These 5 NYC Real Estate Projects Were Named Best Developments in State April 4, 2017

DNA Info | 04/04/2017

When it comes to real estate development, what makes a good project?

For the Urban Land Institute New York, an offshoot of the D.C.-based nonprofit research group for real estate professionals, the best buildings are those that are innovative, sustainable and help make neighborhoods better by meeting the current and future needs of the surrounding community.

The organization announced this week the winners of its second annual awards for excellence in development. Five of the seven winners, culled from 50 submissions across the state, were New York City buildings.

► Hotel Development

The Beekman Hotel and Residences
Architect: GKV Architects
Designers: MBDS (Hotel Interior Design), Thomas Juul-Hansen (Residential Interior Design)

When this luxury Lower Manhattan hotel opened this summer, the space — with its beautiful 9-story atrium, pictured above — immediately lit up people’s Instagram feeds. The rehabilitation and new construction project converted the vacant historic and landmark Temple Court building into a 287-room hotel under the Thompson Hotel brand, with rooms starting at $500 a night. It’s also home to a French eatery run by restaurateur Keith McNally, called Augustine, and the Tom Colicchio-run Fowler and Wells. Adjacent to the hotel is a new 51-story residential tower with 67 homes that also includes mechanicals for the hotel without compromising the historic architecture, allowing for the turn-of-the-century and modern architecture to live side-by-side.

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