Travelers may have too many hotel options, a Sopranos star launches a Manhattan cocktail bar, and tastemakers share their predictions for 2024. All that and more in this week’s Five on Friday.
This Emmy-award winning actor just opened a bar in New York
Actor Michael Imperioli of Sopranos and White Lotus fame has opened a cocktail bar on New York’s Upper West Side. Imperioli and his wife, Victoria Imperioli (who imagined the space’s red-hued interiors), teamed up with restaurateur Jeremy Wladis to bring Scarlet to life, Eater reports. And it’s not the couple’s first F&B venture—they previously owned and operated the now-closed speakeasy-style Ciel Rouge in Chelsea. “Victoria and I are thrilled to be bringing to the Upper West Side the distinctive vibe and mood that made our previous lounge, Ciel Rouge, so beloved by the denizens of downtown NYC,” says Imperioli. “Scarlet offers an elegant and transportive atmosphere—and a certain magic that only Victoria can create.”
Are there too many hotel brands out there?
Today’s travelers are more aware and tuned into what they want than ever before. As a response, large hotel companies have launched various brands to cater to as many specific niches as possible and keep customers loyal. But have they just simply taken it too far? A new Wall Street Journal article contemplates the current landscape. Some frequent travelers don’t see much difference between brands at the same price point. However, on a recent earning’s call, Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta’s sentiment did not at all allude to the market being oversaturated: “Every room counts, and having more really high-quality products in the right locations we think continues to build our network effect.”
46 tastemakers weigh in on next year’s trends
T magazine recently asked dozens of artists, filmmakers, chefs, and creative people to forecast what will be trending in 2024. From colors and comebacks to what we’ll be eating and the conversations we’ll be having, the tastemakers made their predictions. Chef José Andrés, for instance, suspects there will be an influx in cultivated meat. “And more beautiful seafood from a can. I love to see this new generation on TikTok enjoying this magical vessel with its briny goodness,” he adds. On what will be making a comeback, Kengo Kuma said: “People [will] need to step out of the closed box that has continued to burden the environment and return to nature, toward the age of hunting and gathering.” As for colors, many anticipate brown hues will be popular throughout the year. “Brown—the more ‘off,’ the better,” says fashion designer Thebe Magugu. “It’s subtle and confrontational: Not a lot of colors have that versatility.”
Score a $150 million Miami penthouse in a Peter Marino-designed building
There’s never a dull moment when it comes to Miami’s luxury real estate market. This time, it’s the penthouse at the forthcoming Rosewood Residences Miami Beach. According to the project’s developer, Michael Shvo, the 13,000-square-foot home will be priced at more than $150 million, Bloomberg reports. The penthouse will be located in a 17-story tower designed by architect Peter Marino—adjacent to the revamped Art Deco Raleigh hotel, also operated by Rosewood. It will comprise 44 private residences and is expected to be delivered by 2026. “We are by far the premier product building, not only in Miami Beach but in the country,” Shvo says. “And there’s no reason that people will pay less to be 100 feet from the ocean than they do to be 100 feet from Central Park.”
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