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Ian Schrager, still cool at age 70, opens new PUBLIC hotel

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/7/2017 By BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor
This June 1, 2017 photo shows hotelier Ian Schrager in a lounge area at his new PUBLIC hotel, in New York. The new hotel on Manhattan's Lower East Side opens Wednesday, June 7. It is the latest project from Ian Schrager, who's known for introducing the concept of boutique hotels and as co-founder of the legendary disco Studio 54. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) © The Associated Press This June 1, 2017 photo shows hotelier Ian Schrager in a lounge area at his new PUBLIC hotel, in New York. The new hotel on Manhattan's Lower East Side opens Wednesday, June 7. It is the latest project from Ian Schrager, who's known for introducing the concept of boutique hotels and as co-founder of the legendary disco Studio 54. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK (AP) — Ian Schrager, co-founder of Studio 54 and the man credited with creating boutique hotels, has just opened the new PUBLIC hotel on New York City's Lower East Side.

This June 1, 2017 photo shows the outdoor section of the Roof bar of the PUBLIC hotel, in New York. The new hotel on Manhattan's Lower East Side opens Wednesday, June 7. It is the latest project from Ian Schrager, who's known for introducing the concept of boutique hotels and as co-founder of the legendary disco Studio 54. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) © The Associated Press This June 1, 2017 photo shows the outdoor section of the Roof bar of the PUBLIC hotel, in New York. The new hotel on Manhattan's Lower East Side opens Wednesday, June 7. It is the latest project from Ian Schrager, who's known for introducing the concept of boutique hotels and as co-founder of the legendary disco Studio 54. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Schrager says the hotel, where rooms start at $150, is meant to offer "luxury for all." He hopes locals will drop by to mingle with guests throughout the edgy, quirky public spaces, which include a tiny park, rooftop bar, sit-down restaurant, performance venue and co-working spaces decorated with everything from sofas to game tables.

Singer Patti Smith tosses a copy of her book "Collected Lyrics 1970-2015" to the crowd after reading a passage before her performance in the Public Art space, during the PUBLIC Hotel opening party, in New York, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The new hotel, opening Wednesday June 7, on Manhattan's Lower East Side, is the latest project from Ian Schrager, who's known for introducing the concept of boutique hotels and as co-founder of the legendary disco Studio 54. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) © The Associated Press Singer Patti Smith tosses a copy of her book "Collected Lyrics 1970-2015" to the crowd after reading a passage before her performance in the Public Art space, during the PUBLIC Hotel opening party, in New York, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The new hotel, opening Wednesday June 7, on Manhattan's Lower East Side, is the latest project from Ian Schrager, who's known for introducing the concept of boutique hotels and as co-founder of the legendary disco Studio 54. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Schrager says he wants the hotel to be "more than just a place to sleep." He wants people to feel like they "don't have to leave the premises to get the experiences New York offers."

An optical illusion of a single escalator, center, in the lobby of the PUBLIC hotel, is created by its reflective surroundings, in New York, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The new hotel opening Wednesday, June 7, 2017, on Manhattan's Lower East Side is the latest project from Ian Schrager, who's known for introducing the concept of boutique hotels and as co-founder of the legendary disco Studio 54.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

An optical illusion of a single escalator, center, in the lobby of the PUBLIC hotel, is created by its reflective surroundings, in New York, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The new hotel opening Wednesday, June 7, 2017, on Manhattan's Lower East Side is the latest project from Ian Schrager, who's known for introducing the concept of boutique hotels and as co-founder of the legendary disco Studio 54.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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