Longtime Lower East Side residents may wish that the moneyed pseudo-hipsters who have taken over the neighborhood would go jump in a lake—but an exclusive roof-deck swimming pool will have to do. A 36-foot pool with a giant photographic mural of Andy Warhol on the bottom will be the pièce de résistance of Jason Pomeranc’s new hotel, the Thompson LES, set to open in April. “It will be an extraordinary visual point on the Lower East Side,” Pomeranc says of the underwater portrait, which was snapped by Warhol friend Gerard Malanga. “Many of the young, brave artists of today [in the neighborhood] are disciples of a generation that was created by Andy.” Still, it’s doubtful that many starving artists will have the pleasure of swimming laps at the LES, where rooms cost up to $3,500 per night.
Thompson LES: Gerard Malanga