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Marriott to build N.Y.’s tallest hotel

Marriott International Inc. of Bethesda, the largest publicly traded U.S. hotel chain, and ownership group Granite Broadway Development announced a signed franchise agreement to develop the Courtyard and Residence Inn Manhattan/Central Park, a soaring, new 68-story property housing two distinctly different hotels – a 378-room Courtyard by Marriott and a 261-room Residence Inn by Marriott — at Broadway and 54th Street.

The multimillion-dollar project will open in late 2013 and be managed by Interstate Hotels and Resorts.  Designed by architect Nobutaka Ashihara, the building will rise 752 feet, 9 inches high, making it the tallest stand-alone hotel building (without office or residential space) in New York.