Public New York Will Go Public in Three Years
Good news for people who love the Public Chicago hotel. Ian Schrager is officially bringing his new Public Hotels brand to the Big Apple. The WSJ reports that Schrager has teamed up with developer Douglas Durst to put in a 250-room Public Hotel in the lower 16 floors of a 56-story residential building in Manhattan's hottest new hotel nabe, Herald Square.
Much of what we found (and loved) at the Public Chicago--simple but stylish rooms, the Public Express room service, a happening restaurant and bar scene (over 10,000-sq.ft)--will be at the Public New York but along with a nightclub, a health club, pool and an outdoor garden. And for what it's worth, residential tenants in the building will also have access to the hotel amenities including room service. (Rents for a one-bedroom unit will start at $4,500 if you're interested.)
Construction is set to break on the building this spring but alas, the Public New York won't be accepting guests for another three years. When it opens, rates are expected to start around $300 a night.
In the meantime, Schrager is already thinking about what to do with the planned Edition New York hotel that will open in the Clock Tower building near Madison Square Park. He told the WSJ:
I've been thinking about the Dakota," he says, referring to the famous Upper West Side co-op apartment building. "The same ethos could work at the Clock Tower."
Given that the Dakota has a bit of a dark history(Rosemary's Baby, John Lennon's assassination), this could be a very gothic turn for Edition.