When brothers Larry and Brad Korman open their first downtown Manhattan property, AKA Wall Street, in late spring 2016 they will be introducing the first luxury all-residential hotel to NYC’s New Downtown. AKA Wall Street’s 132 spacious studio suites, one- and two-bedroom suites and penthouses, all with kitchens, living rooms, ample closet space and complimentary high-speed WiFi, will meet the needs of visitors in search of space and the conveniences of home, whether staying one night, one week, a month or more.
Measuring from 362 square feet to 1,103 square feet, the suites will provide an abundance of open space and natural light. The fully equipped kitchens will feature stainless-steel Celador countertops, custom-made Italian cabinetry and Fisher Paykel cooktops, ovens, microwaves and full-size refrigerators for groceries, snacks and food prep. The corner suites will offer distinctive, curved walls with wide-window views of FiDi’s narrow, winding streets.
The amenities at AKA Wall Street will include a spectacular rooftop with a gracious outdoor space and a.terrace, a chic, glass-enclosed, four-season lounge. There will also be an outdoor a.cinema, AKA’s branded, state-of-the-art cinematic experience, with magical views of 1 World Trade Center and the city as a backdrop. Guests will be able to reserve a.cinema for screenings, enjoy AKA’s film series and library of movies, and watch their own films. AKA, the preferred home-away-from-home among many actors and producers, is a supporter of the Tribeca Film Festival. AKA hosted screenings for Richard Gere’s “Time Out of Mind” in Philadelphia and LA. Larry Korman has produced two acclaimed documentaries.
Guests will appreciate the latest in high-tech Technogym equipment at a.fitness, as well as complimentary use of AKA Wall Street’s conference room.
“Affluent travelers want more than a bed and a mini-bar,” said Larry Korman, president of AKA and co-CEO of Korman Communities. “They want space, a kitchen and a sitting area,” he continued. “We provide them with a place where they can feel at home in the world wherever they go. With the renaissance of FiDi, AKA Wall Street is poised to satisfy the need for hotel residences downtown,” added Korman.
True to their focus on high design for all AKA properties, the Kormans tapped Edward Asfour of Asfour Guzy Architects, who designed a.kitchen+bar at AKA Rittenhouse Square and the AKA Sutton Place suites, as well as the award-winning Blue Hill at Stone Barns, to create an urban oasis of modern design and efficiency within the Classic, English Baroque architecture of the 17-story, pre-existing building (formerly a collegiate residential hall) at 84 William Street. Asfour preserved Howells & Stokes’ sculptured, 1907 façade of rusticated white marble, terra cotta and brick while reconfiguring the interiors to accommodate expansive suites. The entrance, on the prime corner of William Street and Maiden Lane, is topped by mythic creatures (a lion and unicorn) clutching a gilded clock, which the developer is restoring. There will be curated art throughout the property.