Yasha Wallin


  • Where:New York, New York
  • Why:A visit back to the good ol' NYC.
  • When:November 2017
  • Who:Me
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Hello, Public.

Lobby vibes.

The Public in all its glory.

Public rite of passage: riding up and down the escalator for the perfect selfie.

: I don’t remember how I managed to capture the café without people, was it late? Was it early? Was I drunk?

Cabinet of curiosities.

Still searching for that perfect selfie.

Let there be (infinite) light.

Cozy AF.

Minimal shower still life.

Complimentary bikes for guests.

NYC you never disappoint.

Enter through the gift shop.

Highs & Lows

  • Those escalators. Yes, they’ve been all over your Instagram feed, but in person their magic never gets old.

  • In a perfect world, the lobby would be my apartment.

  • The architecture is amazing - tucked just far enough into Chrystie Street, you would never expect to find this sleek playground for the senses waiting beyond a few discreet bushes.

  • I was in the heart of NYC but never wanted to leave the hotel, is that weird?

  • Appealing to all us independent travelers, there’s a self-service closet on each floor where you can stock up on additional towels, toiletries, and…ice!

  • The staff, you guys were awesome.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Playful luxury.

  • Vibe

    Discerningly cool, minimally cozy, adult playground.

  • Location

    My favorite neighborhood in the world, the Lower East Side.

  • Rooms


  • Music


  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    Herzog & de Meuron

  • Pool/Gym

    Gym, yes.

  • Restaurant

    Shared plates of heaven at Public Kitchen byJean George’s Vongerichten.

  • Bar

    Yes...bars all over: The Lobby, Diego, The Roof, Public Arts for a bit of nightlife.

  • Minibar

    No, but who needs a mini bar in NYC where anything and everything can be delivered 24/7.

  • Children

    Saw a few, they looked as happy as I was.

  • Price

    Worth every penny.

For a dose of culture.

Salon 94

Salon 94, Bowery, New York, NY, USA

For a dose of culture.

Yes, you can still have a fantastic meal in NYC for under $5.

Vanessa’s dumplings

vanessa's dumplings

Yes, you can still have a fantastic meal in NYC for under $5.

Divine Greek food, even better people-watching.


Kiki's, Division Street, New York, NY, USA

Divine Greek food, even better people-watching.


PUBLIC, Chrystie Street, New York, NY, USA

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