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Baron von Bowery

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What would it be like to live in the sumptuous Bowery Hotel, high above the gentrified bum boulevard and all its trendy newcomers? Richard Christiansen can tell you. The Aussie ad man rents a one-bedroom junior suite in the hotel, decorated with touches like trompe l’oeil button-tufted wallpaper and a velvet sofa. The staff is like family, the cocktails come from room service ("My accountant is going to kill me," he tells New York), and though we're not told how much he pays, much bigger hotel apartments were going for $30,000/month last year. As usual, it's all about the views. [NYMag]