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Where Moondance Fell Brack's Grand Hotel Will Rise

The once sleepy stretch of Sixth Avenue just north of Canal Street is really starting to boom. On the block where the Moondance Diner sat before packing up and rolling off to Wyoming, developer Brack Capital Real Estate will build a 114-room boutique hotel. According to the BCRE website it will include all the goodies: fitness center, meeting space, restaurant, garden, spa, rooftop pool and bars. That's bars with an "s." Meaning many bars. Let the partying begin.

Brack bought up the Moondance site along with two other lots sitting in the shadow of the SoHo Grand Hotel. Together they make up most of the wedge-shaped block bounded by Grand, Sixth and Thompson. DOB shows that the architect is Perkins Eastman, the same firm partnering with Brack on the rehab of Tiffany's old haunts on Union Square. Last month, DOB OK'd the demolition of an old brick taxi garage which sits in the middle of the site and, last weekend, crews started putting up a big wall around the block, even eating up a chunk of the tiny Grand Canal Courts, a combo basketball-tennis court on the south side of the block. The presence of that little park means the vistas to the south will remain, so hotel guests on the upper floors will have terrific views of the hoped-for pool parties at that glassy condo across Canal. With Gary Barnett's new Love Shack rising up the Avenue, the blue Poon Palace around the corner and Trinity Real Estate's mystery plan underway across the street, this busy intersection is gonna be a whole new world before too long.

The map from the BCRE website (left) and the wall going up around the site.

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