By Terry Trucco
Midtown Manhattan isn’t known for its residential ambience. So cheers to Affinia 50, fresh from a $19 million renovation, for offering a taste of apartment living this side of Airbnb.
To be fair, hominess is in the Affinia’s DNA. The 250-room building started out in 1959 as a residential hotel. There’s no restaurant, but two enormous lounges eat up the second floor. And all 100 suites, from studios to one-bedrooms, come with kitchenettes.
The white brick exterior, meanwhile, is interchangeable with the many Mad Men-era apartments built to house legions of flight attendants, office workers and fledgling Wall Street traders in Midtown and the East Side. (more…)