185-191 Bowery Receives More Scaffolding; CitizenM Waiting

Posted on: January 25th, 2012 at 6:42 am by

On Bowery 2.0, the planets continue to align, though quite slowly, for Dutch hotelier CitizenM. In due course, we should expect to see plenty of open sky at the southeast corner of Delancey.

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All signs seem to suggest that demolition might not be too far off. There’s the plethora of rat bait warnings on doors and windows of 185-191 Bowery, but those are nearing four months old. More telling, however, is the issuance of fresh DOB permits for the properties last week, calling for “pipe scaffolding.” So, the flatbeds and crews arrived bright and early yesterday morning to assemble more piping on site. The inevitable still looms.

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As we’ve been following for, oh, two-plus years now, a 90,000 square-foot “budget” CitizenM hotel will eventually sprout here. One that will no doubt become a nuisance to the neighborhood. Exact height is not yet known, however, once the smoke clears, the sun-blocking monolith will boast 315 rooms!  The proposed start date advertised on the website is “Q1 2012.” Buckle in!

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