Xerjoff Magazine

The Public: New York’s Bowery changes face


In the Bowery, once one of the least safe and most crumbling streets of the Lower East side of New York opened the Public, a refined Hotel with restaurants, cafés, clubs and a beautiful roof terrace.

For many years the Bowery has been the symbol of the most alternative and arty side of New York.

In this street of the Lower East side, not promoted by travel guides to those who don’t love thrills, there used to be the legendary CBGB’s, historic bar where some of the artists who made the history of rock took their first steps: Patti Smith, Ramones, Talking Heads, Blondie, Television etc. Over time the Bowery has changed a lot and today that sense of crumbling decadence pervading poor-quality hotels and social housing is more and more replaced by the glam of trendy and refined pubs and huge hotels designed by celebrity architects.

This is the case of the Public, a high-tech hotel including five restaurants, bars and cafés, a trendy store, an underground club where you can listen to jazz but also do some disco dancing and a terrace (on the 37th floor) from where it is possible to admire a broad view on the Big Apple. The escalators leading to the lobby, a clear homage to Blade Runner and to neon-artist Dan Flavin, are really eye-catching. Financed by Ian Schrager, (founder of the legendary Studio 54 and now very active in the field of Boutique Hotels), the Public (215, Chrystie Street) was designed by Herzog & de Meuron architecture studio.