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Construction Update: 32 West 29th Street

BY: NIKOLAI FEDAK ON NOVEMBER 19TH 2013 AT 11:30 AM

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The new hotel at 32 West 29th Street is well above ground, with concrete already at the 11th floor; foundation and excavation work began earlier this year, and progress has been swift.

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32 West 29th’s developer is John Sharma, and no hotel operator has been announced. Permits indicate the tower will rise 21 floors, though the number of rooms is not on-file; the building will be on the smaller side of new developments in Chelsea.

The project’s basic form looks similar to the Kaufman and Poon hotels that have proliferated through the rest of Chelsea, and the architect of record is Matt Markowitz. 32 West 29th Street has a significant setback from the streetwall, which detracts from the neighborhood’s urban fabric – and the problem will be compounded by another new hotel underway at 44 West 29th Street, which will probably have a similar design.

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Block by block, Chelsea is being physically re-organized in an anti-Gotham way. The problem has gone completely unnoticed through the Bloomberg years, but it will become glaringly obvious as rows of the new hotels become prevalent. If zoning for the neighborhood is not modified to accommodate preservation or integration of historic, New York City-minded facades – and the necessity of an urban built form – Chelsea’s identity will be decimated.

Completion of the new building is set for 2014.

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June 22 2014
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Construction Update: 32 West 29th Street

BY: STEPHEN SMITH ON AUGUST 19TH 2014 AT 6:00 AM


32 West 29th Street

Sliver hotels have been popping up all throughout Chelsea and the Garment District, along with other industrially-zoned neighborhoods in the city. And while we’d still prefer Manhattan’s West Side to be rezoned so that developers can choose to build apartment buildings, which are more attractive and in demand, we’ll admit that 32 West 29th Street has turned out about as well as it could.


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The building has topped out and reached its full 21 stories and 194 feet, and while work is still ongoing at the top, the NoMad tower has more or less taken its final form and is ready to be judged. Our conclusion?

Aside from the de rigueur street wall-killing set-back (prescribed by zoning) and the PTAC grills (prescribed by financial and possibly regulatory necessity), it could’ve turned out worse.


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The brown bricks, interspersed with darker ones, lend the façade a bit of gravitas, as do the ornate reliefs below the windows at the base, and the cornices between floor sections higher up. The sides of the building are a bit awkward, with a white stripe (likely housing the core) running up the side, but at least one side will be partially covered when the lot next door is redeveloped. (Not, we hope, into another sliver hotel.)

The designer is Matt Markowitz, whom we thank developer John Sharma for choosing over cheap Manhattan hotel mainstays like Gene Kaufman or Peter Poon. The hotel operator has not been made public.