May 4, 2015
Businesses Are Excited About the NoMad Alliance
Following a series of informal neighborhood meetings throughout the fall and winter, April 30th marked the first official meeting of the NoMad Alliance.
Attendees spanned the industries that currently flourish in NoMad, including general managers of hotels, owners and operators of restaurants, real estate brokers and owners, developers, and tech and creative firm owners. From professionals who have called NoMad home for decades to those who have arrived in recent weeks, the room buzzed with enthusiasm for an Alliance and voice for NoMad.
The presentation began with an overview of NoMad’s history, from its heyday in the Gilded Age to its resurgence of popularity over the last 15 years. We discussed NoMad’s successful initiatives to date, including getting recognition from Google Maps and many other high-profile media websites, newspapers and business publications. Most importantly, this meeting laid out why the NoMad Alliance is so important at this point in the neighborhood’s history, and proposed timelines and ideas for the official structure of the Alliance.
Several members of the audience spoke briefly about their enthusiasm for the neighborhood, and why they were excited to be members of the NoMad Alliance. Many members of the audience have already expressed interest in being part of the “steering committee,” which will be in charge of bringing an official structure, bylaws, and proposed board members before the full Alliance body. Spirits were high at the end of the meeting.
A special thank you to The Carlton Hotel and Millesime for the splendid venue and refreshments they contributed for the meeting. The Carlton is a 4-star, luxury hotel, and has been in NoMad for over 100 years. Originally opening as Hotel Seville in 1904, it reopened under its current persona in 1987. Millesime, a casual seafood brasserie, sits just off the lobby of the hotel, featuring an original Tiffany dome and a menu of fresh, seasonal dishes. Millesime offers the vibrancy and accessibility of a Parisian cafe right here in NoMad. We could not ask for better hosts with whom to launch NoMad’s future.