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HEAT? From morning yoga in the park to sundowners on a rooftop ... this is how Hell's Kitchen does summer


UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL with david javerbaum and bill castellino, pICNIC INSPo, cocktails, & outdoor theater - what could possibly go wrong? plus REAL ESTATE, FITNESS ... & DOGS!

CONTENTS July Edition


In the late 1990s, George Michael sang about the joys of the outdoors. You know the one; all about getting back to nature and going to the places he loves best. OK, so he may have had something a little more – um – fresh in mind, but this month we’re all about picnics, rooftops, piers, parks, theater, fountains, fitness ... if it’s happening under the city’s clear blue skies we’re talking about it. Let’s go outside. Will you come out to play? And remember to sign up for our editor’s weekly email newsletter for chat and giveaways: THE TEAM THAT BROUGHT YOU W42ST


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Hell’s Kitchen’s playgrounds, gardens and green spaces ... we’ve got it all mapped out.


Our columnist isn’t so much a fan of the great outdoors. She’ll see you in the bar.


Eating out inspiration from the man behind the Cagney musical, Bill Castellino.


All the best pictures from last month’s W42ST party in the park – the performers, the kids, the bubbles, the guests.



Ten good reasons to support this exciting new business with a heart of gold.


Anyone with an eye for a picture and a half-decent cameraphone could have their work in our mag.


How the view from one neighborhood rooftop has changed over the years.


Our diary of happenings, from theater to dance to family fun, is the only guide you’ll need this month. Keep it close.

Six pages of ideas for things to do this summer – even if you’re on a budget – from parks and beaches to concerts, festivals, rooftop cinema and more.




Post Orlando, Matt d’Silva reflects on the importance of living in a gay community like Hell’s Kitchen.

Interview with David Javerbaum, the man behind An Act of God and James Corden’s opening Tonys number. Weather, noise, sweat, ducks ... what really goes on when you’re performing in outdoor theater.





your outdoors drinking doesn’t lead you astray.

Rooftops aren’t the only place you can enjoy a drink with a side order of fresh air. We check out the neighborhood’s best outdoor spaces to hit at happy hour.




The pitfalls and benefits to buying a home before it’s even been built.



Inspiration for your outdoor picnics, barbecues and wine-a-deux in the park.


Corey Samuels invites us into Kashkaval Garden’s new outdoor drinking space.


You thought you only got wine in bottles? Rookie error. Think again, my friend.


Follow these simple rules to ensure


Where has all the chivalry gone? And what happens when you go drinking on the job? Tut tut ...


Friends, a blanket, and tons of good food – we’re all about the picnic this summer. Check out these easy recipes. We’re all afloat this month, with a pretty-as-a-picture cocktail aboard the Fish Bar.



Inside the fabulous, creative, colorful home of Jason Witcher.



Go commitment-free this season and try some alternative apartments on for size.



Yoga in the park, boot camp on the pier, trapeze by the river ... we’ve got the ideas for your outdoor workout. All you have to do is sweat.

61 THE JUICING MYTH COVER This month’s cover is by British artist Sally Mackness. Her visits to NYC inspired the Hudson sunset series, of which our July cover is one. Sally has generously donated the original art, which will be auctioned to raise money for the victims of Orlando. Follow our social media for updates. www.sally

Juicing, souping, and clean eating ... which has most benefits and which is just cleaning us out of cash?


Our favorite, most photogenic pups in Hell’s Kitchen. Get involved by emailing with your dog’s vital stats.


Do not adjust your sets. W42ST has turned its back end upsidedown and created a guide to the very best of Hell’s Kitchen. Here’s where you’ll find everything from bars and restaurants, to nail salons, dog walkers, personal trainers and more. Plus an illustrated map. Want to be included? Just contact







The “great” outdoors has way too many hazards lying in wait – Jaci will see you in the bar



part from the occasional liaison over the hood of a car off a freeway, I’ve never been much of a fan of the outdoors. I learned, from my baby book, that my first discovery was a worm. So I guess, after that, I associated the open air with other unimaginable horrors waiting to grease my tiny palm. From the moment we can walk, adults push their children outside in the belief that “fresh air is good for you.” Maybe I’ve just been unlucky. I’ve had seagulls poop straight into my eyes, fallen off a bicycle, developed food poisoning following a garden barbecue, and nearly drowned in the sea (several times). So it seems to me that the great outdoors is anything but. Maybe that’s why I chose a career as a TV critic: sitting on my ever-expanding backside on a sofa, enjoying 100 hours of screen time every week. When I was in the UK, I worked as a TV presenter and did a series that involved having to walk the streets, talking to camera. That was waaaaaaay too much fresh air than was good for me, so I came up with my own format: sitting on a stool in my kitchen, interviewing celebrities while they cooked for me. All over copious amounts of wine and champagne. Brilliant! The Food Channel loved it and we made 15 programs in 21 days in Paris, where I was living at the time. I resurrected it for another channel when I returned to my native Wales. My plan is to do it in the US too. I might never have to leave my apartment again. The outdoors is why I don’t enjoy holidays: there’s so much pressure to get out and about to “see the sights.” Buy a book, people! A poster featuring trees! I have friends who have just been on a road trip, and day after day for a month, they posted pictures on social networks of their travels through middle America. Yellow rocks, red rocks, beige rocks, and miles and miles of roads. Way too many roads, even for a road trip. I joined them at one point – flying into Salt Lake City, where I parked

My month in pics 1 Should you find yourself literally tripping, Swiftfix are brilliant at very quick iPhone screen repair! My favorite host, Birdland’s Jim Caruso. Been there. Got the T-shirt (as you can see).

2 Above: No wonder Jaci chose a career as a TV critic.

“I’ve had seagulls poop straight into my eyes, fallen off a bicycle, developed food poisoning following a barbecue, and nearly drowned in the sea (several times).” myself at the bar of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, staring at ski lifts I would never use. Which brings me to another point: ski-ing. What’s that all about? I make it a rule never to do anything for which I am required to wear a hat. Especially a hat that also requires me to trek up a mountain with two sticks, only to find myself right back where I started five minutes later. So, yes, I am an après-ski kind of girl. I am also après-golf, après-tennis, après anything that involves breathing in more air. I have enough oxygen, thank you very much. More champagne, please, waiter.


LA road trip – hmmmm. Swede or liquor?


The gym kit that travels the world with me. Unused.


Home to another spectacular sunset at my beloved Gotham West.




“At first 8th Avenue was the firewall between the visitors and the residents. The zone has moved to 9th Avenue. I live on 10th.” 8



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The red wine. The food. The favorite bar that will remain a secret … Bill Castellino is taking the neighborhood changes in his stride. Photograph Ilona Leiberman How long have you lived in HK? 18 years. I moved to 9th Ave - 43rd St in 1998 and have been at W54th St - 10th Ave for 15 years. What brought you here? I had a coop-sublet on W86th St (I moved to NYC in 1988 and this was fifth in a series of sublets: Soho, W79th St, W72nd St, W10th St). The 86th St owner lied to the building board, got caught, I got thrown out. I looked for a new place in a new neighborhood … with a lease in my name. How has HK changed? Nothing in New York stays the same – one of many reasons why I love it (mostly) and hate it (occasionally). As the visitors pour in, the “guest zone” expands. At first 8th Avenue was the firewall between the visitors and the residents. All in all, a good international mix. The zone has moved to 9th Avenue – still congenial – but the visitors walk slower, the drinks are more expensive and now there are stores on 9th Avenue that sell clothes. I live on 10th Avenue (tick tick tick). What are your best HK memories? One of the best, and certainly the oldest: In 1977, a good pal lived in a fifth-floor walk-up on 9th and 44th. When we felt like we had some “flow,” we’d stop by the downstairs pizza joint. It was a simple store front, stand-up dining. In 1999, I ended up living on that block, eating pizza there and still standing up. Years go by, I’m living on W54th St but find myself in this tasty red sauce place called “SW

44th” (same spot as the stand-up, only it occupies the whole corner now, with tables and a bar and a “lounge”). I mentioned to the waitress that I stood up for pizza here many years ago. Then it was called Mama Mia. She said: “That’s my grandma. Wait a second.” A minute later, white-haired, smiling Mama Mia emerges from the kitchen. “It’s been a long time, nice to see you,” she says. In Italian, of course. At some point, they changed the name back to Mama Mia. Where do you eat in the neighborhood? For red sauce: Mama Mia Pizza: Capizzi Diner: Westway or Cosmic. Mediterranean: Taboon or Meme. Mexican: Mamacita (I also like the chicken quesadilla at 44&X). Raw: White Oak. Italian: Amarone. Fancy: Esca or Becco. Far north: the Hudson Hotel Bar (it has a fireplace). And your bar of choice? Next door to Cagney (of course) at the Westside Theatre, Bea. The West Bank Café on W42nd St, with a few other candidates emerging on 10th Ave. What’s your drink? Red wine. What’s the best thing about HK living? Location. And the worst? Location.


How will you be surviving the heat this summer? On my terrace. I have a fountain, a few trees, and an umbrella. (Listening to the police horses clopping up the avenue also helps.) Who is your HK crew – your neighborhood family? It’s so nice to get greetings from D’ag supermarket checkers, the nice clerk in the post office who never rushes you, the bank teller who loves rain, the bartender who pours the zin, and the waitress that brings the poached eggs in a cup without asking (tomatoes, not potatoes, and extra crispy English). Sometimes you run into no one you know for weeks and weeks – other days it takes 40 minutes to walk five blocks cause everyone is in town, walking in the hood, and catching up. What’s your HK secret? Sea Breeze Fish Market (the best, at W40th St - 9th St) and International Grocery (great feta) next door. Stiles Produce on W52nd St - 8th/9th Ave. And further down the street, if I told which W52nd Street watering hole has a great $5 happy hour (good red zin), great $8 snacks (try the roasted cauliflower), a great view and never a crowd, it wouldn’t be a secret, would it? AM I TALKING TOO MUCH ABOUT FOOD? Also, take an extra 20 minutes and use the bus or subway – it’s tempting to hail a cab but it’s expensive and adds up. That’s not a secret – just good advice.


Bill Castellino is a director, writer, actor, and choreographer whose acclaimed, multi-nominated production of Cagney is at the Westside Theatre. He’s written eight musicals, created shows with Mary Wilson of the Supremes and the Four Tops, and has written and directed several TV specials. He’s now developing two new musicals, working on two new dramas, and will direct and choreograph Nightclub Cantata. Slow down, Bill, you’re making the rest of us look bad! BILL’S HK Mama Mia, 9th Ave - 44th St Capizzi, 9th Ave 40th/41st St Westway, 9th Ave 43rd/44th St Taboon, 10th Ave 52nd St Mamacita, 10th Ave - 54th/55th St White Oak, 10th Ave - 54th/55th St Amarone, 9th Ave 47th/48th St Esca, W43rd St 9th Ave Bea, W43rd St 9th/10th Ave West Bank Café, W42nd St 9th/10th Ave




If it’s happening in Hell’s Kitchen, we’ve got it covered W42ST PARTY IN THE PARK

Clockwise from top: Jen Sanchez; Gregory Driscoll; and W42ST publisher Phil O’Brien with James Pinniger.


ast month we pulled out all the stops to launch our travel issue. Joining Hudson Yards/ Hell’s Kitchen Alliance, we took over Hudson Boulevard Park for an evening of fun in the sun. The incomparable Jim Caruso led the entertainment, with music from Seth Sikes, Sammy Bravo, Joe Iconis & Family, Ruthless! stars Kim Maresca and Tori Murray, guitarists Marie Gabrielle and Jen Sanchez, Liberty musical’s Abigail Shapiro, and dancers from Tap City Youth Ensemble. Gregory Driscoll closed the night with an unforgettable Jersey Boys number. Thanks to all who came. Let’s do it again soon.





Clockwise from top: Jim Caruso, fun with Gazillion Bubble Show; The Very Hungry Caterpillar meets fans; friends of W42ST; Joe Iconis & Family; Seth Sikes; Tap City Youth Ensemble; Marie Gabrielle.






Air con is bad for your skin, and Seamless will make you fat. So get outdoors and live! Sarah Timms runs down some of the best things to do, even if you have a teeny weeny budget Photographs: Christian Miles genres to authentic neighborhood shows. Free to attend, you’ll be treated to acts including Patti Smith, Davido, and Darlene Love as well as Global Beats of the Bronx, Dance Theatre of Harlem Performance and Demonstration, The Hallelujah Train, and Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. The SummerStage performing annual arts festival, running through September, hosts free and ticketed concerts at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. This is the perfect chance for you and your squad to grab a blanket, a bottle (or three), and chill on the lawn outside of the stage while enjoying the summertime festivities. This year’s lineup includes The Flight of The Concords, Rudimental, and Cage the Elephant. summerstage Broadway in Bryant Park is spicing up your lunch break this summer, bringing together the best of Broadway’s musical hits for you to enjoy for free. One of the nation’s most-visited parks will see performances from much-loved acts from both on and off Broadway showcase popular musicals, snippets, and surprises from their plays.

Shows run 12.30pm-1.30pm every Thursday afternoon from July 7 through August 11. Lincoln Center Out of Doors marks its 45th season this year with the usual high class music and dance acts taking to its plazas. Running July 20 through August 7, the festival is set to be as diverse as ever, featuring performances spanning musical


Above: Broadway in Bryant Park takes baby out of the corner. Opposite: Explore your inner child and splash around in the sprinklers.

Summergarden: MoMA’s four-night concert designed to bring new music to New York, is free to attend and runs each Sunday evening in July. This year you’ll see adventurous contemporary music premiere each night from participants including The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. The classical and jazz performances will take place in MoMA’s stunning sculpture garden. Seating is first-come first-served, so arrive early. Gate opens 7pm, show begins at 8pm. Fresh Fruit Festival: New York’s celebration of LGBTQ arts and culture marks its 14th annual festival this summer with two weeks of theatre, dance, musicals, cabaret and art. The fruitful event takes place at The WILD Theater from July 11 through 24 and tickets sell for under $20.


COMMUNITY The Battery Dance Festival will showcase performances from both established and up-and-coming dancers and choreographers from August 14 through 20. The event, taking place at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park – Battery Park City, will bring together the best of local talent and international performers and is free to attend.

The High Line is hosting foot-stomping Latin Dance Parties, gardening tours (both edible and medicinal), pop-up performances from downtown’s rebellious, genre-bending acts, Up Lates for those who want to explore the park after hours, as well as all kinds of family events running for free through July and August. Stan Michels Memorial Jazz Concert at Fort Tryon Park takes place July 30 at 1pm. And it’s free. The concert, marking the park’s eighth anniversary, showcases live jazz on the promenade overlooking the Hudson River in honor of late Council Member Stan Michels. Shakespeare in the Park returns to Central Park’s Delacorte Theater, this year with Troilus and Cressida (July 19 through August 14). Tickets are free and become available on the day of performance.

Central Park Film Festival happens in August, rain or shine. On the screening list are the likes of Fame, The Blues Brothers, and Raging Bull. Pack a picnic and a blanket and you’re all set.

New York Classical Theatre is the city’s only all-free professional theater, so it’s our duty to support them. It’s performing the climatically contrasting A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Winter’s Tale throughout the summer, not just in Central Park, but all over Manhattan, in Nelson A. Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City, Prospect Park, Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side, The Battery, and Brooklyn Bridge Park.


HBO Bryant Park Film Festival will showcase classic hits each Monday evening, July through August, for free including the ever-brilliant Back To The Future, Footloose, and Marathon Man. The lawn opens at 5pm so don’t be late if you want to grab a spot.



This page: The boating lake in Central Park – not just for tourists. Opposite: The Blues BBQ is happening on Pier 97 in August; learn to juggle in Bryant Park; Ramblin’ Dan is at Pier 25 in July; Battery Park’s Sea Glass Carousel.




This page: Come on, who DOESN’T love Coney Island? Opposite: Rooftop Films; Big City Fishing.




Sandy Hook is one of the easiest beaches to get to from the city. Take the Seastreak ferry from Manhattan to Jersey in just over half an hour for $5, including beach entry. Shuttles take you to one of the four popular beaches including North Beach, Gunnison Beach (for those who like to go nekid), or family-friendly beaches E and D.


Point Pleasure Beach is everything it promises to be. Just 90 minutes from Penn Station, chill at beachfront bars, play at arcades, feed your face at carnival food stands, and people watch at the marina. Entry to the beach is $10 for adults.

Riverflicks in Hudson River Park. Who wouldn’t love free outdoor movies under the stars by the west side waterfront? Taking place each Wednesday night from dusk through July and August, you’ll enjoy big screen hits including The Big Short, Mad Max, and Jurassic World. Plus you’ll get free popcorn to munch. That’s what we call winning! Summer Movie Nights take place at venues including Sherman Creek Peninsula and 103rd Street Community Garden as well as neighboring boroughs Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island. It’s a great option for those with kids, as films include Ghostbusters, Inside Out, and Sleeping Beauty showing. It’s free, and movies start at dusk. Rooftop Films returns this year, showcasing some of the best independent movies shown in outdoor locations including Brooklyn’s Industry City Sunset Park and The Bushwick

“We can’t promise you’ll catch your dinner, but you’ll have a lot of fun.” Generator, plus Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City. Tickets cost $15 and screenings kick off around 7.30pm. Summer Streets lets the people of New York celebrate one of the best things about New York: the streets. Selected dates in August will see almost seven miles of roads open up for people to walk, cycle, and run as a more sustainable form of transportation. Extending from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park along Park Avenue and connecting streets, this is open for everybody to enjoy.


Coney Island’s famous hot dog eating competition takes place at Nathan’s on July 4. Take part if you dare, or just watch one of the world’s most unique sporting competitions. Happy Independence Day.

Big City Fishing happens at piers all down the Hudson (including Pier 84) all summer long. Learn how to fish and find out about the Hudson River environment while exploring river ecology and the different types of fish found in the river. We can’t promise you’ll catch your dinner, but you’ll have a lot of fun. Bryant Park has free juggling lessons for people of all ages and levels. Equipment is provided and no need to book – just drop in on a weekday lunchtime and start the fun. It’s open 12 noon to 1pm.


Hope,, love pride


How will Hell's Kitchen respond to the shooting in Orlando? Matt d’Silva reflects 18




n the days following the tragedy in Orlando, the idea of community and acceptance has become more important than ever. Heading out to brunch the morning of the terrible incident, it became apparent that this had really hit our community hard. The restaurants and bars that are normally teeming with life on a Sunday morning were deserted. Gone were the conversations of who hooked up with whom the night before, or the heavyset eyes of a tell-tale hangover that only unlimited Bloody Marys or mimosas could fix. The streets were quieter than usual, and there was a look of sadness and shock on the faces of the people out and about.


“Being surrounded by a group of similar people who understand and know your experiences firsthand is a liberating moment as you realize you’re part of a community, no longer alone.” Hell’s Kitchen has a thriving gay population, with numerous gay bars, clubs and restaurants catering to the local community. On any given day, you can see gay couples walking down the street, relaxed, holding hands, and showing their love for one another, without a care in the world. But on Sunday, June 12, that was gone. Everyone handles these situations differently. Some people cry, others get angry, some feel lost. But what is universal here is that we have all been affected in one way or another. Growing up gay is not something you choose in life. You’re born that way. From an early age you realize you’re different. You generally experience some kind of bullying at school and notice there’s some type of taboo that prevents you expressing who you really are and want to love. A gay bar or club for a young teenager who is struggling with their sexuality is almost a coming-to-the-light moment.

Above: A rainbow over Hell’s Kitchen; floral tributes left at the Stonewall Inn.

It’s the first time you can be yourself, open and free, without feeling judged. Being surrounded by a group of similar people who understand and know your experiences first-hand is a liberating moment as you realize you’re part of a community, no longer alone. Living in a gay community is important on so many levels: it allows you to associate and live with like-minded people and know that you’re not alone. Growing up gay in small, rural areas can be quite a challenge for anyone questioning their sexuality. You can feel isolated, repressed even. So the pull to move to a


big city where you can fit in without fear of persecution is understandable. Understanding the events that occurred in Orlando isn’t going to be easy, but what is more challenging is knowing that what was a safe haven for the gay, lesbian, and trans community, a place where you could express your love for one another and simply be who you are has been tarnished. Attending the vigil at Stonewall on the Monday helped provide clarity to what was a very difficult couple of days. The love and compassion that was expressed for our community was uplifting and helped resolve a lot of confusion and hurt. But one thing the gay community is known for is its resilience. Over the years we’ve fought for equality on all fronts, in the 1960s for acceptance, in the 1980s overcoming the AIDS epidemic, and more recently for marriage equality, so we know how to bounce back with more than a little flair and style. As we celebrated Pride and started heading back to the bars, clubs and restaurants, there has never been a more important time to celebrate who we are, think about how far we’ve come, and take notice of the acceptance and love that has been expressed globally. Be proud, love one another, and know that it’s OK to be you.



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Who are you? Tom Blackie and Henri Myers (with their business partner and designer Carsten Klein).

What have you just done? Completed our Kickstarter campaign, raising more than $55K in less than a month.

3 What’s the vision? To create a concept retail and online store where people can buy beautiful designs while also supporting good causes. Ten hand-picked items, ten categories, changing every ten weeks. And, crucially, ten per cent from the sale of each product goes directly to one of ten charities. The customer will choose from causes including Housing Works, international rescue charities, and groups that support vulnerable people in the LGBT community.

One dream. 24 days. 328 people. Too many sleepless nights. Six questions. Go! Photographs: Phil O’Brien

4 So, did you do it? We hit our target with about six hours to go and exceeded it by $1,210. We’ve had tons of emails and messages from friends who missed the deadline (doh!), but we’re flipping delighted we reached it. It was all looking a bit grizzly just four or five days before …

5 Holy cow! How do you feel? Ecstatic! Other words that come to mind are: grateful for all the love and support from friends, family and complete strangers,physically and emotionally wounded, exhausted, relieved, saddle sore, overwhelmed by people’s generosity …

6 So, when’s the opening? Sunday, July 10, at 4 W29th St. It’s a pretty casual 10-minute cycle from where we live in Hell’s Kitchen. Every ten weeks we’ll have 100 items (ten books, ten men’s accessories, ten candles, ten gifts, ten fragrances, etc). We don’t want to give too much away, but we’ll be launching with Misa jewellery, Keap candles, and Fine and Dandy. We’ve also just chosen and secured the first artist that we’ll be featuring. He was selected as one of the “young artists to watch” by MOMA last year, has exhibited at the Zürcher Gallery here in NYC, and will be going straight to Paris once he’s finished with us at MAISON 10. DIGITAL EDITION


what’s going on in


Every day’s a play day with our guide to the month’s events in and around Hell’s Kitchen.

Opens July 3 Small Mouth Sounds Pershing Square Signature Center

Back in the hood after its sold-out run at Ars Nova, this story focuses on six runaways from city life embarking on a silent retreat in the woods.

July 4 Independence Day All over NYC

Find a spot in a park or on a rooftop to watch the fireworks, set off again this year from the East River. The display starts at around 9.20pm and lasts for around half an hour.

July 7 Wine & Jazz on the River


Pier 81


The star of this “monumental new musical,” Abigail Shapiro, performed at our party in the park and she was awesome!

Opens July 7 New York Musical Festival

Feeling fancy? The World Yacht Duchess is setting sail and you’ll be wined and dined, while chilling to jazz. Also July 21 and August 25.

Various venues

Opens July 14 Cats

July 14/15 Public Service Broadcasting

Neil Simon Theatre

British pop star Leona Lewis has just been cast as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in this first-ever Broadway revival of the record-breaking musical.


Opens July 4 Liberty the musical

An all-singing, all-dancing (literally) celebration of new musicals and the voices that create them.

Daily Eye for Design MAD Museum Explores the unique graphic identity created by the museum in the 1960s and 1970s through its imaginatively designed exhibition catalogues and ephemera.

Not Mondays A Day by the Sea Beckett Theater

A once-promising Foreign Service employee confronts the failure that is his life while picnicking along the English seaside.

Ends July 15 Phoenix Rising


The London-based rock band uses communication between astronauts and NASA in one-of-a-kind pieces.


Mondays Jim Caruso’s Cast Party Birdland

Our favorite open-mic night. Last month we met the star of our party in the park, Gregory Driscoll. Next time? Who knows?

Ends July 16 The Healing

Lion Theatre

Clurman Theatre

Based on a true story, this show is produced by the Living Lotus Project, which exists to prevent violence against women through theater.

Twenty-five years ago, a group of friends met at summer camp. Now they’ve gathered to mourn the passing of one of their friends.

Opens July 18 Engagements

July 16 Secret beach by SUP

July 16 Hudson Riverstage

Pier 84

Pier 97

2econd Stage

Cross the Hudson via stand-up paddle board and discover a hidden sandy beach. Stop. Stretch. Eat at the nearby food shacks.

Artists including Deer Tick, Margo Price, Anais Mitchell, Breanna Barbara, and Chrome Pony merge acoustic, roots, and folk.

Opens July 20 Men on Boats

Thursdays Free writing classes

Playwrights Horizons

Bryant Park

The true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of volunteers chart the course of the Colorado River.

Choose from humor writing, fiction, script or creative as Gotham Writers moves out of the classroom and into the open air.

From July 25 NYC Restaurant Week

July 30 Horror Film Club

All over the city

Columbus Library

Fine dining at affordable prices, you say? Where do we sign? For five days there are special deals at more than 300 restaurants.

July 30 Next W42ST out All over Hell’s Kitchen

We’re talking families – the traditional, and the less so. If you’d like to be featured in the magazine, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us on

Set in summer in New England, this dark comedy exposes the ugly feelings behind an age of beautiful selfies.

Friday and Saturday Lucky Cheng’s

Not Tuesdays Paramour Lyric Theatre

Cirque du Soleil’s first show created specifically for Broadway features everything from aerial strap artists to trampoline.

July 24 The Cast of Phantom …

Stage 48


The drag cabaret restaurant was made famous in 1994 when Prince Albert of Monaco dined there. Now it’s moved to a new home in HK.

The Broadway cast of Phantom of the Opera sings a collection of Sondheim tunes for one night only. Book early!

2012’s The Cabin in the Woods, in which a group of friends steal away for a weekend in an isolated country cabin. Fools!

Ends July 31 Fully Committed Lyceum Theatre

Now extended, there’s still a chance to catch Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson in this hit comedy set in one of NY’s trendiest eateries.









David Javerbaum gave up playing God on Twitter, but his heavenly creation continues to evolve Interview Ruth Walker



od’s got a lot of explaining to do. This messed-up world we’re living in. Atrocities committed in His name. Disease. Famine. It’s time for some answers. You can be pretty sure God despairs too. So much for a perfect creation! But who to speak on His behalf? (There are many who already claim to do so, but their God-given authority is in serious doubt.) David Javerbaum admits he already has a list of names he’d like to see play the Big Guy in future productions of his acclaimed Broadway comedy An Act of God. The Big Bang Theory’s (how apt) Jim Parsons set the bar last year with a performance that was, according to the writer, “a little more imperious, a little bit more standoffish, a little more aloof, which is of course entirely appropriate for God.” Now Sean Hayes, “Just Jack” from Will & Grace, has picked up the tablets of stone as “a little more welcoming, a little more likable. Which is also entirely appropriate.” Old Testament judgment meets New Testament redemption. “This is essentially a one-God show,” says David, “and it was written to be a vehicle for a great and hopefully wellknown actor. Both Jim and Sean are amazing. And the good thing is that you’re having people play someone whose personality is so undefined you can really treat it any way you want to.” Among the questions Sean/David/God seeks to answer in this 90-minute-nointermission conversation are: Why do

“I find people get much more offended when you take liberties with Jesus than with God. Jesus, people take personally.” bad things happen to good people? And the not inconsiderable “why are we here?” “He also explains some of the things in the Bible: Adam and Eve, the creation, and when Abraham was sent to kill his


son … a lot of it is a retrospective of his brilliant career.” Productions are already being lined up all over the world, from Portugal to Peru, Germany to South Africa. “It’s really thrilling as a writer to know your work is being performed in all these different places,” says David. In the beginning however, as is so often the case, there was the just germ of an idea. A book, Memoirs by God. To pre-publicize the tome, David’s publisher suggested he start a Twitter account. And behold, the world thought it was good. By the time he closed @TheTweetOfGod in February this year he had 2.3 million followers and had crafted 10.1K 140-character-or-less declarations. “I didn’t think it was going to be such a big thing,” says David, “and I didn’t think it was going to be such a big part of my life for five years. It was really fun, I enjoyed it, but I have other things I want to do with my creative life and I just found that it was taking up too much of my time. There’s a television show I’m currently working on, so I had to get my eyes from out of the microscope that is Twitter and back into the real world.” There was also the small matter of a hacking incident that was perhaps the trigger to his departure from the Twitterverse. Not though, surprisingly, from a far right group crying “blasphemy.” “For the most part the account was pretty well accepted,” says David. “The only time I got any pushback was when they thought I wasn’t liberal enough.

Opposite page: Sean Hayes in all His glory. Left: David Javerbaum.

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I find people get much more offended when you take liberties with Jesus than with God. Jesus, people take personally.” Of course, lest we confuse parody with reality, David is not God; nor did he ever claim to be. But he is a comic deity, having won a miraculous 13 Emmys – 11 of them for his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He joined the show, which is produced from studios on 11th Avenue, as a staff writer in 1999, and rose to become an executive producer by the end of 2006. He’s most proud of the books he contributed to during that time: America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction, which sold 2.6 million copies and won the 2005 Thurber Prize for American Humor, and its 2010 sequel, Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race. “We were in our own bubble,” he says. “People were telling us how important we were and it never really sank in. One part of being a humorist is that if you start taking yourself too seriously then you’re dead; you’ve killed the golden goose. So we just took it as our mission to have comedic integrity. We took bits of reality and turned them into something that, on our best days, people would laugh at, and

“I wanted to get my head out from the one-liners and be focused more on the larger picture. I had to get my eyes from out of the microscope that is Twitter.” on the not so good days, people would clap. That was a sign that we hadn’t done our job properly. “The whole experience of going into work every day with a group of likeminded, brilliant people and laughing and putting it together – and the doughnuts … when I look back on it, I don’t think of it as this moment or that moment, I just look at it as one long, nice, rewarding experience. And a collaborative experience that, now I’m starting my own television show I really want to recreate.” He left The Daily Show in 2010 and


Above: Sean Hayes, ably assisted by David Josefsberg (Archangel Michael).

has since, most notably, worked as a producer for The Late Late Show with James Corden. (He’s the talent who, along with Gary Barlow, penned Corden’s eye-popping, all-singing, alldancing opening number That Could Be Me for this year’s Tony Awards.) Want to know more? Of course you do. He also wrote eight original songs for Stephen Colbert’s 2008 television special, A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All! (picking up a Grammy); and co-wrote the score for the Broadway adaptation of John Waters’ Cry-Baby (nominated for a Tony). He co-wrote the opening number to the 2011 Tonys, Broadway: It’s Not Just for Gays Anymore! (winning him an Emmy); the opening to the 2011 Emmys; the opening and closing songs for the 2012 Tonys (yet another Emmy for the mantel); and The Number in the Middle of the Show for the 2013 Emmys. Phew! Now based in LA, he’s creating an intriguing new show for Netflix which, he says, is based around a marijuana dispensary. “I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say right now. We do have a major star attached. I don’t know if can say who she or he is, but it’s a big name. “That’s the biggest reason I’m not doing Twitter anymore,” he adds, “because I just wanted to get my head out from the one-liners and be focused more on the larger picture.” Does he miss New York City? The pace? The energy? “No,” he says without hesitation. “I shouldn’t say this, but for me, all the fears New Yorkers have of LA are overblown, similar to the way people who are funny but also neurotic fear that if they lose their neuroses they won’t be funny anymore. That’s not true. At least, it doesn’t have to be true. You can become a healthier person and still be funny. “For me, LA, just being there, I don’t feel the anxiety any more. The pace and the excitement of New York are the negative spin of the anxiety and the neuroses.” Still, he loved being back for the Tonys, being a part of the theater community here. “Even though I don’t want to live here anymore, I love the theater,” he says. “And I think this particular awards show is the nicest and best and least cynical of the awards shows. “I’m biased, but I do think that.”



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SUMMER’S DAY? It’s open-air theater season. So, what’s the worst that can happen? Words Carla Duval Photographs Ted Minos


he hottest of the seasons is here, and with it comes a boom in outdoor theater where Shakespeare reigns supreme. While the most famous of these in NYC is, of course, Shakespeare in the Park, there are loads of other outdoor options that shouldn’t be missed. I’ve taken part in several of these over the years, and I’ve had to explain to my boastful grandma time and time again that there’s a difference between telling people her precious granddaughter is in Shakespeare in THE Park and Shakespeare in A park. While audiences always enjoy outdoor productions for the sunshine, the scenery, and the soliloquies (who doesn’t love a good soliloquy?), there’s no denying that there are some obstacles the cast and crew must overcome that don’t apply to the indoor counterpart. The audience might not be aware of these backstage hassles since performances are always flawless (of course), but if you’re thinking of taking part in an outdoor production, or if you’re an audience member and want to appreciate the struggle behind the spectacle, here are a few things you ought to know. THERE WILL BE NOISE I know, I know. Being in NYC means there will be noise everywhere you go, indoors or out. But with outdoor theater, you need to compete with more than the usual sirens, taxi horns, and cell phones. In a touring production of Two Gentlemen of Verona, we were surprised to find heavy construction waiting for us at one of our locations. We had to strain our vocal chords (in vain) to be heard over the jackhammer pounding 15 feet away. In a production of Hamlet, not only did we have to deal with jet skis and


“We had to start putting the mic packs in lubricantfree condoms to keep them from short circuiting.”


Top and above: Two Gentlemen of Verona (and two dogs of Inwood).

Metro North trains passing at regular intervals, but during one performance, we had a group of nearby picnickers sing “Happy Birthday” throughout Hamlet’s confrontation with his mother. In comedy, you can sometimes play off these distractions, but in tragedy my advice is to resign yourself to the unavoidable tears. YOU’RE GOING TO SWEAT... A LOT Make friends with the wardrobe crew. Seriously. If you want the sweat wrung out of your costume every night, best bring them some chocolate and Febreze. I worked as a costume intern one summer

ARTS for a production of Twelfth Night and had to lug six baskets of pure perspiration to the laundromat after Every. Single. Show. The sweat became such a problem, we had to start putting the mic packs in lubricant-free condoms to keep them from short circuiting. There were jokes aplenty. THE WEATHER IS YOUR ENEMY, ALWAYS Rain or shine, there’s no winning the forecast lottery. I’m happy to say I’ve never been rained out of a performance (knock on wood), but that doesn’t mean the rain hasn’t been a problem. In the same production of Hamlet, we were rained out of both of our tech rehearsals, meaning that the first time we performed in the actual park was opening night. I’ll admit I can be prone to pre-show jitters, but this news sent me over the edge to the point where I was sprinting around the park in the downpour sobbing hysterically and unintentionally, giving the most authentic portrayal of Ophelia’s ‘mad scene’ of the entire run. Even the sunshine can be cruel. Try having an intimate connection with your scene partner while the sun peeks out from behind his head, its rays stabbing you right in the eye. Or, if like me you have skin that make-up companies refer to as “translucent,” you’d better beware. You’d think that I’d know better than to taunt the sun with my exposed, sunscreen-less flesh. Alas, woe is me, for it is a lesson I have to relearn every year. As a result, I was forced to spend 30 minutes before every performance applying a thick coat of green slime to cancel out my lobster-red skin followed by a generous amount of that translucent cover-up. Think I’m being a tad dramatic? Good, that’s my job. Here are some other stories to back me up. And remember, with every inevitable mishap that occurs with outdoor theater, there are an equal amount of opportunities that can only be explored outdoors. That’s what makes it such a special experience. “I worked on Cymbeline where the audience sat on the ground, and the stage was raised a few feet. In rehearsal, the Roman soldiers (in short tunics) performed their battle scene, where several of them were ‘killed’ onstage. The costumers looked at each other, then the variety of plaid boxers and white underpants directly at eye level, and

Top: This year’s production of Two Gentlemen of Verona at Inwood Shakespeare Festival. Above: Ophelia has a lie down after all her histrionics.

“I was sprinting around the park in the downpour sobbing hysterically and unintentionally, giving the most authentic portrayal of Ophelia’s ‘mad scene’ of the entire run.” immediately took the note to add plain athletic shorts to their costumes.” Brittney Belz “In Drums Along the Mohawk, it started raining during an ‘indoor’ scene. Oddly, the audience all had ponchos and stuck with us even though the imaginary roof was leaking on to this humble couple’s bed. Then lightning started, and as we were in a field with no backstage cover, we became a bit concerned. We halted the play at intermission and never finished. Those people never saw the end of the story because it was our last show!” Ben Dawson “In a Miami-beach set production of Twelfth Night, I played Maria. At one point, Sir Toby drives up in a golf


cart and whisks me and Sir Andrew Aguecheek away across bumpy terrain in the performance field. Whipping the golf cart around, the actor found a line of ducks crossing his path. We all nearly fell out of the cart as he zigzagged around the waddling ducks. The audience loved it!” Patricia Culbert

ACTION! Shakespeare in the Park Troilus and Cressida July 19-August 14

Bryant Park Presents Shakespeare As You Like It July 21-23 Measure for Measure September 1-17

New York Classical Theatre A Midsummer’s Night Dream May 31-July 17 The Winter’s Tale July 18-August 14

Narrows Botanical Gardens Julius Caesar July 16, 17, 23, & 24


Se-ewyeaor u in the bar EATING & DRINKING


"Take advantage of tappy hour with two for one on all beer and wine on tap." 30


EATING & DRINKING Sarah Timms tirelessly researches the neighborhood’s rooftops and patios so the rest of us can just relax and enjoy our sundowner THE PRESS LOUNGE

11th Ave - 47th/48th St Cool cocktails, a beautiful space, outstanding rooftop views of the city and River … this place is less pop-in-after-work and more go-home-and-get-glammed-up first. There is a strict dress policy (no gym kits, beachwear, or ripped clothing). And while the menu is minimal, prepare to be wowed with strong flavors and beyondcool vibes. Note: if you arrive after 8pm any night of the week, you’ll likely be faced with lines. And be sure to check beforehand, as they sometimes close the bar for private parties.



W48th St - 11th/12th Ave This Mexican bar slash restaurant is an impressive rooftop venue with welcoming staff and a young, lively atmosphere. Reservations are required for a table, or just turn up on the night and hope to get a seat at the bar. The music is pumping but the more you drink, the louder you talk, so it all works out. Tropical and tequila-based cocktails are the main offering, and if you stick around long enough, you’ll probably be asked to sample the new cocktails for free. Bar snacks are a must – the Cantina guac is made fresh and is so outrageously delicious you might be tempted to order a second helping.


W58th St - 8th/9th Ave Set in the center of the hotel is a peaceful private park. And while not exactly the place you’d go to top up your tan, it’s great for a quiet cocktail. The bar attracts a mixed crowd: as well as hotel guests, you’ll find local businessmen and women and those just passing by.


10th Ave - 42nd/43rd St Described as a hipster hotel, the rooftop terrace has a fun, cosmopolitan feel. Boasting 7,000 square feet, it’s the largest outdoor space of any New York hotel. If you head down from 3pm-5pm, take advantage of their “tappy hour” – with two-for-one on all beer and wine on tap. Cocktails are must here too. But it’d be wise to line your stomach first. Fortunately, the Latin-Asian themed miniature dishes on the menu do the job nicely.


8th Ave - 47th/48th St A small but cozy rooftop bar serving enticing cocktails (the pomegranate fizz and lychee martini are W42ST favorites) accompanied by food offerings including chips and dips, black truffle fries, pizza, cauliflower wings, and watermelon salad. Head over on a sunny Sunday for all-day happy hour, or during the week 3pm-8pm. The bar doesn’t take bookings and outside space is limited, but if you’re lucky enough to grab a table, you’re set for the evening. Single? Latitude is also considered a pick-up bar. Enjoy!


W46th St - 11th/12th Ave If you’re big on club nights, try this joint out for a party under the stars. It’s more of an event space than a drop-in bar, but keep an eye on the social pages for upcoming nights. Boasting a rooftop deck and a garden terrace, you’re spoilt for views – perfect for those with an eye for photography/pretentious instagram shots. Acts include The Fat Jewish, guest DJs and themed nights. You can drop by most


Friday evenings from 5pm for two-for-one cocktails and sunset views, but be ready to hit the dance floor when they start charging admission from 9pm and the party crowd arrives. Opposite page: Drinking in the view of Hell’s Kitchen from The Press Lounge. Inset: Snacks at Ardesia; cocktails at Latitude; the garden space at Hudson New York.


10th Ave - 54th/55th St If you have a small party with a taste for class, this is your place. The brick-lined bar has an outdoor patio from which to enjoy a menu featuring truffle fries, Thai wings, oysters, and much more. It’s made even better with an all-day happy hour, plus specials on house wines and bottles of Bud. The staff will be your BFF by the end of the night, and the hands-on owner often takes orders and serves food – who better to rub shoulders with? Try the specialty cocktails, including blackberries and smoke, and four roses and rosemary.


W40th St - 8th Ave Named one of New York’s top ten beer gardens on Trip Advisor, Beer Authority knows exactly what it’s doing and does it well: bringing you some of the world’s best beers – 90 on tap and 100 by the bottle – and combining that with a chilled outdoor garden on the third floor. Beer plus sun. What’s not to love? The location, Times Square, isn’t the best, but fear not – this has a much more local feel than it does tourist.


W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave Happy hour, contemporary light bites, and a large outdoor patio – all of this is brought to you by a classy establishment, set in the Archstone Clinton complex. Sit back and relax with a wide selection of great wines and beers from around the world, plus fancy finger food (the cheese sauce-covered pretzels caught our eye). The staff are all well informed so if you’re unsure on what to order, take their guidance on which wine to try and which snack will complement it the best.


The best PICNIC sorted Grab your blanket and your friends. LisaMarie Falcone has the food covered


Photographs: Nacho Guevara

othing says summer quite like a picnic. Gathering my friends and heading out to the Hudson River Park is on my “summer ‘16 Must Do” list, and this year I want to show them how delicious plantbased meals can be.

I’ve put together my go-to recipes that I know will be a huge hit. They’re easy to pack, easy to prep, and can be made ahead of time so you won’t have to spend hours in the kitchen, because let’s be honest, when the sun’s out, I want to be too! Are you ready to kick this picnic off?

Crisp cucumber dill salad

Serving size: four This easy and delicious cold salad is a summertime staple for me. It stays fresh for a day or two in the fridge, but is also something you can whip up the morning of your picnic.


Here’s what you need: 2 cucumbers 1 tbsp olive oil Salt to taste Dill (to taste – I used three sprigs) Squeeze of fresh lemon 2-3 tbsp hemp seeds (optional but delicious)


Here’s what you do:

Slice the cucumbers and sprinkle with sea salt. In a large mixing bowl, toss the cucumbers with olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Add the dill and hemp seeds and toss some more. Store in the fridge until ready to go. TIP If you’re going to make this ahead of time, leave off the dill until the day of.


“Let’s be honest, when the sun’s out, I want to be too!”


Tex-Mex quinoa salad Serving size: six to eight This is a winner every time. I’ve brought it to countless parties and there are never any leftovers. The great thing about this salad is that you really can’t mess it up and you can make substitutions for pretty much any of the ingredients and get the same great results. Here’s what you need: 4 cups cooked quinoa 4 limes 3 ears of corn (or 1-2 cups frozen corn) 2 cans of black beans 1 tomato 1 avocado ⅛ cup olive oil Cilantro Salt to taste 5 scallions

Here’s what you do:

Once the quinoa is cold, place in a large mixing bowl. Cook and cool the corn. I TIP If you’re personally love using grilled prepping ahead corn because it gives it a of time, don’t add charred, smoky flavor. If you’re the avocado until using corn on the cob, cut off you’re ready to the kernels with a knife. serve. Next, drain and rinse your black beans, add to a large mixing bowl with the corn and the cooled quinoa. Cut the tomato and three of the scallions. Add to the quinoa. Juice the three limes, and chop the rest of the scallions. Add this to a blender with the olive oil and the cilantro and blend until smooth. The dressing should be a little thick. Toss the quinoa with the dressing. Add salt to taste. Cube the avocado and add in.

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EATING & DRINKING Sunflower seed “tuna” salad

Serving size: four to six This is a dish I keep on rotation. The prep work is minimal and it pairs well with fresh arugula or spinach. Here’s what you need: 2 cups of sunflower seeds 1 carrot 1 celery Dulse salt (optional) ½ lemon 2 tbsp avocado mayo

Here’s what you do:

Pulse the sunflower seeds in a blender until roughly chopped. Cut up the carrot and celery and add to the sunflower seeds. Add the avocado mayo and lemon juice. If you’re adding dulse salt, sprinkle on top and fold in.

TIP Dulse, a red seaweed, adds a “sea” element so it’s almost like you’re eating real tuna!

Grilled artichoke hearts with mustard drizzle Serving size: four to six Artichoke hearts are my favorite! Charring the artichokes really brings out a rich flavor and makes them taste a little heartier. Here’s what you need: 1 can quartered artichoke hearts 4 tbsp Dijon mustard 2-3 tsp apple cider vinegar Sprinkle of mustard seeds

Here’s what you do:

Drain and rinse the artichoke hearts. On a pre-heated grill pan lay the artichoke face down. After three or four minutes, flip and char the backside. Be careful not to burn them. Let cool and start preparing your dressing. In a small bowl, whisk the Dijon, mustard seed, and apple cider vinegar together. When you’re ready to serve, drizzle the artichoke hearts with the mustard sauce

I hope you enjoy all of these recipes with your friends and family. Remember to tag #W42ST in any photos of your recreations. We’d love to see them.



EATING & DRINKING Red pepper zucchini dip Serving size: 10 to 14 If you love hummus, you have to try this dip. It’s a great low-carb option that’s really creamy and delicious. The zucchini base is incredibly versatile so feel free to try making your own flavors. Here’s what you need: 1 cup chopped zucchini ¼ cup tahini Juice from 1 lemon 1 roasted red pepper

Here’s what you do:

Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve cold. Done.


Fruit kabobs with coconut whipped cream Here’s what you need: Skewers Fruit of your choice (I love strawberries, pineapple, and banana) 1 can of full fat coconut milk

Here’s what you do:

Place the fruit on the skewers. The night before you’re making the coconut whipped cream, put the can in the fridge. When you’re ready to make the whip, open the can upside down and drain the liquid into a bowl. You can use this for smoothies or in the chia pudding so don’t throw it away. Scoop out the coconut cream and, using a stand or a hand mixer, blend until it’s fluffy. Refrigerate until ready to serve with your fruit skewers.


TIP This dip pairs well with vegetable crudites, or spread on top of delicious bread from Amy’s.


Chia pudding

This is another one of my favorite things to make. Again, it’s really easy. See a theme here? And chia seeds are so good for you. Boom! For this picnic, I’m putting a little spin on it by adding in some fresh grapefruit juice. Here’s what you need: ¾ cup chia seeds 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk 1 cup grapefruit juice ½ tsp vanilla extract

Here’s what you do:

Put all the ingredients into a large jar and mix well. Refrigerate for at least six hours to let set.

TIP To make this a fun DIY at your picnic, pack toppings like nuts, coconut flakes, and cut-up fruit.





FINGENZA SOUR Ingredients 1.5oz Figenza vodka 1oz lime juice 1oz simple syrup 1 egg Method Dry cook the egg in vodka. Add the remaining ingredients. Give it a final shake. Add ice. Serve straight up in a martini glass.

FISH BAR North River Landing, Pier 81




“Our staff love the truffle oil fondue, and many a late night they can been seen hovering around a pot sharing stories after their shifts.”




Know anyone who works in Hell’s Kitchen who’d be great for the Staff Survey? Don’t keep them a secret, share the love with

Come into the


Drinking outdoors in summer is pretty much written into NYC legislation. Corey Samuels invites us into his new al fresco space Words Hillary Reeves Photograph Nacho Guevara OK, so what’s your Hell’s Kitchen story? I moved to Hell’s Kitchen around 2001, as the neighborhood was well into a positive turnaround from the rough times in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. Ninth Avenue was populated with mom-andpop-type restaurants of every ethnicity and cuisine, and new bars and restaurants were opening up, catering to the local population, as well as tourists who were starting to venture west. So, you and your Kashkaval Garden coowner Daniel Assaf both live and work in the neighborhood? What drew you here? Old high school friends. We both moved to New York in the late 1990s and used to hang out in Hell’s Kitchen, dreaming of opening our own place. The opportunity came in 2003, when we transformed an old cheese market into Hell’s Kitchen’s first wine bar, Kashkaval Cheese Market & Wine Bar. In 2012, a former nail salon became available next door, with a wonderful backyard space, and we opened Kashkaval Garden in 2013. What do you love about running a restaurant on Manhattan’s west side? We love the variety of guests, many of whom have become good friends. They range from locals who can be seen having their usual at the bar on an almost daily basis, to business customers who have meetings over lunch, to an amazing array of tourists from all over the world. OK, so, what should we order next time we visit? Our Mediterranean-influenced menu is

deeply rooted in the idea of tasting and sharing, and we encourage guests to order different plates to be enjoyed communally at the table. Try samplers of homemade tapas served with warm pita bread, some cheese and charcuterie boards, and grilled skewers made from marinated octopus, grape leaf-wrapped salmon cubes, and paprika-infused chicken. Our staff love the truffle oil fondue, and many a late night they can been seen hovering around a pot sharing stories after their shifts. What about your garden space? We’re very excited to be able to expand our seating space considerably with the completion of our new garden room, which was built over the unused backyard of our building and seats about 25 people. It’s a bright, airy, four-season space with skylights and will shortly be surrounded by a colorful vertical garden as we welcome the summer weather. Tell us about the changes you’ve seen in Hell’s Kitchen, for better or worse. The one thing about Hell’s Kitchen is that it is constantly changing. New restaurants, bars, and businesses appear all the time. There has been a trend where independent establishments, as well as service businesses (laundries, delis, cafes, grocery stores, etc) are having trouble surviving in the neighborhood, probably due to the high commercial rents and skyrocketing labor costs. We’re already seeing more vacant storefronts on 9th Avenue, and many of the ones that do reopen are being replaced with chain stores or corporate-owned restaurants instead


Left: Corey enjoys a well-deserved glass of red.

of locally owned businesses. Our hope is that legislators will recognize the negative trends and change course to something fair and sustainable both for small businesses, employees, and customers. And, in so doing, help preserve the unique character of neighborhoods like Hell’s Kitchen. Aside from KG, what are some of your go-to spots in HK? There’s a small Mediterranean-style place called Catalina on 9th and 46th that has amazing flatbreads made in a real brick oven. Hourglass Tavern and Bettibar over on 46th has been in the neighborhood over 30 years; they’ve got hearty, delicious food with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Disiac on 54th is a great place to catch up with friends, either in their garden or their intimate bar/dining area. We know you have a love for theater too – any shows you’ve seen recently, or that you’re dying to see? You can add me to the list of people trying to see Hamilton, but until I get a ticket, I try to keep current on new productions. I had some people in town recently, and we loved the current production of Fiddler. Fun Home was new and edgy storytelling, with an amazing score. Also, I felt privileged to see a recent concert version of The Secret Garden at Lincoln Center, which was riveting.

KASHKAVAL GARDEN (212) 245-1758 852 9TH AVENUE - 55TH/56TH ST




Lose the cork, the corkscrew … and maybe the bottle as well – alternative wine packaging is here to stay, discovers Jeremy Kaplan


ot too long ago, when you wanted to enjoy a bottle of wine in the park or at the beach, you needed a corkscrew. You’d remove the foil, carefully align the screw, twist, lift, and viola! Wine. For years, wine snobs have eschewed anything other than a cork in a bottle, but in today’s world of wine, you’d be surprised how many non-traditional options you have.

you’ll also find the crown cap on still wines mostly from northern Italy, Germany and Austria. You won’t need a corkscrew, but you will need a bottle opener or strong set of teeth.

Start from the top Cork is expensive – and increasingly rare, as a tree takes ten years to replenish its bark that provides the cork we covet. Many people are challenged by corkscrews, so why not look at wines with alternative closures? The “Stelvin” screw cap is the most common. Originally developed for an Australian wine company, and trialed in the 1960s and 1970s, it can now be found around the world, providing the consumer with easy access to their wine. It also reduces the cost, and provides the wine with protection from the dreaded 2,4,6-Trichloroanisole, or cork taint. Generally speaking, screw caps can be found on wines that are lower in cost, and designed for immediate consumption – but that probably characterizes 99% of the wine in the world, so why not? It might not be very romantic to crack the seal versus popping the cork, but the wine will be just as good. Another alternative closure gaining in popularity is the “crown cap,” or pop-top. Yes, the same cap you might find on a bottle of soda or beer – but this type of closure is to be found in more wines then ever. Crown caps are, in fact, used in the champagne-making process. Before disgorging the bottle, the wine is sealed with a crown cap. Though found on many bottlings of pet-nat (natural sparkling wine),

The box is back Remember your parents keeping boxed wine in the fridge? Years ago, Bag In Box wine was generally cheap and bad – but not so today. From my experience, the better examples are white or rose – generally in three-liter format (that’s four bottles). BIB wines are lightweight, easy to transport with their built-in handles, and the packaging keeps the wine nice and air-tight – which was the original point. In many ways, boxes are superior to glass because the wine is kept oxygen free and away from light. But, once again, for the most part, you’ll find these wines to be simple and easy to drink. And that’s the whole point when going to the beach or park. Do the can-can Beer drinkers have turned their noses up at cans for years – but when Sixpoint Beer Company released ALL its products in cans, it reminded us that kegs are, in fact, really just big tins. The use of this packaging has increased throughout the industry for local craft beers and ciders, but also big international brands. Why? The product is protected from light. The seal is better than a crown-cap or twist off. It’s also lightweight, easy to stack, and has a smaller carbon footprint. So why not do the same for wine? Sparkling wine has been canned


Above: Box, can, or crown cap ... it’s all the same when it ends up in the glass.

for years – most notably Francis Ford Coppola’s Sofia. But two products caught my eye recently and I liked them both. The Union Wine Company makes a line of wines in cans called Underwood (Verity Wine Company) and they are all delicious, uncomplicated, fresh. This Oregon-based winery has hit a sweet spot with its justright pricing and clever packaging. But be careful – this is a can of wine, not beer, so it’s the equivalent of drinking two glasses if you take on the can by yourself. The other is a sparkling wine cocktail called Pampelonne (from Pampelonne LLC, right here in Hell’s Kitchen). All natural and, again, with clever packaging, the wine is super-refreshing and will be welcome at any picnic, BBQ or beach party. Pampelonne comes in two flavors, Red Sangria and Rosé Lime, and I like them both. Lower in ABV versus the Underwood, you can likely take on a bunch of these. These alternative packages won’t be found at Per Se or Bouley, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with them when kicking back under a tree in the park, or watching the sun go down over Long Island Sound. Jeremy Kaplan, Veritas Studio Wines (



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rinking outdoors combines two of my favorite activities: drinking, and being outdoors. I don’t know what sadist first decided to enact open container laws, but I curse their name! Summer is the time when we, as a people, collectively find our way around those restrictions. Between camping, festivals, and outdoor seating at those establishments lucky enough to get a permit, summer offers up some great options for sipping in the sunshine. Of course, there are good ways


“My sweet Canadian coworker abandoned her tables, strapped on her rollerblades, and skated after them into Tompkins Square Park.”

Right: Bring on summer season – and be nice to your bartender, people!

and bad ways to drink outside. I once had a regular stumble into the bar at 3am with a full vodka soda he’d taken from the last bar and kept sipping as he walked to my bar. That’s a risky way to drink outdoors and I don’t recommend it. Another time, I was working what can either be the most fun and lucrative shift in the industry or a total hellscape nightmare: an all-you-can-drink Sunday brunch. The restaurant offered an incredible deal and we would get slammed. One afternoon I had a group of four sitting outside and ignoring the beautiful day and the crowds on St Marks in order to focus on their goal of drinking as much and as fast as possible in their 90 minutes. They were rude, monopolized my time, and by the end very drunk. When their time was up, I dropped their


It’s too nice outside to drink indoors, says Ciera Coyan, but certain failsafe rules still apply roughly $90 bill, they paid, and after they left I checked the tip: $0. A few minutes later I was complaining about them to the server and she became enraged. My sweet Canadian coworker abandoned her tables, strapped on her rollerblades, and skated after them into Tompkins Square Park. She triumphantly returned a few minutes later, rollerblading down St Marks, still wearing her apron, with a $20 bill for me in her pocket and the beers that they had decided to take from the restaurant and finish in the park in her hands. It was a beautiful sight. As for me, I’ll be away from Manhattan madness at my summer job: bartending on a boat! I’ve managed to score a spot at a seasonal bar in Long Island. It’s a sailboat that’s fixed on land and a fully operational bar. The season isn’t in full swing yet, so I’m spending this down time getting to know my new roommates. There are three bartenders, one server, and a chef all living in a house together and working at the same bar and restaurant. It’s basically service industry summer camp. There’s been talk of a service industry Olympics in which our staff would compete with a nearby restaurant in categories like beer pouring, tray balancing, and silverware rolling. Between the beach and the boat bar, I intend to spend the rest of the season drinking outside and I wish you all the same.


REAL ESTATE This page: You’re buying from a plan – but your new home may not be built for years.




DIG DEEP Your new condo isn’t even built yet, and you’re paying through the nose. Matthew Lehrer uncovers the hidden costs to buying off plan


hen it comes to residential real estate, all transactions fall into one of two categories: resales and sponsor sales. In the latter, you’ll find apartments being sold by the original developer of an old co-op or condo building and, increasingly common, new construction condo apartments being offered for sale, before completion, by a real estate developer. While the benefits of buying in a new condo may seem obvious (i.e. the latest and greatest in terms of architecture and design, top-of-the-line finishes, luxurious amenity spaces such as pools, health clubs and lounges, rooftop gardens, etc.), unsuspecting buyers are often shocked to learn of the high closing costs. That’s not to suggest new condos are bad investments or unreasonably risky transactions. In fact, many buyers experience great appreciation in value after buying pre-construction condo units, and there are a number of steps a buyer can take to mitigate the risks. In this two-part article series, I’ll shed some light on the costs and potential pitfalls.



One stark difference between resales and new construction condo transactions has to do with the closing costs and ancillary fees. In a typical resale, buyer and seller will each pay his or her own legal fees and the seller is responsible for the payment of the New York City and New York State real estate transfer taxes. However, when purchasing a new construction condo unit, it has become

“Just remember, if you don’t ask, you don’t get.” commonplace for the sponsor to make the buyer pay both sets of legal fees and the transfer taxes. For apartments under $500,000, the transfer tax equals 1% of the purchase price; $500,000 or more, that figure is 1.425%. In addition, there’s also a NYS transfer tax, equal to $4 per $1,000 of purchase price. I always suggest a buyer have his or her broker negotiate for the sponsor to pay at least a portion of the transfer taxes. While such request is rarely granted, real estate broker Jaclyn Treinkman, of Halstead Property, says: “A sponsor’s willingness to grant a concession on transfer taxes will ultimately depend on how many units are currently in contract, the market demand for units in the building, and where the building is located.” Just remember, if you don’t ask, you don’t get. In addition to standard real estate transfer taxes, unsuspecting buyers may also get hit with a mansion tax equal to 1% of the purchase price for units $1,000,000 or more. That might seem straightforward enough. However, most buyers are shocked to learn that, when buying a new construction condo, they could get hit with that mansion tax even when the apartment costs less than $1,000,000. This has to do with the payment of the


transfer taxes. When the sponsor shifts the tax burden on to the purchaser, those dollars are added to the purchase price and then the entire amount is considered for mansion tax purposes. This is often referred to as a “bulk up” of the purchase price. Sponsor attorney fees will vary from building to building, but a buyer can expect to pay legal fees ranging from $2,500-$4,000. As well as the transfer taxes, the potential mansion tax, and sponsor attorney fees, a buyer of a new construction condo unit may also be required to pay his or her proportionate share of the resident manager’s unit, handicapped parking space, and other amenities. Depending on the building, those fees could reach into the tens of thousands. Finally, unlike a resale transaction, buyers may also be required to put down more than a 10% contract deposit. In many cases, a sponsor will require 10% at the time of signing the contract – which may be years in advance of the actual finish date – then an additional deposit ranging from 5% to 10% within six months of signing, or at the time the plan is declared effective. Tying up hundreds of thousands of dollars for an intederminate period of time can lead to major financial problems for a buyer if a new construction goes south. Next month, we’ll take a closer look at those legal intricacies. Matthew Lehrer is an attorney NYC specializing in real estate transactions. Contact him at; (212) 826-1948






BUILT The house that duct tape

The hardware store is your interior design buddy. Jason Witcher is the guy full of bright ideas Photographs Nacho Guevara


n the brave new world, we all wear a uniform. New Yorkers wear black. It sets us apart from the tourists. And our homes have white walls. Wooden floors. In this city of glass and steel, we live in neutral boxes, temporary places we call home for as long as the rent is stabilized. OK, so that’s enough of the sweeping generalizations. In reality, we (and the places we live) are all shades of color and texture. It’s just that some of us subscribe to the “more is more” philosophy more than others. There’s nothing uniform or understated about Jason Witcher’s W57th St apartment. From the comic book print suit hanging by the front door, to the caps and hats of many colors atop mannequin heads lining the walls, it’s about as accurate a reflection of one person’s individual sense of style as it’s possible to get. “I’m a product of the 1980s and I’m all about the outfit,” he says. “Every single morning since high school it’s like a five-minute design project. What can I put together? I never repeat anything, though I can do a variation. So it’s always something new within the constraints of my wardrobe.” When it came to his apartment, he says, he started with the same sense of adventurous experimentation. “Since I always want something new, I’m working with all the colors in the crayon box. I just like the vibrancy. “I have a theory about color,” he adds. “They don’t mix and match, they have


“Since I always want something new, I’m working with all the colors in the crayon box. I just like the vibrancy.” relationships. A lot of times, it’s the ones that are right next to each other, the ones people might call clashing, that I think are most exciting. It’s like frequency of music – dissonance resolves into something harmonic – and I think colors are similar to that. I like to just mix it all up together.” Originally from Kentucky, with a performing arts background, his day job sees him handle PR and events for a high-end interior design firm. But he’s soon to put his creative energies into his own company, called Visual Tickle. “To make your eyes laugh,” he says. “It’ll be illustration, a blog, anything visual.” When he moved into his apartment five years ago, the first design element to appear was the black stripes of duct tape lining the walls. The rest of the taping evolved from there. “One week I’d decided on this arbitrary pink, yellow, black scheme. Then I thought, ‘Why am I doing that? I’m just putting constraints on myself.’ So I started thinking military stripes, nautical flagging. I just thought, ‘Let’s do everything. Go to Michael’s, buy

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every single roll of duct tape they have …’ And that’s kind of what I did. It’s all a play on checks and stripes.” It’s all done freehand. Painting out the lines to begin with would kind of defeat the purpose. “I hate paint,” he says. “It’s so messy. It’s horrible. But, if I’m going to create this look with paint, I’m going to have to tape it out anyway, so get it done this way, there’s no mess, and it’s so much easier.” Almost everything in the apartment was either created by Jason from scratch, or pimped into something a whole lot more interesting than the original. “I got a big kick on for the clamp light project,” he says of the lights by his bed. “I like the idea of turning something common into something special. So I was walking by an Urban Outfitters and they had a clamp light with strands of jewels coming from it – it looked like a jellyfish. I liked that idea of industrial and blingy but it just looked sad the way they did it. I thought, ‘What if it was encrusted on the inside of the lamp?’” He created about 100 of these “oyster lamps” for Housing Works’ Design on a Dime project before he upped the scale significantly with the giant lamp that


“It’s always important to just dress cute because you never know – sometimes it pays off!”

Above: A glitterpainted table from Housing Works, painted thrift store chairs, and a light that once belonged in an aircraft hangar. Opposite: Even the books have had their spines taped to match the color scheme.

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now sits above his dining table, colorful plastic zip ties in black, pink, white, and yellow giving the “oyster” a flamboyant tail. The light itself was a flea market find (its original home was in an airplane hangar). And the zip ties? “It’s hardware store chic,” he laughs. “Go into Home Depot, you find these common materials, and you just put a little twist on them.” The dining table was $10 from Housing Works, with added glitter courtesy of Jason. A mirror came from Salvation Army. The comic book suit was a Halloween find. “The guy actually gave me a discount because he liked what I was wearing. So, you see, it’s always important to just dress cute because you never know – sometimes it pays off!” The most expensive piece of furniture is the black chaise (originally turquoise). Custom made for a client, an intern put the arm on the wrong side, so it had to be entirely remade ... and the “wrong” version was going cheap. The golden chairs were another flea market bargain. But to recover the powder blue velvet with his “mafioso


Above: Jason ... with just a small selection of his essential accessories. Opposite: “Golddipped” chairs and that bargain chaise.

guido” vision wasn’t. “I wanted them to look like they were dipped in gold, so this is fancy fabric. But the great thing is that the friend who makes my hats had some leftover, so she made me a cap. It’s even water resistant!” Bonus. The large-scale photograph on the wall is by a friend. “I was going to have it framed,” says Jason, “but the opening price was $1,500 and I thought, ‘Well, I’ll just tape it for now …’” The plan is to buy some plexiglass, an old frame, and make one himself for a fraction of the price. He’s even taped up the spines of his books to match the color scheme. “Luckily I’ve already read them so I don’t need to know what they are.” It’s all a product, he says, of “duct tape and time on your hands.” And, when the time comes to move on, he’ll just rip it all off and recreate something new somewhere new. “I really like it. I never get tired of this place,” he says. “It keeps my eye dancing around and makes me happy. It’s my happy place.”



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Picture the scene: you and your loved one are in the park, the sun’s going down, you’re about to crack open a refreshing beverage. Plonk this ingenious table into the grass and you have a readymade romantic table for two. The rest of the atmosphere is up to you. $22,


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The summer of


No strings, no paperwork … why wouldn’t you save a little money and sublet? says Ian TD Smith


t the beginning of the month I received a call from a young lady who’d moved to Florida and desperately wanted to move back to NYC. We met when she was working as a leasing agent and remembered that I specialize in the Hell’s Kitchen area, which was exactly where she wanted to live. The catch was that she was moving to NYC with no job lined up and not too much money in the bank and, of course, in a hurry to get here. Real estate agents are given similarly impossible tasks from clients constantly so, being a mench, I suggested she sublet instead of use a broker. The summer is the absolute best time of year to try out a new area and save loads of money. This month’s article is all about why this is the best option for any of you new to the city without a place to live already.


YOU’LL SAVE DOLLARS A summer sublet is the absolute best way for a new-New Yorker to find out what makes the city a unique place to live but, most importantly, it’ll save you money! It will allow you to breathe a bit before you plunk down, first, security, then a broker’s fee and even last month’s rent. Speaking of cost-cutting, sublets are waaayyyy cheaper than renting an entire apartment alone. Your future super-cool real New Yorker self thanks you. DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE PAPERWORK Sublets provide a great way for you to live in the city without worrying about qualifying for an apartment by having all the documents landlords require (tax return, pay stubs, bank statements, letter of employment, and ID). If you are

coming to the city without a job, it will be exceptionally hard to get a place without a current letter of employment that shows you’re making 40 times the monthly rent or have a guarantor who makes 80 times, as typically required. Subleases are easier, typically, than roommate situations because they know you have a defined exit date at the start of the relationship. GET TO KNOW THE HOOD Subletting a place allows you to test drive the neighborhood and see how you feel living there. A lot of people, when they first move to the city, don’t really know the pros and cons of one area over another. Friends, bars, and restaurants you never knew about and proximity to your job are all key things that experienced New Yorkers tell their agents about in their searches. If you’re young, single, and cute, screw the commitment. Subletting allows you to get the feel of an area without having to send it a Dear John letter.

“If you’re young, single, and cute, screw the commitment. Subletting allows you to get the feel of an area without having to send it a Dear John letter.”


Above: Play the field a little, advises Ian, before settling down with one particular neighborhood (but we hope you choose Hell’s Kitchen!)

GET TO KNOW NEW PEOPLE Subletting in the summer is also a great way to make new friends and network. One of my friends met their best friend while subleasing the other’s apartment A client of mine had just finished design school and the person they ended up subleasing from was a fashion designer who offered her a job. Subleasing is also a way to meet people who could be potential future roommates, as some people offering the sublease might end up moving from NYC and offer you the room you’re renting on a permanent basis.

Ian TD Smith is a licensed real estate broker. Contact him at



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GET YOUR SWEAT ON Sculpt your beach body to perfection in an air-conditioned gym? Not Sarah Timms. She’s all about the outdoor workout



LIFESTYLE serious DOMS will occur. But, hey, that’s just your body’s way of telling you it worked, right? Wednesdays at 6.30am.


The Mark Fisher ninjas have shaken the W39th St dust from their feet and are treating the uninitiated to free Saturday morning classes, 11am start, at Hudson Boulevard Park. Try your hand at bodyweight exercises, cardio, and overall strength building. Make sure you register beforehand as space is limited. Mark’s team promise to train you come rain or shine – no excuses!


Kayaking at Pier 96

azy mornings? Duvet days? Screw that. It’s summer out there, and we intend to make the most of it. So dust off your shorts, grab your water bottle, and join us in the fresh (ish) New York air. It’s time to get lean, people. Ready, set, go …

Head over to the Manhattan Community Boathouse and enjoy some free kayaking. For those who’ve never tried this before, be prepared – you’ll get wet, so dress appropriately. Free slots are available on weekends 10am-6pm and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 5.30pm-7.30pm.

Walk it off

Hudson River Park has fitness classes that don’t just cater for the gym bunny. Pier 84, for instance, hosts a Senior Walking Club every Monday. This free walking club is limited to 75 people per class so first come first served. It’s great way to keep your joints moving and heart pumping at a steady, manageable pace, with good company guaranteed.

Stretch in the park

Join midtown’s stretchy squad and hit up Bryant Park’s free yoga classes this summer, running Tuesday mornings (10am) and Thursday evenings (6pm) July through September. All ages and levels welcome. Namaste.


Tai chi calm

Need to connect with your inner god or goddess? Thought so! Start the day like the hero you are and head over to Bryant Park on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (7.30am) for free tai chi classes, July through September.

Yoga on a SUP?

Hell yes! SUP is the hottest mind/body fitness trend, engaging the core like never before with a range of poses and

Fitness Runs Opposite: Yoga in Bryant Park. Above: SUP yoga in the shadow of Intrepid; trapeze at Pier 40.

“SUP brings you a unique experience, combining nature and urban surroundings by floating on water under the open sky.” sequences which promise to be both gentle and challenging. This is a great chance to improve balancing techniques and overall muscle strength. SUP brings you a unique experience, combining nature and urban surroundings by floating on water under the open sky. All equipment is provided, so no need to worry about hauling your paddleboard over to Manhattan Kayak Company on Pier 84. Classes run each Sunday at 10am.

Big Apple core

Free of charge, Bryant Park’s boot campstyle core body class includes push-ups, sit-ups, burpees, planks, twists, and lunges. It’s open for all levels but be warned –


Fitness Runs has designed its classes with the busy yet health-conscious New Yorker in mind, whether you’re all about experimenting with a new fitness craze or upping your current game. Sign up for a free class on the website and see what’s on offer. Current classes include spinning, boot camp, races, run drills and marathon training, all at either Pier 84 or the Hudson Yards waterfront. See you at the finish line!

Summer on the Hudson

This collection of classes returns with anything and everything you could imagine sampling this summer. Taking place in Riverside Park all along the Hudson, try your hand at anything from the art of dance, to Zumba, sunset yoga, tango, senior movement, Pilates, all-round fitness … Classes take place daily, morning and evening, and are free of charge.


Not for the faint-hearted, Trapeze School New York takes all levels of wannabe flyers through their paces from the skies above Pier 40. Do you dare workout beyond your comfort zone?



Twice the

ADVICE Got a problem? Two heads are better than one. Meet our columnists, identical twins Kerry and Jacqueline Donelli Dear Twins, Where did all the chivalry go? I’m appalled at how men don’t get up on the subways anymore, and leave women to stand. I’ve even seen grown men with their children letting an older woman stand. My father would have slapped me upside the head if I didn’t get up. Am I old-fashioned? Tom JACQUELINE SAYS: Dear Knight in Shining Armor, Here’s where I get popcorn thrown at my head, but ... I agree (ouch!) If my son (if I had one) sat while a woman was standing, I too would make him get up. I know, I know, women asked for equality and now we get it we complain, but it’s not quite as simple as that. Our day-to-day experiences are NOT equal. To set the record straight, I’m all for equality, but men and women are still quite different (guys, you’re a lot stronger then us). Men don’t wear heels and men don’t carry heavy handbags (at least the ones that I date). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stood on the subway with a pair of high heels (yes, that’s for you fellas, I’d rather be wearing your flat shoes) with my purse and a heavy bag and watched the strong young bucks comfortably sit. I’d be interested to have a men walk in a woman’s shoes (literally and figuratively) and see if he still insists on the seat.


KERRY SAYS: Dear Tom I agree. There’s a fine line between equality and chivalry and those lines should not be blurred. Look, women bear their own fair share, ranging from the expensive to the sometimes insufferable; such examples include child bearing, menstruation, walking in high heels, purchasing expensive make-up and hair products … all the way to facial treatments. Are we really vain? Do we do this for us … or for them? I suspect all the above. So, hell, since we go out of the way to look like women, why not reciprocate with some gentlemanly acts of kindness, such as holding the door open for a lady or offering your seat. Is it really that difficult? Dear Twins, A co-worker, Susie (who’s also head waitress), asked me to sub in a waitressing shift for her. I ended up working the shift with my brother, and Susie said, if the place was dead, to send one of us home. By 8pm it was still a ghost town, but instead of cutting one of us, we took it upon ourselves to have a little drink … or three. We do usually get a drink at work ... but at the end of our shift. Anyway, Susie came in that night to close up and it was clear we’d been drinking, not to mention we were both still on the clock. She


was very upset. But it was about 9pm or so and we were wrapping up by this stage. I want to apologize to her, because I was in the wrong. But I want to say sorry without incriminating myself and losing my job. What should I do? Stephanie KERRY SAYS: Dear Stephanie, Well, you definitely screwed up. But the fact that you recognize it is a good thing. To rectify the situation, I’d first make an effort to contact Susie via phone before your next shift together. Be as sincere and honest as you can. Explain that you were planning to cut one of you early but, since the shift was near ending anyway, you were both pitching in to close up. And next time, don’t be so foolish. JACQUELINE SAYS: Dear Stephanie, You drank DURING YOUR SHIFT? And now you’re worried you’ve been caught? Well you should be. You didn’t just screw up, you stole your boss’s wine and drank it. You should get fired. The fact that you recognize it is only because you were caught; otherwise my guess is you wouldn’t care. But let’s get past this tongue-lashing and move onward. Apologize to the head waitress. Then tell her you’ll do her work for whole the week. You may just get away with it.


Kerry and Jacqueline Donelli are psychotherapists based in Hell’s Kitchen. They are also actresses (recently on Adult Swim’s Unedited Footage of a Bear), and filmmakers of the awardwinning movie Titillating Steven. Their revamped website launches next month. Please send all letters to: advice@w42st. com.


t e i d r u o y DRINK Cleansing. The $15 juice. And the truth about souping. Samina Kalloo enters the debate


he label may read organic, raw, and cold pressed, but does drinking your diet really live up to its promises for a healthier you? Some of us are willing to spend hundreds on a juice cleanse, but it’s unclear if juicing is really ridding our body of so-called lurking toxins or is doing a better job of cleaning out our wallet. The truth is, detoxes are not right for everyone, and they can backfire. Listen up and read on to discover how drinking your calories stacks up with eating old-fashioned whole foods. Do liquid detoxes work? It’s no secret that adults are not meeting their daily recommended intake of fruits and vegetables. Juicing is one way to shower yourself with a concentrated nutrient fix, but there are nutritional drawbacks. Because, although freshly pressed juices are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, they can be loaded with simple sugar and lack substantial amounts of protein, fat and fiber. Solely drinking juices can cause a rapid

rise in blood sugar, whereas eating whole fruits rich in fiber can prevent that sugar spike. In contrast, souping, also known as the new juicing, promises healthier results by combining typical and not-so-typical soup ingredients, both cold and hot, including lots of veggies and plantbased protein foods. Compared to juicing, soup cleanses offer greater variety, more texture, are lower in sugar, and retain fiber. But while souping may get points for a better nutritional profile, one major downside is the price – it can set you back over $200 for a threeday cleanse! Whether you’re juicing or souping, know that many of their health claims are not scientifically based; some are just plain bogus. Most experts agree that juicing or any detox diet is not necessary to rid the body of toxins. The kidneys and liver are already doing a great job – the one they were designed to do – so drinking juices or soups as a daily diet wouldn’t help any more than normal. And, since these cleanses are very low in calories, it’s not surprising they result in weight loss.

What the heck is clean eating anyway? OK, let’s move past the liquids and switch gears to the benefits of eating whole, minimally processed foods ... better known as clean eating. It’s all the rage among healthconscious consumers. But know that this is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. And its oodles of health benefits include weight loss. Yay! With clean eating, no specific food is off limits, but the shorter the ingredient list, the better. If you’re still leaning toward a detox, a three-day cleanse can be a way to transition to a healthier diet, but it’s not recommended for the long term. Another option would be to throw some whole fruits and vegetables in a blender along with some seeds (i.e. chia or ground flax) and an optional protein powder to make satisfying smoothies. In general, any cleanse can be dangerous. Do your research first and find what works best for you and your budget. Fad diets may seem like a quick solution but the long-term results lie with straightforward healthy eating as part of an overall healthier lifestyle.


• Choose whole foods and minimize processed and refined foods. • Steer clear of anything high in trans fat, salt, and sugar. • Avoid sweetened drinks. • Choose organic when possible, and buy foods that are seasonal and local. • Ditch foods made with artificial sweeteners, additives, flavors, colors, and preservatives. Basically, if an ingredient sounds like it’s from a chemical lab, avoid it!

Samina Kalloo is a registered and certified dietitian, freelance nutrition consultant, and mom. Connect with her on Twitter (@SaminaKallooRD).





Wagging Brooke

Emmett Human’s name: David. Breed: Havanese. Age: Four months. What makes me bark: When I wake up and my daddies are still asleep, it’s my way of getting their attention to play with me ... even if it’s before 6am! Three words that describe me best: Energetic, intelligent, and social. Confession: I have a favorite spot behind the sofa to do my business when my daddies aren’t looking. I also like to chew on anything with fringes ... including my daddy’s vintage blanket. Instadog: @EmmettHKNYC.


Humans’ names: Maryn and James (puppy parents). Breed: Dalmatian. Age: Seven months. What makes me bark: When I want to get on the bed with my humans. It’s not just a bark; more like I’m trying to talk in a human “bark” to let them know I want to cuddle. Three words that describe me best: Loving, sweet, and comedic. Confession: I love to be the center of attention. At night, when mommy and daddy cuddle up and kiss to say goodnight, I need to let them know I’m part of the family too. So, I get right in between them, roll around on my back, howl/bark and start kissing them profusely. Instadog: @ the_nyc_dalmatian.


Zoey Human’s name: Dennis. Breed: Welsh terrier. Age: Nine. What makes me bark: The door buzzer. Three words that describe me best: Loving, tenacious, gregarious. Confession: I’m gonna take this thing for a spin someday when he’s not looking. Instadog: Not exactly; although my human does post pics of me on @ dpc_nyc.


PETS These camera-happy canines took a time out from the morning stroll for a quick Q&A with W42ST

Take a


S Marlo Sophia Humans’ names: Adrienne and Ryan. Breed: Cavalier King Charles. Age: 28 (four in dog years). What makes me bark: Horses that walk down my street. It’s my street, not their’s. Three words that describe me best: Dateable, diva, and Dog-Yoncé. Confession: Just a small town dog … Livin’ in a lonely world … I take the midnight NQR train with my stuffed animal goin’ anywhere. Instadog: @marlothepuppy.

Max Human’s name: Deborah. Breed: Jack Russell terrier. Age: Five. What makes me bark: Joggers, skateboarders, and all the tourists on 46th Street. Three words that describe me best: Loving, adorable, and friendly. Confession: I hide my toys under the pillow on my bed. Instadog: No, but I’m popular on Facebook.


o many of you have contacted us, asking how your own happy hound can be included in Wagging Tales. Well, we’ve heard your pleas, duly considered them, and thought, hey, what the heck, why not? (We must have been barking mad not to have thought of it sooner!) This all means, of course, that you can now send us the finest photograph you can find of your furry best friend, answer the questions below, then cross your paws you’ll be included in our monthly column of local canine celebrities. Your name: Dog’s name: Breed: How old? What makes your dog bark? Three words that describe them best: Naughty confessions (dish the dirt – not literally, of course!): And are you an Instadog? Send it to and we’ll do the rest.




The Webster Apartments, W34th St - 9th/10th Ave, 1934



h, the rooftop – staple of the Manhattan summer. Just add sunshine, views across the skyline, and bottomless mimosas … But this is no ordinary rooftop. Part of The Webster Apartments, the building is the legacy of Charles Webster, onetime senior partner of Macy’s department store, who wished to establish a safe, secure home for unmarried working shop girls. In 1923, seven years after Charles’ death, his wish was finally fulfilled, and the 375 bedroom property at 419 W34th St welcomed its first tenants, including around 40 Macy’s sales clerks. The property has been filled to capacity ever since. For $8.00 a week residents received


a room plus two meals a day. They also had access to sewing machines, an infirmary, a library, and that roof garden. The Webster stays true to its benefactor’s vision today. It remains


Above: The view has changed a little from the early days ...

“for occupancy by unmarried working women regardless of their religious belief or nationality and wherein they find comfortable and attractive homes.” Many of the original details remain, including the mailboxes in the lobby, and steel laundry drying racks. The old seamstresses’ room has been converted to a community room where vending machines have replaced sewing machines. These days, however, the rent is slightly higher, and the view has changed a little – not least with the addition of the Empire State Building. But such delights also come with some compromises. Residents share bathrooms, they cannot cook for themselves, and there’s a strict no male sleepover policy.

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Fold-out illustrated map; guide to all the best bars, restaurants, sights, and shopping, plus essential local businesses and services


Meet the faces


OF SILVER TOWERS T he incredible views – that’s often the most seductive feature for prospective Silver Towers residents. For Philipp Haberbauer and David Stewart Hudson, it was the top motivator for moving into the luxury rental towers six years ago. “I love drinking my coffee every morning from my kitchen table and looking out at the view of the Empire State Building in the distance,” says Haberbauer. “It’s a very inspiring way to start the day.” Haberbauer is an entrepreneur who’s found comfort and a prime location in the Midtown skyscraper. The owner of several companies, his daily commute uptown and easy access to meetings around the city are well served from his W42nd St home. That professional to-do list includes around 250 yearly events produced by his company, Open Skies Hospitality, which range from corporate to non-profit to social gatherings, large and small. He’s also the owner of two liquor lines. One is the new Private Club Vodka, which neighbors may recognize as an occasional Silver Towers event sponsor. The other is Empire Spirits 1972, an awardwinning, “ready mixed” cocktail brand whose different flavors hit the shelves each summer. Both products fall under Wynn Imports, Haberbauer’s liquor company that’s expanding rapidly thanks,

“I love drinking my coffee every morning and looking out at the view.”

Above: Haberbauer and Hudson have found everything on their tick list. in part, to a new national distribution contract. Hudson’s career as a political advisor may seem relatively tame by comparison, but its demands are equally great. He’s worked on President Obama’s campaigns, for New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, and for numerous other political figures. The couple jokes about barely crossing paths at home due to their work schedules. While Hudson maintains traditional workweek hours, Haberbauer’s day begins and ends much later, sometimes as late as 2am – which makes their centrally located home at Silver Towers all the more important.

Haberbauer says that years ago, they sat in their Astoria apartment and compiled a wish list for their dream home. On the list were standout architecture, outdoor space, solid amenities including a pool, white-glove services like doorman and concierge, and proximity to mass transit. Realistic New Yorkers that they are, the ambitious couple expected to have to compromise on several wishes. Silver Towers, however, changed their perspective. “We decided to sign a lease with Silver Towers because we love the architecture of the building and the ‘European chic’ design of the interiors – plus the incredible

amenities,” says Haberbauer. “The washer and dryer in the unit was the cherry on top of the cake.” In their off hours, the couple will hop on a Midtown bus directly to their Delaware beach house, or upstate for winter skiing. At home, they enjoy residential events like weekend barbeques, annual Halloween and other parties, and River Club Lounge gatherings at River Place, just across the park from Silver Towers. While they love trying the countless restaurants and cocktail bars around the neighborhood, the pair sometimes just settles into their chic apartment for a Netflix date. They’re surrounded by an art collection that includes a Nicola Formichetti-designed “Bobbi Bear,” created by the Diesel artistic director for a Sotheby’s charity auction. It’s clear that Haberbauer and Hudson have found contentment in their dream home – one with beauty and luxury inside, and the magnificent Manhattan skyline beyond their windows, surrounding them with inspiration.

Our residents’ view ... as seen on Instagram #SilverIsTheNewGold

Schedule a tour to find out why silver is the new gold: (212) 473- 4242;;




The essential guide to Hell’s Kitchen, from working out to eating out (and in) – it’s the business!

At Nine Restaurant




Gotham West Market



10th Ave - 35th St 11th Ave - 44th/45th St

Hourglass Tavern

9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

W46th St - 8th/9th Ave

Bar Bacon 9th Ave - 54th/55th St


Ñaño Ecuadorian Kitchen


White Oak 10th Ave - 54th/55th St


Skylight Diner


Theatre Row Diner

W34th St - 9th/10th Ave W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

10th Ave - 47th/48th St

It’s worth the effort to walk a few

Ecuadorable! Quaint, Ecuadorian

more blocks! Home of the ALL

Tick Tock Diner

eatery serving traditional dishes with

DAY Happy Hour + Oysters.

8th Ave - 34th St

some modern flair. Family recipes

Craft cocktails - Elevated “Pub

make Ñaño a special experience.

Grub” - Raw Bar - Daily Specials. (646) 649-4678 (646) 692-9247




w42 st +

Bourbon Street Bar W46th St - 8th/9th Ave


Feel like you stepped into New

9th Ave - 54th/55th St

Orleans’ French Quarter with gas


hurricanes and delicious Cajun fare.

9th Ave - 37th/38th St

(212) 245-2030

Route 66 Cafe

Carbone W38th St - 8th/9th Ave

Dafni Greek Taverna W42nd St - 8th/9th Ave

El Azteca

10th Ave - 45th/46th St

Pier 81, W41st St - 12th Ave

The Marshal

North River Lobster Co. is NY’s 1st floating lobster shack. Dine & unwind on 1 of 3 decks while

Il Forno

Hudson up to 7 times per day.

Kodama Sushi & Japanese

(212) 630-8831

W45th St - 8th/9th Ave

Esanation Thai Street Food

v{iv} Thai Restaurant & Bar 9th Ave - 48th/49th St

9th Ave - 50th/51st St

Contemporary interior with

The newest and unique Thai

classic Thai and traditional

restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen featuring

Northern Thai dishes. Everyday

Thai street food and specializing

happy hours with drink specials.

in Northeastern Thai dishes.

Truly fun and Vibrant place to be.

(212) 315-0555

(212) 581-5999


restaurant. A local favorite, you’ll always see a familiar face enjoying the food and

10th Ave - 44th/45th Ave

the atmosphere.

Tulcingo Del Valle (212) 582-7661

10th Ave - 46th/47th St



Cosmic Diner 8th Ave - 52nd/53rd St


Rustic Table W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

Enjoy a rustic selection of Mediterranean breakfast and lunch, fine espresso, homemade pastries, fresh juices & refreshers. A unique hidden gem on 42nd.

(212) 244-0744


taking short cruises on the

9th Ave - 43rd/44th St

family owned and operated

Siri Thai North River Lobster

Westway Diner

Established in 1988, this is a

9th Ave - 55th/56th St

9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St 8th Ave - 44th/45th St



lamps, wrought iron balconies,



Amy’s Bread


Frisson Espresso


Green Nature Coffee House


Kahve 9th Avenue


Kahve 10th Avenue


Kava Cafe

9th Ave - 46th/47th St W47th St - 8th/9th Ave W42nd St - 10th/11th St 9th Ave - 51st/52nd St 10th Ave 46th/47th St W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

Kee’s Chocolates W39th St - 8th/9th Ave


Little Pie Company


Poseidon Greek Bakery

W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave 9th Ave - 44th/45th St



REX Coffee

Hell’s Chicken

Merilu Pizza Al Metro

10th Ave - 56th/57th St

10th Ave - 45th/46th St

9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St


Schmackary’s Cookies W45th St - 8th/9th Ave

Snax Spot 9th Ave - 39th/40th St


The Cafe Grind


Jonny Panini NYC

New York Sal’s Pizza

9th Ave - 37th/38th St

10th Ave - 48th/49th St

Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen

Uncle Mario’s Brick Oven Pizza 9th Ave - 49th/50th St

8th Ave - 48th/49th St


Lansdowne Road

10th Ave - 36th/37th St

La Panineria


The Jolly Goat Coffee Bar

W36th St - 9th/10th Ave

10th Ave - 43rd/44th St

W47th St - 10th/11th Ave

Le Bon Choix

This neighborhood sports bar


Think Coffee

10th Ave - 45th/46th St

W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave

Underwest Donuts 12th Ave - 46th/47th St

LUNCHBREAK Aaheli Indian Cuisine 9th Ave - 54th/55th

Aleef Coffee House W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

Atomic Wings 9th Ave - 39th/40th St

Azuri Cafe

pub food, wings and a wide selection

Manganaro’s Hero Boy

of beers while watching your favorite

9th Ave - 37th/38th St

team. Back bar available for parties. (212) 239-8020

Paradigm Cafe 9th Ave - 35th/36th St

Sushi Star

McGee’s Pub

9th Ave - 35th/36th St


Taqueria Tehuitzingo

10th Ave - 50th St

9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

Tehuitzingo Deli & Grocery 10th Ave - 47th/48th St

Vintner Wine Market

Better Being 940 9th Ave - 39th/40th St

Bombay Grill House

speciality foods with happy

Mr. Biggs Bar & Grill

Beer Authority


Beer Culture

China Xiang

W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave

Capizzi Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Chirping Chicken

9th Ave - 40th/41st St

City Slice

City Kitchen at Row NYC

10th Ave - 51st/52nd St

8th Ave - 44th/45th St

Clyde Frazier’s

Curry Hut

10th Ave - 37th/38th St

9th Ave - 39th/40th St

Daisy May’s BBQ

El Rancho Burritos

11th Ave - 46th St

New York Beer Company

W40th St - 8th Ave W45th St - 8th/9th Ave

Rattle ‘N Hum W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

Rudy’s Bar & Grill 9th Ave - 44th/45th St

Blue Ruin

W42nd St - 8th/9th Ave 9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

10th Ave - 43rd St W44th St - 8th/9th Ave

9th Ave - 35th/36th St

42nd Street Pizza

Molloy’s Irish Pub 9th Ave - 49th/50th St

Zoob Zib

9th Ave - 51st/52nd St

W55th St - 7th/8th Ave

Craft beers & cocktails, hour weekdays 3-6pm.

9th Ave - 46th/47th St

W51st - 9th/10th Ave


is a great place to gather for tasty

9th Ave - 39th/40th St

Brickyard Gastropub 9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

Dalton’s Bar & Grill 9th Ave - 43rd/44th St

Dave’s Tavern 9th Ave - 41st/42nd St Authentic, 40-year-old Irish dive bar, steps away from Times Square.

W45th St - 8th/9th Ave

(917) 475-1473

Gazala Place

Heartland Brewery

9th Ave - 48th/49th St

8th Ave - 40th/41st St

Holland Bar 9th Ave - 39th/40th St

Houndstooth Pub

Scallywag’s Irish Bar & Restaurant 9th Ave - 38th/39th St The best Irish hospitality in Hell’s Kitchen. We offer delicious food, live music every night, happy hour, great sport - it’s all here for you. (646) 490-4803

8th Ave - 36th/37th St


House of Brews

Kiabacca 10th Ave - 45th/46th St

Featuring 20 specialty brick oven pizzas and a high quality selection


of rotating crafts at fantastic prices.

Fresh From Hell

Always interesting draft cocktails

W47th St - 8th/9th Ave

and wine on tap. Comfortable vibe.

Fresh, delicious food and (212) 649-4675

juices, prepared in a friendly, neighborly way.

(212) 956-4355



Lucky’s Famous Burgers W52nd St - 8th/9th Ave


Social Bar, Grill & Lounge

W51st St - 8th/9th Ave

8th Ave - 48th/49th St

Iron Bar

Stitch Bar & Lounge

8th Ave - 44th/45th St

W37th St - 7th/8th Ave


The Jolly Monk

8th Ave - 55th/56th St

9th Ave - 48th/49th St

Juniper Bar

The Waylon

W35th St - 7th/8th Ave

10th Ave - 50th/51st St

Landmark Tavern

Tir Na Nog

11th Ave - 45th/46th St

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

Lincoln Park Grill


9th Ave - 56th/57th St

9th Ave - 53rd/54th St

Cara Mia 9th Ave - 45th/46th St

Chimichurri Grill 9th Ave - 43rd/44th St


PRINT Restaurant 11th Ave - 47th/48th Ave

11th Ave - 47th/48th St


Sangria 46


W46th St - 8th/9th Ave


Staghorn Steakhouse

W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

W36th St - 8th/9th Ave



The Pony Bar 10th Ave - 45th St

Neighborhood bar serving


42nd Street Wine Loft W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

5 Brothers Gourmet Market 10th Ave - 47th/48th St

W43rd St - 8th/9th Ave


Press Lounge


La Vela Dining & Bar 11th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

fantastic American craft beer. Our 20 world-class drafts are always rotating & our food is tasty and inexpensive.

Fish Bar Pier 81, W41st St - 12th Ave Fish Bar at North River Landing,

West End Bar & Grill 8th Ave - 48th/49th St

BOYS & BARS 9th Avenue Saloon 9th Ave - 45th/46th St

Flaming Saddles Saloon

Chez Josephine

Big Apple Market

lounge on a 160 ft. yacht, sails

9th Ave - 39th/40th St

along the Hudson and is home

A true Hell’s Kitchen institution

W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

to a vibrant bar scene.

serving USDA choice meats,

Return to the joie de vivre of

(212) 630-8840

poultry and groceries at

1920s Paris, with a blue tin chandeliers lighting up Josephine Baker portraits.

SOMETHING SPECIAL (212) 594-1925

Bricco Ristorante

neighborhood since 1991.

Pio Pio


Yotel, 10th Ave - 41st/42nd St Shared dishes, locally sourced ingredients, perfectly crafted wine list.

W37th St - 9th/10th Ave

Cellar 53 Wines & Spirits

10th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

Clinton Gourmet Market

Trattoria Casa Di Isacco

10th Ave - 45th/46th St

9th Ave - 39th/40th St

Uncle Vanya Cafe


Empire Coffee & Tea Company 9th Ave - 41st/42nd St

W54th St - 8th/9th Ave

Esposito Meat Market


9th Ave - 37th/38th St


34th Street Wine & Spirits W34th St - 9th/10th Ave

Ardesia Wine Bar W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave

Pocket Bar NYC W48th St - 9th/10th Ave It may be little, but this wine bar packs a powerful punch

Tartina 9th Ave - 45th/46th St

COCKTAIL HOUR Barcelona Bar 8th Ave - 54th/55th St

Social Drink And Food Yotel, 10th Ave - 41st/42nd St “Middleterranean” inspired dishes, perfectly crafted wine list.

(646) 449-7790


Brooklyn Fare

10th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

Email us at




Get one of these in your window

(212) 563-2555

Green Fig

(646) 449-7790

10th Ave - 43rd/44th St


super low prices. Serving the

ceiling, red velvet walls and

9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

W56th St - 8th/9th Ave

a 3-story seafood restaurant &


Grace Wine & Spirits


Grand Cru Wine & Spirits



10th Ave - 43rd/44th St 11th Ave - 43rd St 8th Ave - 53rd/54th St

Healthy Market Deli 10th Ave - 45th St

Hell’s Kitchen Brewtique 9th Ave - 39th/40th St

International Grocery 9th Ave - 40th/41st St


Manhattan Plaza Winery 9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

Mazzella’s Market 9th Ave - 47th/48th St


Ninth Avenue Vintner


Odyssey Wine & Spirits


Ray & Frank Liquor Store

9th Ave - 46th/47th St 10th Ave - 37th/38th St 9th Ave - 48th/49th St

Erik’s Barbershop

Sea Breeze Fish Market

10th Ave - 46th/47th St

9th Ave - 40th/41st St

Simply Natural


W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave


W44th St - 8th/9th Ave

W52nd St - 8th/9th Ave

Sullivan Street Bakery

Hell’s Kitchen Barbers Cyc Fitness


SUNAC Natural Market


The MKT @ Mercedes House


Veritas Studio Wines

playlists, energizing lighting

W45th St - 10th/11th Ave

schemes, led by motivating trainers.


W42nd St - 11th Ave W54th St - 10th/11th Ave

Westerly Natural Market 8th Ave - 54th St

8th Ave - 44th/45th St The renowned indoor cycling

Manhattan Kayak Company

W56th St - 9th/10th Ave

Pier 84 - Hudson River

9th Ave - 57th/58th St

Visit us daily for New York kayaking

workout offers exhilarating, beat-

and stand-up paddleboard tours,

based rides set to DJ-inspired

group and 1-on-1 how-to training and SUP Yoga. A hop, skip and jump from Hell’s Kitchen.

(212) 256-1347


8th Ave - 55th/56th St

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave


Massage Envy W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

National brand provider of professional massage and Murad facial services.

Pura Dermatology W38th St - 9th/10th Ave 9th Ave - 50th/51st

Danny’s Cycles - Hell’s Kitchen

Skintrade Tattoos

10th Ave - 46th/47th St

W35th St - 8th/9th Ave

Enoch’s Bike Shop

9th Ave - 55th/56th St


Rafik Barber Shop

10th Ave - 47th/48th St

Liberty Bicycles

Jeunesse Hair Salon

(212) 473-3689

Rolates Pilates

Al’s Cycle Solutions

10th Ave - 36th/37th Ave

46th St - 9th/10th Ave

Hair 2 Stay

Stiles Farmers Market

W47th St - 10th/11th Ave



Hell’s Kitchen Rolfing W51st St - 8th/9th Ave Proven hands-on healing art


for athletes, dancers & anyone

TMPL Gym W49 ST - 8th/9th Ave

West Vibe Hair Salon W46th St - 9th/10th Ave


experiencing physical pain.

TMPL includes over 40,000

Enjoy a new level of well-being

square feet of state-of-the-art

and physical freedom.

equipment, 25-meter saltwater

(212) 307-5367

pool, virtual reality spin room,

W54th St - 9th/10th Ave

customized metabolic program

Delphinium Home

and more.

W47th St - 8th/9th Ave

(917) 521-6666

Blocker Yoga

9th Ave - 34th St

Champion Stamp Company Get your zen on with private


or group yoga classes led by certified instructor, Brooke

42nd Nails & Spa

Blocker. Also offering worldwide

9th Ave - 41st/42nd St

yoga + wellness retreats.

(912) 313-9911

JCohen Chiropractic W52nd St - 8th/9th Ave Jonathan Cohen’s treatment


Manhattan Plaza Health Club


Mark Fisher Fitness


W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave W39th St - 9th/10th Ave

Mercedes Club

W42nd St - 8th/9th Ave

9th Ave - 37th/38th St

Albano Salon

plan goes beyond adjustments,

450 9th Ave - 35th/36th Ave

incorporating massage, careful

America’s Hairstyle International

stretching and re-positioning, cryotherapy - even exercise. (646) 657-0032

W54th St - 10th/11th Ave

Mid City Gym

9th Avenue Barbershop


445 W50th St - 9th/10th Ave


Best Barber


David Ryan Salon

10th Ave - 48th/49th St W46th St - 9th/10th Ave

Dramatics NYC

W45th St - 10th/11th Ave

W57th St - 8th/9th Ave

Couture du Jour W44th St - 8th/9th Ave A well-curated collection of mint condition vintage clothing and accessories is a favorite haunt for stylists, costumers & girls about town. (646) 595-6351

Glitz & Glory 9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St





Signature Theatre

Balloon Bouquets of NY

W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

The New Group

W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave



Domus Unaffected Living

Mo Lynch Photography

W44th St - 9th/10th Ave

Owners Luisa and Nicki work with

Environmental portraits, editorial,

artisans around the globe to

features. Specialty - events at

source unique home decor items,

Madison Square Garden, Javits

gifts and jewelry. Candles and cards make it a one-stop shop. (212) 581-8099

Center, Piers 92 & 94. Favorite

Alisa Krutovsky Graphic Design

subjects - dogs and children. Graphic Design, Web Design,


Fine And Dandy W49th St - 9th/10th Ave

Ties, handkerchiefs, suspenders, socks, hats,

Grishko Dancewear

Our gallery exhibits and sells

Informational Design.

original, affordable art made by local

artists living with mental illness.

Jay Cleaners 9th Ave - 43rd/44th St

W50th St - 8th/9th Ave

M2 Organic Cleaners 9th Ave - 54th/55th St

Nacho Guevara Photography

Schwartz Luggage Storage W37th St - 8th/9th Ave

Vera’s Shoe Repair

I’m a professional portrait and

9th Ave - 45th/46th St


Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market

fashion photographer committed


to producing highly creative pictures with a unique look. (773) 441-9455

W39th St - 9th/10th Ave


the city’s oldest flea markets. Year round, each weekend. Antiques,


vintage clothes, collectibles & more!

Housing Works Thrift Shop

9th Ave - 49th/50th St

Ilona Lieberman Photography is


based in New York. She shoots

9th Ave - 43rd/44th St

Universal Gear 9th Ave - 48th/49th St


54th Street Auto Center W54th St - 9th/10th Ave

Cybert Tire and Car Care Ilona Lieberman Photography

Thrift & New Shop


Lanyon 36 Gallery W36th St - 9th/10th Ave

Full Service Gallery: Artwork, Art

An authentic NY experience, one of

9th Ave - 48th/49th St

Fountain House Gallery

9th Ave - 48th St

Print & Editorial, Illustration,

jewelry, flasks, cards, books, gifts & more.


editorial portraits, photojournalist weddings and relaxed modern family portraiture.

(917) 566-6900


Consulting Services, Framing, Installation. Original Fine Art, giclees, photography, prints, etc... Public and Trade. (212) 971-0100

11th Ave - 51st/52nd St


Westside Highway Car Wash W47th St - 12th Ave

OUT BROADWAY BABY Ars Nova Theater W54th St - 10th/11th Ave

Davenport Theater W45th St - 8th/9th Ave

Ensemble Studio Theatre

Sean Kelly Gallery 10th Ave - 36th/37th St

TIME TO PLAY Frames Bowling Lounge 9th Ave - 40th/41st St

Lucky Strike W42nd St - 12th Ave

Mud Sweat & Tears

W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave

10th Ave - 46th St

New Dramatists

Space Ibiza

W44th St - 9th/10th Ave

W50th St - 11th/12th Ave




MUSICAL INTERLUDE Birdland W44th St - 8th/9th Ave

Jazz at Lincoln Center 10 Columbus Circle

Orchestra of St. Luke’s W37th St - 9th/10th Ave

SEE THE SIGHTS Circle Line W42nd St - 12th Ave

Hudson River Park 12th Ave - 34th/59th St

Intrepid Museum W46th St - 12th Ave

Javits Center W34th St - 11th Ave

NY Waterway Ferry 12th Ave - 39th/40th St

The Daily Show 11th Ave - 51st/52nd St

Tom Otterness Playground


Comfort Inn Midtown West


Comfort Inn Times Square West W44th St - 8th/9th Ave


Courtyard Marriott


DoubleTree by Hilton


Econo Lodge Times Square

W57th St - 12th Ave

LET’S DANCE Alvin Ailey Theater W55th St - 9th Ave

Baryshnikov Arts Center W37th St - 9th/10th Ave


W37th St - 8th/9th Ave W36th St - 8th/9th Ave W47th St - 8th/9th Ave


Element Times Square West W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

Natural light, open spaces & healthy options. Restore balance in the Big Apple.


Four Points by Sheraton


French Quarters Apartments


Hampton Inn - Times Square North

W40th St - 8th/9th St W46th St - 8th/9th Ave

8th Ave - 51st/52nd St

W42nd - 11th/12th Ave



Hampton Inn - Times Square South


Hilton Garden Inn Times Square


Hilton Times Square


Holiday Inn - Times Square South


Holiday Inn Express - Midtown West


8th Ave - 48th/49th Ave W42nd St - 7th/8th Ave

8th Ave - 38th/39th St


Belvedere Hotel

W48th St - 10th/11th Ave

W48th St - 8th/9th Ave


Candlewood Suites Times Square

Holiday Inn Express - Times Square

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave


Cassa Times Square Hotel


Comfort Inn & Suites Times Square South

9th Ave - 38th/39th St

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave


Homewood Suites New York


Ink 48 Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel


Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites

W37th St - 8th/9th Ave 11th Ave - 47th/48th Ave W40th St - 8th/9th Ave

BUILDING MANAGERS AND CONCIERGES Would you like your residents to get copies of W42ST Magazine every month? Contact Bob Bruno or (929) 428-0767 and we’ll deliver!




New York Marriott Marquis Broadway - 45th/46th St

Quality Inn Convention Center W36th St - 9th/10th Ave

Residence Inn New York 16th Ave - 38th/39th St


Row NYC Hotel


Skyline Hotel


Staybridge Suites Times Square

8th Ave - 44th/45th St 10th Ave - 49th/50th St

W40th St - 8th/9th Ave


The Knickerbocker



W42nd St/Broadway W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave


The Time Hotel


Travel Inn


Washington Jefferson Hotel


Wyndham New Yorker

W49th St - 7th/8th Ave W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave W51st St - 8th/9th Ave 8th Ave - 34th/35th St

LIVING FIX IT UP Adam 99 Cents & Up 10th Ave - 51st/52nd St


American Home Hardware 9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

Clinton Glass & Mirrors 9th Ave - 46th/47th St

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

414 Hotel W46th St - 9th/10th Ave


W48th St - 10th/11th Ave

Pick up your copy of W42ST at these residences and hotels.





Columbus Hardware 9th Ave - 55th/56th St

Epstein’s Paint Center W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave

Framing on 9th 9th Ave - 51st/52nd St

Fresh Cut Flowers W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave


Gotham Mini Storage 10th Ave - 38th/39th St

Jadite Custom Picture Framing 10th Ave - 46th/47th St

Matles Florist W57th - 8th/9th Ave

Prudence Design & Events W36th St - 8th/9th Ave



360 W43rd St






Addison Hall


Crystal Green

W43rd St - 8th/9th Ave W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave W52nd St - 9th/10th Ave W57th St - 9th/10th Ave


Emerald Green


Gotham West


Instrata at Mercedes House


Manhattan Plaza


Mercedes House

W38th St - 8th/9th Ave W45th St - 10th/11th Ave W54th St - 10th/11th Ave W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave W54th St - 10th/11th Ave


Midwest Court


One MiMa Tower


One River Place


Riverbank West


Silver Towers




The Armory


W53rd St - 9th/10th Ave


The Helux


The Orion Condominium


The Park Clinton


The Westport


Two Worldwide Plaza

W43rd St - 10th/11th Ave W42nd St - 8th/9th Ave W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave W56th St - 10th/11th Ave

Isaac Halpern

W50th St - 8th/9th Ave

Halstead Property I live in Hell’s Kitchen and I


specialize in sales and rentals in the neighborhood. Contact me to find the perfect home for you!.

(646) 641-0145

W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave


Coco and Toto

W43rd St - 10th/11th Ave W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave

11th Ave - 51st/52nd St

Ian TD Smith TD Realty Corp As a native and long term resident of Hell’s Kitchen, Ian provides extensive real estate

W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

services to his neighbors in

The Helena

and out of the The Kitchen.

W57th St - 11th/12th Ave

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

(917) 216-2771

Petland Discounts 9th Ave - 49th/50th St

Pets NYC 9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St


Pure Paws Veterinary Care


The Spot Experience

W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave

Westside Animal Hospital W46th St - 9th/10th Ave



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