10014 Travel Guide
Besides the designers, the models, the buyers, and the various hangers-on, Fashion Week draws another key tribe to its host city: the fashion bloggers.
In the whirl of excitement of this very special time of year, it is often tough for writers to find a good spot to focus and compose those important blog posts. Not this year; because the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC, where the neighbors include the stores of Diane von Furstenberg, Stella McCartney, and Tory Burch, is offering a Writer’s Block Rooftop Retreat.
You know that time of day when your blood-sugar level starts dipping and you could kill for sumthin’ sweet? Well from now until May 4th you can satisfy your sweet-tooth in a major way at The Standard, High Line. The hours of 12-3 is when the hotel will sell the popular Doughnut Plant’s limited edition Kenny Scharf flavors.
In collaboration with the Kenny Scharf Kolors exhibition at the Paul Kasmin Gallery, the Lower East Side company created edible versions of artist Scharf's glow-in-the-dark doughnut paintings. The delectable flavors ($5 each) are: Coconut Donut in Space, Cosmic Donut Vanilla, Chocolate Glazed with Sprinkles in Space, Pink Donut with Sprinkles in Space, Frosty Pink Donut in Outer Space, Pink Frosted Donut with Chocolate Sprinkles Over a Desert Landscape, Chocolate Chocolate!
Yet another reason to visit The Standard (or The Hotel Chelsea where a Doughnut Plant shop list located as well)!
[Photo: Kenny Scharf/The Doughnut Plant]
Here's one kid who's going to have serious bragging rights when they grow up: being born at the Standard Hotel. Talk about starting early!
Tara Kimkee Tan, a former hotel manager at the Standard, was on duty one Saturday night in April 2011, when she suddenly went into labor, and was forced to give birth in a guest room. Which is bad enough, but Yahoo! reports that Tan is now suing Standard for $10 million, claiming that the hotel carelessly shooed her out the side door after the delivery, neglected to offer her maternity leave, and then fired her four months later for 'stealing hotel property.'
It has been years, literally, since we heard any news about the rooftop bar that was supposed to open at New York's Jane Hotel. Back in 2008 we managed to get a peek at what the space looked like at the time with its killer views of the Hudson River but by the following year, plans for the bar were seemingly gone with the wind. Until today.
Alas just because you scored a $79 cabin room at the hotel (with shared bathrooms down the hall) doesn't mean you will have access to the rooftop oasis.
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And the saga of hotelier-turned-upstate-farmer Andre Balazs—who's either going through a midlife crisis, or was just in desperate need of a career change—continues.
Now that Balazs' Locusts-on-Hudson farm continues to supply more and more produce to the Standard, it only made sense for him to install a designated "egg girl" at the Standard Grill, whose sole job it is to be, as the NY Post writes, "the modern-day version of the cigarette girl...in pigtails, a lemon-yellow gingham dress and Mary Jane shoes, selling eggs out of a basket ($5 for a half dozen)."
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Not too long ago, we heard rumors about Andre Balazs, the man who concocted one of New York City's most iconic hotels, spending time upstate, raising chickens and generally enjoying a quieter life in the country.
Well, now he's back from his sabbatical, and he's putting his produce to the test with a new seasonal cafe that's popped up outside the Standard New York. That's right—in the same spot where you once saw public art by KAWS, went ice skating, and enjoyed a little softcore porn, you can now munch on Andre Balazs' homegrown tomatoes. Ain't life grand?
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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.
Had a meal at Standard New York recently? No? Well, you're missing out. You see, in addition to being a magnet for all sorts of naked folks (and when is that ever not fun?), the hotel is also currently the test kitchen for owner Andre Balazs' newly-acquired upstate NY farm.
You read that right. Mr. Balazs, who in his spare time manages to date gorgeous blondes, launch his own branded seaplanes, and manage seven US hotels (with an eighth on the way), is now also trying his hand at raising chickens.
Michael Fassbender could have just been going along with the Standard New York's exhibitionist trend when witnesses caught him in the act inside one of the hotel's see-through rooms. But as it turns, out, Fassbender was just filming one of the scenes for Shame, a new movie directed by Steve McQueen that follows the life of a sex-crazed businessman (played by Fassbender) in NYC. And, not to condone such lurid behavior, but, man, this guy gets down. Like, everywhere.
Including The Standard, which beautifully sets the scene for two climactic moments in the film. The first happens inside the Boom Boom Room, where Carey Mulligan (who plays Fassbender's sister), made up a little like Marilyn Monroe, treats bar guests to a somber rendition of "New York, New York"—and you can literally see the twinkle of the skyline in the background.
Later on, two of Fassbender's many (many, many) sex scenes take place inside what is clearly one of the hotel's west-facing rooms, though The Standard's name is never mentioned. Shoes fly off, hands are pressed against windows...you get the idea. And if you happened to be strolling the High Line during the day of filming, let's just say you were treated to a real sneak preview.
Got a good 'stache? In honor of Movember, Standard Hotels is running a Facebook contest that encourages people to send in photos of their frothy beer-soaked moustaches—the winner gets two nights at either Standard Downtown LA or Standard NYC. Plus $200 to spend at the Standard Biergarten. Gotta keep that 'stache good and watered!
Of course, we wouldn't be nearly interested in this if we couldn't take a peek at some of the entries submitted so far. Like contestant Ryan, pictured above, who is in the lead with 103 votes. Though we have to admit—we don't see too much froth happening on that upper lip! Looks like this contest needs some real gentlemen to step up to the cyber-plate.
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This winter, both Gansevoort Meatpacking and Gansevoort Park Ave are battling Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) with a new promotional package that includes things like a duplex penthouse suite, a tropical cocktail, vitamin D-infused facial, and beach attire for hanging out in your room. For many people, this might just be enough to lift the heavy winter blues.
But Gansevoort's not stopping there. Taking all precautions, the hotel has also decided to photoshop pictures of you with Santa Claus. And provide you with a "friend for the day" (it's exactly how it sounds). Or, even, if that glum mood just won't pick up, to offer a Compliment Concierge that will shower you with praise throughout your entire stay—by the end of which, no doubt you'll be positively elated.
If not slightly stuck-up.
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At five months pregnant, she's still running the world
As we know, the Standard has a way of bringing out the best and worst in people. In this case, it seems Beyonce had a rather positive reaction to the hotel's penthouse space during a recent photo shoot with Terry Richardson.
The iconic photographer, who was shooting her for a Harper's Bazaar cover story, captured the star in all her radiant glory—pink trench coat, sparkly dresses and all—including an equally magnificent backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. Imagine that. Her unborn baby hasn't even taken a breath of oxygen and already he or she has traveled to cooler places than us. Sigh.