If you’ve ever dreamed of living like a big-city journalist, you can steep yourself in history in a new hotel in the former Life magazine office in New York.
Life Hotel, which is set to open in early April, is located in the iconic building that for years attracted writers and artists to the Manhattansite. Named for the magazine that used to call the building home, the 98-room hotel even features a basement speakeasy where Life staff used to drink.
“In learning about the cultural landmark and its history, we discovered that the upper floors served as apartments for Life writers and artists when the magazine was first published in 1893 and for a long time after, while the offices were situated below; the building even housed a secret bar during Prohibition. This history has become part of our DNA,” said real estate developer David Mitchell.
Visitors will be able to go to the basement bar by a hidden staircase off the lobby as well as by separate street entrance. The bar will offer “classic cocktails harkening back to the days LIFE magazine staffers used this space as their own speakeasy”.
The Manhattan building was designed by the famous architecture firm Carrère and Hastings, which is the firm responsible for the iconic New York Public Library.
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