If you were anywhere in the general proximity of the William Vale these last few days you may have noticed the futuristic giant is getting glassed in. The rapidly rising hotel has just one last growth spurt left in it before it reaches max height, according to general manager Sebastien Maingourd. Construction on the building, located on Wythe Avenue between North 12th and 13th Streets, should be complete by the end of the year. They’re currently shooting to open on March 1, 2016, and we’ve obtained some renderings of the rooms and dining space.
Right now workers are completing the 18th floor, and they’re expected to reach the top, the 22nd floor, within the next few weeks. In the next month they’ll start foundation work on the elevated outdoor park, which will have a food kiosk and gently sloping mini hillsides where people can lounge on the grass.
In other news, the hotel now plans for its dining space to consist of a room with “several different ambiances,” Maingourd said. One section will offer grab-and-go options and casual seating, in another a traditional restaurant will serve both guests and the public in a more formal setting, and there will also be a newly added “private dining” area, which guests can reserve for large parties. Oh, and a restaurant on the roof-deck.
Rest assured the park will be open to non-guests; Maingourd says the owners, Yoel Goldman and Zelig Weiss, “want to open the hotel to the locals with the pool, the green park, the retail space.” Add to which, local companies will be tapped whenever possible, Maingourd said, both in filling the retail spaces and outfitting the rooms. The operators have also enlisted sculpture-based local artist Marela Zacarias, who recently won a $200,000 lobby commission.
“Marela will create a 25’ x 20’ x 3’ sculptural painting offering multiple visual and historical perspectives for the viewer. The three-dimensional work will resemble the shape of a giant Brooklyn map and scale the hotel lobby walls and ceiling,” says a recent press release.
“We’re confident that this piece of work will spark conversation about the community’s strong art influence among international tourists and locals alike,” said Mangourd.