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The NY Daily News did a story last weekend on the rapidly-rising World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, which just recently hit the 93rd floor, and is set to surpass the Empire State Building's roof in just a couple of weeks.
Sure, by 2014, you'll be able to actually ascend the tower's 102nd-floor observation deck. But until then, to get a good dead-on look at the construction, we'd recommend booking a room near the top of one of our favorite killer view hotels in Manhattan, the Trump Soho.
Is the WiFi free? Does the gym have good machines? All these things get noticed when checking into a hotel, but what about the atmosphere of the placespecifically the art on the walls or on the floor? We're highlighting properties around the world that do their artwork right, and the specific pieces you should stare long and hard at when next you drop by.
Today: The Trump Hotel Soho's "Flaming Cactus" poles by Animus Arts Collective.
First off, we must explain that technically these aren't part of the property of the Trump. They are, instead, in front of the Trump and along the side of it in a very small public plaza, and the artwork is made possible by the NYC DOT and Hudson Square Connection. Still, it 100% adds to the appeal of the exterior of the Trump, and the 52,000 zip ties literally tie in this area with St. Marks Place/Astor Place, where you can find more such poles.
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It's the home stretch of New York's most indulgent time of year, Fashion Week, and we were itching to see some of the action happening inside hotels. Luckily, our patience was rewarded with this video taken at the Soho Grand, of luxury lingerie brand Agent Provocateur debuting their Kinky Couture line. Picturing lots of pretty long-haired girls strutting up and down a carpeted room in their skivvies? That about sums it up.
In the video, you can see expressionless fashion editors scribbling furiously in their notebooks as models show off the hand-studded, Swarovski-encrusted duds—which didn't do a great job of concealing much (but that's the point). All we can say is good thing there weren't any handbags involved.
It's still several years away from completion, but the new 124-room tower going up on Greenwich Street has hopes of becoming one of the hottest nightlife and dining destinations in the downtown area, set to compete directly with the Trump Soho and Tribeca Grand.
But is that such a daunting task? Maybe not for the man who claims to have pushed the Indigo brand "into a higher gear" with the opening of Hotel Indigo Chelsea, which he owns.
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Okay peopleas of tomorrow, we'll officially be one week away from Fashion's Night Out and even though it's technically an international event, the undisputed capital is New York. Thus, we've been running down some Fashion Week Hotel packages to get you right up close to the shopping and runway action, with a welcome side of pampering.
The James New York is taking things to another level, however; they're going native with a package including the "true Fashion Week meal." Celery and champagne!
We actually love spotting makeup in hotel minibars like the cosmetics kit we once saw at The Cooper Square Hotel. After all, we're more likely to use lipstick and mascara than condoms and sensual oils. (Sad but true.)
Yet before we pluck this La Bella Donna Lip Sheer off the minibar tray at the Trump Soho in Manhattan, we should be mindful that it costs $25. While it's not the priciest thing on the tray (that distinction goes to the bottle of Grey Goose for $95), it's definitely more than we'd pay for a lip sheer. (Shout out to Carmex!)
It was during a well-deserved coffee break and magazine-browsing session yesterday that we stumbled upon gender-defying supermodel Andrej Pejic's cover story in New York Mag. Unlike hotels, we don't keep up with the fickle day-to-day world of fashion, but sometimes it's nice to dive in and see what all the fuss is about.
Lo and behold! What peaked our interest, but a reference to a hotel party that the reporter had attended, along with Pejic, at none other than the James New York. And considering Jimmy's (the rooftop bar) reputation, this seems like an appropriate choice. Pejic is evidently quite specific about his recreational time, and at one point tells the reporter, "You know, I feel like at this age, [hard-core partying] is appropriate.”
Back in June, word got around about a 50,000 square foot lot on Greenwich Street, which had been scooped up by Fortuna Realty for a reported $12.7 million. The developer's plan? Naturally, a hotel.
This week, HotelChatter got an exclusive look at a rendering for the 124-room tower, which is slated to include at least one major restaurant concept. Nearby behemoths like Trump Soho and The Greenwich Hotel have basically had a monopoly on this highly lucrative section of the city, but now it's time for new blood. So who's the man behind the money?
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As you know from our post yesterday on these nightstand lamps, we spent a night at the Trump Soho. But what we didn't tell you is how we came to spend a night in a suite with this killer view from the bathtub. Allow us to do so now.
We did our usual compare and contrast of the hotel's website and other booking sites and found that a king deluxe room was going for the rate of $419 everywhere. Not content with just booking a room without any perks, we thought maybe we could do a Josh Flagg except that Trump Hotels are not part of American Express' Fine Hotels and Resorts. However, they are a part of Preferred Hotels and Resorts, of which we happen to be a member.
The other day we checked into the Trump Soho (more on that later) and aside from the killer views of Manhattan (again, more on that later) we loved all the little amenities we found inside our room like this--the outlet in the nightstand lamp.
We last saw one of these at the Encore Las Vegas and it made our list of 10 Favorite Things Found in Hotel Rooms because no longer do we have to unplug a floor lamp by the desk just to keep our cellphone charged. Donald Trump may like to brag about his properties being the biggest and the bestest but it's clear here that Trump Hotels understands it's the little things that really count.
Stay tuned tomorrow for more from the Trump Soho including the soaking tub with a seriously killer view!
Looking for a quiet place to catch up on your coffeetable book reading? Head to Trump Soho's Library, a cozy lounge area wrapped in cherry blossom wallpaper, located on the mezzanine floor. Though you're welcome to bring your own reading material—or make use of the Library's own backgammon board—you're better off browsing the wall full of mint condition Taschen books.
From Helmut Newton to Gustav Klimt, it would take years to properly absorb all the stunning images contained in each heavy-as-a-brick volume. We had a soft spot for the Favourite Hotels publication, but hey, to each his own.
The season four premier of True Blood airs in exactly two days and ten hours—but who's counting? We are, actually. Ever since season two introduced the Carmilla Hotel—a made-up "vampire" hotel that producers created from shots of The Sofitel LA—we've been totally hooked. What's the one thing better than hotel sex? Vampire hotel sex.
To ride the True Blood wave, head to the Tribeca Grand for this Sunday's free screening. These guys have figured out the connection between TV addiction and fancy hotel bars—last year, they were getting people excited for the premier of Mad Men with a similar concept. This weekend, not only are they screening the season premier, they're also pimping out their 100-seat grand screening room and throwing in free drinks.