Another in the Grand series of hotels in NYC, the other of which is the Soho Grand, the Tribeca Grand is similar, but slightly more upscale in its furnishings. Its real estate is worth more than its sisters, and as a result it looks fancier from the outside and feels fancier on the inside. Its also bigger and a little more expensive. Essentially its a less comfortable version of Soho Grand in Tribeca. If you dont want to leave Tribeca this is one of the better hotel options.
As the only new Hotel in Soho, this is very nice place to stay if youre visiting the area. Its moderately fancy, and has a host of amenities without being pretentious and overbearing. The architecture is nice, but not in your face, and above all comfortable. The building is also not huge, so it avoids the feel of a soulless megahotel. And again, the location is great.
This Hotel takes itself seriously. Too seriously. Its website calls the 60 Thompson the new address of style. I guess by style they mean beige cushions, because everywhere you go you see oh so tastefully clean and modest beige furniture with wood accents. For the price, it really isnt worth the trouble. Its not particularly eccentric or interesting or stand-out, just a fancy, snobbish hotel, though it does have a nice variety of in premise restaurants.
You can probably tell from the title of the hotel that Gansevoort demands a certain amount of chic from its guests. The hippest hotel in the hip meatpacking district, the Gansevoort describes itself as a palace of light, which basically means that it has a bunch of clear plastic edifices and ultra modern architecture, which does not make it feel particularly comfortable. It has some nice areas though, and particularly the roof. And its the only luxury hotel in the area, at 500 bucks at night for a decent room.
Century 21 is something of a NYC insider department store. Visitors and rich folk stick to Macys and the other upscale midtown boutiques and department stores, but if youre a student, or young, or not rich, Century 21 is the place to be. Located next to Ground zero, the building looks old and out of place with the cold and glittering financial district surroundings. Its really an old fashioned department store full of heavily discounted clothing and merchandise. The selection is incredible and prices unbeatable for the quality of clothing youll find there. My friend found a 500 dollar designer dress for 20 bucks. Such deals are common place.
Beacons closet is a nice thrift store located in Brooklyn. It pays for high-quality thrift and vintage clothing, so youll get the most out of this place if youre an enterprising hipster with extra clothing youre looking to sell, probably in order to buy more used and vintage clothing. Otherwise, the selection is fairly good if a little overpriced.
The key distinction of this theater is that it is the The key factor that sets City Cinemas apart is that it is within one of the older functioning movie theaters in NYC. It was originally a Yiddish theater back in the twenties, and still has most of the original Moorish architecture which makes for an interesting atmosphere. It also has one of the old fashioned oversized screens from the golden age that makes for a unique viewing experience. The movie selection generally runs mediocre though, with an unexciting mix of second run mainstream films and second rate independent films.
The Angelika in cosmopolitan Soho purports to be the leader in independent cinema in New York City. Essentially this is because they have six screens, which out screens the IFC and Film Forum as far as viewing capacity goes. It has a decent variety of independent films as a result and premiers a number of independent films. Theres also stuff here you wont find anywhere else. And if you want to get into a pretentious film conversation theres usually argumentative film buffs hanging around in the cafe.
As you can probably determine from the name this place is sort of kitschy. But hey, I like kitsch, so that helps make this hair stylists joint more palatable. Hair stylists. I miss the innocent days of my youth when I went to just a barber or to get my hair cut, but its all about style these days, and this place is fully up to date with all the hipster mores, though the prices are a bit steep.
I'm glad to see the Bicycle doctor come up here on Insider Pages. I was doing an informal riding tour of Brooklyn one day last spring when I hit a gnarly spike thing just laying on the sidewalk. The bicycle doctor just happened to be a few blocks away. They helped me pick out the right tube and even put it on my bike for me and blew it up, refilling my good tire in the process, all for a good price.