The Lowell Hotel, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, opened in the 1920’s and is so rich in heritage that it boasts the only wood burning fireplaces of any hotel in New York City. “Look at this old fireplace,” says Ian McKellen. “Isn’t that marvelous?”
Truth be told, at 76, the legendary actor is only a decade younger than the hotel itself. But dressed on this day in white skinny jeans, a blue blazer over a gray t-shirt, blotted with what looks like modern art, and a string of orange Mardi Gras pearls, he might be the most spry, dapper fellow in the building.