It was half past midnight when Grandmaster Flash retired from his turntable to a steaming cup of tea at the Union Square W Hotel. His voice was hoarse from the hour-long set he’d deejayed for the young and stylish crowd that had amassed in the hotel’s marble ballroom.
We couldn’t help but wonder whether it Read More
The Eight-Day Week
Travel to Asia without leaving downtown Manhattan at the W New York’s Travel Tuesdays. The hotel’s Living Room Bar & Terrace will be transformed into an Asian adventure with themed movies, food and exotic cocktails, giving guests and locals a “mini vacation.” A virtual jaunt to Hong Kong involves watching Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, sipping Read More
“You can tell the building is rocking back and forth because you can see the pocket doors hitting the wall,” said Eric Williams, a computer engineer waiting out Hurricane Sandy in his apartment on the 46th floor of the W Hotel and Residences in the Financial District. “It’s such a slow sway you don’t really see it, but you can feel it.”
Most of the building had been evacuated because of its proximity to the water, and he’d just received an email from the building management warning residents that the power would be shut off in the next hour, basically nixing elevator use, but he and his roommate were planning to wait it out. They didn’t fear floods on the 46th floor, but both of them were motion sick. He couldn’t see the building’s sway in glasses of water, but it was visible in the pots of water they’d filled in preparation for outages, a slow ripple from one side to the other, as though a hand were gently shaking the pots back and forth.
A hotel chain has purchased the hip, but troubled W Hotel in Union Square for well below the price it fetched at the height of the market.
Host Hotels and Resorts, based in Bethesda, Md., has purchased the hipster vacation paradise for $185.2 million, city records show.
The W features a two-story Mediterranean restaurant with Read More
There were lots of friendly faces in attendance at the W New York Downtown’s party celebrating a new site-specific installation by artist Jennifer Steinkamp. And you don’t even have to sneak into the hotel to see it: it is, in part, an animated video being projected in large scale right onto the side of the Read More