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The city’s second Pod occupies a 1918 residential hotel for single men—the space that was once the gentlemen’s sitting room is being reinvented as the Great Room, opening in early 2013, which will feature a fireplace, projection wall and ping-pong table. As the name suggests, rooms are snug, but not oppressively so; some have queen-size beds with room underneath to stash your luggage; others feature stainless-steel bunk beds with individual TVs and bedside shelves inspired by airplane storage. However, you should probably know your roommate well since the utilitarian, subway-tiled bathrooms are partitioned off with sliding frosted-glass doors. Travel-friendly, soft-packaged Fix products by NYC spa Red Flower match the functional aesthetic. Restaurant dream team April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman is behind the on-site taqueria and bar, Salvation Taco, and the roof terrace has a full-frontal Empire State Building view.
145 E 39th St
|Cross street:||between Lexington and Third Aves|
|Transport:||Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central|
|Price:||$119–$235 double. AmEx, DC, MC, V|
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