More Demolition Work at 185-191 Bowery Hotel Site

Posted on: March 8th, 2012 at 6:49 am by

Here we are again at the northeast corner of Bowery and Delancey, where demolition creeps forward at a snail’s pace for the eventual arrival of another out-of-context hotel. The 90,000 square-foot “budget” CitizenM hotel.  The whole situation is like knowing the ending of a really terrible movie, but are stuck in the corner theater seat for almost three…err…years.

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In mid-January, a new exoskeleton was affixed to the collective facade of 185-191 Bowery in preparation for the imminent demolition. While that hasn’t quite happened yet, we’ve been noticing quite a bit of activity in each of the buildings of late. Shutters are hoisted, showing the musty windows and cluttered storefronts; doors are often propped open. But more telltale signs of progress arrived early this week with a temporary sidewalk dumpster. Gearing up for the main event.

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That’s not all. Boogie reader MBFC sent along the following photo showing that the windows of 187 Bowery were just stripped.

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Wonder how the rapidly-aging (and strained) Bowery infrastructure will handle a hotel of this magnitude. Seriously, remember the water main breakage last month?

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