Basketball sensation Jeremy Lin, who famously slept on his brother’s couch before his breakout performance for the NBA’s New York Knicks that led to worldwide fame, now has a home in New York to call his own
It was his love of the W Hotel in Taipei, and the comforts that come with it, that prompted Jeremy Lin, 23, to move into a fung shui-inspired two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment at The Residences at W New York-Downtown, which offers the W brand’s signature lifestyle services and amenities available 24/7. “I love the W Hotel in Taipei, so I liked the idea of living in the only W Residence in New York,” says Lin. “The apartments have great hotel-style amenities and it’s a nice place to come home to, with amazing views.”
Developer The Moinian Group consulted with Hong Kong-based fung shui master Alfred Cheng on the W New York-Downtown project, and the tower thus incorporates key fung shui elements. These include the exterior design, which is glass with no sharp edges, and the 360-degree water views, which are believed to allow not only light but also positive energy to flow throughout the building.
Lin chose a furnished 1,182 sq-ft apartment in the glass and limestone tower in downtown Manhattan. W New York-Downtown is the only W Hotel in Manhattan with private residences for sale, in addition to the 217 guest rooms on the lower floors. Lin’s apartment enjoys sweeping views of the Hudson River, Statue of Liberty, the new World Trade Center and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, in an area which is currently undergoing large-scale revitalisation.
The W New York-Downtown hotel itself features modern design by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects and interiors by award-winning studio Graft. Amenities include the fifth-floor Living Room Bar & Lounge, with a one-of-a-kind Lamella curtain draped lighting installation. The Residences, meanwhile, feature a separate David Rockwell-designed lobby at 123 Washington Street with custom-designed lighting, wallpaper and furniture, including a hand-blown mercury glass chandelier and a concierge desk made from natural walnut and black marble.
Read the full story, ‘From sofa to fung shui’, in the July 2012 issue of Perspective magazine!