NY – It’s no secret that a typical day in the fashion capital can leave your head spinning, your high-heeled feet tender, and, in general, the majority of your systems over-stimulated. While the bulk of wheeling and dealing happens between 34th and 40th, I’m all for mixing business with some chic pleasure.
1. After scouting just-the-right-coral-hue silk twill, and the 100th emerald-green 4-ply-crepe for the new collection, it’s time for business; a quick ride down Fashion Avenue to Soho to take a meeting at 12 Chairs; a cup of their Italian coffee is sure to get you through any afternoon slump, and the Israeli menu is both delicious and will make your skin glow (ah, the Mediterranean diet). For a long-time expat, it’s like being back home.
2. When all that official business is done, there’s some serious unwinding to do. Music is my favorite escape, and one of the area’s jewels is City Winery. At first glance the place looks massive, but their concerts always feel intimate and the atmosphere warm and casual. The impressive roster includes international & local faves, they even feature a special wine for the big stars. Tip: I like to walk in at 6, just as they open the doors and with plenty of time before the place fills up for the 8pm show. sipping a glass of wine, or better, a sentimental single malt, I get lost in the soft music playing.. very few folks roaming around – a low key, relaxing oasis in the middle of the city.
3. For us outsiders without a crash pad (and even if you do), do yourself a favor and check out the 19th floor terrace of The Hampton Inn on Watts St… yes, you heard right, The Hampton Inn. This small roof-top has one of the best views of sunset over the Hudson — all you have to do then is turn around and watch the Brooklyn Bridge painted in shades of cinnamon, rose, plums and lilacs.. Next collection? Done.