The Sorokin Files pt1: 11 Howard

Anna Sorokin finally got her day in court. She stole from the rich and gave to … well, herself. And that will rarely go unpunished. Not much remains untold, but what Folk Paper really want to know is this; what is it like to live at 11 Howard for four months?

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Anna Sorokin finally got her day in court. She stole from the rich and gave to … well, herself. And that will rarely go unpunished. Not much remains untold, but what Folk Paper really want to know is this; what is it like to live at 11 Howard for four months?

The story of Anna Sorokin, also known as Anna Delvey, is fascinating. She is a young, obviously gifted, obviously very driven, woman who arrived in New York to make her dream of opening an exclusive art club come true. In order to make that happen she made friends with a good part of the super rich, super elitist society of New York. And, to gain access to that world, she needed to be somewhat wealthy and high-born herself. Only problem, she wasn´t. She was the daughter of an ordinary Russian, middle-class family now living in Germany. So, quite resourcefully actually, she invented the character Anna Delvey, German heiress with a large trust fund back home. She took up residence at the 11 Howard hotel in Soho, and started raising money from her new friends to start her club.

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Anna Sorokin in court.

When credit cards started bouncing and payments were long overdue, the truth began unfolding. Anna Sorokin, allegedly, somehow managed to come up with the money to pay her bill at 11 Howard, but is now serving a prison sentence for fraud and embezzlement.  

The Howard hotel is an upscale hotel in the middle of the art and design center of New York. It is designed by Anda Andrei, creative director at Howard, and Space Copenhagen, a Danish interior design firm. The concept is, according to 11 Howard; “timeless Danish minimalism fused with New York realness”. The resulting aesthetic is characterized by natural materials, subdued colors, bespoke furniture and meticulously curated art objects placed throughout the hotel. It is not hard to see why Anna Sorokin thought this was the perfect point of departure for her dream life.

Interior architecture by Space Copenhagen.
Bespoke furniture and curated art objects throughout the space.
Stylish atmosphere at the hotel bar The Blonde at 11 Howard.
A room with a view at 11 Howard.
11 Howard dinner menu.