And what could be better than a three-day weekend spent with New York friends? Staying at the Hotel Americano while there. (Mind you, I'm not going to New York Saturday, but a tip for those on their way soon.) The newest shelter from Mexico's Grupo Habita (who created Hotel Basico and Distrito Capital), with its glass exterior, Japanese-designed furniture, industrial Chelsea locale and rooftop pool, is both a hip hub for locals and a destination for the jet-set. Sure this weekend is booked, but you can always pop in for a bite and the view. Meanwhile, I'll be keeping up through their blog, a refreshing glimpse into the neighborhood and the lives of its inhabitants.