Gold Key – Nightclub/Lounge
The Highlights: Tucked away in the sub-cellar of the Moxy East Village, Little Sister is an intimate, seductive, sophisticated lounge—an update from the underground clubs that defined East Village nightlife in the 1990s. The space’s clandestine, cavern-like feel is enriched by jewel-toned velvet sofas and plush banquettes, embossed leather accents, a glowing copper DJ stand, and a mirrored-copper bar illuminated by a dramatic overhead bank of backlit whiskey bottles. A custom wallcovering depicts the 17th-century Stuyvesant homestead, with members of the Ramones, who frequently played the East Village, discreetly lurking from corners. Above, wood-clad, barrel-vaulted ceilings evoke a hidden underground chamber where whiskey might have been stored in the bootlegger era.
Design Firm: Rockwell Group, New York | Architecture Firm: Stonehill Taylor, New York | Client: Lightstone, New York| Purchasing Firm: HPG International, Walnut Creek, California | Operator: TAO Group | General Contractor: C&A Seneca | Lighting Design: BOLD | Art Consultant: Rareculture | Furniture: Covet House; Dine Rite; Munna; Stellar Works | Lighting: Artemide Inc.; Articolo Lighting; Chelsom; Commute Design; Mirror Image; RG Design; CRW Manufacture; Vintage | Photo: Michael Kleinberg