CitizenM Debuts Modular Bowery Hotel, Yet Still Hogs the Roadway
This is the CitizenM red carpet as seen yesterday evening. The twenty-story modular hotel is now open, boasting 300 rooms, restaurants, and a 5Pointz Museum of Street Art. Yet traffic on its doorstep is still snarled by the years-running staging grounds.
It was around this time two years ago that CitizenM completely altered the traffic pattern outside the construction site. One northbound lane on the Bowery was sacrificed and the M103 bus stop relocated up the block.
Meanwhile, residents still await the status quo ante. Junk is still piled up.
This CitizenM hotel development – composed of 210 modular pods – is more than ten years in the making. The changes began in 2008, when Brack Capital acquired four adjoining properties on the Bowery (at Delancey), including the historic townhouse at 185 Bowery. The assemblage was knocked down a couple years later, and it would take another two years (2012) for CitizenM to jump aboard as hotel operator.