Williamsburg’s newest hotel and evil lair is set to open in April

williamvaleThe William Vale Hotel (aka the towering hunk of concrete on Wythe Ave that resembles an evil lair from a superhero movie) is set to open in April of this year. From [Read more…]

Eight new hotels coming to Miami Williamsburg, Brooklyn, plus more in Greenpoint and Bushwick

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55 Wythe Ave – holy shit is this thing HUGE

We’ve been covering North Brooklyn’s insane  hotel boom, but Brownstoner has a handy recap of all the construction in Williamsburg. In addition to existing hotels like The Wythe and McCarren Park Hotel, these seven are in the works: The Williamsburg Hotel at 96 Wythe Avenue, The Hoxton at 97 Wythe, The William Vale at 55 Wythe Avenue between North 12th and North 13th, Yotel at 280 Meeker Avenue, The Pod Hotel on 626 Driggs Avenue at North 4th Street,  The M500 just off the Lorimer stop at 500 Metroplitan Avenue, and The Williamsburghotel at 159 Broadway. [Read more…]

Two new hotels planned for Bushwick

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Two separate developers filed permits this week for large scale hotels in Bushwick, one at 27 Stewart Avenue and another at 71 White Street. The Real Deal has more:

For the second day in a row, a developer filed a permit application to build a hotel in the neighborhood long known for hipsters and warehouses. [Read more…]

Renderings of that hotel coming to the Lorimer stop

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Curbed discovered some renderings of the hotel that’s slotted for the huge, post-apocalyptic hole at the Lorimer stop:

It’s been well over a year since any news has come out of the giant hole in the ground on Metropolitan Avenue near the Lorimer stop on Union Avenue, but a little sleuthing has turned back a bunch of really good-looking, uber-hip, unseen renderings for a hotel and residential building that just may be coming to the long-dormant site at 500 Metropolitan Avenue.

And previously:

DOB filings for 500 Metropolitan Avenue show 234 “dwelling units,” and it seems that the division between hotel rooms and apartments will come at the eighth floor. On that story and above, there are 50 units and a recreation area, while below there are 188 units, including two duplexes, that must be hotel rooms unless Chetrit is treading onto micro-unit territory. [Read more…]

Yotel Williamsburg: another butt-ugly hotel coming to Williamsburg

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Look at that fucking thing. Wow. Williamsburg is becoming Miami:

The 14-story hotel, a collaboration between Yotel and Synapse, will be located at 646 Lorimer Street, near Meeker Avenue and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The street level of the building will host retail, with a roof garden at the level of the BQE and the hotel rising above that. The top levels of the structure will house six to eight condos with views of the East River and Manhattan. “Williamsburg is an amazing community — it deserves architecture that strives to match its richness and vibrancy,” said Marc Kushner, HWKN principal.

Another HWKN principal, Matthias Hollwich, said “We felt it was important to create a distinct and modern design that would establish Yotel Williamsburg as a destination for global travelers, while the sculptural qualities of the building also connects with Williamsburg’s artistic bent.”

This godawful thing is set to open in 2017.

Bklyn House – a “Bushwick-inspired hotel” is coming to Bushwick

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And by “Bushwick-inspired” they’re of course referring to the neighborhood’s working class and Latino roots. Oh wait… maybe they’re not:

The hotel will work with local businesses to provide pastries, coffee or amenities to guests… The marketing materials for Bklyn House were hand drawn by Brooklyn artist Daniel Irizarry…

“When you go to a map and pinpoint where 9 Beaver St. is, it is surrounded by galleries and art spaces in Bushwick and Ridgewood,” Mastrelli said. “We’re really inspired by the stuff going on there, and the street art, and that kind of raw feeling of creativity.”

The average cost to stay at the hotel will be $175 per night. It will also eventually have a rooftop bar with outdoor seating, which will open by next summer, Mastrelli said.

Bushwick’s “tight-knit community” and “flourishing” arts scene will be embedded into every part of the guest experience, she said.

In addition to local products, the hotel also hopes to work with art galleries to display rotating local art.

Nice hand-drawn logo, but for rooms starting at $175, Bklyn House is still butt ugly: [Read more…]

Enormous Henry Norman Hotel coming to Greenpoint

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We stopped by recently and Greenpoint’s forthcoming Henry Norman Hotel seems near completion. It’s at the corner of Henry and Norman on the far side of McGuinness and is owned by the same people who run The Box Hotel. The website features an image of Sir Henry Wylie Norman who, like the hotel, has zero association with the history of the neighborhood:

Field Marshal Sir Henry Wylie Norman GCB, GCMG, CIE (2 December 1826 – 26 October 1904) was a senior Indian Army officer and colonial administrator. He served in the Second Anglo-Sikh War, the campaign against the Kohat Pass Afridis, the suppression of the Santhal rebellion, and the suppression of the Indian Mutiny. He became military member of the Viceroy’s Council (in effect Minister for War in Inia) in 1870, in which role he maintained the policy of ensuring that the Indian Army were less well armed than British troops there to deter another mutiny. As a result he became a member of the Council of India; and in his later years he became Governor of Jamaica and then Governor of Queensland.

The hotel ruffled some feathers last year when it evicted many of its former tenants. From Brooklyn Paper:

Tenants of a Greenpoint warehouse are getting the boot to make room for a hotel designed by an architecture firm with a long history of pushing the limits of legality, according to plans filed with the city.

Artists and business owners who rent loft space in the three-story industrial building at 233 Norman Ave. say that word of their imminent eviction to make way for camera-toting tourists has them scrambling to find a new place, never mind the fact that the guy responsible for the hotel’s blueprints is a “bad boy” architect who a judge in 2010 said nearly committed “out-and-out fraud.”… [Read more…]

A North Brooklyn Visitor’s Guide

No visit to New York is complete without a visit to the North Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick. Formerly three working-class and industrial neighborhoods, North Brooklyn now hosts many of New York’s best restaurants, a thriving art scene, and New York’s best shopping and night life. Hipster jokes aside — Girls is filmed here and The Hipster Handbook has its origins in Williamsburg — there’s more to North Brooklyn than normcore and artisanal gin bars. Pack in the highlights in 48 hours.

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