Why it’s worth traveling for…
The East Village is already a favorite neighborhood in New York so when Moxy East Village officially opened its doors this month, it gave us an exciting new reason to spend time downtown. Designed by Rockwell Group, the interiors draw inspiration from various eras in East Village history. It’s clear from the start that rock ‘n’ roll, renegade art and the punk era inspired the space from custom graffiti art, vintage 80s memorabilia, and a cheeky neon sign reading “Relax Don’t Do It” with the word ‘don’t’ crossed out. Well, if you say so Moxy – let’s do it.
Why you will never want to leave…
There is a space for any mood
- Beyond the entrance is Alphabet Bar & Café, the social heart of Moxy East Village, comprising of a bar, outdoor terrace, and lounge. With social spaces perfect for hangouts (hello skee-ball) or co-working areas in the two Studios, there is truly a space to fit any need.
- Even the cozy bedrooms are all about functionality. The 286 rooms are cleverly designed to maximize space and allow guests the flexibility to adapt the room to their needs. There is a TV tray that can be used for dining in or working, a signature peg wall instead of a closet, vanity shelves, storage for clothing and coats, and a luggage rack that can be folded and hung up on a peg when not in use.
The fun keeps on going
- While check-in and the lobby are on the ground level, it’s what’s underneath that is the real star. Cathédrale, a French-Mediterranean restaurant from Chef Jason Hall is inspired by the decadent musical legacy of the 1960s and ‘70s—particularly the Fillmore East, the legendary “Church of Rock and Roll”. The 26-foot, triple-height ceiling is covered in a massive wire mesh sculpture, Fillmore, by artist Edoardo Tresoldi that looks like the apparition of a grand domed ceiling.
- One level below the restaurant, in the subcellar, is Little Sister, an exclusive lounge operated by TAO Group. The clandestine, cavern-like feel recalls the East Village’s legendary underground nightlife.
Moxy has the hookups
- Guests can request retro-style turntables for their bedrooms along with a variety of curated vinyl collections curated by East Village institution Academy Records.
- In Alphabet Bar & Café, there is a book cart with free books for the taking operated by the landmark Strand bookstore.
But if you do…
- First, tune in on the bedroom TVs for inspiration. Moxy East Village has produced a video series called “Off the Beaten Path” which features neighborhood characters from local hotspots like The Blind Barber, Madame Vo BBQ, and vintage sportswear shop Mr. Throwback.
- Otherwise, we suggest taking a stroll through Tompkins Square Park, walking up a few blocks to the Union Square Greenmarket, catching a show at Webster Hall (located directly across the street from the hotel), or stopping into some of the amazing vintage stores and boutiques nearby.
- There is also a handy landing page on the Moxy East Village website called ‘Explore’ that suggests a list of nearby attractions, including some that that they have partnerships with for special deals.