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Bloom

bloombaby.com

Bloom was founded by four design driven fathers with the desire to bring meaningful innovation and contemporary design to a range of baby products that have traditionally been functional but not consistent with modern living.

 

Bloom designs convey simple, clean, iconic forms that exist seamlessly in contemporary living, dining and sleeping spaces, all the while providing the safety and comfort babies and toddlers need.

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VESTIAIRE {COLLECTIVE}

 

For All The Fashion Lovers!

VestiaireCollective.com

A community-driven online shopping site dedicated to high-end second-hand fashion for women, men and kids. It was founded in 2009 with the aim of offering a high quality, community-driven platform through which members could buy and sell their second-hand items. It quickly became France’s leading luxury re-sale site.

The site stands out from other platforms by its singular quality control process and by its active community of fashion lovers. 100% of items sold are manually checked by our control quality cell. Vestiaire is a true community of over 2 million members , on which members from all over the worlds can exchange freely , and have access to a unique and worldwide catalogue of items that are in perfect condition, almost new, and always on-trend.  On vestiaire you can find a wide range of brands on Vestiaire Collective. From vintage Chanel jackets, Saint Laurent pumps to the more accessible brands like Zara or Maje.

 

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THE ARMORY SHOW & HÔTEL AMERICANO

Armory Show Will Feature Hôtel Americano Resto in VIP Lounge

Read the full article featured on galleristny.com

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NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS, 07/15/13

Artisanal Chelsea

We know: Brooklyn gets all the press about people making pickles and knitting and fashioning furniture out of oil drums.  Manhattan, by way of contrast, appears to be the Island of Mass Consumption. But there are people making things—some really yummy things—pretty much from scratch right here in Chelsea (and yes, we wrote about a few maker-folks several months ago—but it turns out there’s more!).

 

Lotta Choco

Salt + Chocolate is a trend that we hope sticks around for a good long time.  While the Mast Brothers of Williamsburg make a mean Sea Salt bar, we actually prefer the Sea Salt Moderne bar from the folks at Chocolat Moderne. It is smooth and salty and just complex enough to make it eternally interesting.  And the Lime Bar (pictured) is no slouch either–a huge hit in our office.

May we add that it is really fun to visit the Chocolat Moderne workshop on 20th Street?  It is on the ninth floor and you can see chocolate-making in action (and get a few tasty samples while you’re at it).

Chocolat Moderne

27 West 20th Street

(212) 229-4797

www.store.chocolatmoderne.com

 

 

Intimate

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Haven’s Kitchen is a “recreational cooking school,” market & coffee bar, and event space.  Not only is it full of locally made delicacies and charming tabletop items from Paris and elsewhere, but it is flat-out gorgeous (when can we move in?).

Haven’s makes a few specialties of its own, each of which makes a lovely hostess gift: pancake mix, popcorn (unpopped), and granola all are delicious and reasonably prices.

 

Haven’s Kitchen

109 West 17th Street (between 6th & 7th Aves.)

(212) 929-7900

www.havenskitchen.com

 

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Neighborhood News, 07/01/2013

Newsstands for the Ages

Tough times for newsstands, right?  While there is no official census, we have seen more than a few newsstand closures over the last couple of years.  But we are convinced that those remaining are the keepers, the ones that will survive because they are geniuses at identifying and stocking the titles that could never be replicated digitally.

So when you must find a copy of Uppercase or Vogue Japan, here are a few suggestions.

Handy

If you are staying at the hotel and need a magazine fix of titles beyond the top 50, where to go?  Bodegas usually stock a few, and there are several places on Seventh Avenue in the 20s, but why not hop on the High Line, head south, and enjoy the pleasant West Village ambiance where both Casa Magazines and World News & Smoke Shop are found within the same block?  (And, in case you are wondering, World News & Smoke Shop does indeed have plenty of smoking supplies.)
World News & Smoke Shop
54 Eighth Ave. (at Horatio)

 

Casa Magazines
22 Eighth Avenue
(212) 645-1197

Smokin’

While not quite as handy as the West Village, the Lafayette Smoke Shop has lots to recommend it: an extensive selection, a great location, and scores of beautiful people scoping magazines (and occasionally each other).  You were probably going to Soho anyway, right?

Lafayette Smoke Shop
63 Spring St. (at Lafayette)
(212) 226-3475

Grand

Massive and well-staffed, the Hudson News at Grand Central stocks 3,000 titles, so you are likely to find something to pass the time, be it on a train or while waiting for your date to join you for drinks at The (spectacular) Campbell Apartment, conveniently located up the steps on the Vanderbilt side of GC.

Hudson News

Grand Central Terminal, Main Floor
(212) 697-1302

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Neighborhood Notes, 06/15/2013

Ice Cream Time

The arrival of summer is the perfect excuse (if you need one) to sample the city’s frozen wares. Ice cream has not been immune to the artisanal makeovers sweeping almost every New York food category—below you will find some of the more inventive newcomers around the city.

Charming Fellow

Photo courtesy of OddFellows

Cornrbead, Chorizo Caramel, Blueberry Buttermilk…Chef Sam Mason, former wd-50 pastry chef, has created cutting-edge flavors for the brand new Williamsburg ice cream parlor OddFellows. OddFellows serves up small-batch, all-natural ice cream made from locally-sourced ingredients as well as floats, milkshakes, egg creams, and sundaes.
OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

175 Kent Ave.
(347) 599-0556
www.oddfellowsnyc.com

Two Scoops in a Beaker

Photo courtesy of Il Laboratorio del Gelato

Peer through the massive windows of Il Laboratorio del Gelato on the Lower East Side for a glimpse into the science of ice cream (ok, its close cousin, gelato).  Clearly a lot of experiments are taking place, producing flavors like Amaretto Crunch, Walnut Nocello, and Butternut Squash. Portions come in cups or in made-to-order shakes, and all of the gelato is prepared from local and organic ingredients.

Il Laboratorio del Gelato
188 Ludlow St. (at Houston)
(212) 343-9922
www.laboratoriodelgelato.com

Welcome to My Parlor

Photo courtesy of Evergeen

Cisco Garcia recently opened Evergreen Ice Cream Parlor, Bushwick’s first ice cream shop, in what used to be his dad’s corner store. Now, still featuring the original signage, the shop is an emblem of gentrification done right: a new neighborhood business that sells local–the ice cream is made by two favorite New York ice creameries, Phinn & Phebes and Jane’s–and doesn’t price out the locals.

Evergreen
144 Evergreen Ave.
(347) 954-5463
www.evergreenbk.com

Melt in Your Mouth

Photo courtesy of Melt

Surely the ice cream sandwich deserves its day in the sun. Thanks to Melt Bakery, fans of this frozen treat can enjoy concoctions like Lovelet (cream cheese ice cream + red velvet meltcakes) and Cinnamax (snickerdoodle cookies + cinnamon ice cream).

Melt Bakery
132 Orchard St. (between Rivington & Delancey Sts.)
(917) 589-1912
www.meltbakery.com

Acculturation

Photo courtesy of nycgo.com

Culture isn’t just another Pinkberry copycat. It’s homemade yogurt and frozen yogurt made from fresh, local milk and live probiotic cultures. It’s the most refreshing snack for a sweltering day, with changing flavors such as Blood Orange with Vanilla, Stumptown Coffee, and Pink Guava. Not only are they flavor innovators, they really think ahead and put your topping choices on the bottom of the cup as well, so you don’t run out of those key lime pie bits or salted caramel popcorn.

Culture
331 5th Ave.
(718) 499-0207
www.cultureny.com

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Neighborhood Notes, 06/01/13

Viva la (Sud de) France!

Welcome to the South of France! It may look like New York, but if you squint a bit, keep a sprig of lavender handy, and partake of the events below, it will feel just like the Languedoc-Roussillon. Yes, it is the Sud de France Festival, and it kicks off right here in the hotel.

Amuse Your Bouche

Photo courtesy of Charles Roussel © Sud de France

The Hotel Americano becomes L’Hotel Americain for an evening as the Sud de France Festival kicks off with a three-course dinner featuring regional specialties such as langoustine and ris de veau.  Acclaimed Chef Joseph Buenoconsejo presents a Mediterranean menu on the Hotel’s outdoor patio (weather permitting), and wine director Thierry Chouquet matches Languedoc-Roussillon wines to each course. We hear there may be some gypsy jazz and other surprises. Come with a crowd and create your own communal table.

June 2, 6pm

$100 per person. Includes one amuse-bouche, three-course dinner, wine pairings, tip and tax.

Tickets available at:

http://sud-de-france-festival.ticketleap.com/tasting-tables-at-the-americano/

Hotel Americano
518 West 27th Street
www.hotel-americano.com

(212) 525-0000

Formidable!

The party moves south Sunday evening, with the official Festival launch party at The Park’s penthouse on Tenth Avenue.  More marvelous Languedoc-Roussillon wine will be on hand, and one can gaze at the stars while dancing to the New York Brass Band and live DJ sets.  No cover.

The Park
118 Tenth Avenue
(212) 352-43313
www.theparknyc.com

All France, All of the Time

Who knew Chelsea was so Francophile-friendly? Don’t miss these other stops on your south-of-France tour:

Appellation Wines stocks eco-friendly wines from the South of France, and is featuring a special Sud de France tasting on June 2nd from 4-7pm.

Appellation Wine & Spirits
156 Tenth Ave.
www.Appelationnyc.com

(212) 741-9474

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This French patisserie features delicious and authentic pastries including brioche, tartes, chocolate-covered souris (pictured) and various gateaux.

La Bergamote
177 Ninth Ave
www.labergamotenyc.com
(212) 627-9010

Photo courtesy of Maison 140

Check the weather in Paris as you enter this specialist home décor shop (it is always posted on the chalkboard outside). Find well-curated French linens, tableware, and other home furnishings.

Maison 140
140 Ninth Ave.
www.maison140nyc.com

(212) 255-0022

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Neighborhood Notes, 05/15/13

Local Style

visitor

noun. A person visiting a person or place.

tourist

noun.  A person who is traveling or visiting a place for pleasure.

Dictionary definitions do not quite capture the difference between visitor and tourist, do they? In our opinion, visitors tend to go where the locals go, blend in, and mirror the pace of their environment. Tourists announce themselves by traveling in larges, carrying outsized gear, and gathering at sites culled from years of television and movie consumption.

But we have sympathy for both groups.  After all, travel is hard on the feet, and do you really want to invest lots of time and money without seeing Times Square?

But what to do if you have visitor karma and tourist tastes? Below, our guide to nearby tourist spots and how to visit them like a local.

Pastiche

Photo courtesy of Pastis

First stop: Pastis.  This reproduction French brasserie once attracted A-list celebs and is now more often filled with local internet entrepreneurs and sleek business types. It is an occasional stop of tourist groups, particularly around midday, and lunch can involve being crammed into a tiny table in the noisy bar area.

Our preference: breakfast. Service is polite and attentive, the breakfast fare top-notch, and the ambiance conducive to business, pleasant conversation, and modest people-watching. Pastis opens at 8a on weekdays and 9a on weekends, when brunch is served until 4:30p.

Pastis
9 Ninth Avenue
(212) 929-4844
www.pastisny.com

Hudson River Park

Photo courtesy of Paper & String

Weekends are madness along the Hudson: the locals are not braving the crowds—they are actively seeking them as an audience for public display of athleticism or other antics.  Our advice: strap on your roller blades, get out there, and show your stuff on a Saturday afternoon.

If crowds aren’t your thing, enjoy the more sheltered Chelsea Piers area.  Find a bench and check out the occasionally over-the-top boats docked in the marina.

Hudson River Park
West Side of Manhattan along the Hudson
www.hudsonriverpark.org

Magnolia Bakery

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Many locals will tell you that Sex and the City and other forms of television fame ruined Magnolia Bakery forever.  If you must have a cupcake, just go to Billy’s, they’ll say.  Or: cupcakes are so 2009. Try the Doughnut Plant.

But Magnolia can still be pretty wonderful.  The volume is sufficiently high that there is a good chance that your cupcake is freshly baked, and the frosting really rocks.

Magnolia Bakery
401 Bleecker St. (corner of West 11th St.)
(212) 462-2572
www.magnoliabakery.com

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Neighborhood Notes, 05/01/2013

Where You Should Be

Arguably, you should be on the roof of this fabulous hotel, soaking up today’s rays. But if you feel the urge for a stroll, you should be here:

Where is here?  The High Line, just between 14th & 15th Streets, where there is an abundance of sun and lounge chairs.

When you get hungry, you should be at one of the places below that offer lunch, dessert, and a fine jolt of joe.

The Taco Truck

Killer tacos and tortas.  Wicked fresh tortillas. Try the Carnitas Michoacan Taco ($5.50) full of braised pork goodness, cilantro and green salsa, and your choice of guacamole or queso. Bonus: Mexican Coke, made with cane sugar ($2.75).

thetacotruck.com

Delaney Barbeque

Pork ribs are the answer. (“What makes a meaty lunch?” is the question.)  $12 for one-third of a rack.

www.delaneybbq.com

L’Arte del Gelato

Classic Italian gelato with top-notch ingredients. Stracciatella for you chocolate lovers. $3 for piccola, a small cup with one flavor, or $5 for grande, bigger cup with up to two flavors.

www.lartedelgelato.com

People’s Pops

If you sit in the sun for a few minutes, you will find it really is warm enough to eat a popsicle ($3.50).

www.peoplespops.com

Blue Bottle Coffee

Winter, spring, summer. It is all the same to us when it comes to coffee—that is, we must have some handy after every proper lunch. Rev up your walk with a tasty espresso.

www.bluebottlecoffee.net

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