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In the ever-changing lodging world of Manhattan, new hotels are popping up with features such as ultra-small quarters, accessible luxury and everything in between. Several of these interesting new properties are concentrated in the NoMad area (North of Madison Square Park), a sure indication the neighborhood’s on the rise. When you plan your next visit to New York, be sure to check out one of these memorable new spots, including one that pays homage to the publishing industry and another that draws inspiration from a Dutch painter.

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New “Life” for a historic building

Life Hotel is set inside LIFE Magazine’s former Herald Square headquarters. The 98-room boutique hotel is old-school, just like the publishing world it references. The rooms are simply furnished, but wood floors, white walls and original moldings give the quarters character. The all-marble bathrooms bring a bit more glitz, as does the original artwork commissioned from New York-based virtuosos. Be sure to mosey on down to the intimate basement bar, which functioned as a speakeasy for journalists working during the Prohibition era.

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Where art is the centerpiece

Art is the motif at The Mondrian Park Avenue, a spanking-new design hotel in the middle of buzzing NoMad.  Guests are welcomed with a New York City-inspired statement piece by Ara Starck, which adorns the marble-splashed foyer. Guestrooms also feature modern artwork and other intriguing pops of color. While plush bedding and spacious bathrooms may invite you to just sink in and relax, you don’t want to miss hanging in Fifteen Stories, an all-day space for guests to mix and mingle.

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An inner city oasis

In the same neighborhood, James New York – NoMad is a luxury boutique hotel infused with local culture. Guestrooms feel like urban sanctuaries, thanks to expansive glass windows, contemporary art by local artists, and thoughtful details like yoga mats and in-room pantries filled with local snacks. Ask for a room at the back of the building. In addition to being quiet, your view will be of a peaceful courtyard. Very zen.

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A small space that packs big punch

Moving up Broadway, welcome to the premiere of Moxy Times Square. The rooms are tiny–only 150 to 350 square feet. To maximize utility, there’s fold-away furniture, under-the-bed storage and pegs instead of closets. But why hang in your room when there are vibrant public spaces to see and be seen? Bar Moxy is a versatile space, with a plug-and-play lounge offering flexible seating areas and power outlets galore for co-working. There’s even a DJ booth, to take the vibe from day to night. Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge is labeled an “urban amusement park.” One seating area is located on a rotating antique carousel, while Foreplay, a miniature putt-putt course, features holes with colossal-size animals in compromising poses. Now, that’s moxie.

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Where the hotel’s part of the nabe, and the nabe’s part of the hotel

Through the mixing of gritty New York industrial materials and finishes, and subtle nods to Asian heritage, The Hotel 50 Bowery reflects the story of Chinatown. The hotel embraces its culturally-rich neighborhood, to the point where the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) has a permanent exhibit on the second floor. Stepping off the elevators onto the guestroom floors, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a vibrant Chinese village at night. Dimly-lit hallways are punctuated by bold works of art created by a Beijing-based graffiti artist. Rooms have  distressed oak floors, floor-to-ceiling windows and a retro-modern aesthetic. Grab a Pan-Asian nibble at Rice & Gold, then keep the party going by sipping cocktails and listening to live music at the Green Lady, the hotel’s stylish parlor lounge.

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A peaceful garden retreat right in Hell’s Kitchen

The former Out NYC is transitioning into Cachet Boutique NYC in November. Located in Hell’s Kitchen on the west side of Midtown, the transformed hotel is marked by Asian-inspired artistic expression, high-tech ingenuity and eco-friendly practices. The place is designed as an urban oasis, from the intimate rooms to the three outdoor gardens. The Retreat is a sun-drenched space under a glass atrium, which opens out to an outdoor deck with a private waterfall.  Want peace and quiet in your room?  Amenities include on-demand personalized meditation sessions and in-room alternative wellness treatments.

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Luxury made accessible on the Lower East Side

New York is known as much as a style capital as it is an expensive hotel city. So  you might be surprised to find both high style and affordability at Ian Schrager’s PUBLIC hotel, which opened this past summer. Another thing you might be surprised to find right in the heart of New York City? The hotel’s serene hidden garden, featuring magnolia and Japanese maple trees, that also serves as a movie-screening and performance space. Schrager, the hotelier behind PUBLIC who’s also known as founder of Studio 54 and the Delano, has also included an on-site restaurant from Jean-Georges Vongerichten and a lively rooftop bar with great downtown views.

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