NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The Knickerbocker Hotel is as original, vibrant and dynamic as New York City itself. An evening at the Knick drew movers and shakers -- politicians, entertainers, musicians and moguls -- it promised energy, extravagance and a chance to be part of something BIG. In fact, when John Jacob Astor IV first opened the doors in 1906, it was fondly known as the "42nd Street Country Club."
Enviably situated on the southeast corner of 42nd street, the Knickerbocker Hotel, overlooks Times Square between Broadway and Bryant Park. The luxury hotel will feature 330 guestrooms, including 40 suites.
Set to open in the fall of 2014, the Knickbocker will fuse its rich history with modern day functionality and contemporary design, honoring its past as an elegant retreat for socializing, business networking and superior accommodation.
TheStreet's Jill Malandrino and Adam Leverone gain exclusive access to the iconic landmark as the developers bring the Knick back to life. Here are several pictures detailing the construction phase of the hotel.
(from left) Jeff David, Managing Director, The Knickerbocker and Pasquale Botta, Director of Engineering, The Knickerbocker
An original fixture from 1906 that will be a component to one of the three skypods on the Knickerbocker's 7.500 square foot roof, featuring indoor and outdoor spaces, bar, private and semi-private rooms and a green wall.
Workers put together the framework for of one of New York City's most magnificent rooftops, an iconic space of 7,500 square feet of bar and terrace space.
Hallway leading down one of the guest room floors. Rooms will be as large as 450 square feet, featuring oversized bathrooms with immense white marble counter spaces and state-of-the-art fixtures. While doors, windows and ceiling height will fit in the open, spacious theme, soundproofing and black out features are also a to priority.
David explains to TheStreet's Jill Malandrino that the Knickerbocker's room decor will be consistent with the overall theme for the hotel -- a focus on textures, classic, clean lines, and up and down lighting. Artwork will not be featured, but the luxurious metallic and marble undertones will lend to a timeless design.
David notes the Knickerbocker is a classic reinvented, infusing the history and legacy of a New York landmark with a modern approach to service, design and cuisine. To ensure that level of sophistication the hotel has collaborated with Master Chef Charlie Palmer on the entirety of the food and beverage program. This arch of steel is the bones of the ground-level cafe which will also operate as the second portal entry of the Knick.
A White Rotary Sewing machine is recovered. This particular model dates back to circa 1913.
While the new Knickerbocker redefines the future, detail of the molding in the basement remains, serving as a reminder of the past.
A remnant of the past is a sign can be found in the New York City subway. The Knickerbocker sign is posted over a doorway that once connected to the hotel at the east end of the platform for Track 1 on the 42nd St. Shuttle.