The Blue Moon Hotel, an 1879 Tenement-Turned Neighborhood Icon

A visit to Orchard Street is incomplete without the newsworthy story of how the soul of a 5-story tenement filled with artifacts and personal affects became a stately 8th story hotel. Only a visit to the Blue Moon can make one really understand how art and history have collided into such an elegant design. It is a memorial to a simpler time.

A time when the proliferation of symbols indicated family and community to be the center of our lives. A period which fostered a love for artisans and craftwork? Objects of beauty required symmetry and technical ability People were mindful of the culture how they dressed and lived mattered. Their profession was a calling, and their work was made by the pride of their hands. They had desire, vision, and the inspiration to create. There was communion in their contemplative productions in all that one touched was crafted by another human being.

Blue Moon’s reflects a time when a profession was a calling and work was made by the pride of one’s hands. Artisans worked with desire, vision, and the inspiration to create beauty and form as well as function. There was communion in their contemplative productions, in that all that one touched was crafted by another human being.

The elaborate historic preservation of the Blue Moon remains functional and modern; while at the same time every original architectural and ornamental detail that was salvageable, such as banisters, wainscoting, mosaics, wrought iron, doors and hardware, have been restored and, where necessary, recreated.

The essence of the Blue Moon project was to transmit an earlier sensibility from a time when people identified with the value of their work and felt a greater connection with worldly relationships. A reminder of a code of behavior when not just the artist was more sensitive but society’s protocol as well.

The Blue Moon Hotel is found on 100 Orchard Street, in the Lower East Side of Manhattan in NYC, and can be reached by calling 646-787-5503, emailing, or going to their website,

Blue Moon Hotel Ltd
Blue Moon Hotel Ltd
100 Orchard Street

New York
United States

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