The New York Edition
New York City
by: Alex Tieghi-Walker
Opening week bonanza; Frieze Art Fair 2015.
With a group of London pals, all staying in the hotel. It was like summer camp.
The oversized lamps are a nod to light fixtures in other Edition hotels.
The former Met Life building sits in a cluster of other early 20th Century Skyscrapers, it’s like Gotham after the clean-up.
Rooms are simple and fresh, as with most other Schrager properties.
Due South from my room on floor 37; East River to the left, Hudson on the right.
The room stretched around two sides of the 1909 skyscraper.
Big bonus points: Mast Brothers chocolates in the mini bar.
Bathrooms are simple but big; the shower poured down like a summer monsoon.
Another great collaboration: Edition x Le Labo.
As with other Editions, the statement lobby bar dwarfs drinkers.
The voluminous entry feels like the opulent entrance to a 1920s New York apartment building.
On the second floor, the principal Met Life office suites have been transformed in to an enfilade of common rooms.
Billiard room with full-sized table.
Architectural details have been preserved as much as possible.
Back downstairs, a hand-forged steel fireplace stretches the length of the backwall of the lobby.
The New York Edition has taken over the landmark Metropolitan Life Building on Madison Avenue, which is a damn fine building.
Highs + Lows
The hotel has 273 rooms but feels very small; service is personal, the public spaces are intimate.
The interior design is spot on: neutral and modern textures have been harmonized with dark woods and antique furniture. The heritage of the building has been referenced really politely.
The lobby and bar work well as an NYC destination even for those not staying the night; the vibe was buzzing and people were having fun. The hotel felt very much alive.
Views were special, not just from my room on the 37th floor; I visited other rooms further down who had equally impressive lookouts.
Spending a couple of days being greeted by the precarious Flatiron building whenever I exited the hotel was pretty special.
Jason Atherton has done it again; Clocktower was satisfying and delicious.
- Life Changing
- Environmental Consciousness
- Overall Value
- Night's Sleep
- Stealable Stuff
- Refer a Friend
Luxury Lifestyle Hotel
Well-heeled creative types.
Gramercy/Flatiron, which is one of the most interesting parts of Manhattan.
273, over 41 floors.
My ears mainly tuned to early Jazz with splashes of reggae.
- Year Opened
- Designed By
Rockwell, with massive Schrager input.
Clocktower, by Jason Atherton (as good as you would expect).
Yes, two, both beautiful.
Yes – free and easy and speedy.
I think so, yes.
In the Area
Molly’s Irish Bar, 3rd Avenue
287 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010, United States
Sawdust on the floor, porter on tap and a roaring fireplace in the back room, Molly’s is a thirst-quenching time warp like no other in Manhattan.
188 E 2nd St, New York, NY 10009, United States
Book curation like no other in NYC, and a great timetable of art shows. Jonas Woods was showing whilst I was there; this is always one of the first places I head to in NYC and is just a 15 minute walk from Edition.
Flower District, W28th St between 6th and 7th Avenues
133 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001, United States
A lush passageway of trees, cacti, pots and orchids occupying this dense city block. It’s a mecca for plant lovers, a verdant break from the surrounding streets.
The New York Edition
5 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010, United States