A Hyatt spokesperson was unable to confirm that opening date for us, though we have to, at this point, just trust what our eyes are telling us—from the totally-finished exterior (pictured) to the Craigslist ad—and stay positive that this baby might actually open for business before the New Year.
Detail-wise, we still remain pretty in the dark, aside from a few meager clues we've pieced together over the past year: there will be 178 rooms, a rooftop lounge, and the headboards will be reversible.
Not to put any unnecessary pressure on the Hyatt folks, but there's a lot hanging on this opening. Union Square has long suffered from a disappointing lack of decent hotels (OK, minus the W Union Square), so for this property to open in time for the holiday season? Well, let's just say that ought to give this well-frequented, tourist-driven patch of NYC plenty to be thankful for.
[Photo: Morag Macpherson]