THE CADILLAC CT6 SHINES A LIGHT ON MANHATTAN’S HIDDEN NIGHTLIFE.
New York becomes even more magical after dark, with every sunset opening a new door to adventure amid its iconic skyscrapers and historic brownstones. Which makes the city the perfect place to test the innovative technology on the first-ever Cadillac CT6. Using the vehicle’s available Night Vision system, 360-degree camera view, and available Rear Camera Mirror, we uncover some of Downtown Manhattan’s hidden hot spots—a subterranean spa, a barber shop with its own backroom bar, an elegant Colonial American–style tavern, an opulent cocktail bar from another era, and a hotel with a secret suite. While invisible to most, these locations become part of the New York landscape at night, opening up a world few ever see.
INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGY: The available Night Vision system enhances safety in the dark, showing people and animals in your path. The available Rear Camera Mirror provides a less obstructed view and 300 percent more vision than an ordinary mirror. A simple touch reverts to a traditional rearview mirror as needed.
INTERIOR INDULGENCE: The combination of custom stained exotic wood, custom woven carbon ﬁber elements, and Galvano chrome accents create a rich interior. Cabin comfort is enhanced with personal temperature controls at each seat and multi-setting massage programs as well.
LOCATION NO. 1: Aire Ancient Baths (88 Franklin Street, Tribeca)
With its authentic 16th-century Spanish fountain and lanterns from Marrakech, Aire Ancient Baths is a peaceful oasis amid the towers of Tribeca. Located below street level, a misty, dream-like environment promises bliss and tranquility with six different pools, a steam room, and relaxation areas.
Soft jazz and the aroma of eucalyptus permeate the air around the flotarium. In this warm pool—which mirrors the salinity of the Dead Sea—floating is effortless, allowing the mind to peacefully wander as the eyes trace the cast iron columns and original exposed brick of this aquatic temple, located in a restored textile factory from 1883. A few minutes spent stretching in the steam room and a freshwater shower provide the courage for a brief dip in one of two frigidarium pools. At 57 degrees and 50 degrees, these two polar plunges are an eye-opener beyond anything coffee can deliver. The pleasure is compounded when followed by a visit to the 97-degree tepidarium or the 102-degree caldarium, where tendrils of rising steam curl around tongues of flame from a candlelit chandelier above.
Beyond the heat and cold, the turbulence of the propeller-jet bath provides a frisson of excitement, with white-capped waves doing battle as powerful jets massage sore muscles from every direction. Other sublime options are available—from full-body massages to Tempranillo-based wine baths.
LOCATION NO. 2: The Blind Barber (339 E. 10th Street)
A faded barber’s pole spins outside, but there’s more to The Blind Barber than meets the eye. Two 1930s-era barber chairs occupy a storefront that looks out onto Tompkins Square Park. Each chair is manned by an experienced barber ready to give a classic cut or hot-towel shave. Yet gaze across its white hexagonal tile floor to the back wall and you’ll spy a sliding door that opens to a tavern invisible from the street. Each cut and shave comes with the beverage of your choice delivered to your chair.
The Old-Fashioned (rye whiskey, sugar, and bitters) and house favorite Smoke & Dagger (bourbon, jalapeno-infused liqueur, lemon, cucumber, and ginger) are popular picks. A quick turn through the bar reveals a quirky, comfortable space, with a black-and-white checkerboard floor, soft vinyl banquettes, tables made from discarded barrels, and framed photos on the walls—including a curious shot of a rugged man posing on his motorcycle with two dogs.
LOCATION NO.3 : Freemans (End of Freeman Alley, Rivington between Bowery and Christie)
On the approach up Freeman Alley, stylish couples cut glamorous silhouettes against graffiti-covered walls. A modest door opens into Freemans, a tavern whose welcoming interior feels a world removed from the urban scene outside. Edison bulbs illuminate a life-sized cabinet of curiosities, with taxidermy, sculptures, oil paintings, and antique books filling every space. Table 11 offers a secluded nook to take in the fascinating scene and enjoy house favorites such as Devils on Horseback (Stilton Bleu cheese–stuffed dates wrapped in bacon) and whole grilled Eden Brook trout.
A few moments spent exploring reveals more curious details. The floor is made from aged boards recovered from old scaffolding. Coiled ropes cast fuzzy shadows on dark-green walls. A (presumably) empty, basketball-sized wasp nest hangs near the front window.
EXTERIOR DESIGN: The breathtaking design of the CT6 features sharp edges and well-deﬁned lines. The rigid, lightweight frame (aluminum and steel) makes for a lighter, quieter, and more agile ride.
ADVANCED ENGINEERING: The 3.0L V6 Twin–Turbo AWD engine boasts 417 horsepower and 555 Nm of torque, delivering eﬀortless, responsive acceleration. The available active chassis system works seamlessly to give all four wheels steering power on demand.
LOCATION NO. 4: Dear Irving (55 Irving Place)
Upon arriving at an unmarked spot one flight above street level at 55 Irving Place, dark curtains part to reveal an impossibly romantic scene. Inspired by Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, Dear Irving is divided into four themed rooms, each representing a different era. I make my way through the clubby JFK room and sink into soft white banquettes in the F. Scott Fitzgerald room, where mirrored tables and waterfall-like curtains of crystal beads capture the light of the art deco fixtures on the walls in a dazzling display of roaring twenties opulence. A soundtrack of big band music and classic crooners completes the retro experience.
The house creations are inventive and refreshing, particularly the rum-based Rebel Isle, whose playful tropical profile is complemented with a touch of bitter refinement. Yet a classic lounge seems to call for a classic drink like the Gibson, which the expert mixologists here execute to perfection. (Insiders know to ask for extra cocktail onions, as they’re pickled in-house.) There’s no flagging down a harried server to get a drink in this well-run spot. A button on the wall summons one within moments. A toast to Gatsby and Daisy is in order before I take a peek into the 1860s-era Lincoln Bar and the gold-accented Marie Antoinette room, where a new crop of European royals reign every night.
SPECS: 3.0L V6 Twin–Turbo AWD Engine, 8-Speed Automatic Transmission, Extended Comfort Seats, 10.2″ Front Touchscreen with Touchpad, Lightweight, High-Strength Fusion Frame, Three Selectable Driving Modes, Exquisite Materials & Craftsmanship, UltraView Panoramic Sunroof
AVAILABLE: Climate Control, Night Vision System, Rear Camera Mirror, Rear Seat Infotainment, Active Chassis System Magnetic Ride Control
LOCATION NO. 5: The Carlton Hotel, Autograph Collection (88 Madison Ave.)
The Carlton Hotel is no secret, having occupied the same Beaux Arts building on Madison Avenue since 1904, but it recently created a luxury suite with a juicy secret of its own. The Speakeasy Suite is impressive enough at first glance, with plush furnishings and iconic prints from the Prohibition Era lining the walls. Yet a hidden latch on the bookcase reveals a world that would be familiar to many residents of this city in the 1920s. With a push, the bookcase opens into a secret room made for illicit behavior, complete with fully stocked bar, a poker table with cards and chips and a framed black-and-white photo of mobster Al Capone, chewing a cigar beneath a white fedora. Never mind his infamy—a tumbler of whiskey and a round of poker beneath his smiling face is the perfect end to an evening of surprises.