The start of a new year has arrived, and 2020 is looking bright already. With the end of a decade behind us, the start of a new chapter is exciting. Last night, we rung in the new year at PUBLIC Hotel in New York with a stylish crowd. Set in each of the hotel’s open spaces—from PUBLIC Arts in the basement to PUBLIC Kitchen in the back; from the Diego bar mid-level to the rooftop terrace—were festive partygoers snapping photos, sipping cocktails, and enjoying hors d’oeuvres by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Approaching the building, we got a bright sight of the hotel’s long corridor decked out in white lights, lined with special guests taking photos before heading inside. First, we headed upstairs to Diego, where we took in the décor—balloons lining the ceiling, large “2020” balloons anchoring the room’s exterior corner, and beads, “Happy New Year” hats, and party horns dressing each table. A special one-night-only pop-up took over the space by Mexico City’s famed Licoreria Limantour bar, and, aptly, attendees were hooked on the its famed exceptional Al Pastor Margarita.
From there, we made our way to PUBLIC Arts for some disco vibes and dancing. DJ Stretch Armstrong and Blu Detiger spun tunes to get the crowd moving, as guests sipped champagne and took photos—along the white Christmas tree setting in the back, and under the disco ball in the lively dance pit up front. As bottle service made its way to the tables around the room, a live guitarist accompanied the set.
And of course, to ring in the new year with an eye-level view of the city, we made our way to The Roof for more tunes—this time by DJ Prince Terrence—and a champagne toast. As the countdown began, we raised our glasses, cheering to a jovial year and another one ahead.