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Meet The New Girl at The Gansevoort: Alice

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  Site Where: 18 9th Ave [map], New York, NY, United States, 10014
October 2, 2014 at 7:51 PM | by | ()

The Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC has a new, permanent hotel guest but this gal is unlikely to cause a scene or skip out on her hotel bill. Meet ALICE, the Gansevoort's new app.

ALICE stands for A Life Improving Customer Experience and when you stay at The Gansevoort, ALICE should bring you everything you want at the touch of a button. Such as: ordering room service from the airport, requesting turndown service, making on or off-site dinner reservations, booking a spa treatment, scheduling an in-room blowout, and reserving bottle service at the hotel's top-level Plunge Bar + Lounge. You can even have your pet's wishes granted by Alice too, including a personalized pet bed and name tag. Cute and convenient.

The ALICE hotel app is available in the iTunes App Store but it's also accessible on your phone, table and desktop right here. Sorry, it cannot call up models to your room.

Rates at The Gansevoort start at around $325 a night but ALICE is free!

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The Standard Hotel Gives a Statement About the Solange & Jay-Z Surveillance Tape

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  Site Where: 848 Washington Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10014
May 13, 2014 at 11:48 AM | by | ()

The Standard Hotel in NYC came under fire yesterday after the surveillance footage of Solange slugging her brother-in-law Jay-Z was sold released to TMZ. And they should be feeling the heat. Are elevator rides no longer sacred?

But we digress. Apparently, the hotel has released this statement to the media and as we suspected, they are cleaning house when it comes to their surveillance team.

"We are investigating with the utmost urgency the circumstances surrounding the situation and, as is our customary practice, will discipline and prosecute the individuals involved to our fullest capacity."

Meanwhile, every hotel that caters to celebrities (and non-celebs!) better redo their security and surveillance contracts.

[Photo: The Standard Hotel/Facebook]

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Did Someone at The Standard Hotel Sell The Surveillance Footage of Solange Attacking Jay-Z?

Where: 848 Washington St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10014
May 12, 2014 at 3:09 PM | by | ()

Celebrities are just like us! Their sisters try to beat up their husbands in hotel elevators!

Just when we thought Beyonce and Jay-Z had the most amazing drunk in love sort of fabulous life, comes this surveillance footage of B's sister, Solange, hitting and kicking Jay-Z in the elevator at The Standard High Line Hotel after the glamorous Met Gala last week while Beyonce stands by.

Who knows what set Solange off but what has set us off is that it looks like someone at The Standard Hotel decided to sell this footage to TMZ. Um, aren't hotels supposed to protect their guests' privacy? Especially those of such high-profile guests like Beyonce and Jay-Z? Fun fact: Beyonce shot one of her recent music videos at the hotel last year.

Of course, it would be different if a crime was committed in the elevator and the police released the footage to help with the investigation but we don't think smacking your brother-in-law is punishable by law (we could be wrong!)

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Where Did Beyonce Shoot One of 17 New Music Videos?

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  Site Where: 848 Washington St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10014
December 13, 2013 at 4:11 PM | by | ()

The Standard High Line of course.

The hotel's resident "guest," Stan D'Arde, blogged about meeting Queen B in the hallway (or so he says) while she was shooting the music video. Here's how the imaginary meet-up went down:

A few weeks back after a long night at The Top of The Standard, I was heading down to my room to see what was left in my mini-bar and maybe try to get some sleep. When I turned the corner from the elevator bank, I came face to face with Beyoncé and a camera crew…

ME: “Hey, B!”
B: “Hey, Boo!”
ME: “What are you doing?”
B: “Shooting a music video.”
ME: “You never told me.”
B: “I know!”
ME: “Carry on, B. Carry on.”

The whole thing seemed very mysterious, but I trusted her.

That music video turned out to be "Rocket" one of 17 videos she dropped suddenly last night along with her new album, titled, "Beyoncé." Of course. Now, if only we could get other Standard guests to replicate the Beyoncé pose during their stay….cue viral internet meme sensation in 5, 4, 3, 2….

[Photo: Standard Hotels]

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The Gansevoort Invites Fashion Writers to Take Advantage of its Roof

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  Site Where: 18 9th Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10014
September 6, 2013 at 8:29 AM | by | ()

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.

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It's Doughnut Time at the Standard High Line

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  Site Where: 848 Washington at 13th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10014
April 25, 2013 at 5:59 PM | by | ()

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]

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What Happens When You Have To Give Birth In A Hotel?

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  Site Where: 848 Washington [map], New York, NY, United States, 10014
November 16, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | ()

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.'

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At Long Last, The Jane Hotel's Rooftop Has Finally Opened

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  Site Where: 113 Jane Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10014
August 17, 2012 at 1:08 PM | by | ()

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.

Guest of a Guest passed along their new photos of the Jane Hotel's rooftop which apparently just opened.

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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Andre Balazs Has Officially Appointed A Basket-Toting 'Egg Girl' At The Standard Grill

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  Site Where: 848 Washington [map], New York, NY, United States, 10014
August 2, 2012 at 9:35 AM | by | ()

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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Yes, You Can Now Munch On Fresh Veggies Grown At Andre Balazs' Upstate NY Farm

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  Site Where: 848 Washington [map], New York, NY, United States, 10014
June 26, 2012 at 9:17 AM | by | ()

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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Something Sure Looks Familiar About The Gansevoort's New Artwork...

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  Site Where: 18 Ninth Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10014
May 3, 2012 at 9:17 AM | by | ()

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.

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Old Balazs, He Had a Farm

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  Site Where: 40 Little West 12th St [map], New York, NY, United States, 10014
February 21, 2012 at 3:20 PM | by | ()


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.

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