Traveling to New York for BDNY? Explore the city’s bumper crop of hospitality spaces debuting this year, from masterful adaptive reuse to inventive new builds to fresh lifestyle concepts. A few of the 2017 additions on our must-see list:


215 Chrystie Street 10002

June 2017 saw the opening of Ian Schrager Company’s first PUBLIC Hotel in New York—a Lower East Side multi-use tower designed by Herzog & de Meuron. The brand’s “luxury for all” promise meant doing away with conventional elements such as check-in desks and focusing on modern, coveted amenities like fast Wi-Fi, Apple TV, floor-to-ceiling NYC views and unique, plentiful public areas. Here, those include bars and co-working spaces on multiple levels; a living room-style lobby with an easy-access food market/coffee shop and lush outdoor garden; and a modular, multi-media performance space and neighborhood nightspot below ground. Look for simple materials used in surprising ways, such as concrete columns and walls stamped with the grain of plywood.

The William Vale Hotel

111 N. 12th Street, Brooklyn

This 21-story building designed by Aldo Lamberis boasts furnished balconies, a 60-foot pool on the third floor and a 15,000-square-foot rooftop space, all designed to take advantage of sweeping views of New York City. Inside, art takes center stage, with neon art in the elevators and a large-scale installation by Marela Zacarias in the moat-surrounded, white marble lobby. Parked outside, on the elevated Vale Park greenspace, is Mister Dips, a retrofitted 1974 Airstream serving seasonal eats and sweets to guests on the promenade.

The Williamsburg Hotel

96 Wythe Avenue, North Brooklyn

London-based architects Michaelis Boyd Studio designed both the building and the guest room furniture for this eight-story hotel, which has been opening in phases since January. Though the long-awaited Water Tower bar, rooftop pool and subterranean nightspot The Cellar are still under wraps, the existing public spaces pay homage to Brooklyn’s creative culture. Among the unique design elements unveiled to date: local street artist Eric Rieger’s yarn “crown” above the lobby bar and wallpaper by Beastie Boy Mike D in the lobby.

Life Hotel

19 West 31st Street 10001

Guestrooms at this iconic, Beaux-Arts property—the former headquarters of LIFE magazine—resemble the apartments kept by its editors during the magazine’s heyday. Elements like wrought iron bed frames, brass fixtures and Carrera marble bathroom vanities reflect the building’s 1893 heritage, as does the new basement bar in what magazine employees used as their own speakeasy in the 1920s. Crown molding on the lobby columns was digitally copied to create bespoke wallpaper for guestroom walls, while local artists were commissioned to create almost 200 pieces of unique art for the re-imagined hotel, which opened in NoMad in April.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

60 Furman Street

Opened in February, the newest addition to 1 Hotels’ portfolio of eco-friendly, luxury lifestyle properties is a new build on Brooklyn’s riverfront park, with fabulous views of the East River and Manhattan skyline. Live plants, reclaimed materials and hemp-blend mattresses bring nature into the space, while headboards inspired by shipping crates reinforce the industrial Brooklyn vibe. Parent company SH Group’s svp and head of design, Kemper Hyers, was a panelist and honoree for BDNY 2016’s “Up-and-Coming Hoteliers” session.