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T+L Reports: The Lower East Side Moves Up

Finding a hotel with luxury linens in a derelict-turned-trendy neighborhood can be tricky, but it needn't be with the opening of the Hotel on Rivington (107 Rivington St.; 800/915-1537 or 212/475-2600; www.hotelrivington.com; doubles from $225) on Manhattan's thriving Lower East Side. The 110 rooms, with Paul Labrecque spa amenities and Bisazza-tiled bathrooms, are a design connoisseur's dream. Just down the street, the in crowd clamors for a table at Freemans (Freeman Alley; 212/420-0012; dinner for two $55). The haute, game-dominated menu—order the venison stew with butternut —complements the tongue-in-cheek hunt club décor (note the stuffed moose heads). Nearby, the contemporary Silo gallery (1 Freeman Alley; 212/505-9156; www.silonyc.com) is but one of a growing clutch of edgy art spaces.
—Aaron Barker

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