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Lower East Side’s rumored Ace Hotel could open in 2018

But the hotel company has yet to confirm the project exists

HAKS

A rendering for the semi-mythical Bowery outpost of the Ace Hotel has surfaced in the wild. Bowery Boogie spotted the image—courtesy of HAKS, the architecture firm on the project—on the Department of Buildings info board attached to the plywood at the mysterious/not-mysterious construction site.

One may recall that the project, which replaces an old Salvation Army at 225 Bowery, ran into some early construction problems. Those were mostly owing to how the new building, with its four-story addition, might threaten the “character” of Freeman Alley, which runs behind the site.

Developers Omnia Group and North Wind Group prevailed, though, and now the slim 10-story building, which one could reasonably assume is an Ace Hotel, is set for a spring 2018 opening, per the DOB signage. Copy from the HAKS website promises the unnamed “micro hotel” with a “recognized hotel brand presence” will feature 200 guest rooms, a swanky lobby, a 130-seat restaurant, a rooftop bar, and a fitness center, as well as “top-floor guest rooms with balconies offering iconic city views.”

The Ace Hotel Group, Bowery Boogie notes, has yet to confirm, deny, or acknowledge plans for the project.

Bowery Boogie