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We wrap up our New York Fashion Week coverage (before moving on to London) by telling you what’s going on the next few night at locals hotels for those of us without access to those swanky private parties. These events are open to the public for the remainder of the show week.
When:Sept. 10, 9pm-midnight Tumbler’s most popular fashion blog “We The Urban” is hosting a party tonight at this too-hip to be square Lower East Side hotel.
When:Sept. 12th, 8pm-2am The hotel’s Above Allen indoor-outdoor terrace lounge with a retractable glass roof is normally reserved for hotel guests and members, but on this night Roxy Cottontail and Butch Diva will have a party with Cole Haan called #dontgohome.
When: Sept. 12, 8pm The Ace is feting The Rookie, an online magazine created for teenage girls by fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson with a school-dance-themed party, readings by the magazine’s contributors, and live music. The event is open to the public but to attend you must R.S.V.P. on the hotel’s blog.
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When: Nightly Go to the trendy hotel’s Ava penthouse lounge where makeup artist Ramy hosts a nightly “beauty therapy bar”. Try products and even have your eyebrows shaped for free! Throughout the month of September, the bar is serving up a “model cocktails” created by mixologists at Liquid Lab. On the menu? The Kate Moss Cosmo and Bündchen Brisk.
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Hot on the heels of Fashion Week, the next big NYC event on everyone's lips is the Food Network New York Wine & Food Festival, which runs from Oct 11-14. Taking place in different venues all over the city, the various food-(and wine-, duh!) related events are a great excuse to indulge our two favorite hobbies: stuffing our face, and hanging out in hotels.Much of the finger-lickin' action will be restricted to a few select places that have made their mark as either a reputable dining establishment, or just a place where celebs like to hang.
Here's a look at what's happening at which hotels, and where you'll want to be staying.
By far, the most active hotel on the lineup is Standard High Line, which will be hosting a total of nine events throughout the four-day festival, many of which are part of a "Wine Seminars" series presented by Food & Wine magazine. And though the hotel will no doubt be jam-packed the entire weekend, rooms are still available, starting at $585/night for a Standard King.
Meanwhile, the following hotels will also get their fair share of the booze-y action...
We don't usually read about basement parties happening at the Ace Hotel in the NY Times. Yet that's exactly how we found out about a recent fundraiser that took place in the hotel's subterranean Liberty Hall.
With several hundred protestors lined up around the block, the hotel hosted an impromptu "solidarity event" in support of Russian punk rock trio Pussy Riot, who have made headlines around the world after their controversial arrest—and subsequent conviction—by the Russian government for what they deemed “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” Now they're facing two years in prison.
When it came time to pick a venue to allow folks to gather and vent their anger, the Ace seemed an obvious choice. After all, if the hotel is hip enough to turn an obscure brand of Swiss toothpaste into a hot commodity, no reason why a crowd of balaclava-wearing, feminist, anti-patriarch arts activists can't feel right at home, right?
Once a year in New York City, something awesome happens over a whole weekend. It's called openhousenewyork and the idea is exactly what it sounds liketo open up private bits of the city for public viewings and tours.
Typically this means events like walking tours of West Village backyard gardens or, like last year, a very unique few hours of wandering the inside of the old TWA terminal at JFK Airport. Though the full schedule for 2012 hasn't yet been released, OHNY has teased inside access to a few of the city's big hotels:
In case you were hoping to celebrate this year's World Cat Day, we're sad to say that you've just missed it. Instead, enjoy our photos of...cats in hats! Also, cats in dresses! And last but not least, cats in leather jackets!
The cat fancy fest went down yesterday evening within Manhattan's Algonquin Hotel as the property allowed its most famous resident, Matilda, lobby cat, to have a few friends over to celebrate the reopening after a complete renovation.
Back in May, the W New York Times Square became the first hotel to host a formal exhibition of Instagram photography. The event must've been quite successful, because it's now spreading to the W Chicago Lakeshore, who tonight host the opening of their own Instagram showthe first official Instagram exhibit in Chicagocomplete with culmination of a contest.
After receiving over 7,500 entries, the W Lakeshore chose one photo to crown the exhibition, and it'll be unveiled this evening between 6-8PM in the Living Room and Wave Patio with "cocktails, interactive moments, Instagram portraits and DJ Megan Taylor," according to Racked Chicago.
The party is open to the public, and we'll be there amongst the crowd doing the very meta thing of instgramming instagrams. Charge up your phone and see you there?
[Photo: W Hotels}
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After missing out on all the fun over Memorial Day Weekend, Revel HQ, the four-level nightclub venue inside Revel, is finally ready to make its debut. Kind of.
The nightclub's official opening date isn't until September, but it is hosting another "preview" weekend on July 6 (yes, another—the first preview was held on June 14, and Revel even posted photos on its website for your browsing pleasure). The club will open to offer revel-ers a taste of the bottle service, the bass-thumping DJs, the suspended stage, and all the rest of it.
Oh, and incidentally, this preview happens to coincide with a two-night run at Ovation Hall by a little known rapper called Kanye West. Ever heard of him?
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The Mondrian SoHo—romantic? Yes. But apparently not so liberal when it comes to people wanting to sex it up in the rooms.
The Daily News is telling us that a members-only swingers club called School of Sex (yes, they do have a Facebook page) was holding an event at the hotel over the weekend when security found out what was going on, and promptly shut the whole thing down.
Luckily, as the School of Sex puts it, "members were given ample time to exit the venue and say their goodbyes." Phew. Well, that's a relief.
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This photograph was shot two feet from where it sits now on the wall in Suite 1108
Another month, another NYC hotel unveiling a full-property renovation. This time, we were checking out the new look of The Gansevoort, its re-designed penthouse, and, more importantly, some cool new artwork in the rooms.
Photographer Deborah Anderson (if you haven't heard of her, you've certainly heard of her clients—George Clooney, Pink, Elton John, to name a few) was given the task of creating new artwork for the hotel, and she took her job title of "artist-in-residence" quite literally.
Over the course of two days in October, Anderson set up a photo shoot in two eleventh-floor suites, subtly weaving in elements from those rooms into the photographs themselves. As a result, certain pieces of furniture (curtains, couches, and—yes—toilets) have now been immortalized in the glamorous images guests find as they wander through the hotel.
The other day we mentioned that the new Revere Hotel Boston Common would be opening with a special "revolutionary rate" of $177.50 of Paul Revere's famous ride on April 18, 1775. But things got a whole lot crazier than that. Like "Mission Impossible" crazy.
Runway "models" from Boston Rock Gym walked down the exterior of the building on a vertical catwalk, showing off the hotel's uniforms which were designed by students at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design
The uniforms are worn, on the ground, by the property's doormen, valet, front desk staff and cocktail servers. The runway show also featured some looks from UK designer label Ted Baker London, perhaps as a gesture to show that everything's copacetic now between the British and us.
The $177.50 rate is good through May 31 but reservations must be made by calling the hotel directly, referencing promo code REV775.
[All photos: CARLY GILLIS]
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We don't have to tell you that we're pretty crazy for the social photo sharing app Instagram and its potential for peeking into the hotel rooms of other travelers. This week saw the launch of Instagram for Android and now, more good news:
The W Hotel Times Square will open New York City's first Instagram photography exhibit on May 1. On display in the hotel's Living Room lobby area through June, the photos consist of works from five of the most popular Instagrammers in the Instagram NYC community. BUT! There's still a opening for one more, thanks to a contest of course. The details:
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Believe it or not, the Crosby Street Hotel's screening room once in a while gets used for something other than weekly Sunday night film club gatherings. Like on Monday night, when a glitzier-than-thou crowd showed up for the season premiere of Mad Men, which the rest of us won't get to watch for another four days.
This now brings our itinerary of stops on the unofficial Man Men Worldwide Hotel Tour to a grand total of five! So far, we've counted Roosevelt New York (where Don Draper lives in Season 2), The Belvedere Hotel in Baltimare and the Millenium Biltmore in LA (the show filmed inside both hotels), Soho Hotel (where Jon Hamm got a little racy during a recent newspaper interview), and now, the Crosby Street Hotel.