By Terry Trucco
Lighten up was my verdict the first time I saw the smartly renovated lobby.
The walls and ceiling are the color of whipped cream. Enormous mirrors paned in black offer a clever take on industrial loft windows — and double the space, visually at least. And the rectangular chandelier hugging the ceiling looks like it was formed from crystal icicles.
Turns out I missed the point, as I discovered on a second visit, armed with a press release.
With a nod to the hotel’s name – the part that isn’t Affinia – the lobby is a visual ode to New York’s most famous island. The ups and downs of that custom-made chandelier are designed to replicate the Manhattan skyline. (Once tipped off, you can’t miss it.) (more…)