Public Hotel Spells Itself with Towering Announcement in Lights; Opening is this Summer

Posted on: March 16th, 2017 at 5:06 am by


Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel on Chrystie Street has been standing tall since April 2016. That’s when the shadow-casting condo-hotel topped out at 28 stories. Now, a year later, debut is still several months from happening. But the, ahem, public rollout just began.

Team Schrager is now spelling itself with lights. Earlier this week, a six-story network of bulbs was installed down the north-facing exposure, which spells “Public” with one letter per floor. They really want you to get excited about this place.

Meanwhile, we’re told that bookings for the 370-room Public Hotel will commence on April 4, but that a proper opening won’t happen until “early summer.”

As previously reported, the self-described “tough luxe” development – acquired by prolific hotelier Schrager in 2012 for $50 million – boasts eleven ultra-pricey “one of a kind” condos atop the lodge.

Jean Georges Vongeritchen is in charge of the food and beverage component for the out-of-context hotel. The ground floor restaurant-coffee shop-bar will be accompanied by another ten other complementary venues within the 28-story development. Community Board 3 heard the proposal in April 2016, and granted approval.

215 Chrystie Street is the first Public-branded hotel for New York City proper.

[h/t Cecil Scheib]

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