Guide to NYC

Truman Capote once said it perfectly, “I love New York, even though it isn’t mine, the way something has to be, a tree or a street or a house, something, anyway, that belongs to me because I belong to it.”

Photo by Chad Moore

This summer NYC became a second home for one of our girls. Hailing from rainy Berlin straight into full on American summer, she put together a short list of must see exhibitions and predominantly Lower East side shops, restaurants and sketchy bars no one ever told you about.

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EXHIBITIONS

 

GAGOSIAN – ANSELM KIEFER – TRANSITION FROM COOL TO WARM

Gagosian is pleased to present new paintings, artists books, and watercolors by Anselm Kiefer. Central to the exhibition are more than forty unique artist’s books, their pages painted with gesso to mimic marble, displayed in an installation of glass vitrines. Erotically charged female nudes and faces emerge from the pages. Artist’s books are an integral part of Kiefer’s oeuvre; over time they have ranged in scale from the intimate to the monumental, and in materials, from lead to dried plant matter. In this selection of books, the sequences of narrative information and visual effect evoke the fragile endurance of the sacred and the spiritual through the female figures on the marbled pages. They are a reminder perhaps of the sculptures of Auguste Rodin, and even of Michelangelo’s belief that his figures were “freed” from the stone with which he worked.

GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM – VISIONARIES: CREATING A MODERN GUGGENHEIM

The Guggenheim Museum is celebrating 80 years of Avant garde art and the visionaries who cultivated the Guggenheim permanent collection. The exhibition, Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim will be on view till September 6th, 2017. Over 170 modern works of art have been assembled from ground breaking artists Alexander Calder, Paul Cézanne, Marc Chagall, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Fernand Léger, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and more. The Guggenheim Foundation celebrates the museum’s stature as the curator of innovative artists and art movements of the late nineteenth and twentieth century.

MARLBOROUGH CONTEMPORARY – FEEDBACK

Through August 4th, Marlborough Contemporary is hosting the exhibition FEEDBACK, which explores the different steps, combinations and inspirations artists take, above and beyond the work they do alone in the studio, to complete a work. Whether it be in the form of collaboration, an artists’ collective, or simply public actions and interventions, the exhibition will showcase what can happen when an artist embraces chance, happenstance, and other deliberate ways of ceding control, and will celebrate the influences or accidents that wreak profound changes on the final form a work takes. Some of the artists showing are: Robert Gober and Richard Prince, Mike Bouchet and Paul McCarthy, David Wojnarowicz and Tommy Turner, David Bradshaw and William S. Burroughs, Marcel Duchamp, Sophie Calle, Christopher Wool, Larry Clark, Mark Flood, Dan Colen, Rita Ackerman, Leelee Kimmel, Harmony Korine, Leo Gabin, Will Boone, etc.

RESTAURANTS

 

MR. TAKA RAMEN

This is our ultimate favorite ramen destination in NYC. First, we heard about it on Master of None where Aziz Ansari gave them a shoutout, but then once we settled in NYC, this was the place everyone recommended. Mr. Taka Ramen has two brilliant owners, Takatoshi and Takayuki. Hailing from Japan, Chef Takatoshi’s story started in college when he met Takayuki. Upon realizing his studies did not lead to his dream of becoming a ramen chef, he dropped out of college and began traveling all throughout Japan sampling and tasting the different kinds of ramen. He comes to New York from Tokyo’s Bigiya, which earned a spot in the inaugural washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine) section of Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list for the city in 2014. As for Takayuki, after graduating in 1999, he came to New York City to pursue his journalist career and started interning for Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine. Takayuki began working as a fashion journalist at the early age of nineteen. For eleven years, he had regularly contributed to Vogue, Marie Claire, Brutus, PEN, Dazed & Confused and NYLON. After accomplishing his career goals, there was one left, and that was owning a restaurant in New York, and he did it. Mr. Taka Ramen is so good it will make you love ramen even if you are not a fan. It is one of those places that once you visit, you become a regular as it’s hard to step away from all the deliciousness they offer.

LALITO

Lalito is one of the best-hidden gems in Chinatown. From best breakfast tacos, Californian brunch to Mexican diner style vibe. Lalito’s cozy atmosphere with an air of Mexican city design, is your go to destination without a doubt. Must drink are always house made Mimosas and while there go and check out the J.Lo bathroom! Lalito is helmed by Gerardo Gonzalez, NYC chef who is essentially known after his cult avocado toast, but Lalito is avocado free zone, which takes Mexican restaurant to a whole another level. Gonzales found new fun ways on how to bring Cali-Mex style of cuisine to the city without being obvious and offering what everyone expects from him to offer. This lil Cali-Mexican gem will definitely put a smile on your face with its flavour, colours and vibe.

LUCIEN

French bistro cuisine with traditional gems like Escargots de Bourgogne, Moules Mariniére traditionnelle and Marseille-style bouillabaisse. Lucien is one of those places  that has menu items stencilled on wall mirrors with numerous photos on the walls. Photos of actors, artists, legends, musicians, etc. Looking through the images, one gets the impression that at one point everyone with a known name stopped and dined at Lucien. When you go to Lucien, you must know that you come for the hang out, you come for the experience, you don’t come here strictly for food. Food is good, it’s not spectacular, but every time you are at Lucien there is a good chance you will run into someone whose face looks familiar, whose face you saw on TV or in a magazine. Lucien is a showoff kind of restaurant, but it’s good and we like it.

BARS

CLOCKWORK

Clockwork is punk, rock & roll bar located at 21 Essex Street on the Lower East Side of New York City. Since April 2013, Clockwork has become a staple of the downtown scene, providing affordable beer & liquor on a backdrop of punk, glam, garage, metal, rock and roll, and underground music. Clockwork is known for its themed punk nights, after parties for downtown New York concerts and events, vinyl and digital DJs, and as a set in many films and editorials shot in NYC.

ST. DYMPHNA’S

St. Dymphna’s is an Irish Bar located in East Village. With the great range of beers, amazing french fries, cozy interior, and artsy/model crowd, this bar is your go to hang out place.

LUCY’S

Go to Lucy’s and say Hello to Lucy. Hailing from Poland, Lucy has been rocking ever since the late 70’s. With a great selection of beers, jukebox, two well-worn pool tables, cool underground music, kind of model/skater crew as just across the street there is Tompkins Square Park, which is one of the go to skater destinations, Lucy’s is your perfect low key night out.

Courtesy of New York Times

SHOPS

RETROSUPERFUTURE SUNGLASSES

Daniel Beckerman started Retrosuperfuture in Milan, Italy in 2007. First, he started off offering three silhouettes but has now expanded to more than 70, and all of them are all you ever wanted. Since its beginning, SUPER’s goal was to develop high-quality eyewear, with a distinctive design at an affordable price, and without a doubt, Daniel managed to do so. Even though sunglasses are entirely handmade in Italy, price is affordable, and style is impeccable. Recognized for its distinctive mix of eclectic aesthetics and beyond exceptional manufacturing quality, SUPER has been the eyewear of choice for a number of celebrities. Kanye West, Beyoncé, Yoko Ono, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Daft Punk, Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky, Jessica Alba, Valentino Rossi, etc. have all spontaneously decided to sport SUPER sunglasses, confirming its position as one of the most interesting and innovative contemporary eyewear companies. SUPER is one of those brands that is also always open for collaborations and has been supporting prominent creatives since the get go. We are obsessed! Also, the shop is unbelievable, staff beyond nice and there is something for everyone. No one can come empty handed from Super shop, that is for sure!

OPENING CEREMONY

Few doors down from RETROSUPERFUTURE there is Opening Ceremony, your next destination. Opening Ceremony was founded in 2002 by two friends from UC Berkeley, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, as a place to share their passions for travel, art, and fashion. Taking its name and mission statement from the modern Olympic Games, founded by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, Opening Ceremony adopts a multinational approach to retail. OC NYC was the first store opened by Carol and Humberto and remains the heart and soul of the brand. OCNY officially opened its doors in September 2002, but not before Carol and Humberto had thrown one of their now legendary parties in the space. From providing a back room hang out for OC friends in the early days to staging an in-store Ratatat concert in 2004 and a 72-hour retail marathon in 2008 for the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, OCNY has always doubled as a clubhouse for artists, designers, friends, family, and anyone who shares the OC spirit.

POPULAR JEWELERY

Established in 1988, during the high-noon of rap’s golden age: Popular Jewelry started out as a small jewellery booth, tucked inside an exchange that bordered the outskirts of Soho, Tribeca, and Chinatown. It has since then matured into a self-operative, robust business, while maintaining the intimate family atmosphere that so defined it’s early years. Popular Jewelry is known for its enviable clientele, and their list of clients includes names like Beyoncé, members of A$AP Mob (most notably A$AP Rocky), CeeLo Green, Elephant Man, Flatbush Zombies, Joey Bada$$, Ken Rebel, Macklemore, Paulina Rubio, Playboi Carti, Stefan Charles, Tracy Morgan, Travis Scott, and Wu-Tang Clan’s Cappadonna and the list goes on. If you want some bling, thing is your place!

Text: PR, Katja Horvat

Photo: Cover photo – Chad Moore, all others are courtesy of the name listed.