry Construction.
Now with the structure fully erected, the Peter Poon Architects-designed building will probably open sometime later this year or early next year. According to the occupancy schedule submitted to the Department of Buildings, hotel rooms will be located on floors 4-26, with ten rooms per floor. Floors 28-34 will be ten penthouse apartments that were dubbed the Residences at the Even Hotel by a Massey Knakal offering brochure (PDF). The buyer of those upper levels has not been announced.
View from the upper levels of the Even Hotel via CityRealty
Aerial rendering via CityRealty
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