The Art of Dining | The Hotel that Housed the Sinking Titanic Survivors | Cultural Stimulation on the Lower East Side | Simple Luxuries Good Enough to Eat | The Colorful Palette of NYC.
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WHERE TO STAY
Historical landmarks in Manhattan seem a dime a dozen but The Jane Hotel is something really special. For instance, in 1912 the hotel was used to house survivors of the Titanic during the American inquiry into the sinking. Cool, right? The hotel was originally meant to house sailors and the rooms were designed to mimic cabins. After a full restoration and re-opening in 2008, the Jane Hotel has become an underground hotspot of sorts. The Ballroom is the stomping ground for hipsters and low-key influencers and can be tricky to get into unless you know someone or look the part. It’s worth a shot as you will be mingling with some of New York’s finest. The rooms are pretty affordable during the week and tend to spike on the weekends. Some of the guest rooms, designed to replicate luxury train cabins, feature bunk beds and habitants share a communal bathroom on the floor. Not what one would expect from a boutique hotel, but hey, why not? After all, The Jane does claim to house guests with more “dash than cash”.
113 Jane Street
10014 NEW YORK NY
Phone: +1 212 924 6700
WHERE TO SHOP
I happened to stumble upon this place on a rainy day while I was trying to pass time until my next business meeting. I instantly fell in love with the boy behind the counter who quickly greeted me and began to passionately unravel the simple luxuries of Sabon. He offered me a complimentary salt scrub demonstration and helped me shop for the perfect scent. Of course, I died over the Vanilla Coconut Body Scrub but hesitated over putting that into my carry on luggage. Not a problem. He offered to ship it to my house on the spot. Done. I also took the Patchouli Lavender Vanilla Hand Creme so I could have something yummy to take with me. Perfect for gifts too. They do handwritten personal note cards and gift wrapping in an apothecary style that is unique and luxe and of course will even ship it off to your special someone so you don’t have to pay the extra baggage fee.
WHERE TO EAT
Refuel your creativity with the art of fine dining in one of my favorite art museums- MoMa. Take a day to escape into Murakami and Warhol and then relax into a sensory experience of culinary delights. Whether you are a foodie, an art lover or just know when to splurge for the experience, this is the place. In the Dining Room, you overlook the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden and dine on a prix fixe menu of creative French cuisine. Sit down for an appetizer of Tartare of Yellowfin Tuna and Diver Scallops Seasoned with Yellowstone River Caviar and experience a fusion of flavors your tastebuds will remember for a long time. I suggest choosing an entree like the Roasted Halibut with Thumbelina Carrots, Green Asparagus and Burnt Bread Jus as and the Warm Fig Tart with Balsamic Reduction, Pignoli Compote and Olive Oil Ice Cream as a finishing dessert if you want to go all the way.
If you want a more casual environment, you can get a walk- in reservation at The Bar Room and dine on small plates of Alsatian cuisine.
HIP TIP: A separate street level entrance on West 53rd Street allows guests to enjoy the restaurant beyond Museum hours.
The Museum of Modern Art
9 West 53rd Street
(between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
New York, NY 10019
WHERE TO GO
London-born artist, Antony Gormley seemingly pays homage to Narcissus by scattering cast-iron moulds of himself throughout New York City. Thirty-one life-size body forms are being presented by Mad Sq. Art, part of Madison Square Park Conservancy. This is his first public US art show, and a provocative one at that. These forms inhabit the city’s colorful Flatiron district and can be seen until August 15th. If you see someone looking as though they are about to leap from the top a skyscraper, don’t worry, it’s just Antony.
WHERE TO ESCAPE
New Museum, new ideas. The New Museum located in the Lower East Side is the only dedicated contemporary art museum in Manhattan. It’s out of the touristy areas and while you are shopping or cruising around the neighborhood, why not pop in for some visual and cultural stimulation? Because the New Museum is a kunsthalle, meaning they don’t collect or have private collections and exhibitions are temporary, allows for them to be more experimental in those said exhibitions, which is refreshing from your typical museum or gallery. The new building was completed in 2007 as SANAA project and is described as ” a sculptural stack of rectilinear boxes dynamically shifted off-axis around a central steel core.” Currently, the museum is holding a Rivane Neuenschwander show, a Brazilian contemporary artists who merges painting, photography, film, sculpture, installation, collaborative actions and participatory events. It’s artists and shows like this that make the New Museum unique and well worth a visit. Hell, yes!
New York, NY 10002
WHERE TO BE SEEN
Soaring high above the Highline in the fashionable meatpacking district is The Standard Hotel’s newly opened rooftop lounge. Fresh air and 360 degree views of the city attract Manhattan’s coolest and sexiest. Instead of finding luxe booths and chrome accents; astro-turf, giant waterbeds, and picnic tables greet you as you enter this backyard barbeque-esque hangout. Show up for sunset and linger throughout the night.
848 Washington Street
New York, NY 10014
WHERE TO RECHARGE
Cruising the local coffee shop is so 90’s. It’s 2010 and by now we all know there are alternative ways to re-surge that energy. Why not try something a little more unexpected. Enter Organic Avenue, your one-stop shop for all things natural, nourishing, and straight-up amazing. I will admit, 10 years ago I probably would have frowned at the thought of carrot-kale-beet-apple juice but now, it’s completely crave-worthy. This is the place to reclaim that energy lost bustling through the streets of NY. Their flagship store in the LES (that’s Lower East Side) houses refrigerator cases full of logo-embossed milk bottles, only you won’t find milk, or any dairy for that matter. Contained inside these magical “pods” of goodness is the best stuff the earth can offer us. Sorry, Snapple, you lost this one.
The Space of LOVE*
116 Suffolk Street
(between Rivington & Delancey)
NY, NY 10002 212-358-0500
Hours: 8am-8pm Monday through Friday 10am-8pm Saturday and Sunday
Consider buying a tax deductible membership at the museums instead of just the entry fee. Support the arts.
Avoid the subways during rush hour!
Bring A spare set of soles. Louboutins are great for a night out but have some Tom’s for a day at the museum.