CitizenM Cleans Up Bowery Site Ahead of Hotel Construction

Posted on: May 29th, 2013 at 6:00 am by
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Get ready for years of construction at the northeast corner of Bowery and Delancey. It looks like CitizenM is moving its chess pieces in place for the eventual ground-break and construction at 185-191 Bowery. This week, the dormant plywood gates were opened showing the combined lot that will sprout this unneeded eighteen-story hotel. One truck delivered a dumpster onsite, and there were a handful of hardhats pacing the parcel. Cleaning up the detritus.

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Although, there’s now activity at the project site, work permits have yet to be signed off by the DOB. In fact, the latest paperwork on file was disapproved by the city back in March. It’s only a matter of time before that’s overturned, though. CitizenM also needs a zoning change from commercial (C6-1) to residential-hotel (R-1).

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[Photo: Brack Capital]The epic saga of this hotel entrant dates back five years, when Brack Capital purchased the four properties at 185-191 Bowery. Occupants were quickly forced out, but not without some semblance of fight. Resident holdout Roberta Degnore tried to stand up to the developers, but in the end, took the money and ran.

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[Photo: Brack Capital]The Brack Capital website has more info on the 300-room boutique hotel. Completion date has been revised yet again to Q2 2015.

Being an area whose provenance as home to artists and hipsters, Nolita makes it the appropriate setting for avant-garde Dutch hotel company CitizenM’s.  The brand creators’ mission: to bring affordable luxury to the mobile citizens of the world. (Hence the M.)  The vibe is youthful, savvy, sophisticated, and expectant of the finer touches that CitizenM hotels deliver—king-size beds, big fluffy pillows, rain showers, wall-to-wall windows, free in-room movies and Wi-Fi and Skype phone rates.  But the property’s most striking feature may well be the “MoodPad,” a tablet device that controls the guest room temperature, window treatments, ambient lighting, alarm and TV.

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