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Given its storied history, (host to John D. Rockefeller; birthplace of the original martini) we expected soon-to-be-restored-and-reopened Knickerbocker Hotel to be pulling out a few big collaborator names. And so we're not entirely surprised to hear that the hotel has grabbed one of the country's top chefs to oversee its entire food and beverage program.
Charlie Palmer, who is a hotelier as well as a master chef will be in charge of the Knickerbocker’s fourth-floor signature restaurant and bar, a ground-floor café, and rooftop lounge. Hotel guests will also get priority access and "preferential treatment" at Palmer’s flagship restaurant, the Michelin-starred Aureole, just around the corner on 42nd Street.
If you managed to snag yourself a date for Valentine's evening, here's a brand new bar to take (and impress) them. Opening on February 14th, Bar 54 at the newly opened Hyatt Times Square is Manhattan's highest rooftop lounge, rising 54 floors above street level and offering spectacular views of Lower Manhattan, from the Chrysler Building to the World Trade Center, and even the Times Square ball. We're already thinking New Year's Eve reservations.
Designed by SPAN Architecture, Bar 54 is a 122-seat indoor/outdoor lounge serving specialty cocktails, fine wines and a selection of small plates. Outside, colorful lounge seating is warmed by cozy outdoor fireplaces while the inside section features a variegated wood ‘trunk' and laser cut ceiling panels.
Work has just started at 120 West 41st Street on yet another chain hotel designed by serial hotel architect, Peter Poon.
According to permits found by New York Yimby, the new building will rise 26 stories and contain 130 guest rooms. California-based Stanford Hotels is the developer and a quick peek at its website reveals that the hotel will be called the Hyatt Place Times Square -- not to be confused with the Hyatt Place Midtown, a five-minute walk south.
The Paramount Hotel, near Times Square, is capping off a rather good year for the hotel--multimillion dollar renovation and a new management company--by opening the Diamond Horseshoe nightclub on New Year's Eve.
Located in the basement, the Horseshoe originally opened at the hotel in 1938 by eccentric theater impresario, Billy Rose, as a supper club that featured dinner theaters, vaudeville-style revues and a chorus of showgirls called, "Billy Rose's long-stemmed beauties." Seventy-five years later, the Diamond Horseshoe will now feature a show called, Queen of the Night, from Randy Weiner of Variety Worldwide, and who also produced "Sleep No More." Here's how a release describes the new show:
Queen of The Night is a unique theatrical experience that integrates food, music, dance, fashion, theater and circus performances, as well as an impressive creative team that includes Giovanna Battaglia for the creative vision, fashion designer Thom Browne for the costumes, and Jennifer Rubell for a curated food experience, to name a few.
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Today is opening day for the Hyatt Times Square and we are fresh from a opening-eve visit to bring you a first look.
The 54-floor, 487-room property is Hyatt's largest new build in the city in more than 30 years and sports a striking, shimmering glass exterior by SLCE Architects and a bright LED sign that changes colors. Stepping into the almost entirely white George Wong-designed lobby, you will first come across a line-up of iPad check-in stations, with a human check-in counter to the right and the (also Wong-designed) T45 Diner to the left. The diner is not quite ready to go yet -- they are hoping to open in a couple of weeks -- but it will feature a menu of classic diner dishes given a modern twist, retro decor, a milkshake bar, back wall of moving lights and a photo booth off to the side.
The all-new Knickerbocker is slated to now open in mid-2014, and it has just been accepted into The Leading Hotels of the World fold. The hotel will have 330 guestrooms, a food and beverage collaboration "with one of the most recognized master chefs in New York" including a signature restaurant and bar on the fourth-floor; a ground-level boulangerie, and an 7,500-square-foot rooftop bar and terrace offering panorama of the city's skyline.
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The Chatwal Hotel in New York has only been open for a few years but already it's important and chic enough to have its own line of luggage.
A limited-edition collection of seriously sexy red luggage from T. Anthony has just been unveiled.
The line, conceptualized by The Chatwal's general manager, Joel Freyberg, features five pieces of "classic" luggage all made with deep red canvas hardcover cases that are trimmed in brown leather and sport polished nickel hardware. There are two suitcases for clothing and shoes, a hatbox, an adorable jewelry case and a make-up case. (No duffel bags or backpacks here!)
This luggage not only looks heartbreakingly good, it will leave you heartbroken when you hear how much it costs-the pieces range from $1,000 to $1,525.
While similar pieces can be found online at T. Anthony, The Chatwal line is only availble in store. (A fab window display is launching this week.) However, if you book this luggage through The Chatwal, they are planning to offer you a stay at another Luxury Collection hotel. Once you've completed your stay at The Chatwal, the butler will pack up your pretty new luggage, ship it ahead of you and it will be unpacked when you arrive.
More photos of the luxe luggage after the jump!
Paramount Hotel's hip lobby store,Free & The Brave, is showing off a new concept for the next few days. Until Sunday, they will be hosting a pop-up store by mobile photo app Trendabl. Kind of like an Instagram for fashionistas, Trendabl allows users to take photos of their outfits, then add individual information about each item including store, brand and price. Other users can then purchase said item with a click of a button. Shopping is so easy nowadays!
Just in time for the holidays (and its December 3rd opening date) the Hyatt Times Square is flaunting some new multi-colored twinkling lights.
The scaffolding that has covered the site for the past couple of years is gone too, and the lobby is positively glowing. Bar the stray construction barriers and workmen out front, the hotel has tidied up considerably since our last visit just two months ago. We are near-heartbroken, however, to read that the restaurant, spa and lounge won't be opening until January -- what a missed opportunity for a bird's eye view of the Times Square ball drop from the 54th-floor lounge. Maybe next year, then.
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When this New York Yimby report directed us to the brand-new renderings of the hotel development project at 400 West 42nd Street, we thought to ourselves: that's that's the new Pod Hotel! But, strangely, neither the Yimby report nor the site with the renderings that they link to (the New York Immigration Fund) say anything about Pod Hotels or BD Hotels. The NYIFund referring to it only as the Times Square Hotel.
We did a double take. That rendering certainly looks like a Pod Hotel, with the red awning and cube windows, but why no mention of Pod? We went back out to check the site (below):
We like when a hotel does good deeds and that was the case last week when the retail space at New York City's Paramount Hotel was converted into a funky pop-up shop to benefit the Global Citizen Festival on September 28th.
Superstar musicians Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Kings of Leon and John Mayer will play a free concert this weekend at Central Park to a crowd supporting the Global Poverty Project.
For those unfamiliar with the organization which is in its second year of giving such concerts, GPP has partnered with Cotton On Foundation to create a venue called the Global Citizen Pop Up Store at Free & The Brave.
Their limited-edition products--from cool vintage-style t-shirts (so affordable) designed by celebrity supporters of the cause, concert photography by Danny Clinch, and signed artist memorabilia
Their limited-edition products--from cool vintage-style t-shirts (so affordable) designed by celebrity supporters of the cause, concert photography by Danny Clinch, and signed artist memorabiliawill be sold in Paramount's dedicated (but temporary shop) until October 16th. All proceeds will go to to the charity, which supports communities in Uganda.
Their focus? The Zero Poverty 2030 campaign, which seeks one million citizens to call on world leaders to continue efforts to end extreme poverty by the year 2030.
We had a chance to do a serious hard-hat tour of the new Hyatt Times Square, the company's first new build in New York City in more than 30 years.
Officially taking reservations for December 10th, the powers-that-be hope for a soft opening November 10th by having at least 300 rooms ready. We looked around and the Hyatt is one big huge construction site right now. It's exciting to see how a hotel starts from the ground up, and we initially had our doubts the hotel would be prepared to welcome guests in two months--but miracles have happened as we've seen first hand.
A few rooms, designed by the talented George Wong, have already come together and the decor brings city life indoors thanks to his vision to add New York-themed pop art to what could have been just another bland corporate hotel. Plus, the floor-to-ceiling windows open up the rooms even more, giving guests super impressive views of Times Square's hustle and bustle below.