Design Destination: Get Far From The Madding Crowd At The Smyth In NYCAuthor:Abigail Stone
Sure, for your first visit to New York, you’ll probably want to stick close by 57th Street and Fifth Avenue. After all, it’s near Rockefeller Center and Central Park, the high-end stores, the Empire State Building. But if you want to experience what New York has to offer for the people who live there, chances are you’ll want to set up camp in a neighborhood where you’re likely to come across more natives than tourists, where boutiques are more prevalent than chain stores, and you can dine among the mix of people New York is famous for. In other words, you’ll want to check out a spot like the in Tribeca.
Tribeca, literally the triangle below Canal Street, is located at the crossroads of Soho, the West Village, and the Financial District. The Smyth Hotel is within easy walking distance of all of them. Relaunched late last year with an update by and a new restaurant, the space has been washed with texture and pattern, giving it a welcoming intimacy. Taking a cue from the lofts this area is famous for, the decor mixes Scandinavian minimalism, industrial touches and masculine fabrics in a banker’s color palette.
The ground floor, divided into the Living Room, Den, Library and Evening Bar, offers a series of intimate spaces in which to unwind, punctuated by art and photography curated from among New York’s artists. Don’t miss the four-panel frieze mural that hangs in the Evening Bar. Depicting archetypal scenes from Tribeca’s history, it’s by Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Benedict.
The hotel’s restaurant, Little Park from chef Andrew Carmellini, highlights seasonal, organic offerings in a setting that’s bright and light, yet cozy, with leather banquettes and white marble mosaic floors.
Guest rooms and suites, many with stunning floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping views of downtown Manhattan, include spacious marble bathrooms with rain showers, handcrafted furniture sourced from New York-based millworkers, and original works of art.
Explore the neighborhood including longtime neighborhood favorites Odeon, Bouley, Tribeca Grill, and Landmarc, and a few exotic stops, like Tamarind and Daruma-Ya, among your list of places to eat; for shopping there’s Steve Alan, Shinola, and Century 21.
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