Monthly Archives: April 2014

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“Staycate at one of NYC’s swankiest hotels”

NYC’s swankiest hotels New York

Designer Digs

Not since the early days of Balazs and Schrager has New York seen such a boom in design-driven hotels.

Downtown, for instance, there’s the Jade Hotel, a year-old Greenwich Village property whose bohemian vibe suits its storied location. Indeed, here — in the same ’hood Diego Rivera and Georgia O’Keeffe once called home — interior designer Andrés Escobar has filled this 18-story red-brick building with perfectly atmospheric touches. Flanked by a gas-lit entrance, Escobar’s art deco-styled lobby leads to the speakeasy-styled Grape and Vine restaurant where classic cocktails are swilled around an L-shaped bar. Upstairs, there are 113 snuggish rooms with intricately patterned wallpaper, deep wood and Makassar ebony furnishings, distressed leather chairs and rich tones of blue, crimson or gold throughout. With the exception of the Greenwich Penthouse, which boasts a soaking tub, all rooms have showers only, and toiletries are from C.O. Bigelow. Craving outdoor space? The Greenwich features a walk-out balcony, while the three Hudson Queen Deluxe rooms offer private outdoor patios.
From $269; Jade Hotel


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“Pace Dorm at 33 Beekman Reaches 65 Percent Built”

Construction of the 178,500-square-foot Pace University dormitory at 33 Beekman Street in the Financial District has reached 22 stories, leaving 12 more to go, Commercial Observer has learned.

The dorm, being developed between William and Nassau Streets by a joint venture of Naftali Group, SL Green Realty and Harel Insurance and Finance, will have 378 housing rooms with 725 beds, said Miki Naftali, chairman and CEO of Naftali Group.

“There’s a better way to hopefully create a nice and pleasant place for those students,” Mr. Naftali said. “We designed what I believe is very nice student housing.”

The design of the $130 million project, with interiors by Andres Escobar, was completed over a year ago. The project will be completed in the summer of 2015 with occupancy slated for that fall.

“They’re actually going to have nice views,” of the East River, Lower Manhattan and the new World Trade Center, Mr. Naftali said.

There will be 250 square feet of retail on the ground floor and a 3,000-square-foot public plaza which will be “an area for the students on a nice day to sit and chill and have their coffee,” Mr. Naftali said. The dorm will also have a student lounge, laundry facility, gym, library, study rooms, game room, screening room, cafeteria and two recreational spaces.

“The common areas of this project were designed in a fun, contemporary industrial cool and colorful way in order to be representative of the young student clientele that occupies the building,” Mr. Escobar said. “The students will benefit from a high-ceiling entrance and lounge area, with amusing lighting fixtures.”