THE HEART OF TOWN

MID­TOWN MAN­HAT­TAN: LONG ON MONEY AND ES­TAB­LISHED NAMES, SHORT ON CON­TEM­PO­RARY STYLE AND COLOUR. EN­TER KIT KEMP AND THE WHITBY HO­TEL.

The Australian - Wish Magazine - - MOTORING - DAVID MEAGHER

Mid­town in Man­hat­tan is a mecca for tourists and busi­ness travellers alike. The area is home to the Rock­e­feller Cen­ter, Saks Fifth Av­enue, St Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral, the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, Bergdorf Good­man, the Em­pire State Build­ing and flag­ship stores for luxury brands such as Tif­fany & Co., Gucci and Louis Vuit­ton. It’s also the city’s cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict – the largest in the world – and the lo­ca­tion of cor­po­rate head­quar­ters for some of the world’s big­gest com­pa­nies. So it stands to rea­son that the area should also be the most ex­cit­ing place for travellers to New York to stay. It should be, but it isn’t.

Sure, there are ho­tels aplenty, but not too many that have been cre­ated to sur­prise and de­light travellers with an em­pha­sis on de­sign and style and no com­pro­mise on ser­vice. The most ex­cit­ing ho­tels to open in New York City in re­cent years have all been Down­town – ho­tels such as the Crosby Street, the Greenwich and the Beek­man have re­de­fined the con­cept of what a luxury ho­tel in New York can be and spawned many im­i­ta­tors around the world.

Now the owner of one of those ho­tels is bring­ing a bit of that Down­town magic to Mid­town. Ear­lier this year the Whitby Ho­tel opened on West 56th Street be­tween 5th and 6th av­enues, and WISH was given a pri­vate tour of the ho­tel, days be­fore it of­fi­cially opened, by its owner and de­signer Kit Kemp. Kemp and her hus­band, Tim, are the own­ers of Fir­m­dale Ho­tels, which own and op­er­ate the Crosby Street ho­tel in SoHo, eight ho­tels in Lon­don as well as the luxury ser­viced apart­ments One Den­man Place, and an is­land re­treat on Bar­ba­dos, Ross­ferry. “I think they need some­thing like this in Mid­town,” says Kemp. “While we’ve been build­ing this place I have wanted to stay in this part of New York and when I looked at places nearby like the Sherry-Nether­land, the St Regis and the

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