Smyth hotel has reopened at its old location

This works out for me since I still call it the Smyth: the AKA Tribeca on the corner of West Broadway and Chambers reopened yesterday as the Smyth Tribeca, which explains why I saw them power washing the outside last week. (I saw the news in Forbes otherwise never would have known the hotel is open — it looks the same and still does not have a doorman.)

The hotel is still 100 rooms with residential on the top floors but is operated now by Highgate, which also has The James NoMad (The James Soho is now ModernHaus), the Royalton and 24 North in Key West, among a bunch of others.

The Smyth first opened here as a Thompson hotel and named the Smyth in 2009 (the building was developed on the site of the former Marine Midland Bank bank by Tribeca Associates). Then it was rebranded as an AKA hotel in 2018. Everything is pretty much the same in the new iteration, minus the old branding.

When I checked in with the hotel, they told me that they will have proposals for the restaurant and the lobby bar by the end of the month, and sadly Little Park is out, which is a real shame. (Andrew Carmellini installed Little Park in the former Plein Sud space in 2014.) I hope that whoever is the new operator will have the good sense to preserve the interiors there — they were especially lovely and smart. (I did not get confirmation from NoHo Hospitality on that but assume this is pretty reliable news). I put in a plug for the bar to be open to the public…

A quick glance shows the rates for a queen room starting at #339 and going up to $562 depending on the date.



  1. Is the Smyth on the site of Marine Midland? I have a recollection of a Clark’s shoes store being there in a two story building.

    • Don is right about the two-story shoe store, but maybe it was only the northern part of the lot. There was no bank on that side of the street, I think, at least not since a long time ago. Marine Midland (the corporation) was swallowed by HSBC and thus one would guess that it is still there, on the corner of Reade and Hudson and West B.

    • I think it was the bank before it was a shoe store — I know my neighbor toured it when it was a bank, to consider making it a restaurant many moons ago…

  2. It was a Manufacturers Hanover branch, with the shoe store occupying the corner.

  3. Sixth Avenue El, Manhattan, at Chambers Street. View from just west of West Broadway, February 27, 1939. | New York Historical Society | Digital Collections

    Sixth Avenue El, Manhattan, at Chambers Street. View of the remains of station from the 3rd floor of 90 West Broadway, undated [c. 1937-1941]. | New York Historical Society | Digital Collections