Lightstone Group opened the 286-room Moxy NYC East Village. The property, which Lightstone owns, developed and manages, marks the third of four Moxy Hotels the company plans on opening in the city.
Tao Group Hospitality oversees the hotels’ four food-and-beverage venues. Alphabet Bar & Café opened with the hotel and includes a bar, a terrace, a co-working lounge and meeting studios. The French-Mediterranean restaurant Cathédrale and the lounge Little Sister will follow later this month. The fourth venue, a rooftop bar, is slated to open in spring 2020.
The Moxy NYC East Village has forged several partnerships with local businesses and groups. Alphabet Bar & Café will provide books from the Strand Bookstore and vinyl LPs from Academy Records. The hotel will be the preferred hotel partner for Webster Hall, where it will provide select guests VIP concert access. Select students’ works from the art school Cooper Union will be displayed on a dedicated channel on guestroom televisions. Other East Village restaurants, shops, galleries and nearby businesses will be invited to host pop-ups in the lobby and other public spaces in the hotel.
“Authentic, local and experiential have all become buzzwords in the hotel business,” Mitchell Hochberg, president of Lightstone, said in a statement. “With Moxy Times Square and Moxy Chelsea, we’ve seen how putting visitors and New Yorkers in the same space can foster a sense of community. The East Village’s breadth of experiences and layers of history allow us to take that concept to a whole new level. Moxy [NYC] East Village is multidimensional—a thrilling mashup that lets people honor the past, experience the present, and dream about the future. We’re embracing it all to create a true sense of magic.”
Lightstone is a privately held real estate company that develops, manages and invests in residential, hospitality, commercial and retail real estate. Its portfolio includes more than 4,300 hotel guestrooms, more than 4.5 million square feet of office, retail and industrial commercial properties and more than 15,000 residential units.