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The NYC's Newly Opened Life Hotel Pays Homage to the City's Old-School Publishing Scene
Its forthcoming basement bar used to be a speakeasy.
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Speaking truth to the adage that "everything old is new again," the former offices of Life Magazine, the humor periodical that Henry Luce eventually turned into a media juggernaut, have been reborn this month as Life Hotel.

The Beaux-Arts building on New York City's West 31st Street once housed the workspace of writers and artists like Norman Rockwell, Charles Gibson, and John Ames Mitchell. Now, it holds 98 rooms boasting high ceilings, wood floors, and white walls adorned with original works by local artists, plus, a lobby lounge, with an additional bar and restaurant in the works.

“It has been an archeological dig from day one,” real estate developer David Mitchell said of the project. During construction, they unearthed apartments that once served as editor crash pads and a long-forgotten speakeasy complete with empty liquor bottles.

“There is so much history behind these walls that we were keen to keep in tact while creating a hotel that goes far beyond the typical.”

Life Hotel is now open and taking reservations, and rates start at $249 per night. For more information, visit lifehotel.com.

Scroll down for a few photos from the new hotel:

IMAGE Courtesy of Life Hotel

IMAGE Courtesy of Life Hotel

IMAGE Courtesy of Life Hotel

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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