New York, New York
In association with Roman and Williams, Buildings and Interiors
The Freehand Hotel is a 148,000 sf renovation of a 1920’s era high-rise hotel. The project involved approvals from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and as a result was eligible for federal tax credits. The building’s public spaces were gut-renovated and rooms were upgraded on a room-by-room basis.
The hotel includes three distinct restaurant and dining areas. “Simon and The Whale” is a street level restaurant, bar, and sidewalk café located on the ground floor of The Freehand Hotel. The restaurant was formerly three storefronts combined into one. The prominent location occupies the corner of Lexington and E 23rd Street. The “Smile To-Go” is at street level and is a fast-casual, 65-person restaurant and bar. Two former storefronts were combined into one and the restaurant occupies the corner of Lexington and E 24th Street. The “Broken Shaker” is a 200-person rooftop bar and restaurant and is located on the top floor and roof of the hotel.
Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors designed the project with IBI Group – Gruzen Samton collaborating as the Architect of Record.