The Kixby Hotel has opened in a striking Beaux Arts building in New York’s Herald Square. Dating back to 1901, the property once housed legendary luxury hotel, the Collingwood.
“Herald Square has always been the heart of New York, and, at this time of resurgence, Kixby will give guests a prime place to experience it,” explains co-owner and managing partner Justin Arest, whose family has operated a hotel on the site since 1995. “The area, known to many as being home to the Macy’s flagship and once to the New York Herald, has been reinventing itself over the past two decades.
“It has become the ideal mix of history, energy and personality, drawing the best traits from neighboring NoMad and Times Square. Kixby will reintroduce many to the neighborhood that, in the early 1900s, was a stone’s throw to the flagships of Tiffany & Co., B. Altman & Co., and Gimbels.”
With public spaces designed by Rockwell Group, Kixby will bring sophistication, history, and wit to Herald Square.
“Rockwell Group had an amazing opportunity to create a collection of spaces that brings a new social experience to the hotel,” says Shawn Sullivan, Partner, Rockwell Group. “Juxtaposing modern and traditional, our design concept embraces the building’s history while adding a contemporary layer that feels vibrant and relevant today.”
Known for its prize-winning burgers and CrazyShake milkshakes, Black Tap has opened the brand’s first flagship location inside Kixby. Its signature, NYC-inspired dining room sees graffiti and neon meet black and white tiles and exposed brick.
On the hotel’s roof – with the Empire State Building as its “backyard” – Julie Mulligan and Chris Barish from the Black Tap team partnered with Kixby on The Lookup, a rooftop bar with smart bar bites and cocktails curated by mixologist Pamela Wiznitzer, formerly of the Seamstress and the Dead Rabbit.
A green wall with a neon sign greets guests in The Lookup. The three-season space has a summery, crisp, and clean aesthetic, with black and white elements that draw the spirit of Black Tap up to the roof.