As CitizenM Bowery Nears Completion, its Tower Crane is Finally Gone

Posted on: September 8th, 2017 at 9:30 am by

The concrete spine of CitizenM’s Bowery hotel had been sitting unpretty for quite some time before the modular building components began arriving last November. Now the flesh is finally filled out. For months, flatbed trucks delivered the cookie-cutter units, each creating the body of a hotel that rises nineteen stories, piercing the Bowery skyline. It’s apparently considered the largest modular construction in New York City.

CitizenM two years ago chose the Polish company Polcom Modular to construct components for the 249-room Bowery hotel, according to a previous report in the Wall Street Journal. The 210 specific units were assembled in Poland and hoisted into place. That work is now complete, but there is still some installation required on the roof. Nevertheless, the tower crane was finally removed from the block after a year-long traffic bottleneck. (It was supposed to only last 20 weeks.)

And even though the crane is gone, the staging area continues to gobble up a lane of Bowery traffic. A clusterfuck.

Upon its eventual debut, hotel guests can dwell in a Sims-like atmosphere. Indeed, here’s a blurry example of what’s inside one of the modular units…

Anthony Rinaldi, chief executive of the Rinaldi Group, was quick to laud the company’s construction methods here. “That is the beauty of modular construction,” he told the WSJ last January. “It really minimizes disruption to the neighborhood, to the community, to the traffic flow.” But that’s not really true, is it? This construction has been plaguing the Bowery for a decade already. Plus, the Rinaldi Group doesn’t really have the best reputation regarding its project sites.

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