On The Bowery
When we arrived at the new Ace Hotel in the now-trendy neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles last Thursday, the attendant told us the artisanal soap was made from pearls. But what sounds like the Brooklynization of just another city—the shower lotions are from a local barber, the restaurant is run by the guys who do Five Leaves, the Greenpoint bistro—isn’t exactly that. Here, the sprawl is inverted.
The trendy Ace Hotel brand will soon sidle up right next to the Bowery Mission with a so-called “faux hostel” (or “distilled service”) concept at the vacant 225 Bowery, formerly a Salvation Army shelter and community center.
Nataliya Donskoy of ND Architecture will design the spot’s 178 guest rooms spread over 10 floors and 57,793 square feet. Bowery Boogie, which first reported the Bowery Ace project in September, is now saying that the development will cost $5 million split between North Wind Group and the Omnia Group.
On a cold Tuesday night in early March, NYO attended a fashion show at the Ace Hotel on 29th Street, produced by New York 3D printing company Shapeways. There was only one item for show, however, and only one model. Still, as superstar burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese traipsed up onto the stage wearing the world’s first-ever 3D-printed dress, even Debbie Harry crowded in closer to get a peek at history in the making … and almost broke her leg in the process, since she tried to jump up onto a table for a better view. Wearing the Michael Schmidt-designed, nylon-netted gown, created from 17 distinct parts, 3,000 moving joints and over 12,000 black Swarovski crystals, Ms. Von Teese floated like a vamped-up queen up to the stage in a floor-length ensemble that also featured a corset bodice and gravity-defying, tiered bubble sleeves.
Yoko Ono showed up in stylish and stylized basement of the Ace Hotel this morning to give an award the LennonOno grant for Peace to Pussy Riot, the imprisoned Russian punk band.
“I thank Pussy Riot for standing firmly for freedom of expression and making all women proud,” said Ms. Ono, enunciating the band’s name in her signature clipped tone. The grant is awarded every two years as a tribute Ms. Ono’s late husband, John Lennon.
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD
After Andre Balasz, the hotelier behind the edgy Standard, backed out of the deal for the Temple Court at 5 Beekham Street, the building will be developed by not one but two hot-shot hoteliers: A joint venture between GB Lodging LLC, which has worked on the Ace New York, and Commune Hotels & Resorts, the parent company of Thompson chain of hotels.
While long a cultural wasteland, the area now known as NoMad is enjoying it’s time in the sun. Landlords in the Northern Flatiron district have been courting cultural institutions and local joints in an effort to vivify the neighborhood, the Wall Street Journal reports.
HEART OF (FASHION) DARKNESS
The developer Jon Lam is arranging a deal to significantly increase the size of a hotel project he is planning to build on Broadway between 29th and 30th streets.
Over the summer, Mr. Lam purchased two commercial buildings, 1205 and 1225 Broadway, for about $72 million with plans to raze the two structures and erect Read More
C IS FOR COOKIE
Fashion’s Night Out is finally, mercifully over. And yet: the memory of our brief time at The Ace Hotel’s carnival—sponsored by uber-hip, spendy boutique Opening Ceremony (who has an outpost in the hotel) held court with a full carnival and a prominent Muppet—is still burned into our brains.
Last night’s Opening Ceremony party at the Ace Hotel for Fashion’s Night Out is certainly deserving of its own report, which is coming shortly. The most coveted item of the night, however, may be the hippest cookie in the universe.
The hipster-approved Ace Hotel has long been a place for the unlikely trifecta of New York’s tech, media, and music scenes to congregate around. A partnership with one of the most recognizable names in technology shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, then.
The Ace’s lobby has traditionally provided the un-, self-, and vaguely-employed a chic place to plant themselves for the day with complimentary-if-not-spotty WiFi, along with the town’s coffee roaster of the moment, Stumptown, and two Ken Friedman restaurants right in the building (whether or not they find themselves tempted to shop at uber-hip Opening Ceremony boutique is another story altogether). Even last week, The Observer‘s tech blog BetaBeat found themselves spying on the mastermind behind the (literally) rockstar-driven startup du jour Turntable.FM at the Ace.
Now comes the ultimate validation of that through corporate partnering: