Meet the Howard Johnson at 5 Allen Street

Posted on: April 16th, 2012 at 6:48 am by

The multinational Wyndham Hotel Group is flexing its muscle here on the Lower East Side, having constructed two hospitality destinations within just a few blocks of each other. The flagship Chinatown branch of the hotel at 93 Bowery, slated to open this summer, is now joined by its more lowly cousin Howard Johnson at 5 Allen Street. Indeed, two years of start-stop drama are concluding before our eyes.

This image has been archived or removed.

The interweaving mess of scaffolding, plywood, and netting was dismantled rather recently, leaving an unencumbered view of the finger building. There it is. As we speak, contractors are putting the final touches on the lobby situation. The freshly installed banners above the entrance confirm the fate – Howard Johnson is in fact coming soon.

There are reportedly 43 keys for prospective guests – 22 double bedrooms and 21 single bedrooms. The distribution is four units per floor, with a pair stacked in the ground-level lobby.

This image has been archived or removed.

Of course 5 Allen was always destined to become a hotel, but the road was here was complicated by pitfalls. For instance, the property was put up for sale last May mid-construction, marketing the development as either hotel or office space. Nevertheless, here we are.

It’s also worth noting that this is a second coming of sorts for HoJo; an Express outpost formerly occupied what is now the deceivingly-named Gem Hotel SoHo at 135 East Houston.

This image has been archived or removed.

 

Recent Stories

Thirsty Customer Robs 7-Eleven on Delancey Street

A customer of the Delancey Street 7-Eleven robbed the store after not having enough cash for beer, police said. Early yesterday morning, a thirsty crook came up to the counter to pay for a few beers, then stole them anyway. He only had $5 and refused to pay for the other groceries. The suspect then […]

Two Buildings at Rivington and Suffolk Hit the Market for $12M

A pair of Lower East Side tenements in the orbit of Essex Crossing is now in the proverbial crosshairs. Both are on the market for a collective $12 million. The two properties are located around the corner from each other at Rivington and Suffolk Streets, and combine for 17,684 square-feet of floor area. The four-story […]

‘Saigon Social’ Begins Build-Out at Former Mission Cantina

For the first time in years, 172 Orchard Street is seeing some activity in the ground floor retail. Not since Mission Cantina closed down in December 2016 has there been movement. Instead, just a revolving door of suitors considering the space. And a never-ending supply of storefront graffiti. Now, renovations are afoot. Restaurateur Helen Nguyen […]

‘Forsythia’ Aims to Make it Where Kitty’s Canteen Couldn’t

With Kitty’s Canteen closed and in the history books, another nightlifer is looking to open a restaurant at 9 Stanton Street. One that revives Italian cuisine at this address. The newcomer is a 24-seat Italian restaurant called Forsythia. The liquor license application questionnaire lists Jacob David Siwak as the principal for the business. At the […]

Man Mugged at Knifepoint Outside Clinton Street Pawn Shop

A man was mugged at knifepoint outside a Clinton Street pawn shop last Tuesday, police said. The victim was reportedly attacked by six crooks, described as African American males, while trying to sell his Juul vape pen to his friend. It all happened outside the pawn shop at 101 Clinton Street. The suspects – one […]