It's the Little Things
by Sue Apfelbaum, 02/06/2013
Photo: Joe Buglewicz
Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC
18 Ninth Ave., 212-206-6700, Meatpacking District, Manhattan
Stepping out in the Meatpacking District today, it's easy to forget how the now-fashionable neighborhood earned its moniker. When the Hotel Gansevoort opened on the site of a former parking lot in 2003, it paved the way so that even the Whitney Museum of American Art, which will reopen in 2015 just one block west, would deem it desirable. Overlooking the cobblestoned section of lower Ninth Avenue and Gansevoort Street, the hotel anchors the area with its urban-resort aesthetic. Although known for its rooftop pool parties in the summer, the Hotel Gansevoort has recently given its lobby a more down-to-earth vibe, cozying up its lounge with leather chairs, a billiard table and an oyster bar. For a little spice, Asian-fusion restaurant TOY features aerial contortionists four nights a week. Each guest room features a site-specific image by photographer Deborah Anderson, who shot models in the very rooms where her images appear. All standard suites have Juliet balconies, and Hudson River–facing rooms have bay windows that open up (a plus now that the streets don't smell of rancid meat). And of course there's the famous roof deck, which wraps around the building for 360-degree views, and its year-round heated outdoor pool.