New York: Thompson LES

Make a note to self in preparation of next year’s Go Skateboarding Day: stay at the Thompson Lower East Side. Standing tall on Allen Street between Houston and Stanton, the boutique hotel is conveniently located on a bike path right next to Epstein’s, Whole Foods, Max Fish and Katz.

Late night dancing sweet spot Above Allen became my office for four days:

View from the 12th floor:

Comfy beds:


A great place for vanity and laziness:

There was no sun that day, but there was champagne…

Vika’s porcupine pendant:

Katz takeout:

Order the fries and ask for the guest wi-fi code whenever you’re poolside!

Admire the filmstrip of Andy Warhol by Gerard Malanga photolithographed onto the pool floor (no doubt my favorite feature in the hotel).

Legends were here:

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