The Value of History

Dec 4, 2021

“The essence of the Blue Moon project was to transmit an earlier sensibility from a time when people identified with the value of their work and felt a greater connection with worldly relationships. A reminder of a code of behavior when not just the artist was more sensitive but society’s protocol as well.”

 “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing” Oscar Wilde

When you see the Americana on display, at the Blue Moon you can feel the wholesomeness and humanity of the previous generations. It is clear there was a time when everybody knew who they were and what was expected of them. There was a familiarity with neighbor’s, shopkeepers, grocery clerks, butchers and bakers. Their profession was a calling and there work was made by the pride of their hands. They had desire, vision, and the inspiration to create. There was communion in their contemplative productions in all that one touched was crafted by another human being.

Blue Moon’s elaborate historic preservation remains functional and modern; every architectural and ornamental detail that was salvageable, Banisters wainscoting, has been restored and, where necessary, recreated. Memorabilia found in the building newsprint, children’s homework, and calling cards, are lovingly collaged and displayed.

The essence of the Blue Moon project was to transmit an earlier sensibility from a time when people identified with the value of their work and felt a greater connection with worldly relationships. A reminder of a code of behavior when not just the artist was more sensitive but society’s protocol as well. ~Settenbrino

 Blue Moon Hotel Blog: The Story of a 19th Century NYC tenement transformed into a NYC Boutique Hotel

 In each of us lives a story. They are stories that beg to be told – in written words, art, history or just simple conversation.

The stories we want to share with you are pieces of the Blue Moon Hotel’s history and of our today.

Artist and owner of the Blue Moon Hotel, Randy Settenbrino, had a vision that would transform a piece of NYC history on the Lower East Side into an art preservation and design project. The result of his vision, passion and tireless devotion brought life to the Blue Moon Hotel.

From a historic 19th Century tenement into an award winning NYC boutique hotel, every detail brings you back to a time of elegance and artistry.

The history of the Lower East Side of Manhattan is etched with the story of the many immigrants and factory workers who made NYC their home. With the personal belongings left behind in the tenement, Randy has them ingeniously showcased throughout the Blue Moon Hotel and passionately repurposed to continue adding life to this piece of the Lower East Side’s history.

Poem: When Wholesomeness Pleased   

Reflection of goodness recalled.

Visage of a young child, joy to behold.

Beauty above lurid temptations.

Pristine reflection of fresh fallen snow, unsullied by tracks.

A terrestrial origin, temporally closer to heaven above than earth below.

 A precious reminder worthy to be claimed.  

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