ghosts of manhattan

there’s a lady in this hotel that looks so much like a dead friend of mine I’m certain i’ve creeped her out by staring. I can’t stop myself. I’m sorry. I’m sorry lady. I got so excited. I got SO excited. I was going to get to tell her about my daughter, my son, my wife, my life. I almost said her name — my friend’s name — out loud, right as she passed me but didn’t for fear of… of the entire lobby, the coffeeshop, the bar, turning to me in unison and saying no, stupid, she’s dead, she’s been dead. ten years ago i worked two blocks from here and she was dead then; it’s almost twenty years now how could she be in this part of town, this hotel, this coffeeshop, how could that cafe au lait be hers, even with the cinnamon floating on top, surely that’s just coincidence, that’s just one of those things. i even checked the second her back was turned and i could stop looking— yes, she’s dead, she died, I didn’t imagine it or misremember or misread. One of the obituaries even had her picture and I got the shivers all over again — jesus, this woman, it’s stunning, it’s weird.

I dont know why I’m writing this and not the script I’m supposed to be finishing. I don’t know why I’m posting this — no, that’s not true. I didn’t know until I typed that last sentence. I am writing this because I still remember you and you are not forgotten you have not faded and there is a woman in manhattan this afternoon that looks so much like you it hurts. I am writing this because maybe as long as we’re remembered we live forever and I wish very much you were here.

you would have loved tallulah


Although it doesn’t look like the full Paleyfest session is available to view on demand here’s our SAG Foundation Panel from this past Tuesday night for your viewing pleasure.

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Sant Francesc Hotel Singular - Spain

Enviably located in Palma de Mallorca’s Old Town, Sant Francesc Hotel Singular is an impeccably renovated 19th-century mansion with elegant art-filled interiors and top-notch facilities. Its 42 bright rooms and suites have a contemporary, sophisticated feel with stylish designer furnishings, light earthy tones, and generous windows overlooking the Sant Francesc Square or the hotel’s charming gardens and courtyards.

The most exclusive of the suites greet guests with original wood-beamed ceilings, magnificent frescoes, or superb verandas facing the cathedral. Dining options are equally refined, ranging from classy Mediterranean cuisine in the Quadrat Restaurant & Garden to wonderful cocktails in the sleek Lobby Bar and Patio. One of the hotel’s highlights, however, is the striking roof terrace, complete with bar, swimming pool, and fantastic vistas of Palma.



Converted from a department store and theater, the 200-room QT Sydney hotel tapped two designers—Nic Graham (public spaces) and Shelley Indyk (guest rooms)—to achieve its quirky eccentricity: public spaces feature high-impact LED wall art and intriguing artifacts from around the world paired with modern-vintage rooms awash in saturated hues of red, orange and yellow. Photography by Design Hotels.


New York EDITION Hotel Artwork

Here is what has become of my Eagle Owl illustration, which I made in early March. Like my hotel artwork from last year, this is now decorating the bar of a hotel by EDITION – the boutique project from Ian Schrager and Marriott. In this case, the Lobby Bar at New York EDITION, which is now open in the old Met Life Insurance Tower overlooking Madison Square Park. (Mini-history: for 3 years after its completion in 1909 the tallest building in the world.)

My owl has been beautifully interpreted by the design folks at EDITION. First, for “Magic Owl Easy Blonde Ale,” as if sitting in a dim room, in low light, eyes glowing against what might be old-fashioned wallpaper. Then, for a coaster, against a background as dark as night.

As with all my other hotel-work samples, I’ve greedily collected and stored these in an acid-free archive box. Which probably seems ridiculous, but they are like treasures to me. The thrill of holding something in real life that you’ve helped create is – potent.


Never been to a Canadian Whiskey bar before, but the newest Delta Hotel in Toronto features Char No. 5 - a hotel lobby bar with legit Scotsmen and Irishmen working behind the wood, but serving up nothing by Canadian made whiskey. Who knew?

The Stalk & Barrel Single Malt anthe Glen Breton Rare were actually really good. Decent hotel lobby people watching too - although that might have been just because Bryan Adams was rocking the Air Canada Centre around the corner. 


The Nines - Portland, OR, USA

Located in the heart of Portland’s business and arts district, right next to Pioneer Courthouse Square, The Nines has a lovely rooftop lounge, an exquisite steakhouse restaurant serving organic local cuisine, and a wonderful dark wood Library Room, complete with pool table and an impressive collection of books. The hotel’s interiors are teeming with original art and its superbly appointed rooms are fitted with modern technology, plush down duvets, and rainforest showers.


Evening Bar, NYC

Chef Andrew Carmellini’s new Little Park restaurant in the renovated Smyth hotel is getting all kinds of well-deserved acclaim, but its sister establishment, Evening Bar, is just across the lobby and often overlooked. With an amazing seasonal cocktail menu, and bar bites coming out of Little Park’s kitchen, Evening Bar is definitely worth checking out!I kicked things off with the Old Aldobar, made with Hayman’s Old Tom gin, Nux Alpina walnut liqueur, lemon, egg white and beet powder…

We started with an order of the crudité served in an ice bowl with peanut hummus…

Not just carrots and celery here, the selection of fresh vegetables was fantastic!

Andrew’s burger was up next…

A simple grass-def beef burger with Vermont cheddar and fried onions, it’s one of the better burgers I have had in NYC in recent memory…

If you do want to eat, I recommend sitting at one of Evening Bar’s bigger tables with proper chairs, rather than at one of the lounge locations. Our table was too small for food and drinks and we ended up feeling a bit cramped. But that would be my only nitpicky complaint. The staff was just wonderful, the space is warm and inviting, and Evening Bar is exactly the kid of place I’d like to spend more of my evenings.


The Smyth 

85 W. Broadway

New York, NY 10007



Alex Hotel - Perth, Australia

Located in Perth’s artsy Northbridge neighborhood, Alex Hotel comes with creative communal spaces and comfortable designer rooms packed with high-tech extras. Guests can indulge in exquisite Italian fare in the hotel’s Shadow Wine Bar & Dining Room; work and relax in the chic Mezzanine Lounge, or enjoy a drink while admiring the city from above on the Roof Terrace. Additionally, the Mezzanine Breakfast Bar is the best place to start the morning with freshly baked goodies, while the inviting Lobby Espresso Bar & Lounge, with its floor-to-ceiling windows opening to the street, makes for an ideal venue to savor a locally roasted coffee, socialize, and watch the world go by.