Following a trying year, 2021 has brought with it optimism and hope of a new Roaring Twenties to mirror the period of grandeur that followed the SpanishFlu pandemic. Though people are keener to party than ever, many are still hesitant to engage in large crowds with strangers. Replacing Vegas trips and large concerts are celebrations in private, controlled environments, and memberships to social clubs. One of the most notable and exclusive to open in New York is social club and hotel Casa Cipriani, founded by Maggio Cipriani, a fourth-generation member of the family and president of their namesake hospitality group. With properties in 14 cities spanning four continents, Casa Cipriani is the first of the group’s private social clubs.
The Museum at FIT’s 2021 Couture Council Award Luncheon at Cipriani South Street in the Battery Maritime Building. (BFA)
Housed in the iconic Beaux-Arts style Battery Maritime Building built in 1906, Casa Cipriani opened in late August following building renovations and redesign overseen byMarvel Architects and Thierry W. Despont, who brought to life Maggio’s vision for a “private members club in a true modern sense.” While Lower Manhattan may seem like a trek for some, Casa Cipriani has 47 guest rooms and suites with sweeping views of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge,and Statue of Liberty, making the trip worthwhile.
A view of the Brooklyn Bridge from Casa Cipriani; the event space at Cipriani South Street in the Battery Maritime Building. (Courtesy of Casa Cipriani)
Guests can also enjoy the perks that come with the $3,600 annual membership dues, including a spa and wellness center, aJazz Café, and an in-house restaurant. The building also houses Cipriani South Street, a beautiful private event space that was completed in October 2019. Since its opening, Casa Cipriani has become an instant hotspot,attracting Manhattan’s social scene and celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio. Likewise, the event space has served as the setting for several prominent New York soirees, including the Museum at FIT’s Awards Luncheon and a number of runway shows. Knowing the Cipriani family, Casa Cipriani’s popularity is sure to stand the test of time.
A view from Casa Cipriani’s in-house restaurant. (Courtesy of Casa Cipriani)