It's been a while since Curbed first reported on the nudity observed in the windows of the Standard Hotel (848 Washington St.) and the resulting media storm that followed (here, here, and here.) So have things cooled down? The short answer is no: Despite the passing of time, this Meatpacking hotspot still serves up some of the finest entertainment in town.
In addition to the spectacular rooftop bar, the hotel serves grub and booze street side at their German “Biergarten.” More authentic than most of this city’s beer gardens (here's our list of the 20 best) that serve endless selections of foreign and sometimes domestic beers, the Standard keeps it real by limiting the choices to a single brewer of each variety (three), more in line with the true Berlin experience one would expect in the former east of Friedrichshain.
The architecture, too, reminds one of the Soviet era, with cheap-looking anodized aluminum framed, blue-tinted windows facing north and south, and bare, exposed concrete structural members. Designed by the Polshek Parnership (better known for unique NYC treasures like the new Rose Center for Earth and Space at the Natural History Museum, and the new stairs and entrance to the Brooklyn Museum), the Standard exemplifies the firm’s gift for creating new buildings that work with and play off of existing historic structures.
In this case, the hotel straddles the High-Line, a former elevated freight line that has recently been repurposed as a hip pedestrian promenade that connects lower Manhattan to Chelsea. The exposed, minimal aesthetic of Andre Balazs’ first ground-up hotel works well in situ with the raw treatment that DS+R and Field Operations gave this new quasi-public park. But it's clear that the minimal treatment of the building’s designs gives nothing in particular to look at, other than the windows, and if you are lucky, maybe you'll peep some intended or unintended nudity.