My studio is on Great Jones Street which is how I discovered this delightful little coffee shop and summer meeting spot. Aside from the great tasting coffee and Dough doughnuts (damn them!), I like how intimate and considered the space is. I just found out the name, Gasoline Alley, was what their street was referred to during the 60’s and 70’s as it was home to many mechanics and service stations.
When I used to live in Williamsburg, I would stop by Blue Bottle to pay a little respect to my time spent in San Francisco. I see a theme developing here - another fantastic modern industrial coffee space.
I first discovered this store when I was on research trip with IDEO. It’s a great concept and well executed, from the neon street sign, to the dodgy stair well leading up to the wonderfully curated space on the 2nd floor. It’s half general store, half exhibition space showcasing fascinating products selected on trips from around the world.
If I could spend all of my money in one store, it would be here. Feast your eyes and run your hands along the beautifully hand crafted surf boards, apparel, and selection of books and films, all presented on wooden fixtures made from 2x4 and reclaimed wood. Plus, on occasion, you get to meet your surf heroes at one of their events. Super Rad.
I was introduced to these two restaurants by my sister-in-law and was immediately accepted into their family. The owner and chef, Beatrice Tosti is from Italy and along with her husband Julio have created a fantastic family-run trattoria which serves up delicious and traditional Italian dishes. The al fresco brunch special is especially great.
I used to travel to Japan a lot, so when I stumbled across this restaurant in Williamsburg I immediately fell for it. Their thick homemade noodles and delicious broth are reminiscent of my meals in Japan, and their rustic interior is cozy and comforting after a hectic day in the city.
They’ve done an amazing job at creating a turn-of-the-century-France feel, and of course, they have the best absinthe cocktails. Get some oysters, a cocktail, and prop yourself at the bar or in their charming back garden.
Hardly original, but I can’t help but get filled with a overwhelming desire to create something as soon as I enter the space. There is always something that makes the trip worth while, be that one of their exhibitions or wondering through their permanent collection.
I love to cycle, whether to get from A to B, or meander around the city for fun. It’s the best way to discover New York, there’s always something new to see. My favorite routes are Fifth Avenue - just because I think it’s so fun that you can. The Westside highway all the way up to the light house at Washington Bridge is a beautiful, more relaxing experience. Or cycling over one of the bridges, doesn’t matter which one, each offers a opportunity to be reminded of how fortunate you are to be in the best city in the world.