With Wyclef Jean and The Knocks headlining and top fashion, design, culinary and entertainment celebs glamming things up, the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel, the first digitally enhanced-living hostelry opened recently in the fashion-centric garment district.
Unique ‘wow’ factors include a “living wall” that acts as the Hotel’s concierge, ambient intelligent corridors that respond to human movement, digitally enhanced elevator banks, and even a unique Discovery Portal powered by the New York City pub, Time Out that showcases local neighborhood events and guides in a user-friendly digital alcove.
Kicking off the opening, Wyclef Jean and New York electronic duo The Knocks, performed smash track, “Kiss the Sky,” from new debut album ’55’ (Big Beat/Neon Gold), for nearly one thousand guests on the uniquely massive 8,000 square-foot outdoor terrace-with-retractable roof.
Said B-Roc/JPatt of The Knocks. “We’ve never performed ‘Kiss the Sky’ with Wyclef live before, the hotel’s huge outdoor terrace felt like a perfect place to make its debut.”
New York-based designer-CFDA award winner Timo Weiland transformed the hotel lobby into a pop-up on-site studio complete with fabrics, sewing machines and collection looks, allowing guests to participate in the design process. He whipped up while-you-wait party attire for Alexandra Richards and JPatt from The Knocks.
Model/fashion blogger Olivia Palermo and Chanel Iman hosted, and DJ’s Harley Viera-Newton, Alexandra Richards, Alan Eckstein, Franco V and Elle Dee spun, with appearances by Nigel Barker and Heidy de la Rosa.
Renowned music photographer Kevin Mazur shot private sessions with celeb guests, converting the Hotel’s Empire Suite into an exclusive portrait studio. James Beard Award-winning TV personality and chef Andrew Zimmern ran a VIP Navigator’s Table of tastemakers with curated hors d’oevres like: sea urchin crostini with torched lardo, Hotel Saigon grilled beef rolls and signature Spicy Sesame Peanut Noodles.
Located on squarely in the Garment Center at 35th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, the Hotel has 348 guest rooms, seven Executive Suites and one Empire Suite.
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