The William Vale Hotel Tops Out in Williamsburg

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Construction has topped out at Zelig Weiss and Riverside Developers’ The William Vale, a 21-story, 250-foot tower at 55 Wythe Avenue, in the heart of Williamsburg. To mark the occasion, we were given an exclusive tour inside the project, a follow-up to our previous tour in June.

Designed by Aldo Liberis, the mixed-use tower includes a 183-key four-star hotel at the top half. A duplex presidential suite occupies the top two floors, with a double height view of Brooklyn and the Manhattan skyline. A large outdoor event space above the hotel floors offers a panoramic view of Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

Commercial office floors are located in the exposed concrete-braced lower half, where window installation is under way. The developers may be able to tap into the recent trend of tech startups looking for office space outside of the typical Manhattan locations to woo a trendy tenant to this hipster enclave.

At the base of the tower, hotel guests will find resort-class amenities along with 20,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. A rooftop garden will provide green space to the public and will be accessible from a stair that cuts through the retail space. Work has started on the garden, where paths of wood planks and landscaped mounds are being installed.

The hotel is slated to open in the spring of 2016.

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Northeast corner of the site from Berry Street.

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Southeast corner of the site from Berry Street

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Looking up at the south facade from North 12th Street

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Detail of the amenity podium wall

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The panoramic view from the rooftop event space

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The southerly view of Brooklyn and Manhattan from the rooftop event space

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The northerly view of Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan from the rooftop event space

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Long Island City rising in the distance

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Looking up to the rooftop event space

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The view from the presidential suite’s double height space

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The presidential suite’s double height space

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The view from the southwest corner of the presidential suite

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The rooftop pool under construction above the ground floor amenity podium

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A view of the rooftop garden under construction above the retail podium

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The retail rooftop garden

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The landscaped mounds of the rooftop garden under construction

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A preview of the final treatment for the exposed concrete structure

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Looking up at the tower

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Looking up at the tower

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A view of the tower from the stairs that slice through the retail podium

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The northeast corner of the tower from Nassau Avenue

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