• Three Instagram-Worthy Spots to Visit this Weekend!

    Smize, Y’all! Oh, and werk! 

    I don’t know about you guys, but I’m always a big sucker for insta-worthy destinations. Feed on fleek? You betcha!

    Here are three super awesome places I scouted out for scenic pictures and dope backgrounds. Taking a social media cleanse? No worries! They’re also great places to visit in general.

    Blackbody Show Room

    25 Greene Street

    The Blackbody Show Room is home to the world’s first OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display. The space consists of two floors filled with all things lights. We’re talking incredible fixtures and mind-boggling chandeliers! Their “Orange Room” with “raining” lights is definitely a fan favorite.

    Plus, it’s that perfect backdrop for your new profile pic.

    And, admission to this French light installation is free! If you’re ever in the area, I highly suggest dropping by to relax your mind, body, and soul.

    MoMA PS1

    22-25 Jackson Avenue (Long Island City)

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    You can find this contemporary art museum in Long Island City, Queens. After walking through the colorful “Weaving the Courtyard” to get to the actual museum, I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed everything the three-floored MoMa PS1 had to offer.

    Not gonna lie, there were some disturbing artworks, but I guess that’s just what contemporary art is.

    Otherwise, the museum has an incredible selection of art ranging from short films, to simple paints, to sculptures. Come with an open mind but you might want to leave the children you’re babysitting at home.

    Oh, and admission is free for all New Yorkers until October 2017 in honor of the museum’s 40th anniversary!

    SeaGlass Carousel

    State & Water Street (Battery Park)

    You need to check out the SeaGlass Carousel because it is the prettiest carousel I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Even though I’ve “been there” and “done that,” I gladly would do it all over again.

    Yeah, I know, it’s $5.00 for just a couple of minutes, but these glowing and rotating fish are so worth the mulah!

    Best of all, it’s gram-worthy day and night, inside and out!

    OTHER PLACES TO CHECK OUT

    • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
    • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
    • David Zwirner Gallery

     

    Pray tell, what are some of your favorite gram-worthy spots this summer?

  • Street x Street: 9th St.

    You know the drill: we dissect the city block by block.

    In the spirit of Back to School week, I thought I’d share with you one of New York’s best kept secrets. Ninth Street, for the NYU-ers who dare to venture past First Avenue and into Alphabet City, is a goldmine.

    As an alumna of the violet institution, I’ve walked up and down this unassuming street plenty of times. Whenever I pass by, while happy, sad, rich, or poor, I always stop to ogle at the ever-changing window displays. It’s become both a comforting and cathartic ritual.

    Ninth Street holds a special place in my heart. It was here my best friend and I pretended to shop for $500 antique mirrors we were too broke to afford. It was here my sister and I bought matching emoji rings. And, it was here, and still is here, that I buy my boyfriend the occasional card. Romance, eh?

    So, without further ado, I welcome you to my East Village haven.

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    Cadet @ 305 E 9th St. • Pinkyotto @ 307 E 9th St. • Mud @ 307 E 9th St.

    Cadet is a menswear line that captures the “spirit and nostalgia of post-war America.” Whether you’re shopping for a friend, a loved one, or yourself, you’ll definitely find a collection that champions clean lines and crisp aesthetics.

    Shopping at Pinkyotto is like picking through your best friend’s closet. They curate a a combination of Uptown fancy and Downtown chic.

    Paige, our Marketing Director, swears by Mud‘s Iced Chai Lattes. She doesn’t have them from anywhere else.

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    Verameat @ 315 E 9th St.

    Verameat is the jewelry store where my sister and I got our emoji rings. Owner and jewelry designer, Vera Balyura, individually handcrafts each ring, earring, bracelet, necklace, and brooch from 100% recycled sterling silver or 14 karat gold.

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    Meg @ 312 E 9th St.

    I love Meg. I love the store so much that right before closing hours sometime in the middle of March, I came here to buy a beautiful ancient greece-inspired silk dress for my uncle’s wedding in July. The purchase set me back a bit, but the dress was so worth it.

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    duo @ 337 E 9th St.

    duo features modern clothing and accessories. They house a lot of independent designers and vintage selections.

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    Cloak & Dagger @ 334 E 9th St.

    The clothing at Cloak and Dagger is both curated and designed by Brookelynn Starnes. She has styled for fashion houses like Valentino Prada, and Zac Posen and has also styled celebrity clients. She focuses specifically on intimate details, self-designed patterns, and luxury fabrics.

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    Flower Power Herbs and Roots @ 406 E 9th St.

    Please walk into Flower Power just to smell the place. They’ve got shelves and shelves of homeopathic herbal remedies. Oh, and telling you how nice and accommodating their staff are is telling you the understatement of the year. So nice. SO nice.

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    Pink Olive @ 439 E 9th St.

    The stationary at Pink Olive is to die for. There is everything from journals to flash tattoos to even confetti bombs. There’s also an extensive collection of cards that is so unique it puts Hallmark’s to shame.

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    The Upper Rust @ 445 E 9th St.

    Ah yes, the antique store with antique-y things I can never afford. Everything here looks perfectly staged for a closeup on Instagram. Hey, Ker, if you’re reading this, the promise still holds. I’ll buy us that ridiculously expensive floor length mirror whenever I save up enough money!

    What did you think? Will you be visiting Ninth Street between First Avenue and Avenue A anytime soon? Let me know because I want to hear what you about it!

  • Street x Street: Elizabeth St.

    You know the drill: we dissect the city block by block.

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    Elizabeth Street

    We’re not just talking about the East Village when we say that the Lower Eat Side is THE place to be at the moment. With such a close proximity to Williamsburg and DUMBO, the neighborhood is steeped in arts culture. It’s no surprise then that it’s home to some of the best restaurants, boutiques, and galleries in the entire city. And the street style? Well, it’s pretty damn amazing, too. After our stroll down Crosby Street last week, we’re excited to show you our go-to’s on Elizabeth Street. Count the number of places you’ve been (or plan on visiting!), and let us know in the comments below…

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    Tacombi at Fonda Nolita @ 267 Elizabeth Street

    Tacombi has several locations around the city, but its Elizabeth Street location is our favorite by far. Not only are its tacos and cocktails some of the best in the city, but its decor? If you’re an Insta fiend, you’ll want to head over ASAP. With a converted VW bus parked inside and a fully stocked bar serving up spiked horchatas, you’ll feel like you’re on a Mexican beach in no time. Plus, if you’ve followed our obsession with Bradley Theodore and are a fan yourself, you’ll have the opportunity to see the artist’s rendition of Vogue creative director Grace Coddington.

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    Babel Fair @ 260 Elizabeth Street

    There’s certainly no shortage of boutiques carrying contemporary labels in NYC. But how many can you name off the top of your head that carry international labels? Does Babel Fair come to mind? It should. With a wide range of options including Korean denim and Aussie street style brands, its dedication to showcasing world talent is unmatched.

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    A.B. Biagi Cafe, Gelato & Sorbet @ 235 Elizabeth Street

    I scream, you scream, we all scream for….gelato. Okay, that was lame. The point is that Biagi’s is well worth a shout. Combining Italian recipes with Brazlian flavors, you’ll find both typical flavors like cafe, cinnamon, and hazelnut in addition to flavors like acai, white chocolate & bergamotto, and goat cheese, orange peel & anis.

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    Le Labo @ 233 Elizabeth Street

    The Nolita/Bowery area has become somewhat of a hotspot for fragrance shops. One of the more popular destinations includes Elizabeth Street’s Le Labo. Here, you can find everything from fine fragrances, candles, and body products (lotions, shower gels, oils & bar soaps). It’s the perfect spot to treat yourself and your loved ones—the holidays are coming up if you’re catching my drift…

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    PUBLIC Restaurant @ 210 Elizabeth Street

    Besides a small flag outside of the restaurant, there isn’t much that indicates the existence of PUBLIC on Elizabeth Street. It’s not to be missed though. Heirloom tomato panzanella, quinoa pancakes, kimchi waffles, venison burgers… It’s not your typical menu, but it’s definitely a feast in all senses of the word. A major plus? It’s a favorite of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and for eight years in a row, it’s been awarded a Michelin Star.

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    Valley Nails @ 198 Elizabeth Street

    We included Valley Nails in our best nail salon round-up several months ago, and we’re very happy to reintroduce them. A go-to destination for music festival ready nails, reservations at Valley go fast. Our advice? Plan out your manicures, and secure a spot early on.

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    Erica Weiner @ 173 Elizabeth Street

    A fan of antique jewelry? Erica Weiner is your girl. You’ll find vintage-inspired pieces alongside jewelry that she and her business partner Lindsay have collected throughout their travels. Right now, we’re loving Erica’s serpent drops, synergy earrings, and two-headed snake rings.

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    Black Seed @ 170 Elizabeth Street

    Ah, the illustrious New York City bagel. Ask any New Yorker about their favorite shop in the city, and you’re sure to get a passionate explanation telling you why their favorite shop is THE bagel shop to visit. If you ask us, Black Seeds trumps them all. Hand-rolled and wood fired? Yas.

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    The Butcher’s Daughter @ 19 Kenmare Street

    This is definitely not the first time that we’ve mentioned the Butcher’s Daughter. In fact, we included it in our NYFW restaurant round-up last year. Now, with fashion week quickly coming up on September 10th, it’s the perfect time to get acquainted with the Butcher’s Daughter vegan menu. While the restaurant is technically on Kenmare Street, its market is actually on Elizabeth Street and is home to some of the most delicious natural juices and smoothies.

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    Egg Shop @ 151 Elizabeth Street

    Another NYFW favorite, the Egg Shop has been serving up delicious egg sandwiches and other egg-cellent (I had to use this…) creations for over two years. Be a part of this LES must-visit. It’s the one thing you’ll do this week that you definitely won’t regret.

    And that’s Elizabeth Street… what street should we focus on next? Let us know below…

    Featured image: Rag & Bone at the intersection of Houston St and Elizabeth Street—the shop’s Elizabeth Street wall is an ever-changing mural. It was home to a mural by Hisham Akira Bharoocha at the time we photographed Elizabeth Street. When we went back several days later, BuffMonster had taken over with Green Villain. That’s New York City for you: ever-changing and ever-surprising.

    Photography by Chris Klemens

  • Street x Street: Crosby Street

    You know the drill: we dissect the city block by block.

    A quaint side street tucked away in the heart of SoHo, Crosby St. features an array of boutiques, hotels, and other goodies. Let’s take a walk, shall we?

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    Rachel Comey @ 95 Crosby St

    We’re definitely going to be investing in a few pieces from Rachel Comey for that tricky transition between Summer and Fall. The color palette, fabric, and hemlines are the perfect combination for when we are eager to abandon our summer dresses, but it’s still too warm for wool sweaters. One of our favorite outfits? Dark denim culottes, a turmeric-coloured blouse, and black ankle booties. We may just have to stop by the designer’s shop and play a little dress-up.


     

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    MZ Wallace @ 93 Crosby St.

    In NYC, going from work, to the subway, to the gym, to happy hour with your besties requires a very, very durable handbag. MZ Wallace’s design philosophy is just that. Monica, designer and co-founder of the company, explains the brand’s first and most important priority:

    “We began the company 15 years ago with the goal of designing lightweight, fashionable bags. Constructed with custom developed nylons and Italian leathers, the collection is designed with the idea that function and style can, and should coexist.”


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    Crosby Street Hotel @ 79 Crosby St.

    Favourite of the stars, Crosby Street Hotel is a the definition of chic and wins for best location, accessible to the heart of SoHo but far enough removed from the hustle and bustle of Broadway. They have a full-service restaurant, The Crosby Bar, where they serve one of the city’s best afternoon teas, perfect as a means to celebrate a special occasion. On top of all of that, they have a rooftop garden on the twelfth floor where they grow insanely fresh, seasonal produce.


     

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    Soul Cycle @ 45 Crosby St.

    Not much has to be said about the extremely popular fitness cult that is Soul Cycle. And for a very good reason: it’s a killer workout.


     

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    Jean Shop @ 37 Crosby St.

    Sure to satisfy every one of your denim needs, Jean Shop houses styles for both men and women.


     

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    Miansai @ 33 Crosby St

    Venturing into Miansai for the first time, we were beyond thrilled to see seriously cute jewelry. Founder and Creative Director Michael Saiger founded the handmade jewelry company in 2008 in Miami. Since then, their collection has expanded to feature styles for both men & women. Our favourites? The mini-hook chain bracelet, modern-screw cuff ring, and the thin fish-hook necklace. As a secondary thought, they should really publicize what incense they use because wow did we want our apartment to smell like it.

     

     

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    Saturdays NYC @ 31 Crosby Street

    It’s hard to sum up the concept of Saturdays NYC and it has best been described by the company itself:

    “Determined to suit a lifestyle occupied with surfing, living and working in New York City, Saturdays began selling boards and wetsuits as well fine art and other lifestyle accessories.”

    Inside, you’ll also find the most adorable counter-top café serving up our favorite cold brew in the city from La Colombe Torrefaction. Their website is also definitely worth checking out with an online magazines & much, much more.


     

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    Paintbox @ 17 Crosby St.

    Salon of choice of Lo, Paintbox is the modern-day manicure salon. Forget everything you know about nail salons because this is absolutely nothing like it. Founded by Eleanor Langston, who previously worked as a beauty editor, Paintbox works to offer a curated set of designs and colours every season based on current trends.


     

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    Maiyet @ 16 Crosby St.

    While their pieces are on the pricey side, there’s no denying that this store is absolutely gorgeous. Many pieces from the current collection are hand-beaded and totally fit the bohemian trend we are oh-so obsessed with.

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    NOMO SOHO Hotel 9 Crosby St.

    (previously known as the Mondrian SoHo)

    A simply gorgeous hotel featuring an equally gorgeous dining area. With huge chandeliers, dim lighting, this place oozes ambiance. Previously known as the Isola Trattoria Bar & Crudo, the dining hall is now dubbed the NOMO Kitchen & Library Bar. It’s the perfect venue for celebrating one of your best girlfriend’s birthdays.

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    (via NOMO SOHO Hotel)

    Please venture down to Crosby St., these wonderful establishments await you.

    What street should we do next? Leave it in the comments below!

    Photography: Chris Klemens

  • You Have to Try Broadway Bites Before It Closes

    We’ve often heard that a bad day in NYC is better than a good day anywhere else, and we’re here to tell you… this couldn’t be more true. Even on the worst of days (think: humidity & crowded subways), we couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. With this in mind, meet our new series, The City, in which we’ll introduce you to the best of the concrete jungle. From restaurants, museums, and everything in between, these are the places you need to know whether you’re a New Yorker yourself or simply visiting. 

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    It’s no secret that we love New York City. It’s a crazy, obsessive and passionate love, but you already knew that. I mean, considering the number times we’ve said we love New York, it’s truly a wonder that we haven’t been promoted to New York City ambassadors (We’d like to join your club please, TSwift!). That being said, even though we’re crazy obsessed and passionately in-love, even we have to admit that some parts of the city are simply untouchable. Every New Yorker will tell you that the magic of Times Square wore off after the first few times. It’s beautiful from a distance, but up close? We couldn’t name the last time we went there out of our own will. Every once in a while though, amazing people come around to make you appreciate the classic spots that make New York City well… classic.

    Take Greeley Square Park, for example. Lately, we’ve been finding ourselves there more and more thanks to Urban Space’s mouth-watering local market Broadway Bites, which brings together the best food NYC has to offer in one easily-accessible location. Craving a lobster roll from Red Hook Lobster Pound for dinner and a cookie from Momofuku Milk Bar as dessert? You can find them both at the market.

    Below, we’ve scouted the vendors that you have to try before Broadway Bites leaves Greeley Square Park for the year on July 26th. Expect: lobster rolls from Red Hook Lobster Pound, rice balls from Arancini Bros and arepas from Palenque Colombian Food among the lot.

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    Oh, and if you really can’t make it to Broadway Bites before its closing date, first of all: what are you doing with your life? And second, not to fear… Urban Space has you covered with other local pop-up markets. Hit up Penn Plates at Penn Plaza (running now through November 5th) or Madison Square Eats (running from September 4th through October 1st). And please, make sure to run not walk there.

    Find Broadway Bites at Greeley Square (33rd Street and Broadway) from 11am to 9pm daily through July 26th. We’ll see you there!

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    Brooklyn Wok Shop

    Red Hook Lobster Pound

    Red Hook Lobster Pound

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    Zha Pan Asian

    Doughnuttery

    Doughnuttery

    Momofuku Milk Bar

    Momofuku Milk Bar

    Gelato Ti Amo

    Gelato Ti Amo

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    Taco Bono

    Taco Bono

    Photography by Chris Klemens

  • NYC Murals

    Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

    The City Guide: Murals

    We’ve often heard that a bad day in NYC is better than a good day anywhere else, and we’re here to tell you… this couldn’t be more true. Even on the worst of days (think: humidity & crowded subways), we couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. With this in mind, meet our new series, The City, in which we’ll introduce you to the best of the concrete jungle. From restaurants, museums, and everything in between, these are the places you need to know whether you’re a New Yorker yourself or simply visiting. 

    When you have a background like New York City at your steps, it’s especially easy to stop five (or fifty) times while walking down the street to capture everything from the buildings to the walls. Yup, the walls. Can you blame us though? In a city of millions, eight million to be exact, artists left and right have made their mark on NYC walls with murals. Some are political statements, some celebrate amazing figures, and others… well, they just look damn good on our social media feeds.

    From SoHo, Nolita, Chelsea, and every neighborhood in the city, we’ve scouted some of the murals that we LOVE to photograph (and take selfies with). Watch this space over the next several months — we’ll be updating it as we find more murals worthy of a snap. Just be warned… New York City moves quickly so you should too. Meaning? You should photograph them before they’re gone.

    Audrey Hepburn at 395 Broome

    Audrey Hepburn at 395 Broome Street

    Bleeding Hearts at 192 Mott Street at L'Asso Pizza

    Bleeding Hearts at 192 Mott Street (L’Asso Pizza)

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    6th Avenue and 17th Street

    Cara and Kate across the street from Bleeding Hearts at 192 Mott Street

    Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss across the street from Bleeding Hearts at 192 Mott Street

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    Kenmare Street between Mulberry Street and Mott Street

    VJ Day at Times Square at 25th Street and 10th Ave

    Times Square VJ Day at 25th Street and 10th Ave

    Harry's Corner Shop at 64 Macdougal Street

    Harry’s Corner Shop at 64 Macdougal Street

    All American Temper Tot at the Houston Bowery Wall (Corner of East Houston and Bowery Street)

    All American Temper Tot at the Houston Bowery Wall (Corner of East Houston and Bowery Street)

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    Hotel Chantelle at 92 Ludlow Street

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    Albert Einstein at 15th Street and Washington St (Seen from the High Line)

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    Hotel Chantelle at 92 Ludlow Street

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    Intersection of Bleecker St and Thompson St

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    Nick Wooster mural at Hotel Chantelle at 92 Ludlow Street

    What’s your favorite mural around New York City? Leave the address below, and we’ll make sure to add it to the list!

    Photography by Chris Klemens

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