It has been a little over two years since I made my west coast return after spending half a decade away in NYC. As I spent my day yesterday deciding when the best time to plan a visit would be (obviously not right now, this state of emergency is completely unappealing) June or July, or wait until September/October I realized that by the time I get back to New York it will have been a full year since my last visit. After much contemplation, and yesterday's announcement of the 2017 Kips Bay Showhouse designers, I've made a decision that June it is.
I loved New York while living there and still do, but for the last year or so I have just had little urge to make the 6 hour flight over...but absence makes the heart grow fonder and I'm definitely counting down already (although no flights have officially been purchased).
New York is the mecca of interior design as I've mentioned before, and while not the ultimate city for hotel lusting (other cities in Europe take that prize), there are more than a handful that are not to be missed and admired. One of my favorite hotels of all time is the Gramercy Park Hotel. I love the GPH so much that when I was scouting a new apartment years ago I limited myself to the prestigious address of Gramercy Park so that I could be a stones throw away from the hotel and its famed Rose Bar - never did I devour a lychee martini more quickly.
The hotel originally opened in 1925 and was sold to Ian Schrager in 2003 who collaborated with artist Julian Schnabel to transform the hotel into the luxury and art hot spot it is today. Although Schrager no longer has any affiliation with the hotel he was the mastermind in creating this boutique gem. For those who have yet to witness GPH for themselves, it is an absolute must and for those who have, it is always a treat to return.