Drink prices are high but the view is worth it. A sexy martini lounge, on the 18th floor of the trendy Standard hotel, located off the High Line Park in Meatpacking, frames a picture perfect view for visitors as well as New Yorkers, with its floor-to-ceiling windows. Intimate lounge seating has been strategically designed for couples and groups to embrace a most enjoyable view of Manhattan: Lady Liberty as well as Brooklyn show in the distance. A menu of light portions are served at the bar and throughout the lounge. Flanking the swanky main room are two sunken areas with pool tables and working fireplaces — unwind with a friendly game of pool alongside an unforgettable Manhattan view. The "Top of the Standard" also known as "The Boom Boom Room" is a must for everyone who comes to the City.
It gets better .... Riding the Standard Hotel's elevator offers you a one-of-a-kind art installation experience that ushers in the view at the top. Inside, the car plays motionographer Marco Brambilla's "Civilization" — an animated collage, comprised of 200 individual videos, depicting heaven and hell. It is the artist's interpretation of one's ascension into a heavenly world yet to be seen; as you descend in the elevator downward, along with the video's descent into "hell" onto on the streets of Manhattan. Perhaps, it is meant to show the contrast of two very real worlds, experienced by the few who .... visit the top of the Standard hotel.
Written by Sabrina Tate
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