Ian Simpson Reisner of Parkview Developers has announced plans to open a $30 million, 90,000-square-foot hotel-bar-wedding venue on the west end of 42nd Street in New York City aimed at gay patrons. The complex, called Out NYC Urban Resort, will have restaurants, bars, a spa, a reception hall, retail stores and a huge seven-nights-a-week dance club, along with a 127-room hotel.
The hotel will be a part of the Axel boutique hotel chain, which caters specifically to gay travelers. A night’s stay at the Axel Hotel Barcelona was all the impetus Reisner needed to look into opening a branch in New York City.
“I called them up and said, ‘We have to bring this to New York,’ ” Reisner, a managing partner of Parkview Developers said of the Axel’s owners. “They said, ‘Find a location and we’ll talk.’ ” Reisner found the location, and the complex is now set to open in stages starting in early 2011.
The Out NYC announcement follows one earlier this year by G Worldwide, the “first ever luxury resort brand catering to the LGBT community and their friends, families, and supporters.” The company revealed plans to open 4 resorts across the U.S., with an $80 million, 700,000-square-foot complex in Wilton Manor’s, Florida set to be the first to break ground. After running into issues with the first site G Worldwide targeted, the company has secured 4 acres at the site of the First Church of Religious Science.