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Moxy NYC East Village has opened, featuring interior design by Rockwell Group and architecture by Stonehill Taylor. The hotel was developed by Lightstone, marking the group’s third Moxy property in addition to the brand’s hotels in Times Square and Chelsea.

The hotel is conceived as a vertical timeline, drawing inspiration from various eras in East Village history, from the earliest settlers to the punk era to today. Interior design is inspired by urban archaeology. Three check-in kiosks just inside the entrance are assemblages by local artist Michael Sanzone, made from found objects and materials. Behind the kiosks, striped tapestries hang on the walls and bleed onto the floors. Their alternating bands of graffiti and graphics recall shredded layers of wheat-pasted posters—the kind you might see peeling off a downtown building façade. Each guestroom contains a specially commissioned piece by New York artist Xan Padrón featuring time-lapse photographs of New York City dwellers walking past specific locations in the East Village.

The developer teamed up with Tao Group Hospitality which oversees the four dining and drinking venues at the hotel. The four venues include: Alphabet Bar & Café, Cathédrale, Little Sister and a rooftop bar.

Photo of Cathédrale: Courtesy of Marriott International


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