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New hotel slated for NoMad on 30th Street

Another boutique hotel is slated for the NoMad neighborhood reports the Commercial Observer, this time at 16-18 East 30th Street (between 5th Avenue and Madison). The building at the location would likely be torn down and a new building could almost triple the current one in size according to the article.

The hotel boom in area started with the Ace Hotel (Broadway and 29th Street) and the MAve, followed by the Flatiron Hotel (Broadway and 26th Street) and the Nomad Hotel (Broadway and 28th Street). Others have had major redesigns, like the The Hotel Roger. And still other hotels are underway at 11-13 East 31st Street, 250 5th Avenue, and at 1205-1227 Broadway.

With their central location near Herald Square (and Times Square) and just above the beautiful Madison Square Park, it makes a lot of sense for the hoteliers to build in this forgotten area of the last 2 decades.

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Toshi’s Penthouse rooftop lounge will open in May

The rooftop of the Flatiron Hotel (1141 Broadway at 26th Street), aka Toshi’s Penthouse, will open to the public in May and it looks like they did a nice job with its design (see photo below). It’s 4000 square feet of space that can handle a 150-person banquet or a 350-person cocktail party. It has views out on to the New York City skyline and the Empire State Building. Currently they are booking the space for birthdays, weddings and events, but word is they will open to the general public select nights of the week in May and will kick things off with a launch party (Check out the Toshi’s Living Room & Penthouse Facebook page for more info). This place looks like it is going to be a great spot for drinks this summer (it’s hard to imagine those hot summer nights right now but we know they are coming).

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Checking up on Toshi’s Living Room in the Flatiron Hotel

It was late last year when we got word that the guy behind Hotel Toshi, actor, businessman and underground party hoster Robert ‘Toshi’ Chan, would be taking over management (if not even ownership) of the newly created Flatiron Hotel (1141 Broadway at 26th Street).

Well if you have walked passed the open glass, street-level corner stage at Broadway and 26th recently, you will often find a crowded room with some sort of performance going on at what has been named Toshi’s Living Room. It’s a very active calendar of both music of all sorts from rock, jazz, electronic, funk, pop and even Broadway. Most events are free and you can order drinks and food. They also have the occasional ticketed event, like the upcoming performance by RENT’s Anthony Fedorov, who will perform originals and songs from his roles in Joseph, The Fantasticks, Hairspray, RENT and his run through American Idol. (Read more here)

Check out the full upcoming schedule at

And while you are there, you can get an up close look at the 2-story 20,000 gallon fish tank in the lobby.

Hotel Roger re-launches today in Nomad after $12MM redesign

Source: Roger Hotel

The Hotel Roger (131 Madison Avenue at 31st Street) re-launches today after a $12 million redesign under the leadership of John Flannigan, President of JRK Hotel Group. The hotel originally opened in 2004, but with the resurgence of boutique hotels in the Nomad area (Ace Hotel, Nomad Hotel, MAve Hotel, Flatiron Hotel), the property got a full upgrade. The key people involved in the re-design included “hospitality guru Steven Kamali (Capri, Thompson Hotels, Rushmeyers, Surf Lodge, Nobu, many more), designer Anna Busta (W South Beach), mixologist Johnny Swet (Jimmy, Hotel Griffou), and chef Julia Farias (Goat Town).”

One great feature of this hotel are the rooms with terraces. (Photo: above right)

They currently have a 15% off re-launch promotion (code is RELAUNCH) as well in case you have out of town guests coming to the city. Book at And here is the current menu and drinks menu.

And here is a before and after photo of a redesigned room:

Source: Roger Hotel

The Nomad area continues to be popular in recent years for new boutique hotels including the opening of the Ace Hotel (29th and Broadway), the Nomad Hotel (28th and Broadway), the Flatiron Hotel (26th and Broadway), The Gansevoort Park Hotel (32nd and Park Ave South), and the MAve Hotel (27th and Madison), plus the recently announced Commune Hotel.

New Commune boutique hotel (Thompson/JDV) to be constructed in Nomad on 31st Street

Reports are in that a new boutique hotel will be constructed in the Nomad neighborhood at 11-13 East 31st Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue. The hotel is owned by SDG (Simon Development Group), but will be managed by Commune Hotels, which is the new name resulting from the merger of the stylish Thompson Hotels and Joie de Vivre Hotels (JDV).

The hotel is slated to have 260 rooms on 33 stories, as well as a 125 seat restaurant, a lounge and a rooftop bar with unobstructed views. Construction should start in ‘early 2013 with an opening in 2014’, according to the SDG website.

This will be one of the first hotels managed by Commune, but Thompson Hotels currently has 5 popular hotels in New York City. Most of the Joie de Vivre hotels are in California.

The Nomad area continues to be popular in recent years for new boutique hotels including the opening of the Ace Hotel (29th and Broadway), the Nomad Hotel (28th and Broadway), the Flatiron Hotel (26th and Broadway), The Gansevoort Park Hotel (32nd and Park Ave South), and the MAve Hotel (27th and Madison)


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