RIP Alex Calderwood, New York Legend

634018351034216250132169_43_ACalderwood_021410Photo: Patrick McMullan.
According to the Ace Hotel blog, Alex Calderwood passed away yesterday. The hotel did not offer comment, and the message posted does not state a cause of death for the iconic 47-year-old hotel founder, only stating that "Alex was our teacher, mentor, guru, and most importantly, our dear friend. We will miss him."
Advertisement
Ditto for us, or for any jet-setter who has visited one of Calderwood's visionary Ace properties. The NYC hotel, on 29th and Broadway, is largely credited for bringing the cool factor back to an area mostly inhabited by dusty, off-putting perfume vendors. The John Dory Oyster Bar, not to mention the Opening Ceremony outpost, are two surefire spots to see NYC's hippest folk. And yet, unlike its chief competitor The Standard, the Ace has always maintained an approachable, friendly, low-key vibe. That was precisely the goal, as Calderwood said in a profile in The New York Times : “We’re not trying to be a quote-unquote hip hotel, per se." It's just a nice place to go.
Our condolences to his family and friends. This city has lost a notable mind.
Advertisement

More from New York

This may be news to you, but living in New York is kind of expensive. But, while it may always be the land of $17 cocktails and unmentionable rents, the ...
We won't call this list definitive, because rooftops are, after all, all about spontaneity. And, with three summer months to get your toes wet (literally ...
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to eat roasted guinea pig in Flushing, Queens. Oh, is that not how the Statue of Liberty poem ...
Just because you aren't wearing "short-shorts" doesn't mean your dress qualifies as office-and-everywhere appropriate. In fact, a short dress can be more ...
The West Village may get all the attention as the fancy foodie haven of New York City, but that’s just fine for the East Village. All that means is that ...
Appetizers are nice and entrées are essential, but we adore dessert. For real — we feel about ice cream and cookies and brownies the way Liz Lemon feels ...
The only thing more depressing than the end of summer is the number of days between now and the next long weekend. We know: All you want is to sit by a ...
(Paid Content) When a movie like Disney's Queen of Katwe comes out, you know award season is upon us. The inspiring new film has all the makings of an ...
The Lower East Side may be best known to you as the home of rowdy, rollicking nightlife, but that adventure extends to the food scene as well. Restaurants ...
Is there anything better on a Saturday afternoon than a spicy Bloody Mary and some simple — but delicious — bacon and eggs? Didn't think so. Brunch is the ...
You've probably heard about how gritty Soho was back in the '70s and '80s, when artists flocked to the downtown 'hood in search of affordable living and ...
As New Yorkers, we take our pizza seriously. Whether you prefer thin-crust or deep-dish, extra sauce or more cheese, simple-and-plain or loaded with ...
Bars are as bountiful as Starbucks in New York City, but there are a few that raise their drinks — and their dishes — to an art form. So don’t just settle ...
Finding a good facialist is kind of like finding a good partner: Most of us have to shop around a little before we settle on "the one." And, much like bad ...