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Long-Vacant Bowery Lot Finally Inches Closer to Hotel Future

Yet another hotel is coming to the Bowery. But unlike the Salvation Army center-replacing Ace and Peter Poon's glass rectangle in Chinatown, this one has been in the works for a loooong time. The four-parcel site near Delancey was razed into a pile of bricks in 2012 (and that was after murmurs about redevelopment started back in 2008). The lot at 185-191 Bowery has lain vacant since the demo, awaiting its next life.

Which is as a CitizenM hotel, hot on the heels of the "budget luxury inn" brand's recent opening in Times Square. Bowery Boogie notes that the Department of buildings has finally approved plans for a 219-foot, 19-story building with 300 rooms. The neighborhood blog also has a photographic history of the site, for anyone who wants to indulge in the Bowery of yore or get all frustrated about how darn long this project is taking. Better or worse: the worst hostel in NYC, also on the Bowery, getting converted into a boutique hotel?
· CitizenM Gets the Go-Ahead for Its 19-Story Bowery Hotel [Bowery Boogie]
· All CitizenM Bowery coverage [Curbed]