It's the Little Things
by Sue Apfelbaum, 02/06/2013
Photo: Kate Glicksberg
Gansevoort Park Avenue
420 Park Ave. South, 212-317-2900, Flatiron District, Manhattan
Decked out in an aubergine and slate gray palette inside and out, the Gansevoort Park Avenue has a sensual elegance unique to this the newest property in the Gansevoort family. Designed by architecture/interior design power couple Stephen Jacobs and Andi Pepper, the hotel has a seductive vibe that's also established by Deborah Anderson's photography located throughout—although rooms booked by families will see her images of Central Park instead, as each frame flips over to reveal a less sensuous side. Other thoughtful details include Juliet balconies, JBL speakers and complimentary wireless. The Gansevoort logotype, like the hotel's name, is of Dutch origin and is a lovely accent used tastefully throughout the hotel. You'll find it engraved on the edges of the fabulous year-round inside/outside heated pool and in the form of a "G" tattoo on the ankle of the pool's mosaic-tile pinup girl—modified from a 1940s original design by the artist Peter Driben.