Courtesy of Westin New York Grand Central
If you think New York’s cramped LaGuardia Airport is a hassle now, wait until 2014: That’s when work could begin on the reconstruction of LGA’s Central Terminal Building, a seven-year, $3.6 billion project that will happen in stages so flights can keep operating. Plans call for a 1.3-million-square-foot terminal with 35 gates, with demolition of not only the current building but also the adjacent parking garage and departures level roadway. At Kennedy Airport, a May 2013 opening ?is scheduled for the expanded and improved Terminal 4, the new home of Delta’s international hub; the expansion means that JFK’s Terminal 3—the historic Pan Am Worldport building—will be demolished.
On the lodging scene, the former Helmsley Hotel on East 42nd Street is now the Westin New York Grand Central, while the former Setai Fifth Avenue is being converted into a Langham Place, the first Langham hotel in New York. Hyatt was due to open two properties in the first quarter—the Hyatt Place New York/Midtown South on West 36th Street off Fifth Avenue, and the Hyatt Union Square. A luxury SLS Hotel is scheduled to open later this year at 444 Park Ave. (at 30th Street), and Marriott is building a 68-story hotel at 54th and Broadway that will house both a Courtyard by Marriott and a Residence Inn.
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