Yes, it was, and what a plum, if fleeting, cameo Tribeca’s chic brick, pie-slice-shaped hotel landed in Woody Allen’s latest movie.
Without giving too much away, a lead character – Alec Baldwin as a huckster bazillionaire named Hal – is spotted canoodling a glamorous brunette by his wife’s sister as the pair exit the hotel. After registering the look of shock on the sister’s face, the camera lingers for a few seconds on the hotel and its iconic clock with Roman numerals atop a sculpted wrought iron stand, a Tribeca landmark since the hotel opened in 2000.
And what do we learn from the sweet-talking tycoon’s choice of the Tribeca Grand, albeit with the help of the movie’s locations director? He wasn’t there for the food. Though the Church Bar and Lounge is looking good following a redo a few years back by William Sofield, designer of sister property the SoHo Grand, it’s doubtful that All-American offerings like mac and cheese croquettes and fried chicken lured Slick Hal and his sylph-like companion to the hotel.
Rooms at the Grand, on the other hand, are sexy and stylish, with faux fur throws on the king-size beds, Frette bathrobes, Egyptian cotton sheets and soaps and shampoos from
Malin+ Goetz. You can order room service on an iPad if you’re really craving those mac and cheese croquettes. And if additional entertainment is in order, the basement screening room has been freshly renovated.
The hotel was built from the ground up a mere 23 years ago. It’s hipper than The Carlyle, a favorite of Allen’s in previous movies like Hannah and Her Sisters. There’s also less chance of Mr. Master of the Universe, running into his wife, played by Cate Blanchett, whose preferred playground is the Upper East Side. He’d want to sidestep an uptown bastion of luxury like The Mark, The Pierre, The Surrey or The Four Seasons. (The bill will be less at the Grand, too.)
Tribeca Grand, 2 Avenue of the Americas; 212 519-6600. “Blue Jasmine” opens in New York and Los Angeles the weekend of July 26, opens in San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C. the weekend of August 2, and opens nationwide the weekend of August 9.