The Lower East Side of New York City is not necessarily known for budget hotels. But on June 7, hotelier Ian Schrager (founder of popular 1970’s nightclub Studio 54) opened PUBLIC on 215 Chrystie Street in the Bowery district.
“I truly believe that everyone deserves a one-of-a-kind experience that lifts their spirits and makes their heart beat faster, one that elicits an emotional response…and to deliver this at a reasonable price point is even more on the mark for today’s savvy and sophisticated traveler,” Schrager said.
The design of the hotel is cozy, chic, and radical – Schrager said his hotel will not have the usual Brooklyn look, and will not feature the designs commonly found in other NYC hotels. One aspect of Public that differs from other Manhattan hotels is its two green spaces, which offer guests of the hotel with a little taste of green in an otherwise concrete jungle.
Throughout the hotel, there is not one style; there is a rather eclectic mixture of furniture and furnishings that cannot be classified into a single design oeuvre. Similar to Schrager’s other properties, there will be an emphasis on fun. Schrager also said Public will have an emphasis on public arts, hosting film screenings, theater productions, musical performances, exhibitions, and even talks.In addition to a stunning, eclectic style, Public will also boast two restaurants headed by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Public Kitchen and Louis will serve diverse culinary offerings, from pastrami sandwiches to sushi (Public Kitchen,) and offer part-grocery store, part-luncheonette, and part-market for Public guests.