Plastic chairs, bare beige walls, fluorescent lights—too often, hired conference rooms/events sites are soulless spaces that make participants feel imprisoned rather than productive. That’s why meeting venue Offsite takes a different approach. Color abounds throughout the airy, three-tiered space, along with snazzy fixtures and residential touches, such as paintings and bud vases—especially on the Main Floor, which resembles a series of living rooms, ideal for tête-à-têtes or breaks. The Underground level (right) evokes a funky classroom, with a Rio de Janeiro mural and a grass strip. Even the Mezzanine, the most conventional area with its long, boardroomlike table, has its playful side—whiteboard walls (markers provided) for scribbling ideas, points or doodles.
Offsite, 52 W. 39th St., 212.366.1828
Welcome to the Club
The Beatles. The Clintons. George Clooney. The rich, famous and powerful have always congregated at the ‘21’ Club (left), which recently unveiled a pumped-up space to party in. The revamped Puncheon Room and Gallery (capacity: 200/sit-down, 450/reception) has a classic-meets-contemporary feel, in which fluted columns and crown moldings meet modern crystal chandeliers and floral carpets. 1930s-’50s scenes of the restaurant by artists and customers such as James Montgomery Flagg, Bradshaw Crandell and George Luks hang on the walls; the windows offer views of the iconic jockey statues. It’s a venue “to create memories,” as General Manager Bryan McGuire likes to say.
‘21’ Club, 21 W. 52nd St., 212.582.7200
The new Vertu TI is a gem of a phone. Literally. The Android 4.0-powered device boasts a sapphire crystal screen of nearly 4 inches, an ultralightweight yet super-strong titanium case and, on the side, a V-shaped ruby button that allows users to access a round-the-clock concierge service (a.k.a. experts on whatever destination a traveler is headed to). Starting at $9,600 for the black leather model (right), the handset also features a rear camera, a Skype-compliant front camera and stereo speakers. Each Vertu TI is handmade by a single craftsman at the company’s HQ in Hampshire, England; so while many may be sold, each is as unique as the person using it.
Vertu, 703 Madison Ave., 212.371.8701