New Kids on the Block

New York’s No­Mad neigh­bour­hood wel­comes two bou­tique ho­tels.

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MADE

Found at the in­ter­sec­tion of 29th and Broad­way, the 108-room Made is a bou­tique ho­tel aimed at a ‘cre­ative class’, says Sam Gelin (the guy be­hind the project). With those guests in mind, he wanted to cre­ate a space that felt homely and where ‘so­cial and struc­tural bar­ri­ers have been re­moved to make room for au­then­tic, in­spir­ing in­ter­ac­tions’.

That equates to a lobby that en­cour­ages peo­ple to min­gle and, as the day pro­gresses, tran­si­tions from a meet­ing and re­lax­ation space where cof­fee is served, into a hub with cock­tails and wine, where evening plans are dis­cussed.

Once the net­work­ing is done, guests can head to pretty rooms with clean lines, raw bronze shelv­ing and hand­wo­ven fab­rics, or make for the rooftop bar, which fea­tures a 22-foot semi­cir­cu­lar wall of glass look­ing out onto the Em­pire State Build­ing. Made opens this month. www.made­ho­tels.com.

LIFE HO­TEL

If you like your bou­tique ho­tels to come with an in­ter­est­ing back­story, then you’re bound to get a kick out of the Life Ho­tel, which has opened in trendy No­Mad, just a few blocks from the Em­pire State Build­ing and a short stroll from Times Square.

The 98-room ho­tel is housed in the of­fice of now-de­funct Life mag­a­zine, where cel­e­brated Amer­i­can writ­ers and artists such as Nor­man Rock­well and Charles Gib­son once worked and lived — some of the ho­tel’s rooms and en­suites are those once pro­vided to staffers.

This com­fort­ably small ho­tel has been lov­ingly re­stored to in­cor­po­rate many of the build­ing’s orig­i­nal 1895 fea­tures, in­clud­ing wood mould­ings, mar­ble floor­ing, high ceil­ings and pe­riod tiles. Rooms are min­i­mal­ist and airy, with white walls, ex­posed con­crete floors and cast iron-style beds. Images by Aus­tralian fine art pho­tog­ra­pher Steven Lax­ton hang along the cor­ri­dors.

Chef Michael Vig­nola runs the Life Restau­rant, while the speakeasythemed bar in the base­ment fea­tures empty pro­hi­bi­tion-era al­co­hol bot­tles found dur­ing the build­ing’s ren­o­va­tion

— and very likely im­bibed by Life staffers. www.life­ho­tel.com.

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