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The New York Edition Hotel on Madison Square Park to open May 11th

one madison park and clocktowerWe get word that opening day of the New York Edition Hotel in the Met-Life Clock Tower building on Madison Square Park (5 Madison Avenue) will open for guests on Monday May 11th. The luxury hotel was conceived by Ian Schrager in a partnership with Marriott International and there are other Edition hotels in London, Istanbul, Miami Beach, with more planned for marquis cities globally in 2016-2018.

The 41-floor tower has 273 guest rooms, a restaurant, a lobby bar, a fitness center and spa. A quick check on prices suggest rooms will range from $500 for a guest room up to $1200 for a suite.

The restaurant will be called Social on Madison, with restaurateur Stephen Starr and Gordon Ramsay protege Chef Jason Atherton. (More on this restaurant soon.)

The hotel is located on Madison Avenue at 24th Street right across from Madison Square Park and reservations can be made online at


Gershwin Hotel becomes modern boutique hotel The Evelyn

The quirky Gershwin Hotel at 7 East 27th Street (between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue) has gone through a massive makeover and in a sign of the times, has become a modern boutique hotel called The Evelyn operated by Triumph Hotels. The Beaux Arts style building was designed by architect William H. Birkmire and features […]

Scaffolding off of the Met life Clock Tower Building

After what seems like years, it is nice to see the scaffolding and construction elevators off of the side of the Met Life Clock Tower Building (5 Madison Avenue) on the East side of Madison Square Park.

It will reportedly open as an Ian Schrager/Marriott Edition hotel in 2015. They were in talks to sell the building to the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority but it is unclear if that went through. It is still listed on the Edition website.

If it does go through, the hotel should have gorgeous views of the park and the city and the quaint feel of our neighborhood (versus Times Square or Central Park South’s bustle).

Now if they can only get the historic clock going again…

met life clock tower

Battle brewing at the Flatiron Hotel

flatiron hotel fishtankBehind the scenes at the Flatiron Hotel (1141 Broadway at 26th Street) appears to be a mess these days, according to an article in the Real Deal. It seems the debt holders of the property are fighting with the current owners and management company over rent payments.

What’s going on between the debt holders, the multiple owners, and the property management company is so confusing with the Supreme Court involved, direct rent payments requested, illegal scaffolding, and more allegations, that we suggest you read the Real Deal article for more info.

You may recall that the guy behind Hotel Toshi, actor, businessman and underground party hoster Robert ‘Toshi’ Chan, supposedly took over management of the newly created Flatiron Hotel a couple years back. You may also recall they have a 20,000 gallon aquarium in the lobby.

The MAve hotel in Nomad sells for 28.5 million

Mave_hotel-282x300The boutique MAve hotel, located just north of Madison Square Park at 62 Madison Avenue has sold for for $28.5 million according to the Real Deal.

Considering it was at one point facing foreclosure and then bankruptcy, this is a positive development for the building.

The 72-room contemporary hotel has been around since 2009 and was one of the first of the new boutiques to open in the Nomad neighborhood.


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