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Hotel Regent tops out.

Hotel Regent tops out

Proudly taking its place on the New York City skyline, the new 51-story Regent, New York hotel "topped out" at 680 feet, ultimately creating some of the most spectacular views in the city and making it Manhattan's tallest hotel.

With New York City officials lending a hand, Robert H. Burns, chairman of Regent International Hotels, and Toru Ogahara, representing hotel owner EIE International, launched the final bucket of concrete, lifted by crane to the top floor of the I.M. Pei-designed tower, symbolizing the project's "topping out." A huge American flag unfurled and soared aloft underneath the ascending concrete container, which was draped in giant banners declaring, "The Regent, New York Salutes New York."

Both Tokyo-based EIE and Hong Kong-based Regent International Hotels underscored their faith in New York City's future as an international center of commerce. When it opens in January 1993 at its prime East 57th Street location, the 372-room Regent, New York will serve the world's most discriminating business and pleasure travelers, reinforcing New York's enduring preeminence as an international business and tourism capital.

Burns noted that The Regent, New York is the first newly-constructed hotel in the United States for Regent, which has properties on four continents. "New York City is and will always be a shining global capital," he said. "It is a vital destination for virtually every business traveler and tourist, and Regent is making a solid commitment to them -- and to New York -- with this great new hotel."

Toru Ogahara, president of EIE Regent Avenue Corporation, the EIE International subsidiary that is developing the hotel, said, "New York City continues to occupy a special and pivotal role in our rapidly changing world. EIE is fortunate and thankful for the opportunity to contribute to New York's great future with this addition to the skyline."

Joining Burns and Ogahara in the topping out ceremony were the project's associated architects, I.M. Pei and Frank Williams, and John L. Tishman, chairman of Tishman Construction Corporation of New York, construction manager for the Regent, New York.

Tishman said, "We are delighted as we reach this milestone in the construction of this world-class hotel, and we join the other members of the project team in saluting its owner, EIE International, and Regent International."

Having a facade of limestone cut from the same stone Pei used for his acclaimed Louvre museum extension in Paris, the Regent, New York tower, with its cascading setbacks and crown marked by glowing lanterns, will feature the lavish amenities and appointments demanded by its clientele of top level executives and travelers.

Paying attention to every detail of guests' needs, specially trained stewards will be available on every floor, functioning as the guest's own household staff. Around-the-clock room service will provide fine cuisine to guest rooms via elevators devoted exclusively to this purpose.

Visitors and guests will be ushered into a spectacular three- story high grand foyer and lobby court, destined to be one of New York's great meeting places. A grand limestone stairway will lead to three restaurant areas.

Guest rooms will provide breathtaking views of Central Park and the city skyline through virtually floor-to-ceiling windows. Ceiling heights will be 10 feet, three inches. The spacious rooms will range in size from 600 to 1,200 square feet, and will offer large entrance foyers, bedroom-size walk-in closets, and separate dressing areas, making each room feel more like a luxurious residence than a hotel room. Large, elegant bathrooms, a hallmark of Regent hotels, will feature sunken soaking tubs and separate glass enclosed shower cubicles.

The hotel's location on East 57th Street between Park and Madison Avenues, an easy walk to many of the nation's leading stores including Tiffany & Co., Bergdorf Goodman and Cartier, is another primary attraction.

William Zeckendorf, Jr., assembled the site for the Regent and acted as development consultant.

PHOTO : The Regent Hotel celebrated its topping out last week. Present for the festivities were: L to R: State Assemblyman John Ravitz; City Councilwoman Carol Greitzer; Robert Burns, chairman of Regent International Hotels; John Tishman, chairman, Tishman Construction Corp.; Frank Williams, architect; Toru Ogahara, president, EIEI Regent Ave Corp.; Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger; New York City Commissioner of Business Services Wallace Ford II; I.M. Pei, architect.
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