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Hamptons, Hotels

Photo credit: Matthew Williams

Canoe Place Inn and Cottages, situated on the site of America’s oldest inn, reopened its doors this week after being shuttered for nearly two decades. The historic 17th-century Hamptons inn, which was once referred to as “The First Stop Out East,” has been restored and reimagined for the 21st-century traveler.

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Hotels, Nomad, Restaurants

Photo credit: Jason Varney

José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup on Tuesday opened Zaytinya, a new restaurant and hotel in-room dining option at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Nomad. The restaurant features a mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese cuisines in a 140-seat street-level restaurant with a mod-meets Mediterranean interior design courtesy of David Rockwell’s Rockwell Group. The Nomad location will be the second for Zaytinya, which first opened in 2002 in Washington, DC.

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Hotels, Midtown, Recent Sales

All renderings courtesy of Aman New York

A penthouse on New York City’s Billionaires’ Row has sold for $74.34 million, the highest closed sale of 2022 so far. Taking up the entirety of the 20th floor of the Aman New York, a new hotel and residential project at the iconic Crown Building on Fifth Avenue, the home measures over 6,700 square feet and features a private saltwater swimming pool, cabana, and two terraces. The apartment–dubbed the “Jala Penthouse”–was originally listed for $83.53 million.

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Features, Hotels, NYC Guides, Top Stories

The top rooftop hotel pools in NYC offering day passes

By Michelle Cohen, Thu, May 26, 2022

Photo courtesy of The Williamsburg Hotel

Coming soon: Summer heat and dreams of poolside vibes. Some lucky apartment dwellers count a pool among their building’s amenities. Otherwise, your local options include public pools or pricey pool clubs and gyms. One more way to dive in this summer is to snag a day pass to a pool atop one of the city’s trendy hotels. Usually reserved for hotel guests, some hotels allow visitors to pay by the day–often with surrounding restaurant and bar privileges. Some venues host events like pool parties with DJs, live music, and drink specials. Read on for cool pools with day rates.

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affordable housing, Hotels, Policy

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Mayor Eric Adams on Sunday called on Albany to pass legislation that makes it easier for New York City to convert vacant and underused hotels into affordable housing. Introduced earlier this year by Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz and State Sen. Brian Kavanagh, the bill creates an exemption to zoning rules that require developers to undergo the city’s lengthy land use review process or complete major renovations for hotels to become permanent housing. While the idea of converting hotels into housing has been floated by lawmakers for years without getting off the ground, the city’s growing housing and homelessness crises have renewed a push from officials.

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condos, Cool Listings, Upper East Side

Photo credit: VMI Studios

Capping the reinvention of the former Hotel Wales at 1295 Madison Avenue as luxury condominium residences, a newly-constructed 4,179-square-foot penthouse spanning the building’s highest floor has just arrived on the market. The $23,000,000 home in the Carnegie Hill Historic District contains five bedrooms and seven bathrooms; its biggest asset, however, may be the 3,114 square feet of wrap-around terraces on two levels with Central Park views, an outdoor kitchen with a wet bar, a fireplace, and a butler’s pantry.

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Design, Hotels, Upstate

All photos by David Mitchell

The world’s first hotel on wheels is set to debut in the Hudson Valley this winter. The New York-based startup company Moliving Inc. revealed earlier this year its first model unit, which measures roughly 400 square feet and includes two outdoor decks. The company believes the movable luxury hotel rooms, which are designed to be easily installed and relocated, offer hoteliers the opportunity to build hotels faster, more sustainably, and to adjust room inventory according to seasonal demand.

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Hotels

Photo of The Plaza via Pixabay

A sign of New York City’s recovery, The Plaza Hotel will reopen next month after closing its doors to guests for over a year. The iconic Central Park South hotel announced it will open its luxury rooms again on May 20, about 14 months after it first suspended services due to the pandemic. “For the past year you’ve been asked to stay home, The Plaza is now extending its formal invitation to return to New York,” the hotel’s website reads.

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Getting Away, Hotels, Upstate

Cabin interiors; Photo courtesy of Hutton Brickyards

For years, New Yorkers have been drawn to the Hudson Valley city of Kingston for its rich history, arts and culture, and proximity to nature, ideal for both a weekend getaway and year-round residence. A new hotel just north of New York City is set to open this spring that will offer 31 individual cabins across 73 acres of lush landscape, providing a coronavirus-safe escape for city dwellers. Located on the site of a former brick factory, Hutton Brickyards has been transformed from a manufacturing property into a laid-back but luxurious riverfront resort with private cabins, a spa, restaurant, and events space.

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affordable housing, Policy

Photo by Dimitry Anikin on Unsplash

A state lawmaker introduced legislation this week that would allow New York to buy financially distressed commercial buildings and convert them into housing for low-income and homeless New Yorkers. The Housing Our Neighbors with Dignity Act, sponsored by State Sen. Michael Gianaris, includes the purchase and conversion of office buildings and hotels that are up for sale, as the Wall Street Journal first reported. The proposed legislation comes as commercial districts and tourist hubs have yet to recover fully from the impact of the coronavirus and as the housing crisis, particularly in New York City, continues.

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