Venue Reporter

05.28.2015 | History Lesson: How one Man Renovated this Mansion and Private Club in Lower Manhattan
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 26710
VENUE:
Norwood Club
LOCATION:
New York City, New York
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Bar / Club / Lounge
Eclectic Four-Story Townhouse
West Village Creative Enclave
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

Walking through the streets of Manhattan, it’s easy to forget to look up at the architecture surrounding you and almost easier to forget that only 160 years ago, so much of it didn’t even exist yet.  It’s so hard to imagine now, especially with all the traffic and hubbub on 14th Street, but there was once a time when the area to the west of Union Square was seen as not only luxurious and fashionable, but this was a place to get away from the city madness. 

 

 

Around the mid-nineteenth century, New York was growing so quickly that the most affluent families were building homes in what they considered the outskirts of town.  Enter financier Andrew Norwood, a man who at a young age made a fortune as a ship merchant and decided in 1845 to build a four-story mansion for his family on 14th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue. 

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05.27.2015 | Jettsetters may soon stay in a Mid-Century Historic Hotel at JFK International Airport
Nicole Lyons
REPORT
No. 26714
VENUE:
JetBlue looks to open hotel at JFK Airport
LOCATION:
New York City, New York
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Historic Building
Classy Jet Setter
Modern for the Frequent Flyer
REPORTER: Nicole Lyons

Mid-Century Modern lovers, this one is for you. When the Trans World Airline’s TWA Flight Center opened in 1962,  its futuristic Jetsons style design and state-of-the-art features introduced travelers to a new way of flying. You might remember seeing glimpses of it in scenes of the movie “Catch Me If You Can” with Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio?! The gull-wing shaped building designed by Eero Saarinen is an architectural gem with its swooping curves and red carpet passageways that has drawn many movie producers and fashion magazines to shoot there. 

 

 Photos: Trevor Patt Flickr

It's such a unique building that during the construction of the building, Eero, the architect himself remarked "TWA is beginning to look marvelous. If anything happened and they had to stop work right now and just leave it in this state,

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05.23.2015 | It Pays To Behave: A Hotel That Will Review YOU!
Nicole Lyons
REPORT
No. 26716
VENUE:
This Hotel Reviews YOU! The Art Series Hotel
LOCATION:
Australia
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Hotel / Resort / Spa
Australian Luxury
Modern Hotels
REPORTER: Nicole Lyons

'Oh Beeeehaaaave!' You know the infamous line belted out with a glorious accent by Mike Meyers in Austin Powers. Well now's your chance. An Australian hotel group has turned reviewing on its head. Its staff has been given the power to praise or shame a customer's lodging behavior. The Art Series Hotel Group  has launched a campaign to gain better guests. 

Websites like TripAdvisor and Yelp have made it easy for patrons to grade accommodations, amenities, customer service and food, but there was no forum for members of the hospitality industry to speak back out about YOU - until now.

 

 

Through May 31, staff at the Art Series Hotel Group’s six hotels will be performing Reverse Reviews on participating guests. The grading system is on a five-star scale with 5 being the top score.

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05.22.2015 | These Guys left their day jobs to open up Bohemian Beach Resort, Maderas Village
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 26708
VENUE:
Maderas Village
LOCATION:
San Juan del Sur, Rivas
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Beach / Lake / Waterfront Location
Laid-Back Luxury
The "Creative's" home away from home
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy

Maderas Village is the place you invented some late night of wild drinking. It’s the home away from home you hyped on calling your own with sentences that start with, “One day, when.” It’s the life you promised yourself in a moment of recognizing you’re surrounded by good friends with grand ideas.

 

 

And there, you see what it all should be: friends lounging beneath trees waxing poetic, philosophy popping in the water while you wait for the next set, the big blast of romance that swells in you when a Central American sunset swan dives into the ends of the earth. It’s everything you’ve wanted from a life you deserve. And it’s real.

 

 

Kicked back 20 minutes from San Juan del Sur at Maderas Beach,

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05.18.2015 | Summer Camp for Grown Ups in Surfers’ Paradise
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 26713
VENUE:
Summer Camp for Adults, Ruschmeyer's NY
LOCATION:
Montauk, New York
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Camping / Glamping
Wes Anderson-Worthy Summer Camp
Montauk Beach Village
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

If daytime picnics and late night beach dance parties are your idea of romance, have we got a venue for you!  Lisa from the Wedding Artists Collective recently shared jewelry designer Pamela Love’s Montauk wedding with us, and boy, are we drooling over the casual simplicity of her weekend with friends.  These East Coast vows will have you seeing more macramé than polo shirts and will make you crave the adult summer camp vibe of the super stylish Ruschmeyer’s Lodge.

 

 

Summer Camp Turns Boutique Hotel

Reopened in 2011 by the Chelsea Hotels Group (formerly King & Grove), this vintage 1950s motel property is reminiscent of the summer camps you dreamed up as a kid.  Featuring 19 cabins, the décor is sparse with nods to mid-century beach life. 

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