I find each visit to New York to be special and unique as one could truly spend a lifetime discovering its many gems. It seems I always leave a little piece of my heart there so before I head back for more adventures, here’s a mini diary with some of my top picks from the last trip.
You might remember my recent post on the Mondrian Soho which is a gorgeous property with impeccable service and perfectly suited for enjoying the surrounding SoHo neighborhood.
The PH-D rooftop club of the Dream Downtown Hotel in the Meatpacking District is a stunning penthouse space to lounge and dance away the New York nights making you feel as though you just stepped into a decadent disco party. For killer 360 views, watch the sun set over the NYC skyline at the Top of the Standard (Boom Boom Room) in the Standard Hotel and then head next door to Le Bain which offers a more European dance scene, amongst other things. According to The Door Report these places have a less than 18% chance of civilian entry, but I can attest it’s well worth trying!
One of my favorite dining experiences happened at Beauty and Essex which sounds quite predictable for any fashionista. But, what’s there not to love about a glamorous restaurant tucked behind a pawn shop, full of beautiful people and complete with a champagne bar in the ladies room?
I’ve always been fascinated with the art of burlesque so when the concierge at the Mondrian recommended I check out the show at Duane Park in TriBeCa, I really didn’t know what to expect. I must say it was more beautiful than I imagined as Les Fleurs de Shanghai including Calamity Chang took stage and captured the glamour and glitz of Old Shanghai.
Some of my favorite places in New York are the subterranean haunts that seem to be unmarked and lend an atmosphere of secretiveness. Raines Law Room with its plush 1920s ambience is a great place to start the night with some bespoke cocktails, and if you are nice to the moustached gentleman at the door, you just might get in.
Gotham Beauty Lounge across from Bryant Park is a one-stop beauty shop for head-to-toe pampering. They’ll even organize private parties where you can get glammed for a big night out with friends while nibbling on goodies and drinking champagne.
I finally made it to Brooklyn during this last visit and it was love at first sight. Although I only had a chance to explore the upscale neighborhood of Park Slope with its treelined streets full of brownstones, babies and dogs, Brooklyn seems to have a relaxed yet edgy vibe with its abundance of creative types.
It’s impossible to list everywhere I shopped on this trip but apart from the high-end Fifth Avenue stores, there are a few boutiques in SoHo that I tend to visit regularly. For example, I stock up on unique handmade jewellery from Seasonal Whispers, dresses from Scoop, trendy ‘It’ pieces from LF and avant-garde items from Opening Ceremony.