The Bowery is one of the hottest neighborhoods in Manhatttan right now. It's known for its fashionable boutiques, restaurants, vibrant nightlife and some of the trendiest design hotels in the city. While strolling around the neighborhood on a Saturday afternoon, I was taken by the beauty and colors of this decopage-like mural, above, by Shepard Fairey (the same artist that did the HOPE poster for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign). I never expected it would be part of the sleek and contemporary structure belonging to the Cooper Square Hotel — designed by New York-based architect Carlos Zapata with interiors by Italian designer Antonio Citterio. Of course, it made me want to go in and snoop around to see what it looked like.