It was a long winter, and nothing much happened at 645 Union Street in Gowanus, the future site of the Gowanus Inn & Yard.
The quaint, vintage-style hotel and restaurant is being built on an empty lot by Matt Abramcyk — founder of the Beatrice Inn, “the hippest nighttime destination in all of Manhattan” — and two partners. Back in 2013, we reported that Gowanus was becoming a hotel district, and there are currently three other hotels located within five blocks of the Gowanus Inn, and more on the way.
Over the last few months, the site’s made progress. The cellar is nearing completion, with a number of internal walls dividing future rooms, as you can see in the photos above and below.
This cellar will be busier than most in Brooklyn: on this level will be the hotel’s restaurant and bar in addition to rooms for offices and operations. But where’s the pool touted on the lettering on the front of the building in the rendering?
We see no mention of it anywhere on the permits, which were issued in October. Even if the pool is destined for the 29-foot-deep backyard, it would still need a permit — unless it’s tiny and far from the lot lines.
Despite the progress of the last few months, we’d guess the original estimate of a 2015 opening will have to be revised to 2016, at least.
Kutnicki Bernstein Architects is the architect of record, as we’ve reported before. Abramcyk has partnered with Brooklyn hotelier Alec Shtromandel, developer of Degraw Street’s Union Hotel.