The front desk awaits guests at the just-opened The James New York at 27 Grand Street, the latest towering Soho hotel to jump into the downtown hospitality game, and one that always seems to get Curbed readers worked up. This stilted tower from architect Eran Chen of ODA, cantilevering over terraced gardens at the corner of Grand Street and Sixth Avenue, brings some life back to a stretch that was formerly the home of the Moondance Diner and a couple of old taxi garages.
Befitting the nabe, the inside of the hotel is being given the curator's creative touch by artist Matthew Jensen. As for the flashier amenities, like the rooftop bar and pool, HotelChatter reports they won't be open until December rolls around. Brrrrr?
A sneak peek of what's to come inside this Fortress of Plazatude reveals a subterranean restaurant beneath the terraced gardens. The innards are barely visible through knee-high windows cut into the concrete wall surrounding the property, safely separating various forms of riffraff looking for some fun downtown. Grub Street passes on the rumor that David Burke will be in charge of the restaurant and that the space will be designed by Thomas Schlesser, lately of Ma Peche. A long way from omelets and burgers, eh?
· The James New York Is Now Open (But You'll Have To Wait For The Rooftop Bar) [HotelChatter]
· David Rabin and Hotel Griffou Team Will Bring Rooftop Lounge to James New York [Grub Street]
· The James New York [jameshotels.com]
· James New York coverage [Curbed]