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Hard Rock Hotel New York Hosts “Topping Out” Ceremony At Its Future Location In Times Square

Hard Rock Celebrates the Latest Construction Milestone in Collaboration with Extell Development Company and AECOM Tishman

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., July 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hard Rock International, one of the world’s most iconic dining, entertainment and hospitality brands, and nationally acclaimed real estate developer Extell Development Company, celebrated their latest construction milestone with a “topping out” ceremony at the site of the future Hard Rock Hotel New York. This achievement marks the completion of the fundamental framework atop the 35th floor terrace of what is soon to be another marquee Hard Rock property. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Hard Rock, Extell and AECOM Tishman representatives hoisted the U.S. flag high above Times Square and hosted a socially distant luncheon and cake cutting ceremony exclusively for the construction and leadership teams to thank everyone involved in this important milestone.

“While not the typical ‘topping out’ ceremony, we wanted to express our gratitude for the talent and expertise of our partners with this ceremony during these challenging times,” said Jim Allen, Chairman of Hard Rock International. “We have no doubt Hard Rock Hotel New York will be a world-class destination in the heart of New York City.”The 291,000 gross square foot Hard Rock Hotel New York property will feature 446 rooms across 37 floors, including two entertainment venues, meeting spaces, all-day dining options, a Body Rock® Fitness Center and a rooftop lounge offering breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. This location will be adorned with carefully selected, priceless Hard Rock memorabilia honoring musicians who have been inspired by New York City. This Hard Rock Hotel will be a must-visit entertainment destination in the heart of midtown Manhattan and is slated to start welcoming guests in 2022.

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construction workers hoisting american flag

The construction team at the site of the future Hard Rock Hotel New York hoists the U.S. flag high above Times Square to commemorate the “topping out” of the fundamental framework of Hard Rock Hotel New York’s 35th floor terrace.

exterior view of hard rock hotel ny

A street-level view from the site of the future Hard Rock Hotel New York, located at 159 W. 48th Street in New York City’s iconic Times Square district. The new luxury hotel is scheduled to open its doors in Spring 2022.

crane flying american flag

Construction tower crane hoists the U.S. flag high above Times Square as construction workers await concrete used to lay the groundwork for Hard Rock Hotel New York’s 35th floor terrace.

Joe Polisano and Scott Koster with Cake

Scott Koster (left) and Joe Polisano (right) pose on behalf of Hard Rock International with a specially designed cake to commemorate the “topping out” ceremony at the site of the future Hard Rock Hotel New York. Leadership members from development partners at Extell Development Company and AECOM Tishman and were also on hand for the celebration.

hard rock hotel ny cake

Specially designed replica guitar cake from Duane Park Patisserie commemorates the “topping out” ceremony to provide a delicious look at the site of the future Hard Rock Hotel New York. The socially distant celebration was hosted exclusively for the construction and leadership teams from Extell Development Company and AECOM Tishman.

About Hard Rock®

With venues in 76 countries spanning 256 locations that include owned/licensed or managed Hotels, Casinos, Rock Shops® and Cafes – Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia at more than 83,000 pieces, which are displayed at its locations around the globe. In 2020, Hard Rock International was honored as one of Forbes Magazine’s Best Employers for Diversity. In 2020 and 2019, they were named Forbes Magazine’s Top Employers for Women and also in 2019, America’s Best Large Employers. Hard Rock destinations are located in the world’s greatest international gateway cities, including its two most successful flagship properties in Florida and home to the world’s first Guitar Hotel® in South Florida, where its headquarters are located. The brand is owned by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida. For more information on Hard Rock International visit or

About Extell Development Company

Extell Development Company is a nationally acclaimed real estate developer of residential, commercial, retail, hospitality and mixed-use properties, operating primarily in Manhattan and other premier cities across the nation. In collaboration with world-class architects and design professionals, Extell creates properties distinguished by sophisticated design, gracious floor plans and first-class amenities.

The firm has developed some of Manhattan’s most luxurious condominiums including Central Park Tower, the tallest residential building in the world at 1,550 feet; and One57, the record-breaking glass tower overlooking Central Park that redefined the New York City skyline and includes 92 ultra-luxury condominiums above the Park Hyatt’s new five-star flagship hotel.

Recently completed projects include One Manhattan Square, the largest condominium building on the Lower East Side with over 100,000 square feet of amenities; The Kent at 200 East 95th Street, a building that pays homage to some of New York City’s Art Deco structures with interiors that echo the classic elegance of the Upper East Side; and Brooklyn Point, the first luxury residential development located in Hudson Square, a section within West Soho. Extell has also restored and updated a number of classics in landmark neighbourhoods, including the former Stanhope Hotel at 995 Fifth Avenue and The Belnord, a landmark building on the Upper West Side. 

About AECOM Tishman

AECOM Tishman is one of the world’s leading builders, spanning over 100 years and responsible for managing construction of more than 600 million square feet, including iconic projects such as the World Trade Center, Manhattan West, One Vanderbilt, and Hudson Yards. AECOM Tishman is part of AECOM, the world’s premier infrastructure firm. AECOM delivers professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to consulting and construction management – and partners with clients in the public and private sectors to solve their most complex challenges and build legacies for generations to come. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm with revenue of approximately $20.2 billion during fiscal year 2019. See how AECOM delivers what others can only imagine at and @AECOM.

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