Creative Recycling: The Standard's Floor of 50,000 Pennies


Lloyd Alter

After I toured the Standard Hotel, straddling the new High Line Park in New York, I could not show photos of the floor in the new café because it was not yet opened. I learned from NOTCOT that the embargo is over and offer my own picture of the floor (and my shoes) above.



The photographer from NOTCOT was clearly on the same tour; I recognize the shoes.



Hotelier Andre Balazs explaining how the café was designed to look like it was old and built in stages, much like the meatpacking district around it. He told us that the floor was made with 50,000 pennies. Given the value of pennies today, that is creative repurposing.

More on the Standard:

A Park Runs Through It: Touring the Standard in New York

More on the High Line

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Take the High Line! Check Out Manhattan's Newest Park (Slideshow)
High-Line Stories: How to Transform a Derelict Railway into a Seriously Cool Park (Video)