AHL Insider:

Frank Roberts

Director of Culture & Entertainment for New York EDITION

  • WHAT DO YOU DO AND HOW DID YOU GET HERE?

    I am The Director of Culture and Entertainment for The New York EDITION Hotel. I have always been in the hospitality business working in restaurants as a waiter/busboy and a barback and it was David Rabin who gave me my start letting me create the Legendary Sunday Night Lotus party that went on for 6yrs and from there I opened up the Gramercy Parks Rose Bar for Ian Schrager and was there for 5yrs.

  • IF YOU COULD THROW A PARTY FOR ANYONE IN THE WORLD, DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD IT BE FOR AND WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?

    I would throw an elaborate, magical, artistic event hosted by Andy Warhol and Rick James with a special performance by Prince this would be a wild one!

  • IF YOU COULD THROW A PARTY FOR ANYONE IN THE WORLD, DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD IT BE FOR AND WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE?

    I would throw an elaborate, magical, artistic event hosted by Andy Warhol and Rick James with a special performance by Prince...this would be a wild one!

  • WHY THE HOTEL BUSINESS?

    I kind of just fell into it when I opened The Rose Bar at Gramercy Park Hotel.

  • WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 10 YEARS?

    Alive, living in New York and Europe doing something new and challenging.

  • IF YOU HAD THE DAY OFF TODAY WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?

    Watching documentaries and listening to all types of music.

  • WHO, WHAT, WHERE ARE YOU LOVING RIGHT NOW?

    Right now I've been loving traveling all over Iceland, which I have been doing for the last 5 years. And loving anyone I see helping people who are in need.

  • FAVORITE HOTEL IN THE WORLD?

    I have many, but the one that stands out now to me now is The Grotta Palazzese in Italy.

  • WHAT’S THE NEXT BIG THING IN THE TRAVEL, HOTEL, NIGHTLIFE INDUSTRY?

    The next best thing will be the growth of the sophisticated nightlife culture in more hotels that tastefully stand out.

  • YOU’VE BEEN AT AND HOSTED SOME OF THE BEST PARTIES IN THE WORLD.. WHAT’S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU’VE EVER SEEN?

    I really don’t remember the craziest thing that I have seen as there have been many, but the best party I went to was Puffy’s 40 birthday party in Morocco where I witnessed a lot of crazy things! “WOW”