MIDTOWN SOUTHA tipster writes, "We’ve been watching this building being renovated for the last year or so? All sorts of late night and strange activities but we never knew what it was?.28th and Broadway?North west corner. Well now we know ?.a hotel!!!! You can't see from the picture but all the floors are now decorated? beds and artwork on the walls?etc? but not so much the ground floor? there doesn’t seem to be anyway in." Broadway and 28th? Must be the NoMad Hotel. Or so we thought! The NoMad looks like a different building. So what is this place? [CurbedWire Inbox]
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS?Demolition will soon begin on the vacant National Cold Storage Warehouses near Pier 1 in the rapidly evolving Brooklyn Bridge Park, even though plans for a hotel/residential building to replace it have been put on hold. Still, to smooth over any hurt feelings, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation have announced plans to salvage and reuse some warehouse materials in the building of the park. Details please!
From the press release:
Under the terms of the arrangement, BBPDC will repurpose over 70% of the historic longleaf yellow pine that composes the structural timber of the complex. The timber will be used to construct the park’s benches, picnic tables, and cladding of all park utility and maintenance buildings. In addition, 10,000 bricks will be salvaged for use in the rehabilitation of the Empire Stores, or elsewhere in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Finally, BBPDC plans to safeguard the ornamental metal stars that cover the structural tie rods through the building for possible inclusion in the new design. BBPDC has retained Gateway Demolition of Flushing, Queens, to perform the deconstruction and salvage work. M. Fine Lumber Company, a 76-year-old Brooklyn-based business, will perform wood management services, including cataloguing, milling and off-site storage of the salvaged wood. Demolition work is expected to last 9 to 12 months, with scaffolding construction and mobilization getting underway next week.