As much as we New Yorkers complain about the blistering heat of the metropolis during the summer months, the first signs of cooler weather have us pleading for a return to the days of sipping cocktails poolside while attempting to pass off a triangle bikini as a “crop top.” In that spirit, THE STAYCATIONERS teamed up with V Magazine to host a record-setting roster of VIP guests, V editors, and resident staycationers alike at SIXTY LES for one last Elyx-infused summer soirée thanks to Tablet Plus.
Meet the crew: former V girl and current songstress Oyinda, the one and only Parson James, Orange Is The New Black queen Jackie Cruz, V Magazine team members Sara Zion (that’s me), William Defebaugh, Ian Monroe, Hannah Huffman, Mathias Rosenzweig, and Adair Smith, and lest we forget, the OG staycationers Céline Boss and Cyndi Ramirez.
THE SPOT: SIXTY LES | 190 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
THE STATS: 141 rooms, dope balconies, seasonal rooftop pool-cum-spa, perennial tiki bar, and a world-class sushi joint
PERFECT FOR: An all-in-one weekend getaway surrounded by modern design with a hint of nostalgia.
The hotel itself is a perfect example of how the Lower East Side has evolved from the days of the grunge, punk rock scene that once defined the neighborhood, while still paying homage to its roots through décor details like the Andy Warhol portraits that line the tile floor of the hotel pool.
That feeling of nostalgia is juxtaposed by sleek lines and minimalistic design, illustrating the new wave of chic that has become synonymous with the area. What better place to host a group of young and talented friends and tastemakers to toast the end of the season of scorching sidewalks?
With a steady supply of Absolut Elyx flowing throughout the afternoon, the party vibe was on as soon as guests entered the suite. After sizing things up, THE STAYCATIONERS were instantly transfixed on the private balcony, reveling in 180-degree views of downtown NYC and creeping from afar whilst neighboring rooftoppers buzzed about.
Meanwhile, an orgy-chic scene transpires as respective hair and makeup mavens Gianna Corrao and Elena Miglino glammed up the crew one by one. The boys lay sprawled across the plush couches and boxes of Williamsburg Pizza, choosing each others’ ensembles and accessories for the evening from a closet full of Claudia Li, Private Policy, The Frankie Shop, Aquazzura, Ji Oh, Alexis Gamblin, East of Lost, and SIWY.
What’s that? Must be the pool calling. THE STAYCATIONERS conga-lined their way over, cocktails in hand, lounging side by side on perfectly aligned chaises ’til sundown.
Once the darkness set in, the gang headed back up to the room to slip into something more comfortable and dig into the leftover pizza that had so patiently awaited their return. Cue the photoshoot.
Keep up with THE STAYCATIONERS as they take over new hotels in new cities each month. This round made possible by Absolut Elyx, Williamsburg Pizza, Tablet Plus, Claudia Li, Private Policy, The Frankie Shop, Aquazzura, Ji Oh, Alexis Gamblin, East of Lost, and SIWY, Elena Miglino, Gianna Corrao, and last but not least, Sixty LES.
Special thanks to V Magazine for bringing the party and for creating this dope video.
Photography by Vanessa Granda for THE STAYCATIONERS.