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Now that we've finally seen the inside of The Marlton, we're ready to turn our attention to Sean MacPherson's next new hotel. After years of delays, things are finally moving along at 180 Ludlow Street in the Lower East Side, and while we are still waiting for The Marlton's Café Marlton to open up, the hotelier has released details of what will be The Ludlow's restaurant.
Last month we had some insider information on The Ludlow's 162 guest rooms and now Sean MacPherson has spoken to Eater and told them that he is teaming up with Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi (of Torrisi and Carbone restaurants) and their parent company, Major Food Group, to develop the new hotel's restaurant. Interesting news, given that MacPherson majorly dissed Carbone in the New York Times' Style section just a week ago:
We'd all but given up on the construction site at 138 Allen Street/139 Orchard Street ever morphing into an actual hotel. The saga of what will most likely be called the Allen Street Hotel is a long one, so here goes:
Development began all the way back in 2008 and quickly rose to 16 stories. But then, in late 2011, the still-unfinished hotel went into foreclosure when developers defaulted on their loan, and then went back on the market for $28 million.
Things went quiet for a while, but when we checked in the other day, we saw a sign with a completion date posted (January 1. 2014). As well as information that the project will be led by Richter + Ratner
Mad hotel construction on the Lower East Side is not looking like slowing down any time soon: projects currently in the works include the promised-to-finally-open-soon 180 Ludlow, Peter Poon Architects' skyscraping Hotel Bowery, and what will be the city's second CitizenM at 185 Bowery. While most offerings down on the LES skew hip, it is somewhat comforting to hear that good old Holiday Inn's newish property, the Holiday Inn NYC - Lower East Side has been consistently selling out since opening earlier this year.
It's been quite some time since we last checked in on 180 Ludlow. After more than five years of stops and starts, we weren't even sure that this Lower East Side hotel was ever going to see the light of day.
Since it was taken over by BD Hotels (the secretive team behind the Bowery Hotel, The Maritime Hotel, and Pod Hotels) in 2010, the site, where work on a new hotel began way way back in 2008, has been shaping up slowly. One insider we chatted with the other day was very optimistic that the hotel would open before the end of this year. They also gave us an idea of what to expect when it does.
A tipster emailed us to say that Rodman was also asked to leave Thompson LES Hotel on Sunday morning after being on the property for less than 24 hours. A guest of the hotel during that time had this to say about their up close encounter with the former NBA bad boy (who, btw, has a new children's book out):
We came down to the bar after putting our luggage away, and arrived at the bar on the second floor. We were greeted by the obnoxious Dennis Rodman who was inappropriately speaking to my wife and making us feel so uncomfortable that we left. We went out to dinner and arrived back to the hotel and tried to have drinks again.
Once again Mr. Rodman was being inappropriate trying to sit on my lap and screaming and clapping while gesturing to my wife. Mr. Rodman was with a group of people who did nothing but stand there and make sure we did not say anything to him. He was rude VULGAR and extremely inappropriate telling my wife unacceptable things that we proceeded to leave the second floor bar and go to bed..."
It's that time of year again: tbd Art! Last year, Andaz 5th Ave launched this celebration of art and culture, where guests were encouraged to engage in the creative process.
Due to popular demand, artist-in residence Daniel St. George and celebrity tattooist Mister Cartoon returned to give more illustration love, this time a huge mural with his perspective of New York City, and it's just been finished--a Sandy tribute: the resilience of NYC after the storm. We heart.
Hotel Chatter caught up with Mister C and found a soft side. Here are his thoughts on Andaz, art, Sandy and, weirdly, Eminem.
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For all you NYC hotel-lovers who have always dreamed of visiting Lords South Beach but haven't actually made it down, here's your chance. In two weeks, Miami's gayest hotel is temporarily migrating north to the Big Apple. Why? To set up a pop-up hotel for Pride 2012, of course!
The entire Lords South Beach entourage—including, yes, the trademark nine-foot polar bear in the lobby, but oh so much more—will be transplanted into the Hotel On Rivington from June 18-24 (yes, we know, a hotel within a hotel) to create the ultimate Pride hotel party.
And when they say party, we do tend to believe them. This is coming from one "ultra-gay" hotel who likes to entertain guests by hosting rounds of Twister and spin the bottle, and another hotel with its own tequila bar and who once hosted Michael Cera and the cast of Jersey Shore in a hot tub. All together.
The great Manhattan hotel takeover never sleeps. It's only the fourth day of the new year and already we've heard of at least two new downtown hotels opening in the next year or two. First up (and by far more aesthetically pleasing): a converted 1913 Beaux-Arts building on Canal St and Orchard St (above), set to become a 130-room hotel.
The 12-story landmark building recently sold for $36 million, and apparently attracted quite a few interested buyers—all of them with 'hotel' on the brain.
Because Canal St connects the pivotal Lower East Side neighborhood with TriBeCa and Greenwich Village, and until now had no hotels to speak of, it was technically ripe for the picking. We're just grateful a renovated beauty like this one is getting the spotlight, rather than some new construction with no ties to the neighborhood. If only all of New York could be so lucky...
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Late last week, we got to check out one of the hottest new joints to hit Manhattan's Lower East Side: the Viktor & Spoils taqueria and tequila bar, located adjacent to the lobby at The Hotel On Rivington. Flushed from a few too many sips of the Central Park Swizzle (Rum Zacapa, lime, grapefruit, sugar, crushed ice, $14), our favorite of the night, we headed off to the bathroom.
Once inside, we had to blink and rub our eyes to make sure what we were seeing was correct: the walls had been plastered with actual Mexican peso notes, covering the room from floor to ceiling like strips of wallpaper. Compared to the larger but more sober bathrooms at CO-OP next door, this little bank note temple perfectly captured the excess and merriment of a tequila bar. At least, just enough to make us order yet another $14 flight.
Fashion's Night Out had us in a particularly chummy mood. The liquor was flowing, the male models were plentiful, and almost all of the major hotels were hosting parties. We ended up at an event honoring Tara Subkoff's "Imitation of Christ" collection. Settled into a roped-off section at The Hotel On Rivington's darkly-lit CO-OP restaurant, we bopped along to the music, and sipped cranberry cocktails. Then, we took a trip downstairs to the bathroom.
There, we were greeted by the friendly washroom attendant, John. John couldn't have been more helpful, guiding us tipsy party-goers safely towards our assigned stalls, smiling the whole time. John also indulged us with a little Q&A, and one of the burning questions we had on our mind was: "Who tips better down here? Guys or girls?"
"Definitely the guys, without a doubt," he replied without missing a beat.
Next week, The Feast, a glamorized pop up restaurant series by the Guerilla Culinary Brigade, debuts The Feast: L.E.S. Cirque at the Hotel On Rivington. Lobster? You got it. Heirloom tomatoes? Check. Watermelon? Wouldn't be a pop up without it! But don't dally to reserve a seat. The restaurant will only exist for four days.
OK, so maybe celebrities weren't physically at THOR, but thanks to a photo installation by EJ Camp, you feel like you're dining with them inside the hotel's restaurant Co-Op. The skylit dining room, which contains a 30 foot communal dining table (all the cool kids sit there—which means not us), has 40 iconic New Yorkers plastered across one of its walls in life-size polaroid prints.
Tired of waiting for your food? Have a staring contest with Moby. Getting antsy while the check takes forever to come? Bask in Betsey Johnson's dazzling smile.
One of the celebrities featured on the wall is Sex And The City costume designer Patricia Field. We found her expression a little smug, but we weren't at all surprised to see her there. Co-Op is a branch of the Guerilla Culinary Brigade, which was co-founded by gastronomic event ringmaster Alan Phillips. And if you remember, Phillips was also responsible for the pop-up dinner party we attended at the Sanctuary Hotel back in March. Where we ran into Patricia Field. See how it all comes together?