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High Marks for the High Line

Posted in Bars, Hot Places on June 10, 2011 by Bright Lights

Wednesday was the hotly anticipated opening of the second section of the High Line, which added more than 10 extra blocks to the elevated park.  The addition runs from 20th to 30th street along 10th ave, which actually doubles the existing park. But, perhaps the best addition is the Lot at 30th Street, which is a temporary public plaza underneath the northern entrance to the park and includes the new Colicchio & Sons “Lot on Tap” beer garden.

This new beer garden boasts domestic wines, non-alcoholic sodas and local beers – even featuring a beer made exclusively for Lot on Tap by the Brooklyn Brewery, called Brooklyn High Line Elevated Wheat.  Drink prices are enough to keep away your alcoholic Uncle Charlie, but just right for New York’s young and fabulous with a beer costing $7 and wine $9.

You can tell that the Lot wants to keep the historical feel of the High Line as the Lot on Tap bar is flanked by the original girders of the High Line and both bars and some benchs and tables are actually made out of the original High Line beams that were removed during the building of the park.

Along with the drinks, the Lot on 30th has a rotating series of food trucks, including lobster rolls from Red Hook Lobster, dumplings from Rickshaw, and ice cream sandwiches from CoolHaus.

Additionally, next to the Lot on Tap there is an open area currently housing “Rainbow City” presented by AOL that is an open area filled in with colorful, inflatable balloons and moon bounces.

Rainbow City

The lot will be open seven days a week with food and drink available from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

After having a few brews, head out and enjoy the newest section of the High Line.   Don’t be surprised if someone with a robotic voice starts giving you life advice while you are at the drinking fountains.  Thats right, the drinking fountains talk as a sound piece of public art by Julianne Swartz called “Digital Empathy.”  Its gonna be a hot summer, so be sure to stay hydrated.  And who doesn’t like some free advice while they sip from a fountain?

Sweet Lights.  Sweet City.

Press Lounge @ Ink48 – New York’s Answer to Ghostbar

Posted in Bars on June 7, 2010 by Bright Lights

On Friday night, after a Thai dinner with friends, we headed to Midtown West’s little slice of heaven in the sky called the Press Lounge at the Ink48 Hotel.  Ink48 is the latest and greatest Kimpton hotel in New York.  We got there early so-as to secure a good seat on the massive terrace that overlooks the majestic Manhattan skyline.  As I stared out into the distance and bright lights, I felt like I was transported back to the Ghostbar at The Palms in Las Vegas. 

There is a long shallow pool, as shown above, but it is not for really for swimming.  There is also separate pool for swimming, but it is closed in the evenings during bar hours.  The drink prices are expensive, as one would assume, but given the view and scene in general, you can’t help but feel like you are getting your money’s worth.   

Daytime view from the Press Lounge

Ink48 is located at 653 11th Avenue (48th Street and 11th Avenue) in Manhattan.  Be sure to check it out soon before the B&T crowd takes over.  But even if you have to wait on line to get in, its worth the wait.

And remember, what happens at the Press Lounge, stays at the Press Lounge. 

Bright Lights, Big City.

Good Units – Deep beneath the Hudson Hotel

Posted in Bars on February 9, 2010 by Bright Lights

Last night was the private opening of Good Units, an underground event space beneath the Hudson Hotel.  Originally a YMCA, the basement of the Hudson Hotel had a swimming pool and running track.  Once converted to a hotel, the basement space was converted to storage.  More specifically, the basement was used to store HVAC units and the walls were spray painted with “good units” to label the section where the HVAC units were in working order.  As seen below, those marking are still there and are now the name of the venue.

The party got started around 10pm.  By 11pm, the party was in full swing.  With open bar, excellent service, and a nice looking crowd it was easy to have a good time.  The venue does not yet have a cabaret license, so rest assured there was no dancing.  However, the dance floor is quite impressive and I fully expect this week’s fashion week parties being hosted in the space to be off the chain.

The Hudson Hotel is located at 356 West 58th Street.  However, the eventual entrance for Good Units will be on West 57th Street.

This week’s Fashion Week parties include Susanne Bartsch and Patricia Field.  Overall, I think they have done a great job with the space.  It’s safe to say that Good Units = Good Times.

Bright Lights, Big City.