Sonya Sklaroff and Rachael Ray attend the unveiling of the new blue bar and lobby painting at Algonquin Hotel Photo by Sean Zanni/Getty Images for The Algonquin Hotel, an Autograph Collection)
The Algonquin, the jewel of historic New York hotels that has long entertained the city’s literary and cultural elite, unveiled their newly commissioned painting by contemporary American painter and acclaimed artist Sonya Sklaroff. Poised to hang among the hotel’s illustrious art collection, which includes longtime Algonquin regular Al Hirschfield, those in attendance got a first look at the painting which stood upon the famous Round Table beloved by New York legends Dorothy Parker, George S. Kaufman and others.
Notable attendees included culinary personality Rachael Ray and her husband John Cusimano, writer Harlan Coben and his wife Anne Armstrong-Coben, actor and writer Dean Imperial, influencer Dana Berez and influencer Shad Ahmad.
Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and even a tequila tasting as they mingled to celebrate the beautiful work of art and the hotel’s reopening following a complete renovation of all public spaces. More than a century of unconventional history has influenced the new Lobby and Blue Bar Restaurant & Lounge where each drink poured pays homage to writers, political and social figures and Algonquin legends dating back to the 1920’s.