Mondrian Park Avenue
New York City, NY
Contempo, $$ ($169)
In the early 1940s, The Dutch abstract artist Piet Mondrian made a series of line paintings in primary colors called New York City 1 and Broadway Boogie-Woogie. The works broke with his usual style, replacing long, solid lines with staccato squares of color — reflecting the rhythm and vibrancy of the modern metropolis. It feels as fresh as ever, and the energy in the work is the same that you feel rising out of the subway at the crossroads of Broadway and Fifth Avenue, in the wildly growing neighborhood called NoMad. It's here that hotel design powerhouse Philippe Starck interprets the form of the modern Dutch master for Mondrian Park Avenue (part of SBE's Morgans Hotel Group) — albeit in a way rooted in the everyday functionality of the hospitality industry. Mondrian was fond of saying that art has no direct relation to reality. We'll leave that up to you.
At a Glance
The Vibe: Living a life filled with art.
Standout Detail: Bold modern juxtapositions of sculpture, painting, and furnishings.
This Place Is Perfect For: Guests who crave design details and a curated touch.
Rooms: 190 in all, including several contemporary chic king rooms plus balcony suites, a lavish one-bedroom Mondrian Suite, and the top-floor presidential suite (Piet) with two bedrooms, three balconies, a living room, and a dining room. All rooms have a vibrant mix of textures and surfaces (wood, leather, mirror, marble), double-head rain showers, a floating writing desk, and a range of artworks.
On Site: The Boogie Room is a subterranean cocktail bar and music venue with DJs and live performances. The trippy Boardroom offers 350 square feet of handsome meeting space for presentations and work gatherings.
Food + Drink: Breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner is served with gusto at Cleo, a crowd-pleasing Mediterranean spot (flatbreads, schwarma, mezze for sharing) with mural tiles, colorful artwork, and seating that's crowded for the sake of creating coziness. The rooftop lounge, Mondrian Terrace, overlooks Park and 30th and the downtown skyline, which you can admire while eating sliders and sipping cocktails.
What to Do Nearby
Empire State Building, Madison Square Park, and the Flatiron Building are the hard-to-miss icons hemming in the neighborhood called NoMad. It's an interesting shopping area, as there are a number of design flagships that are well-known but not over-saturated, both of the design variety (Marimekko, Design Within Reach, DDC), and foodie variety (Milk Bar, Eataly, and the original Shake Shack inside Madison Square Park, which is a destination in itself for great public art installations).
For a truly NYC experience, wake up early on a weekday morning and head west to the flower district (28th Street at Sixth Avenue) for a delightful bombardment of flowers, jungle greens, rare plants, and more lining every inch of the street. One of the most charming places to pass by is The Church of the Transfiguration, a heavily Neo-Gothic Episcopal parish set back from the street. It looks like a strange portal into the English countryside. Also known as The Little Church Around the Corner, the landmark building has a notable history of giving sanctuary to the poor and the oppressed since the 1860s, and providing a space for the acting community to host theatrical and musical performances.
You can find some of Mondrian's most famous NYC works, like Broadway Boogie-Woogie, at the newly renovated and beautifully refreshedMoMA.