Reisner, whom you can watch in a video on the hotel's temporary holding site here, willingly admits he pumped $2.5 million of his own money to start renovations on the project last year. He explains:
"I found .65 of an acre [where there was a] huge, 1959 drive-in motor inn, built for the World's Fair. In that space, I realized I coud re-crate all the things that gay life is missing in New York."
A big component of the attraction is the 11,000 square foot XL Nightclub, designed by John Blair (Studio 54, Palladium, The Roxy), which is scheduled to open this fall. The venue will be open seven days a week, and will feature an LED wall, two dance floors (this is Hell's Kitchen after all), and a full cabaret stage. Yes, you read that correctly--the nightclub will open before the hotel rooms do.
Still, when the guestrooms do open up, it looks like The Out NYC will be giving Yotel Times Square a run for its money (the two hotels will sit only a block and a half apart). But considering the relatively untapped potential of this far-west neighborhood, these developments could just be the start of something very exciting.
Rates for the 105-room hotel will start at $250. And yes, we're pretty sure they'll be offering some gay wedding packages.
[Photos: The Out NYC]