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Hotel Americano.  

Mambo Americano
The Hotel Americano, soft-opening September 6 in West Chelsea, doesn’t limit itself to a single international style. The metal-mesh-front building itself is by Mexico/New York City–based architects Enrique Norten, while the rooms were designed by the Parisian interior designer Arnaud Montigny in the style of a Japanese ryokan, with wooden platform beds, bento-box room service, and towels from the famed mills of the Japanese city Imabari. And the Grupo Hotel–owned property has its share of New York touches: Intelligentsia coffee will be served in the lobby café, and a fleet of Bowery Lane bicycles will be at the ready for their guests (518 W. 27th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-216-0000; rooms from $325;

In the Beginning, There Were Clocks
The Brooklyn Museum is out to change minds. Its upcoming exhibit “19th-Century Modern” argues that modernism harks back to the 1800s (challenging the common theory that it sprung fully formed from the Industrial Revolution). The exhibition will include items from the nineteenth to the early-twentieth century, such as furniture by John Henry Belter, silver by Tiffany & Co., and a five-piece clock set made in 1885 by Guilmet (200 Eastern Pkwy., nr. Washington Ave., Prospect Heights; 718-638-5000; opens 9/2).

Behold & Boogie
If you’ve not yet experienced Ryan Trecartin’s trippy video installation “Any Ever” at MoMA’s P.S. 1, now’s your chance. Tonight, from 6 to 9 p.m., he is throwing a going-away party for the exhibition, which ends September 3, featuring D.J.’s, dancers, body builders, guided tours. 22-25 Jackson Ave., at 46th Ave., Long Island City; 718-784-2084; 21+; $11 in advance, $13 at the door;


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