Built on the storied Warner Brothers estate on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, it’s no surprise to find a continuation of the Eden Roc’s show biz roots in its latest iteration: Nobu Eden Roc.
Think of it as two hotel experiences at the same Miami Beach address, and this, a tale of two towers.
Nobu Hospitality was founded by Robert DeNiro, Meir Teper, Chef Nobu, Struan McKenzie and Trevor Horwell, all superstars in their respective fields of film, food, finance and bespoke hospitality (hotels). Nobu at Eden Roc is the flagship property in their growing worldwide portfolio of restaurants and hotels stretching across five continents.
The Eden Roc is the legendary epicenter of classic and modern glamor in Miami Beach, attracting movie stars, socialites and celebrities to the hotel and its restaurants for more than six decades.
Together, Nobu and Eden Roc offer guests what they call “Barefoot Luxury,” a refreshingly human-centered mix of sophistication and simplicity.
While there are separate check-in desks, guests of the Nobu and Eden Roc enjoy the same lobby, common spaces and amenities, including Nobu restaurant and bar, three pools, the spa and workout facilities, beach and Malibu Farm, the hyper-local farm-to-table concept. Only the Nobu pool and Nobu in-room dining are exclusive to guests of Nobu.
Food & Drink
Nobu Miami Restaurant
Nobu restaurant derives its name from acclaimed chef-proprietor Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, who is known to the world simply as “Nobu.”
Described as being “inspired by his classical training in Tokyo and time abroad in Peru,” Chef Nobu drives the latest trends in Japanese-fusion cuisine, offering original and inventive dishes and cocktails.
Aside from dinner and a prix-fixe lunch, Nobu serves up Sunday brunch from noon until 3:00pm, featuring Yamucha Carts (think dim sum), offering a revolving selection of Nobu’s signature dishes tableside.
Bar Nobu is the gorgeous circular lobby bar featuring classic and Chef Nobu-crafted specialty cocktails, Ikaati handcrafted tea, sushi, sashimi and original small plates as well as exquisite desserts.
Set to open soon, Malibu Farm is described as “the epitome of laid back luxury.” It brings Helene Henderson’s Californian restaurant across the country, boasting “simple farm-to-table dining that is fresh, organic and locally sourced whenever possible.”
Located on the southside of the property, the Ocean Tower houses the Eden Roc. Set opposite, and separated by the uncommonly beautiful common areas, the Legendary Tower has been transformed into Nobu.
The Nobu features a distinctive look carefully crafted by David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group, inspired by the enduring structural beauty of a Japanese beach house.
The Eden Roc reflects its surroundings, looking fresh, breezy, warm and sexy with just the right touch of glamor.
The towers are positioned to take advantage of the intracoastal waterway and beach views, and rooms and suites may be selected to enjoy the sunrise or sunset, according to guest preferences.
Amenities & Entertainment
A stay at the Nobu Eden Roc can be as zen or as lively as guests desire.
Known for emerging art, fashion, architecture, food and nightlife, Miami is an international arts, culture and sporting destination. While the Nobu Eden Roc’s nightlife focuses around the Nobu restaurant and lounge, the property regularly teams with popular local events, including Art Basel Miami Beach, to offer pop-up galleries, live music and other cultural events in-house.
The Miami Beach Spa and Fitness Center provides a Japanese-inspired holistic wellness experience. Guests are invited to participate in daily meditation and stretching rituals as well as a variety of curated spa offerings that help ground the spirit. The hydrotherapy circuit with whirlpools, plunge pools, saunas and hydro-experience showers provide further opportunities to indulge in deep relaxation.
Overlooking the water, the state-of-the-art fitness centre is open 24/7. The weekly schedule of group and personal classes include: Personal Training; Surf Set Fitness; Yoga; Water Aerobics, Spinning and Dance; Beach Boot Camp and Boxing.
Watersports including jet-skiing, sailing, scuba diving, waterskiing, kayaking and paddle boarding are all available on-site at Nobu Eden Roc.
Or, if you prefer, you can do absolutely nothing but lounge in the sun in a private beach chair and enjoy the view.
Known as Art Square until 1883, Copley Square was Boston’s original center for educational and cultural institutions, a reflection of the city’s progressive aspirations. Built on the original site of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Fairmont Copley Plaza remains its Grand Dame.
Walking into the Fairmont Copley Plaza, via the hand-laid mosaic tile floor of Peacock Alley, is like stepping into a palace; even the most habitual travellers will be struck by its opulence, generous size and classic form. Designed by architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh and opened in 1912, it is the ‘sister’ to New York’s Plaza Hotel and, like the Plaza, reflects life lived on a grand scale.
In preparation for its 100th anniversary in 2012, the Fairmont Copley Plaza renovated its 383 guestrooms and suites as well as its common areas, carefully marrying modern amenities with its signature historic charm. Adjacent to Peacock Alley, the elegant Lobby Lounge is lavishly furnished and complemented by impressive art, including signed lithographs by Matisse, Picasso and Chagall, creating an ideal space for quiet reflection, conversation or appreciating the architecture and design of the place.
Beyond the extravagant common areas, there are eight professionally-curated suites that highlight unique aspects of Boston’s culture and history. The themes of these museums-in-a-room include: the Museum of Fine Arts; Boston Pops; Boston Symphony Orchestra; The Freedom Trail; the JFK Library and Museum; Boston Public Library; The Museum of Science; and The Catie Copley Suite, named for the hotel’s resident canine.
The OAK Long Bar + Kitchen, with its industrial-inspired 83-foot copper-topped bar, state-of-the-art wine room and farm-to-table American menu, is a modern interpretation of a university club. Its space extends during the fairer months to its outdoor patio, an ideal place to enjoy hand-crafted cocktails, sunsets and people-watching.
The rooftop houses a 3,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art gym, floor to ceiling windows and an outdoor seating area with a view of the square and beyond.
There are three high-end shopping experiences within a few minutes’ walk:
Prudential Center – 75+ upscale stores and boutiques are housed in this indoor shopping mall under immense glass skylights and domes
Newbury Street – There are more than 150 freestanding shops along, or close to, glamorous Newbury Street, with an emphasis on luxury boutiques.
Copley Place – Copley Place stretches over 10 acres and is anchored by retail showstoppers such as Barney’s New York, Christian Dior, David Yurman, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Salvatore Ferragamo and Tiffany & Co.
In the Neighborhood – Food, Culture and Sporting Events
Check with your hotel’s concierge for au courant dining options and reservations as well as seasonal music and live theater recommendations. Here are some of the local cultural offerings
Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is a not-for-profit performing and visual arts campus that supports working artists to create, perform and exhibit new works; develops new audiences; and connects the arts to community.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Wang Theatre has housed the performing arts since opening in 1925, developing from a movie “cathedral” and home to vaudeville musicals and big bands, to today’s role as an impressive venue for world-class theatre, music, Broadway, and dance.
Showcasing more than 200 events each year, the BPC may just be the busiest, most unique theater in Boston. Owned and operated by Berklee College of Music, the BPC hosts concerts by talented students, faculty, and visiting artists, as well as a wide variety of productions presented by outside promoters, arts presenters, and community organizations. Events at the BPC span every musical genre and represent a broad range of countries and cultures, from traditional artists to contemporary innovators defining the future of music.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its inaugural concert on October 22, 1881. Today, the Boston Symphony Orchestra continues to fulfill and expand upon the vision of its founder Henry Lee Higginson, not only through its concert performances, educational offerings, and internet presence, but also through its expanding use of virtual and electronic media in a manner reflecting the BSO’s continuing awareness of today’s modern, ever-changing, 21st-century world.
The Museum of Fine Arts was founded in 1870 and opened in 1876, with most of its initial collection taken from the Boston Athenæum Art Gallery. The museum was originally located in a highly ornamented brick Gothic Revival building in Copley Square designed by John Hubbard Sturgis and Charles Brigham which was noted for its massed architectural terracotta in an American building. Explore one of the most comprehensive museums in the world with art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary.
While hanging out in a library may not be your usual first choice, entering the main branch of the Boston Public Library is like entering Aladdin’s cave. Yes, there are rare books, maps and early Shakespearean folios, but there is also extraordinary architecture, art and reclusive, sun-soaked restful spaces.
The building is designed by noted New York starchitect Charles McKim of McKim, Mead & White fame. Galleries include the Chavannes Gallery, the Abbey Room, the Elliot Room, Bates Hall and the Sargent Gallery, filled with murals by the great English painter John Singer Sargent.
The library’s arches and ceilings of Guastavino tile rival any of the Guastavino projects found in New York City.
Arguably, the most delightful part of the building is the interior courtyard bounded by an arcaded promenade, designed after the arcade of the Cancelleria Palace in Rome. Pull up a chair and curl up with a book in the sun in this intimate, perfect garden. It will become the ‘secret’ space against which you will measure all others.
Need one last divine secret? The library’s Courtyard Restaurant offers lunch every day of the week (a la carte) and High Tea service from Wednesday through Saturday for $35 per person. High tea includes all the delicious dainties one expects and would be a highlight on any day of the week or an exquisite surprise for a special person in your life.
Free, daily one-hour architectural tours are an excellent introduction to the building and its collections.
Like almost anything about New York, a city home to more than 8 million people, the volume, variety and quality of its film scene is an embarrassment of riches. For every one of these ten festivals there are ten other niche, underground, hyper-local, new or expanding film events.
It takes a keen eye and a lot of patience to sift through all of the listings of everything happening each day in the five boroughs. But if you’re into film – or simply curious – here’s a list of 10 great film festivals in New York City, an interesting and useful place to start.
Now in its seventh year, the Athena Film Festival — a celebration of women and leadership — is an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries and shorts that highlight women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world. The four-day festival, which includes conversations with directors and talent and workshops for filmmakers, has quickly established itself as one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind.
The New York WILD Film Festival is the first annual documentary film festival in New York to showcase a spectrum of topics, from exploration and adventure to wildlife and the environment, bringing all things WILD to the most urban city in the world.
The #NYCDFF is the world’s first event exclusively dedicated to celebrating the art of drone cinematography. The festival offers an international platform for filmmakers from every corner of the globe to exhibit their work in front of industry professionals and the drone community.
Aside from the screenings, the festival includes: a drone photo walk, aerial cinematography seminars, drone expo & flight demos, the Day of Drones @ the Liberty Science Center and the FPV Drone Racing & Freestyle FPV Competition.
Now in its sixteenth year, the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, announced that its upcoming edition will be held from April 19th to April 30th, 2017 in New York City. For this upcoming Festival, Tribeca has expanded its areas of submissions from feature films, short films, and experiential storytelling (Storyscapes) programs to also include submissions across all of the programming areas of the Festival.
“Tribeca is a forward-thinking storytelling festival and we have been supporting work that goes beyond the big screen for many years,” says Festival Director Genna Terranova. “As the technology and tools proliferate in the creative community and new distribution models emerge we feel it is the right time to expand and support artists on these growing platforms in a broader way.”
The NYC Indie Film Festival provides a showcase for the best in independent cinema, including short films, feature films, music videos, and animated works…The festival strives to promote an open and nurturing environment for artists, writers, actors, film-makers and fans. We will be screening the best indie films and offering panels, classes, seminars and discussion groups as well as opportunities for the filmmakers and fans to mingle and network.
The NYC Indie film Fest is eager to embrace fresh ideas and storytelling. We will be screening narratives, documentaries, short films, super shorts, animations and music videos. We are looking for filmmakers whose passion for the art form is real as they push films in new directions.
The Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF), is an international, competitive festival. BFF’s mission is: to provide a public forum in Brooklyn in order to advance public interest in films and the independent production of films; to draw worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema; to encourage the rights of all Brooklyn residents to access and experience the power of independent filmmaking; and to promote artistic excellence and the creative freedom of artists without censure.
Since 1963, the New York Film Festival has brought new and important cinematic works from around the world to Lincoln Center. In addition to the Main Slate official selections, the festival includes newly restored classics, special events, filmmaker talks, panel discussions, an Avant-Garde showcase, and much more. The New York Film Festival highlights the best in world cinema, featuring top films from celebrated filmmakers as well as fresh new talent.
The Chelsea Film Festival (CFF), non-profit organization is an international film festival, enlightening the work of emerging filmmakers, producers and actors. It offers a wide range of films, such as documentaries and feature-lengths, focusing on the theme of “Global Issues”.
The NYCHFF is a week long event that takes place each November at venues throughout New York City. The NYCHFF has grown to be a world recognized event, with industry, filmmakers, and press attention from around the globe. The festival is competitive, screening approximately 50 to 60 films each year. The Hein Family is committed to keeping the festival alive in memory of the truly missed and loved founder, Michael J. Hein.
Documentary storytelling is flourishing like never before – encompassing reportage, memoir, history, humor and more. Now the largest documentary film festival in America, DOC NYC celebrates this cultural phenomenon and encourages its new directions.
DOC NYC burst upon the scene in 2010 with an inaugural event that was hailed as “ambitious” (New York Times) and “selective but eclectic” (Village Voice). By 2014, DOC NYC had become America’s largest documentary film festival and voted by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “top five coolest documentary film festivals in the world”. Based at the West Village’s IFC Center, Chelsea’s SVA Theater and Bow Tie Chelsea Cinema, the eight-day festival showcases new achievements in documentary film along with panels and conversations. It also seeks to make connections that happen “only in New York.”
Whale season in Hawaii extends from November through May, reaching its peak in February. Thousands of North Pacific Humpback whalesgrace Hawaiian waters and shorelines for their annual migration through the North Pacific Ocean. This is one of nature’s most spectacular events.
February 26, 2017
The Academy Awards really need no introduction; awards night is the most exciting and star-studded night of the year in L.A. While you can’t get tickets to the ceremony, you can wander and sleep and eat in luxury, soaking up all the energy of the moment. Might want to call Magellan to grab that room reservation in Hollywood.
February 22 – 26, 2017
The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival is a national, star-studded, five-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities such as Anthony Bourdain, Snoop Dogg, Todd English and Guy Fieri. More than 200 personalities will be featured during the five-day festival, including chefs from some of Magellan’s finest South Beach partner hotels.
March 17 – 26, 2017
Geek out with fellow TV nerds at Paley Fest, the annual weeklong festival of exclusive episodes, clips and panel discussions with the cast and creators of the hottest TV shows. Now in its 34th year, the Paley Center for Media-hosted festival is held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. This year’s lineup includes screenings and cast panels for Westworld, This Is Us, American Horror Story: Roanoke and more.
The AGO, at nearly half a million square feet, is one of the largest galleries in North America. It houses more than 80,000 works of art and features a gorgeous expansion from architect Frank Gehry, who grew up in this Toronto neighborhood.
The gallery is hosting three ‘can’t miss’ exhibitions in their 2017/18 season:
If you spend most of your time getting around New York by walking, Uber or house car, it’s entirely possible to miss out on seeing the MTA Underground Art Museum, an Ali Baba-on-steroids-sized treasure trove.
New York’s MTA, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, not only operates most of the public transportation options in the boroughs, it contracts with artists to create site-specific works for its stations.
New York City’s first official subway system opened in Manhattan on October 27, 1904. By the early 80’s, the city teetered on bankruptcy, its public transportation system the poster child for urban decay. That began to change with an injection of $18 billion for subway rehabilitation and the creation of MTA Arts & Design – a visionary move during a difficult time – to oversee the creation and installation of permanent artworks throughout the New York City transit system, Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road and the bridges and tunnels of the five boroughs.
From the beginning, the aesthetics of New York’s subway system were intended to be as important as the functional:
The juxtaposition of the words “art” and “underground” may seem anomalous, but in New York City the two have gone hand in hand ever since the earliest days of the subway system. William Barclay Parsons, chief engineer for the fledgling undertaking, insisted that the construction documents specify that the stations be designed, constructed, and maintained with a view to the beauty of their appearance, as well as to their efficiency.
At any given time there can be 50 artistic works underway, making the MTA one of the largest commissioners of public art in the world.
The new art works are sited amongst the original, historic installations – the iconic name plaques created in white glass tiles, brickwork, terra cotta and tesserae, used to differentiate each station in the system.
Each new piece is site-specific, fine tuned to the needs of its environment, determined in consultation with station architects and designers, reflective of the neighbourhood – its culture, history, diversity and built landmarks – and a link between passengers and unique places and spaces. Some projects are realized in partnership with a local institution, such as the American Museum of Natural History and Yankee Stadium.
For MTA artists, architects and designers, the exposure is unparalleled: more than eight million pair of eyeballs view their works every day. For riders, the regular and the occasional, it’s an opportunity to elevate the everyday through the richness of treasures hidden in plain sight.
Recommendations for Viewing the MTA Art Installations
For the best chance of catching the artworks, especially in large or complex stations, read ahead here and here and make note of the lines/platforms where they can be found.
Go it alone if you can’t find a suitable treasure-hunting partner. In some stations there can be a crowd enjoying the pieces/environment making it a pop-up social hub, a great place to meet like-minded people.
Ride at off-peak hours for more freedom to ogle without interrupting commuter flow.
All project descriptions are quoted from the MTA Arts & Design website. More information can be found on the MTA Arts & Design website.
SAMM KUNCE Under Bryant Park, 2002
Glass, stone, and marble mosaic walls in passageway between 42nd Street and 5th Avenue stations One of the largest artworks in the MTA system runs under 42nd Street along the corridor connecting the B, D, F, V lines with the 7 train. Above the site is the Main Library and Bryant Park, which are reflected in the artwork below. On the walls of the tunnel we see rock outcroppings, tree roots, pipes, animal burrows, and literary quotations. The artist based the project on the idea of systems.
34th Street-Herald Square CHRISTOPHER JANNEY Reach New York, An Urban Musical Instrument, 1996 A green painted rectangular structure is suspended from the subway platform and engages travelers with its ability to produce sounds. Travelers place their hands in front of the box-like apparatus on the subway platform and a burst of musical notes are released on the opposite side, playing to the person on the other side.
Grand Central Terminal ELLEN DRISCOLL As Above, So Below, 1998
Glass, bronze, and mosaic in Grand Central North passageway The historic ceiling in the main concourse at Grand Central Terminal reveals the night sky with golden stars that form the constellations. Grand Central becomes a metaphor for our connection with the wider world beyond New York City and As Above, So Below takes the viewer around the world to the night sky above five different continents, representing myths, civilization, heavens, and the underworld.
Grand Central Terminal ROBERTO JUAREZ A Field of Wild Flowers, 1997
Mixed-media on walls of Station Master’s Office Roberto Juarez creates a place of refreshment and repose with his lush garden landscape, designed to appear as though it were seen through the windows of a slow-moving train. The work is one of the more fragile pieces in the system, executed in a multi-media collage that he describes as: “…consisting of layers of gesso, under-painting, urethane, and varnish, I also utilize natural materials – rice paper and a dusting of peat moss – to give my work added texture, strength, and beauty.
Grand Central Terminal DONALD LIPSKI Sirshasana, 1998
Aluminum and polyester resin sculpture with crystals in ceiling at 43rd Street in Grand Central Market In Sirshasana, a sculptural chandelier in the shape of a golden-rooted olive tree is suspended above the street-level entrance to the Grand Central Market. With branches that span twenty-five feet and 5,000 brilliant crystal pendants, the tree dominates the area, bringing the feel of an outdoor market.
Second Avenue Subway The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Second Avenue Subway provides three new stations at 96th, 86th and 72nd Streets, and new entrances to the existing Lexington Av/63 Street Station. Each station features monumental public artwork by four renowned contemporary artists commissioned by MTA Arts & Design, collectively the most expansive permanent public art installation in New York history.
NYCT Lexington Avenue – 63rd Street Station. JEAN SHIN Elevated, 2016
Ceramic tile, glass mosaic, and laminated glass. Fabricated by Frank Giorgini Handmade Tiles, Miotto Mosaic Art Studio, and Tom Patti Design. Jean Shin used archival photographs of the 2nd and 3rd Avenue Elevated train to create compositions in ceramic tile, glass mosaic, and laminated glass. The imagery is manipulated and re-configured with each station level having its own focus, palette and material.
NYCT Second Avenue – 86th Street Station. CHUCK CLOSE Subway Portraits, 2016 Ceramic tile, glass and ceramic mosaic. Fabricated by Magnolia Editions and Mosaika Art & Design Chuck Close created twelve large-scale portraits for 86th Street that are based on the artist’s painstakingly detailed photo-based portrait paintings. His various painting techniques have been interpreted in ten works as mosaic, and in two as ceramic tile. Ten of the artworks measure close to nine feet high. The people portrayed represent the variety of individuals that pass though the MTA system, and are chiefly cultural figures that have frequently been subjects in his artistic career spanning over half a century, including Philip Glass, Zhang Huan, Kara Walker, Alex Katz, Cecily Brown, Cindy Sherman, and Lou Reed, as well as two distinct self-portraits.
NYCT Second Avenue – 96th Street Station SARAH SZE Blueprint for a Landscape, 2016 Porcelain tile. Fabricated by Sarah Sze Studio, Alcalagres & Estudio Cerámico.
Sarah Sze’s artwork at 96th Street profoundly impacts the station, as her imagery is applied directly on over 4300 unique porcelain wall tiles, spanning approximately 14,000 square feet. The designs feature familiar objects – sheets of paper, scaffolding, birds, trees, and foliage – caught up in a whirlwind velocity that picks up speed and intensity as the composition unfolds throughout the station with references to energy fields and wind patterns. Each entrance features a different shade of blue and a blueprint-style vector line design, a visual theme that is integrated with the architecture, creating one of the most dynamic stations in the MTA system.
NYCT Second Avenue – 72nd Street Station VIC MUNIZ Perfect Strangers, 2016
Glass mosaic and laminated glass. Fabricated by Franz Mayer of Munich. Vik Muniz photographed more than three dozen “characters” who represent the unique and quirky kinds of people one encounters on the subway. These photographs have been recreated in mosaic and installed throughout the mezzanine and entrance areas, populating the station with colorful New Yorkers of all stripes. With the generous expanse of the mezzanine concourse, the figures humanize the space and provide bursts of color and visual interest, providing an opportunity for playful discovery while moving through the station. The main station entrance features a laminated glass canopy at street level depicting a flock of birds, bringing art and nature to the busy street.
Canal Street BING LEE Empress Voyage 2.22.1794, 1998
Ceramic tiles and mosaic banding on platform walls and connecting passageway Bing Lee’s Empress Voyage commemorates the pioneering expedition of the American merchant ship, Empress of China, which in 1794 returned to New York harbor filled with silk, tea, and porcelain (commonly called china, due to its origin). Through the artist’s lighthearted use of Chinese-derived icons, the tiles illustrate aspects of the then-new trade with Asia and celebrates today’s Chinatown.
Prince Street JANET ZWEIG AND EDWARD DEL ROSARIO Carrying On, 2004
Steel, marble, and slate frieze on platform walls Carrying On is composed of almost two hundred silhouettes of people hauling “stuff” with them as they walk the city streets. The artist team worked from photographs of individuals moving around the city and in and out of the subway. According to the artists, the title of Carrying On can be read in a variety of ways. “People on the streets of New York are almost always carrying something, sometimes something huge and outlandish. After the 9/11 tragedy, New Yorkers felt that they must carry on with their lives. Finally, New Yorkers are notoriously opinionated and lively; they really do ‘carry on.'”
Houston Street DEBORAH BROWN Platform Diving, 1994
Glass mosaic on platform walls Brown’s seven glass mosaics are given a whimsical quality, as the artist creates aquatic creatures that act like humans as they wait for the train to arrive at their underwater station. “I wanted to explore the analogy between subway travel and the movement of our fellow creatures through their natural environment,” Brown says. “Underwater creatures navigate a complex spatial array of undersea passageways, much as we maneuver through our own manmade systems. I thought it would be provocative to portray them in a part of our world most closely resembling their own, but involved in activities familiar to us.”
Fulton Center JAMES CARPENTER DESIGN ASSOCIATES, GRIMSHAW ARCHITECTS, ARUP Sky Reflector-Net, 2014
Perforated optical-aluminum panels; stainless steel cables and fittings Sky Reflector-Net is an integrated artwork by James Carpenter Design Associates, Grimshaw Architects and ARUP, designed specifically for the Fulton Center. The monumental sculpture embraces light and air, creating a distinctive focal point within Lower Manhattan’s urban fabric.
Suspended within the atrium’s conical form, Sky Reflector-Net is composed of 112 tensioned cables, 224 high-strength rods and nearly 10,000 stainless steel components. Attached to the soaring cable-net are 952 perforated optical aluminum panels that distribute year-round daylight and bring the sky down into the lower levels of the Center. The artwork combines beauty and function, reduces energy consumption by 30 percent and powerfully connects the 300,000 daily transit users with a sense of daylight that will be constantly changing.
When you sink into a couch on the rooftop of Manhattan’s The Knickerbocker Hotel, you could be forgiven for forgetting you’re in Times Square, sitting at the crossroads of the world. Up on the rooftop, everything unwanted is left below – the common chaos, the crowds and the noise; here, there is a sense of being in another world – floating above it all – offering a perfectly plausible explanation for how it earned its name: St. Cloud.
It’s impossible to talk about The Knickerbocker – the Knick, for short – in the present without talking about its past. Built as a luxury hotel in 1906 by wealthy industrialist John Jacob Astor IV, it was the playground of the rich and famous. Nicknamed the 42nd Street Country Club, it was a cornerstone of the “cocktail trail” and arguably the most popular hotel in New York. It boasted a stellar list of patrons, including writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, tenor Enrico Caruso and scion John D. Rockefeller.
But the great hotel lasted just 14 years, having been dealt two striking blows: Astor died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 and prohibition was signed into law in 1920, sending the high life underground. Developers refurbished the property into office space and so it sat for more than 90 years, until 2014’s transformative return to a remarkable luxury hotel.
The Knickerbocker’s preserved and landmarked Beaux-Arts exterior belies a thoroughly modern heart, one that promises a sanctuary in the center of the city. It seamlessly blends a need for the private with a desire for the social.
The Knick offers a generous variety of room and suite configurations, with views that take advantage of its unique siting. Tribute Suites, located on the hotel’s top floors, honor the artists and moguls who once frequented the hotel. They combine classic New York glamour with the very best in design, technology, and amenities, each featuring a plush King-size bed and a spacious living area.
The Food & Drink
Acclaimed Master Chef, Charlie Palmer, is the powerhouse behind the Knick’s food and beverage program. Palmer has collaborated with the hotel to ensure a sophisticated level of taste across all menus, which feature his progressive American cooking style.
The hotel features a number of exceptional dining venues: Charlie Palmer at The Knick serves breakfast, a table d’hote power lunch, weekend brunch and dinner at its 4th floor restaurant; shareable small plates are offered in its restaurant lounge; mornings begin with a gourmet grab-and-go breakfast from Jake’s @ The Knick, located on the main floor under a magnificent barrel-baulted ceiling; and cocktails and a seasonal menu are available at St. Cloud from 4:00pm to midnight.
Adjacent to the hotel, at Palmer’sMichelin-starred restaurant, Aureole, hotel guests enjoy priority access and preferential treatment.
The lounge at Charlie Palmer at The Knick offers live jazz (blues, latin, gypsy and modern), weekday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. Monday through Friday from 6pm-9pm.
St. Cloud presents local NYC instrumentalists and DJs on Tuesdays from 8pm-10pm and Thursdays from 5pm-10pm. Other events include Full Moon parties, a celebration of Chinese New Year (January 28th) and, of course, the best New Years Eve party in the city, with a direct view to the dropping of the ball.
Club Macanudo, an Upper East Side icon, has partnered with the Knick to create an in-house cigar lounge located within St. Cloud. An educational as well as a social experience, it provides tasting notes and detailed descriptions of the cigar menu and makes recommendations on seasonal food and drink pairings.
And social at St. Cloud doesn’t have to mean just organized events. As the most popular place in the hotel, there are always opportunities for casual conversations and chance meetings, not always easy in a city like New York.
Yoga:Payal Parekh, one of New York’s most celebrated yoga and meditation authorities, offers guests a variety of options including one-on-one yoga sessions and team building mindfulness activities.
Fitness: Former NBS superstar Larry Johnson brings his star power to the Knick overseeing the hotel’s weekly fitness program including equipment selection, interdisciplinary workouts and even the gym’s curated music playlists.
Styling/Salon: Guests of the Knick can book exclusive on-site appointments with celebrity stylist Ted Gibson, including hair care, styling and make-up application. His makeup products are also available for purchase at an in-room beauty bar.
Get outside and walk. Every New York neighborhood – each block of every neighborhood – is a world unto itself. Nearby Bryant Park offers winter skating and a seasonal market, summer movies and the Hester Street food market, the iconic main branch of the NY public library is a stone’s throw from the hotel and Grand Central Terminal offers grand architecture, public art, secret corners, food, shopping and entertainment, and, best of all, four lines to take you anywhere you want to go in New York.
Standing at the entrance to The Knickerbocker, on the southeast corner of 42nd Street overlooking Times Square, the city is, literally, at your feet.
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Our Luxury Hotel Consultants Recommend:
Halfway between the non-stop action of South Beach and the tourist hot spot Fort Lauderdale, is Acqualina Resort and Spa. A stunning resort experience in the upscale area of Sunny Isles, this romantic retreat lies on the shores of the Atlantic. This luxury property has the sophistication of a Mediterranean villa, and provides guests with amenities that cater to every desire.
This 15-acre beachfront property is the complete Hawaii experience — breezy, sun-filled rooms, gorgeous beaches and water, incredible culinary options, indulgent spa services, and top-notch amenities. The hotel’s 300 guest rooms and suites offer private lanais, baths with ocean views, plenty of room to stretch out and so much more. It’s sun, fun and relaxation all in one spot on Hawaii’s picturesque Maui island.
The London West Hollywood is a cosmopolitan retreat that blends Hollywood glamour, posh London style and New York sensibility. This upscale property offers guests a taste of the high life with an amazing restaurant, a sparkling rooftop pool, an exceptional range of services and a prime location. The London West Hollywood is Hollywood luxury personified.
New York City Restaurant Week happens twice a year: mid-winter and mid-summer. For foodies, it’s a huge perk of visiting the city during low season, which is also the best time to catch the lowest rates on New York’s luxury hotels. It’s a celebration of fine dining with more than 350 participating restaurants throughout the boroughs, many Michelin-starred favorites.
Expect to pay 30 – 50% off of regular menu prices.
Participating restaurants offer three-course prix-fixe menus specially priced for lunch and/or dinner on Monday through Friday, with optional Sundays at the discretion of the establishment. Beverages, gratuities and taxes are not included. Diners should expect a selection of at least three appetizers and entrees and a minimum of two desserts. In addition, some restaurants may offer drink specials or other options for an additional price.
The list of participating restaurants and reservations will be available beginning January 9th. The NYC Restaurant Week Dining Guide will be available in participating restaurants and major hotels throughout the city approximately one week prior to program launch. Due to demand, restaurant reservations are recommended but the same menu/prices are offered to all guests, including walk-ins.
According to Viewing NYC, there were 10 Michelin-starred restaurants that participated in the Summer 2016 version of NYC Restaurant Week. These powerhouses included: Ai Fiori (Italian, Midtown); Andanada (Spanish, Upper West Side); Aureole (New American, Times Square); and The Breslin (Gastropub, Flatiron).
Mid-winter may seem like an unlikely choice for a trip to New York. But combine Restaurant Week with great prices on Magellan’s selection of the finest luxury hotels and the height of the theater and cultural season and there’s no finer way to take advantage of the city.
Our Luxury Hotel Consultants Recommend:
The grandeur and opulence of The Plaza Hotel is recognized around the world. Aside from being one of the most famous 5-star hotels in New York, The Plaza Hotel has been providing timeless service and unsurpassed elegance since the doors first opened in 1907. This Central Park-side resident is listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places alongside other noted landmarks such as the Empire State Building. Rich in New York history, this grand hotel boasts royalty, presidents and celebrities on the guest list.
The Gansevoort Park Avenue is a rare gem that offers not only style, but also exceptional service and a plethora of amenities. Located on Park Avenue at 29th, the Gansevoort Park Avenue is close to some of New York’s most celebrated landmarks. This urban resort features a trendy, contemporary atmosphere where guests can mix with the in-crowd at one of the four bars and lounges on-site.
Located in one of Manhattan’s most desirable neighborhoods, The Surrey is an Upper East Side luxury hotel that is elegant and whimsical. Just one block away from Central Park, The Surrey features residential-style accommodations that evoke a home-away-from-home feel, while providing guests with an array of thoughtful amenities and the generous service one would expect from a Manhattan luxury hotel.
The first thing you’re likely to notice about the Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is that it’s quiet in the way that those who value their privacy appreciate quiet. Set on a residential street, tucked behind a canopy of palms, it feels less like a hotel and more like a private residence.
The second thing you’ll notice is that it’s an all-suite hotel, offering incomparable layouts and more than enough room for alone-time and entertaining guests.
And, of course, it’s impossible to miss the high-touch service that begins with your personal doorman and unhurried welcome. There are very good reasons why L’Ermitage has been the rare recipient of both the Forbes 5 StarandAAA Five Diamonds award since 2001.
A $50 million renovation in late 2015 reconfigured spaces and created a new look of modern luxury throughout the hotel. The interplay between earth tones, textures and color creates a tranquil and timeless setting for a memorable stay.
At 650 to 700 sq ft, Studios are available with one or two bedroom layouts, each complete with custom-designed furniture, a grand seating and lounge area, a sophisticated runway-like dressing room, curated artwork, fresh seasonal flowers and more. Private walkout balconies enjoy views of the Beverly Hills skyline, tree-lined avenues and gardens. And it keeps getting better.
Ranging from 1,200 to 4,400 sq ft., one-bedroom Residential Suites offer additional space and opportunities for in-room entertaining, including an additional powder room, a modern kitchenette and separate living space with dining area that accommodates four to six guests. Some suites offer a personal theater experience.
The Presidential Suite, at 3,700 sq ft, offers a full-sized chef’s kitchen, a 12-seat formal dining room, seven balconies with views of the Hollywood Hills and the option for a connecting suite. All in, it adds up to an exquisite 4,400 sq. ft. of living and entertainment space. Butler services can be arranged with an external provider and the personal services of L’Ermitage’s Executive Chef, Olivier Quignon, may be engaged, subject to availability.
Food, Drink and Celebration at Avec Nous
Avec Nous is a contemporary take on the classic French bistro and is the domain of celebrated Chef Olivier, formerly of Bar Boulud and Restaurant Daniel in New York City. As the name suggests (Avec Nous is French for “With Us”), Chef Olivier invites guests to drink, dine and celebrate together.
The restaurant is described as having “a hip St. Tropez vibe,” influenced by the Mediterranean lifestyle and cuisine of Spain and Italy. Ingredients are locally-sourced and seasonally-served. A pair of fun surprises include a vintage champagne cart that is wheeled from table to table enabling guests to try regional champagnes by the glass or the bottle, and a Sugarfina candy cart offering sweets fit for adults. For holiday guests of L’Ermitage, a gorgeous three-course table d’hote will be served on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.
The daily cocktail hour (4:00pm until 7:00pm) offers a selection of small plates, wines by the glass and specialty cocktails such as Oyster Martinis in three flavors: Bloody Mary, Habanero Pepper and Cucumber/Lime. Mondays are Social Wine Aficionado Nights, with 50% off all bottles of wine and champagne from 4:00pm until closing.
In-House Services and Local Sights
As tempting as it may be to never leave your room, the spa, or the rooftop pool that is an oasis of repose, you will want to (eventually) explore the neighborhood.
Twenty-four hour concierge service is available to assist guests prior to arrival and throughout their stay. With more than 20 years of experience with L’Ermitage, concierges Christine and Dana are intimately familiar with the area and are a keystone of the hotel’s unequivocal commitment to superior client service. They provide recommendations, arrange personal shoppers and childcare, assist with last minute requirements and arrange all manner of special requests, such as a personal trainer for your workout at the 8th floor gym or a run around town.
Visiting a Magellan partner hotel and looking for something interesting to do? Here is a select listing of events taking place across our cities.
Events are presented in chronological order.
New York City
Anna Wintour Costume Center @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art Masterworks: UnPacking Fashion
18 November 2016 – 15 February 2017
Fashion provocateurs Viktor & Rolf pose the question: Is fashion art or is art fashion? The 60 iconic pieces in the exhibition represent the best of the best of fashion from the early 18th century through the 21st: exquisite craftsmanship, design, materials and ideas. Each are snapshots of the political, social and economic moment in time in which they were created.
The Big Flea & Antiques Market
21 – 22 January, 2017
Lexington Avenue Armory, 68 Lexington Ave The Big Flea bills itself as the largest antique flea market in Manhattan. Their one-of-a-kind finds include vintage clothing and estate jewelry as well as fine art, furniture and collectibles.
FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) Museum & Gallery
The FIDM Museum and Library collects, preserves, and interprets fashion objects and support materials of outstanding design merit while fostering student and public engagement. The collection includes more than 15,000 pieces covering 200 years of fashion history, with a focus on women’s fashion and accessories. The museum is free and only open only during exhibitions. Behind-the-scenes Curator Tours can be made in advance by calling 213-623-5821 x3367.
ICEFDT 2017 – The 19th International Conference on Eco Fashion Design and Technology
27 – 28 April 2017
Interested in the stories and technologies behind the clothes you wear? Want to make more enviro-friendly choices? ICEFDT 2017 will bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Eco Fashion Design and Technology. It also provides the premier interdisciplinary forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns, practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted in the field.
08 – 09 February 2017 The Jewelry History Series @ The Original Miami Beach Antique Show is an educational conference centered around the history of jewelry during select time periods. This event is open to anyone with an interest in learning about the history of antique jewelry!
Antique Show (includes jewelry)
10 – 13 February, 2017 The Original Miami Beach Antique Show will be held at the Miami-Dade County Fair Expo Center in 2017. As the world’s largest indoor antique show, it presents nearly 1,000 recognized dealers from 28 countries for four days only. Attendees can explore collections from Renaissance to Art Deco eras including fine art, American and European silver, antique jewelry, 17th-19th century furniture, porcelain and more
NYC Shopping Bonus!
New York Magazine offers an online calendar listing sales on all brands and types of merchandise by month. Click here to see complete listings for winter sales in November and December 2016 including MaxMara, Vera Wang, Liz Lange, Nicole Farhi and even Vivienne Westwood.