With New York City breaking visitor records every year like clockwork, it's no wonder some of its most iconic neighborhoods continue to add new hotels to lure the crowds. That's the case most recently with the South Street Seaport, Chelsea and Times Square districts, which have debuted the distinctive properties detailed below.
Ian Schrager returns to Times Square
In Times Square, aka "the Crossroads of the World," Ian Schrager, co-creator of the Big Apple's legendary Studio 54, has partnered with Marriott International to present the new 453-room Times Square Edition. The 43-story hotel officially opens on March 12.
Among a roster of splashy features, the property's outdoor Jumbotron will showcase the works of video artists, cinematographers and animators. Inside, the Paradise Club is a modern-day cabaret that is part theater, part performance-art space that will offer song, dance, aerial acrobatics, magic and more, along with kinetic lighting effects by Tony and Academy Award–winning Fisher Marantz (a Studio 54 mainstay). An on-site production studio will allow for live simulcasts and broadcasts around the world.
The first Michelin-starred chef to roost in Times Square, John Fraser is spearheading the food and beverage at the hotel in a number of new venues, including 701 West for fine dining. The hotel also will have 2,100 square feet of private event space, as well as three opulent penthouses that can be used for meetings and other gatherings.
"The Times Square Edition is an entirely new lens on Times Square," said Arnie Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott International. "The hotel is an oasis of sophistication brought to you through the insight of the incomparable Ian Schrager, my friend and partner. There is simply nothing like it."
An AC Hotel arrives in Downtown
At the newly revitalized Seaport, where the city's march to mercantile dominance took off nearly 500 years ago, the latest property to open is the AC Hotel New York Downtown. The 274 guest rooms are marked by floor-to-ceiling windows, artwork by locally commissioned artists and unparalleled views of the East River and Brooklyn.
Guests here enjoy Spanish tapas at the AC Kitchen and handcrafted cocktails at the AC Lounge. For meetings, the hotel provides one boardroom that can accommodate up to 13 people, but a partnership with Convene means multifloor meeting space is nearby at 101 Greenwich Street, as will be space at One Liberty Plaza, right near the World Trade Center, coming online in April.
AC Hotels is Marriott International's European-inspired lifestyle brand. "The development of the Seaport District has the whole neighborhood buzzing, and we are thrilled to be a part of the transformation," said Craig Kepple, general manager of the property. "We offer an urban, modern, high-style experience to promote a feeling of harmony and creativity amongst our guests. Our team was attracted to the property's location, and we believe that the addition of an AC Hotel will perfectly complement this thriving area."
Moxy comes to Chelsea
On West 28th Street in Chelsea, a neighborhood named for the country estate that once stood here (itself named for a soldier's home near London), the 349-room Moxy NYC Chelsea opened on Valentine's Day, part of Marriott International's experiential brand. This marks the second collaboration between interior designers Yabu Pushelberg, architects and designers the Rockwell Group, and architectural firm Stonehill Taylor, who worked together on the Moxy Times Square.
The property features design touches inspired by Manhattan's nearby flower and meatpacking districts. For example, guests enter through the Putnam & Putnam Flower Shop, which sports planter boxes suspended from a 15-foot wall reachable by a wheeled ladder. Just beyond the shop, four butcher blocks suspended from the 12-foot ceiling serve as check-in kiosks.
The Moxy has more than 10,000 square feet of event space, including the two Meeting Studios on the second floor that can be combined for larger groups; the Bar Feroce's Backyard, an all-season garden terrace that can be used both for meetings and post-work bonding; the Feroce Ristorante, which is available for buyouts and whose a private dining room seats; the Mondo Suite on the 32nd floor with industrial loft-style windows overlooking the Empire State Building; and the Fleur Room, a glass-encased lounge on the 35th floor with panoramic 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline, available for private events. The lounge's glass walls descend at the touch of a button, transforming the space into an alfresco sky veranda.