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In lower west Midtown, a neighborhood popular with tourists merges with a neighborhood popular with locals, and right where they meet is the Affinia Manhattan. If you’re in town to see the major sights, you’ll find them along the streets just north of the hotel: the flagship Macy’s store, Madison Square Garden, Penn Station and the Empire State Building are all within five blocks. Times Square is about 10 blocks north – you can see it glowing straight up Seventh Avenue. In the Herald Square area, many fast-fashion and affordable clothing companies have opened some of their largest stores.
If you’re seeking a quieter pace along the lines of how locals live, head south of the hotel to the Chelsea neighborhood. A district that was home to artistic fringe decades ago is now affluent with families and professionals. There are stylish restaurants and cozy home shops, as well as the Fashion Institute of Technology and Upright Citizens Brigade improv comedy theater.
The hotel dates from 1929, with a grand brick and stone façade of arched windows and deco setbacks. The double-height grand lobby is framed by paneled mirrors. A custom-made, awe-inspiring chandelier is designed to replicate the topography of New York City with a white, modernly designed seating area in the middle arranged in the shape of Manhattan. Rooms have beamed ceilings and oversize monochromatic floral murals. Some have sofas and work areas, and studios and suites have sleek urban kitchens.
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