The Armory Show
An Art Fair for Everyone
The Armory Show is one of the city’s most beloved art fairs and a certified New York institution. Every year, it houses a wide range of galleries at Piers 92 and 94 and receives hoards of art fanatics from all walks of life.
The gathering is credited for singlehandedly bringing modern art to New York, introducing Van Gogh, Duchamp, Hopper, and the likes. It’s a true slice of NYC art history, running since 1994 and named after the 69th Regiment Armory.
The show is a must in every artsy New Yorker’s calendar. Paul Kasmin Gallery, Sean Kelly, Pace, Moran Bondaroff, and David Castillo Gallery are some of the exhibiting galleries. If you don’t know them, you will after a visit. The Armory Show is where art discoveries happen.
We can’t think of a better opportunity to expose yourself to global galleries under one roof and one ticket price. If the artsy Downtown types fulfill their yearly quota for going way uptown–54th is basically a road trip–so can you. People watching won’t disappoint: this is where the SVA student goes to judge new work, your now-married-with-children friend pokes his head to see what’s cool, and where you will definitely learn a thing or two.
The Ace Hotel
The Ace Hotel is a local’s favorite. It’s a great boutique hotel, sure, but at their core they are seriously culture-heavy. Ace Hotels bolster local artists with AIR (Artists in Residence), and host zine release parties, talks, and everything else to feed the hungry minds that cross the lobby doors. For those who like to stick around, the lobby is the go-to spot for a coffee or drink, and offers more than just free wifi.
Minimalism rules at Hotel Americano, which they carry throughout the restaurant, rooms, and even the stunning rooftop pool. It’s just steps from the art gallery hub in Chelsea, and a short cab ride away from the Armory Show. While this place is not budget-friendly, Armory artwork isn’t either. We say splurge in the room and live it up, this stunning hotel is worth it.
This glitzy high-rise is the epitome of classic old money. It’s a New York landmark, and a place where collectors and gallery owners come for a taste of the old city. Whether you’re a jazz head or not, Bemelmans Bar and Café Carlyle are musts, especially with a martini on hand. Catching Woody Allen playing the clarinet will cost you, but staying on an off night could save you a couple hundred bucks.
The New York EDITION
The EDITION is a newcomer on the scene, but is quickly rising in the ranks of best hotels in the city. Why? They’ve got it right when it comes to balancing design and comfort, and providing service that’s courteous without being forced. They’re a winner because they provide guests with a high-quality hotel experience, yet they avoid being ostentatious. The Armory Show crowd knows quality food, and they all swing by The Clocktower for a great meal.
Don’t get Langham Place confused with regular, funky Midtown stays. There’s sophistication in their earth toned-palette, with subdued hues in their lobby and rooms that ooze relaxation. Location isn’t the only major selling point here, their taste and refinement make this hotel special. To top it off, their wellness program (read: spa and gym) is undergoing a little revamp, coming January 2017. We’d take a massage after a day at the fair anytime.