A La Quinta Inn is coming to 1229 Atlantic Avenue near Nostrand, where excavation and foundation work recently began at the large, now vacant lot on the Crown Heights/Bed Stuy border. We found this schematic on the fence after leaving the post office next door. The hotel will rise seven stories with 102 rooms, according to new building permits approved in February.

The 34,902-square-foot building will also feature four off-street parking spaces, a recreation room, lounge, meeting and conference rooms. Hotel plans have been in the works since May 2012, when an LLC snagged the 8,440-square-foot property for $1,600,000 and filed initial new building applications. Askon Architects P.C. is designing the building. The La Quinta will join a few other hotels nearby on Atlantic, including a Best Western on the other side of Nostrand, the Hotel Luxe and the Atlantic Motor Inn.

See what’s behind the fence after the jump. GMAP


03/21/14 9:00am

The Gene Kaufman-designed Holiday Inn on Schermerhorn Street in downtown Brooklyn, in the works going back to 2008 at least, has reached six stories. The large lot at 300 Schermerhorn Street between Bond and Nevins will eventually become a 14-story, 247-unit hotel, according to the most recent DOB permits.

The rendering shows only 12 stories, which was the original plan for the hotel when permits were first approved two years ago. Construction signs say that the project will finish in “winter 2014,” which probably originally meant early this year, but we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they mean at the end of it.

The developers are still the Mehta family, which bought the 13,765-square-foot site for $11,000,000 in 2007. Curbed first published a rendering for the hotel in December, and we’ve included it after the jump. It matches the one posted on the fence.

Two Hotels, Both by Kaufman, Slated for Schermerhorn [Brownstoner] GMAP


02/28/14 10:00am


After decades of a drought of decent hotels in Brooklyn, a well-documented boom is under way. The New York Observer counts 22 in the pipeline as of January.

The 22 projects represent 2,208 rooms, according to data from hotel industry benchmarking service firm STR. As of January 2012, there were 14 hotels and 1,370 hotel rooms in the borough. As for the current projects, four are in the planning stages, six “are in the final planning stages,” and 12 are under construction, according to the story.

Not all the addresses were named, but those listed included two from the InterContinental Hotels Group hotels downtown, two in Williamsburg, the Holiday Inn at 300 Schermerhorn Street and, of course, the Toll Brothers/Starwood Pierhouse hotel and condos at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Demo on the warehouse at 55 Wythe Avenue, pictured above, will start early next month and the retail portion of the 182-room hotel going up there will be finished by the end of the year, according to the story. The site is across the street from the Wythe Hotel.

Hotel occupancy fell 10.6 percent in January compared to the year before, to 66.3 percent, but an analyst said not to take the dip too seriously. Occupancy was up the year before because of Hurricane Sandy, and recent cold weather has disrupted travel plans. 

Brooklyn Hotel Pipeline Expands [NY Observer]

12/24/13 11:30am


Just down the block from the Wythe Hotel, another hotel is going in at 55 Wythe Avenue, BuzzBuzzHome reported. It will have 183 rooms over 150,000 square feet, according to a plan exam filed earlier this month. The lot is currently home to a one-story warehouse.

The building will be 20 stories with retail on the ground floor, a bar and lounge, rooftop restaurant, and parking for 218 cars. It will also have office and community space. The developer is Zelig Weiss.

When we stopped by this industrial zoned area of Williamsburg over the weekend, we noticed “available” signs on many of the warehouse buildings nearby.

Further down Wythe between North 9th and 10th streets, another hotel (or hostel) is going in. Famous design duo Roman and Williams will do the interiors, as we’ve reported previously.  GMAP

12/23/13 11:30am

A six-story hotel will rise at 833 39th Street in Sunset Park, according to a new building application filed last Friday. The 65-foot building between 8th and 9th avenues will have 88 units spread across 30,021 square feet. Four of the hotel rooms will be duplex suites. Flushing-based Michael Kang Architect will design the hotel. Amenities will include 20 parking spaces, an exercise room, laundry room, bicycle parking, a business center, restaurant and a “kitchen and accessory store,” according to the plan exam application.

The property had been a granite supply business with a storefront and large parking lot. Public records show it sold to an LLC for $3,700,000 in August. Another six-story hotel — with an unusual space-age look – is under construction down the street at 457 39th Street between 4th and 5th avenues. GMAP

Image via Google Maps

12/05/13 11:30am


A Sleep Inn Hotel is going up at 2590 Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island, Amusing the Zillion reported. The Sleep Inn will have 12,989 square feet of space on a 13,000-square-foot lot.

The building will be four stories with 53 units, according to a new building application for which permits were issued in October. Based on photos from Amusing the Zillion, looks like the foundation is in and the walls are starting to rise. It will be the area’s “first new hotel in many decades,” said the blog.

New Construction: Coney Island Area’s First Hotel in Decades [ATZ]
Photo by Amusing the Zillion

11/26/13 10:00am

A tipster sent us these photos and informed us that work had recently begun on a six-story hotel at 457 39th Street between 4th and 5th avenues in Sunset Park. The space-age-style building will have 70 units spread across 19,928 square feet of commercial space, an exercise room, breakfast area and eight outdoor parking spaces, according to new building permits issued earlier this month.

Michael Kang Architect is designing the building. An LLC bought the property for $565,000 last year and demolished a two-story brick house and a one-story garage.

We’ve included a photo of the building site after the jump. What do you think of the design of the hotel and the parking lot?


09/19/13 9:30am

It looks like the owner of the warehouse at 233 Norman Avenue in Greenpoint intends to convert the property into a hotel, according to Brooklyn Paper and NewYorkShitty. NYS noticed last week that construction had already started and dug up the DOB permit, an alteration type 1 issued September 9. The architect of record is everyone’s favorite controversial architect, Robert Scarano, who was banned from certifying his own plans with the DOB two years ago for designing structures that circumvented building codes, including an illegal addition on the Hell Building at 333 Carroll.

The landlord, Joe Torres, has given tenants on the top two floors 30 days notice to move out, Brooklyn Paper reports. However, ground floor tenants are unsure what will happen, because Torres hasn’t notified them about moving yet. Torres also owns the Box House Hotel, about a mile away in far northern Greenpoint, which he plans to expand by adding more rooms and a restaurant. Check out another construction photo after the jump!

Greenpoint Warehouse Tenants Get Boot Ahead of Hotel Conversion [Brooklyn Paper]
233 Norman to Become a Hotel? [NYS] GMAP
Photos by Miss Heather of NYS


08/23/13 10:00am


The Hampton Inn that has been rising at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Tillary Street in Downtown Brooklyn since early this year has finally topped out at 13 stories. The prominently positioned property will have 116 rooms when complete sometime next spring.

Hotel Rising on Tillary Street [Brownstoner]
A Hampton Inn Planned for Downtown Brooklyn [Brownstoner]
Work Starting up at Flatbush Extension Hotel [Brownstoner]
Permits Approved for 14-Story Hotel on Tillary [Brownstoner]
New Developer Plans Hotel at 125 Flatbush Avenue Extension [Brownstoner]
Pepper and Potter Goin’ Down; Hotel Plans Sunk? [Brownstoner]
Pepper and Potter Prepped For Demo [Brownstoner] DOB
Stimulus Boost for Downtown Brooklyn Hotel [Brownstoner]
From Cars to Mini-Fridges on Tillary [Brownstoner] GMAP

08/21/13 9:30am


Brooklyn has been under-hotel’d since the 1970s, when white flight and the economy polished off the borough’s swanky hotels, where business boomed in the 1950s. Now all that is about to change, with six large and luxurious hotels in the works, plus more than a dozen smaller other hotels, as a feature in The Real Deal’s August print issue explained. It makes a whole lot of sense according to the numbers: Brooklyn has 2.5 million residents vs. Manhattan’s 1.6 million population, but only 4,000 hotel rooms compared with more than 90,000 in Manhattan. Plus of course Brooklyn is now a desirable destination for tourists as well as families visiting residents in the borough. Upcoming big projects, which we have been following for a while, include 1Hotel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, 95 Rockwell Place near the Brooklyn Academy of Music, a restored Bossert Hotel in Brooklyn Heights, and the 36-story 250-room hotel going up next to the Williamsburgh Savings Bank building on Broadway in South Williamsburg.

Beyond Holiday Inn: Upscale Hotel Projects Flood Brooklyn [TRD]
Photo by Wythe Hotel

08/16/13 11:30am

The Department of Buildings approved plans to demolish 156 Tillary Street, the empty four-story building between Flatbush Avenue Extension and Gold Street. It is right next door to the 13-story, 116-room Hampton Inn under construction on the corner of Flatbush Avenue Extension. According to DOB documents, this owners of this lot are the same owners as the Hampton Inn site. What DOB documents don’t reveal, however, is what’s rising in it’s place — these early renderings of the Hampton Inn show 156 Tillary still intact. Perhaps it’ll be parking for the hotel?

Hotel Rising on Tillary Street [Brownstoner]
A Hampton Inn Planned for Downtown Brooklyn [Brownstoner] GMAP

08/15/13 12:00pm

Yes, Bedwick (the intersection between Bed Stuy and Bushwick) is a thing and our friends over at Stuyshwick (that’s another way of putting it!) noticed some big development coming to the area. Demolition’s slated for the auto shop at 1090 Myrtle Avenue, off Lewis Avenue. Looks like the owners are planning on building a hotel here, although the buildings department recently disapproved plans for a 6-story, 60-room hotel this month. The permits do not reveal much in terms of architect or hotel brand. If a hotel does end up here, it’ll certainly change the look of this stretch of Myrtle.

Photo by Stuyshwick