A Night At The Roxy Hotel

Narrated by Stacy Suaya

One well-played act in life is a feat. But to take it one act (or a few) further – i.e. the Meryl Streeps and Matthew McConaugheys, the David Bowies and Princes, the Picassos and Cindy Shermans, the Patti Smiths and Alexander McQueens in life – one must evolve, reinvent, and dare to change what is expected.

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca, formerly the Tribeca Grand Hotel, knows this very well. After a colorful 13-year first act as the first luxury hotel in Tribeca, it was time to launch a new star. The guest rooms were completely renovated and now feature Pierre Frey Kubus curtains, gilded swag lights and stainless steel bathroom fixtures. Technology was upgraded to include Tivoli speakers with Bluetooth, and premium rooms have Marshall speakers, TEAC turntables and custom-curated vinyl collections. The Roxy Hotel was given its new name, one with a scintillating New York history, evoking both the spectacular 1920s movie theater and legendary ‘90s dance club.

Slide under the megawatt marquee and the Roxy Lounge will sweep your gaze up into a dramatic 8-story atrium. By day, it’s a casual workplace, and each night, the stage comes alive with the crème de la crème of live entertainment. The sharply-dressed staff? They’re sporting uniforms by bespoke tailor Craig Robinson (who has outfitted Interpol and Death Cab for Cutie, plus William Defoe and Morgan Freeman.) Want to take your jazz down a flight? Descend into the Roxy’s new, cavernous and Parisian boite-style jazz club, The Django.

One thing we know to be true: a night at the Django will warrant a morning at Jack’s. Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee, that is. Adjacent to The Roxy lobby with a separate entrance on 6th Avenue, owner Jack Mazzola has nailed a warm, salt-of- the-earth ambience and solid coffee making technique (a stir brew method that gives a fuller flavor), that feel personal.

And to best experience the magic of cinema (without lines, crowds and obnoxious commercials), the 99-seat Roxy Hotel Cinema is now open to the public and showing classic, independent and foreign cinema, curated by David Koh of Submarine Films.

If it’s a date, you may want to make an appointment at Blackstones Hair Salon in the Roxy Hotel first. Gleaming with Parisian glamour in the form of marble, brass and luscious pops of color, Blackstones has a famous clientele, from Alexander Wang to Chloe Sevigny.

And speaking of reinvention, wouldn’t you know that two of the Roxy Hotel’s newest players came from completely different starts. Joey Silvestera (owner of Blackstones) was a taxidermist, and Jack Mazzola was an actor (and bartender at the Roxy’s sister property, the Soho Grand Hotel).  Seems they’ll be in good company here at the Roxy.