W42ST Issue 33 - The September Issue

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September issue




The September issue. – traditionally the biggest ballsiest magazine of them all. But we’ve given fashion a bit of a Broadway twist. So this month you’ll find a leading man and a leading lady in their opening night finery. A fancy fashionista guides you through the correct etiquette for dressing for the theater. You’ll also get a stylish interior designer’s insider tips on where to shop, eat, and play in Hell’s Kitchen, the hottest new accessories brands, food trends, a Champagne makeover, and more. Oh, and if you didn’t know already, that little link just below my name will allow you to subscribe you to my weekly newsletter, which has a whole heap of suggestions for things to do in the neighborhood each weekend. Just saying. Ruth Walker Editor, W42ST bit.ly/hellohellskitchen




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CONTENTS September Edition


Cunningham on where to find the best fashion show.



Interior designer Patrick J Hamilton guides us through his favorite Hell’s Kitchen spots.


Tyler Mount’s latest Broadway obsessions in his exclusive column for W42ST.


The hot young star of A Clockwork Orange talks testosterone and models modern dandy style.


Jewellery with attitude ... and a heart in Hell’s Kitchen.



Our diary of happenings is the only guide you’ll need this month.


School of Rock leading lady Jenn Gambatese in a Rodgers and Hammerstein-inspired fashion shoot.


Avid theatergoer and fashionista “Purely” Patricia Fox on what to wear to a Broadway show – and what to leave at home.



Our Instagram picks of the month. Hashtag your photographs #W42ST to get involved.

The cool fold-out zine inside is your essential key to eating, drinking, and playing in Hell’s Kitchen, with tips from locals and a handy map.



Words of wisdom from Bill

The truth about probiotics and


prebiotics (and how they’re NOT the same thing).


What keeps The Jolly Goat’s favorite barista Randall James smiling? And where he sees himself in five years’ time.



Champagne is getting a makeover ... and purists might not like what they taste.




Our pick of the top three buildings on the west side with the most impressive amenities.


Gifts and home accessories with a designer sensibility.




Mary Geneva is on the receiving end of some sound dating advice. Unicorns may make an appearance too ...


When the love of Claudia Chung’s life died suddenly and unexpectedly, she was surprised by her own reaction.


How New Yorkers dress for the twowheeled commute.


This month, Sarah Funk discovers a city more romantic than Paris. And gets seduced by beer.


Jaci remembers the men in her life, and she definitely has A Type. Bears may make an appearance too ...

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COVER Maria Lavigina is fashion and embroidery designer. She uses eclectic techniques, combining digital media with hand painting and miniature pattern construction using collage. She graduated from London’s Central Saint Martins and Shenkar College. marialavigina. com


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Living it up in


Interior designer Patrick J Hamilton talks artistic inspiration, his favorite gay bars, and the biggest showbiz bargain in New York Photograph Nacho Guevara My Hell’s Kitchen story … I moved from Florida in 1995. I’d be hard-pressed to find another place that ticked off all the boxes like New York does. A lot of that has to do with landing in Hell’s Kitchen. The best thing about living here? I’m sandwiched between the Hudson River, Central Park, Lincoln Center, and the Theater District. What’s not to like? Hell’s Kitchen is sort of like the bedroom community (or at least after-hours hangout) for the actors, actresses, and creative people who are the working backbone of the Broadway world. It seems to buzz all the time with energy. The best place to tap into that, hands down, is Broadway Sessions, at the Laurie Beechman Theater. It’s the biggest showbiz bargain there is, with a tiny cover charge (proceeds benefit Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS), staggering talent, a high-energy crowd, all hosted, hilariously, by beloved Broadway cutie Ben Cameron. I’d go every Thursday night if I could. The newish Green Room, in the Yotel, is really making a mark, too. It’s like a kicked-back version of 54 Below (which I also love). Daniel Dunlow, the charming director of programming, makes you feel like you’re in his living room that just happens to be full of Broadway singers. There’s no drink minimum, an almost unheard-of policy in cabaret spaces. I’ve also seen some great readings and events at the Irish Arts Center (like last season’s haunting Rooms) and the Signature Theatre Company. You don’t need to cash in your 401K to have an


Opposite: Patrick, photographed at one of his favorite places outside HK: Lepere, in the New York Design Center.

“If W46th St is known as Restaurant Row, 9th Avenue is totally Cuisine Canyon. So. Much. Food.” energizing night of music or theater in this neighborhood. On top of it all, I love that Hell’s Kitchen is such a safe space for the LGBTQ community, of which I’m a card-carrying member. (Well, we don’t actually get a card. But there is a secret handshake.) And – um – the worst? Ask me again the day after I pay my rent! I do wish there were more design and furniture stores in the neighborhood, although I love Delphinium Home, that I’m one block from the city’s only outpost of Williams-Sonoma Home, that the ever-improving Architectural Digest Home Show and DIFFA’s Dining By Design makes their yearly visit, and that the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair is in walking distance. I’m constantly inspired ... I get to the Museum of Art and Design as often as I can, and I was thrilled when the AIPAD Show came to the neighborhood piers last year. I’m also inspired by people who find ways to give back, to think bigger than their own pocketbooks. It’s led to some amazing things, like using my design skills to raise money for Housing


Works at their Design on a Dime event. I’m inspired by anyone who can mix beauty and community benefit like they do, and I love Fountain House Gallery for the same reason, showcasing great work by artists living with mental illness. My go-to places … When we’re talking gay bars, I’ve been a longtime fan of Therapy, an HK institution and still one of the chicest cocktail spaces around. I also love the neighborhood feel of Barrage, especially on snowy weeknights. Some of the city’s best drag is happening up and down 9th Avenue, too ... gorgeous Peppermint from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 does a hilarious weekly show at Rise Bar, which is dangerously only a block away. I love the interior, vibe (and croquettes) at Ardesia, drinks at the lobby bar of the Empire Hotel or the LeGrande Lounge in The Time Hotel, which got an amazing remodel from David Rockwell. And I love bringing out-of-town guests to The Press Lounge for the jaw-dropping view. And if W46th St is known as Restaurant Row, 9th Avenue is totally Cuisine Canyon. So. Much. Food. The neighborhood is also great for guilty pleasures like Lucky’s or Melt Shop, that has maybe the best fried chicken sandwich in the entire city. Shh … it’s a secret… If you go on the right night when Eiichi is working at the cozy little bar at Sushi Damo, ask him to make you a matchatini, which isn’t on the menu. It’s got matcha in it. So it HAS to be good for you, right? It’s practically salad.



Patrick J Hamilton is an interior designer, writer, blogger, and activist. You’ll find him at: askpatrick.blogspot.com PATRICK’S HK Laurie Beechman Theater, W42nd

St - 9th/10th Ave Green Room, Yotel, 10th Ave 41st/42nd St Irish Arts Center, W51st St 10th/11th Ave Signature Theatre, W42nd St 9th/10th Ave Delphinium Home, W47th St 8th/9th Ave MAD Museum, Columbus Circle Fountain House Gallery, 9th Ave - 48th St Therapy, W52nd St - 8th/9th Ave Barrage, W47th St - 9th/10th Ave Rise Bar, 9th Ave - 55th/56th St Ardesia, W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave The Press Lounge, 11th Ave 47th/48th St




I’m a little biased because Rodney is a a long-time friend and I remember him before he was a Broadway star, but his performance in Phantom of the Opera is incredible. And a little secret: not only is he the kindest man on Broadway, he also makes the best homemade donuts.


From Hamilton fame as #TheBullet to leading lady, Ariana’s powerhouse performance in A Bronx Tale is one you can’t miss. Fierce and Fabulous: The Ariana DeBose Story.

#FANGIRL The life and obsessions of Tyler Mount


I heard this song at Michael’s concert almost a year ago, and have been waiting. Every. Single. Day. For it to be released. Nothing is better than a good “I am a badass, get used to it” song to wake you up in the morning. And let me tell you, this song is on repeat one on Spotify.



very month, Broadway’s most brilliant vlogger brings you his favorite things, whether it’s his #1 tune on Spotify repeat, his latest crush, or neighborhood recommends. We’re hanging on his every word …

Star secret:

Rodney makes the best donuts


I love Broadway, and I worship badass females. It’ll come as no shock that this month’s Instagram obsession is Courtney Reed, currently starring in Disney’s Aladdin. Not only is she talented and beautiful, but she is also a serious entrepreneur.



Not only does he have the most Tonys on Earth, but he is the legendary director/producer of some of the most legendary Broadway shows. If the overture featuring 19 of Harold Prince’s smash hits doesn’t get you running to the theatre, nothing will.


Broadway ACTOR


If you want a short film to make your heart explode in all the best ways and sob uncontrollably in bed in the morning (not saying that I did), then this is the heart-warming gay love story for you. http://bit.ly/tylerheartbeat





I know. I know. I’m late to the party, but celebrities always show up late to parties. This is the series that can be appreciated by every New Yorker and literally had me cry-laughing for most of the series.

Ariana–girl you are FIERCE!


I’ll be the first to admit – I’m a baby. Quite literally. I wear a size 6 shoe and I’m an extra small. With this being said, Topman is my sanctuary. Fashion-forward clothing and accessories, at affordable prices, and all in mini-sizes for Baby Tyler.



Nachos paired with $4 drinks all day and all night. Need I say more?

“Nothing is better than a good 'I am a badass, get used to it' song to wake you up in the morning. ” #THROWBACKTHURSDAY



After a devastating fire that shut down this local Hell’s Kitchen gem, this shining beacon of culinary hope is back in business and hotter than ever. Stop by for some empanada goodness.

Remember when you waited in school all day thinking about what VHS you got to rent at Blockbuster that night? I do. Now I love me some Netflix and Hulu, but let’s be honest – nothing is better than Rugrats on a orange VHS that you had to rewind before watching.

Above: Powerhouse Ariana DeBose is not to be missed in A Bronx Tale.

HOTTIE OF THE MONTH @JAKEWOODY I love gingers. I love abs. I love Jake because he is fab. (Don’t judge my poetry, I’m working on a strict time deadline.)

Hottie of the month


I love working out. Not to a detrimental degree, but just to a “I feel healthy” degree – and this is the Mecca of all gyms. But let’s be honest, I’m just plugging them in hopes of a free membership.

ABOUT TYLER Broadway fan girl turned YouTube Star, Tyler Mount, is the creator of the wildly popular web

series “Playbill’s The Tyler Mount Vlog”. Seen by over two million people in 168 countries, former guests include Gloria Estefan, Jerry Mitchell, Anthony Rapp, Todrick Hall, Perez Hilton, Laura Osnes, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, and many more of Broadway’s biggest stars. New episodes every Monday & Thursday at noon - Playbill.com/Tyler | @TylerGMount





in New York

Jonno Davies talks violence, politics, and testosterone Words Ruth Walker Photographs Dustin Cohen


lex DeLarge is not a young man you want to have inside your head. Violent sociopath. Juvenile delinquent. Rapist. Killer. There’s some seriously nasty stuff going on there. So British actor Jonno Davies, who has been playing the lead in A Clockwork Orange for three years and brings the show to Off-Broadway this month, has some very particular ways to get into character. “I try to stay away from him as much as I can,” he says, “and only get into him at the very last minute, otherwise it takes away years of your life. Because the way he thinks – it’s a dark place to be.” But shrugging him off at the end of the show? That’s even harder. “You feel this great energy and he makes you think anything is possible,” says Jonno. “You have to rein him in. So I use a bit of music, a bit of breathing, and I let people in, just speaking to people in a very normal way. But it’s a comedown. Real life is not as interesting.” That’s because, as well as being capable of appalling acts of violence, Alex is also cool AF – funny,


“You feel this great energy and he makes you think anything is possible … Real life is not as interesting.”


charismatic, smart. He was ranked the 12th greatest villain of all time by the American Film Institute, thanks in some part to Malcolm McDowell’s chilling performance in the 1971 Stanley Kubrick movie. But Jonno didn’t even watch the film until recently because he didn’t want it to inform his own portrayal. Once he had seen it, he says: “It showed me even more humor. It’s really quite hilarious, parts of it, because of how wild it is. You find yourself seeing the funny side of horrific incidents, and that’s when your morality gets questioned, and that’s what we really try and project for our audience. They’ll be tapping their feet to a woman being raped, then they’ll catch themselves. We get them in Alex’s head. He’s not a villain. He’s cleansing the world day by day. When other people see all these horrific things, what he sees is a lesson that needs to be learned. And that’s what’s scary about him. And what’s scary about some of the people in power at the moment, because they think they’re doing good.” Anthony Burgess wrote the dystopian novel in 1962, and this production marks the centenary of his

FASHION Black and grey panel jacket, $995, and matching pants, $365, both Loris Diran; grey shirt, custommade in vintage Sea Island cotton and woven in England, $300, Cego; red tie, $55, and limited edition red silk pocket square, $545, both Karey RR Smith.



FASHION Check jacket, $995, and pin detail white shirt, $295, both Loris Diran



FASHION birth in 1917, but it still manages to feel disturbingly current, evolving over the last three years to reflect current events. “Whenever we reintroduce ourselves to the piece, myself and Alex, the director, sit down and talk about what we’re going to highlight this time around. These last few months, we’ve had a lot of tragedy, whether it’s terrorism, human error, or natural disasters, and we try to inject that into the piece. “My portrayal of Alex has definitely matured as I’ve gone on,” he adds. “I was 21 when I first played him [he picked up the role just six months out of drama school] and I’ve started to see the world differently. And as different people have entered into positions of power, I can really see Alex in them. That’s had a huge effect on how I play him.” But what the American audience might not realize is that the ending they recognize is not the ending Burgess wrote. The final chapter was cut from the original US book publication and from the movie. “We do all 21 chapters,” says Jonno, “so we have a very different ending to the one Americans know.” It’s an all-male production, full of toplessness and testosterone, with an ensemble cast (which includes Matt Doyle, fresh from the Sweeney Todd revivalat Barrow Street) playing around 47 different spoken characters. “We’re like a sports team going into a 90-minute match with no interval. We get each other through it,” says Jonno. But it has a female director in Alexandra Spencer-Jones. “As a woman, she is even better at exploring masculinity than we are, I think,” he says. “We’re also supported by a strong female team backstage. Which is good. I think we need to be kept in check.” While the script is under 40 pages long, Alexandra uses music to steer the action, combining tracks by David Bowie and Queen with Beethoven. And British band Heaven 17 (they were HUGE in the 1980s) have written some original pieces for the score. “When my dad found that out, he was fangirling straight away,” says Jonno. “They’ve really captured the piece. “But the music – that’s how Alex builds the story. It’s the spine, the

“As different people have entered positions of power, I can really see Alex in them. That’s had a huge effect on how I play him.”

Quick fire round. GO! Spirit animal? Wolf. Acting legend? James Dean. Early bird or night owl? Night owl. Drag brunch or quiet dinner? Brunch. City apartment or country cottage? City apartment. Hidden talent? I can do a King Julien impression from Madagascar (he can – it’s very funny).

foundation. And it fits in with Alex DeLarge’s love of music. A lot of the story comes through these physical transitions. It’s a great way for the audience to get into his mind.” And when he’s finished writhing around on stage half-naked with a bunch of other blokes, taken off the make-up and returned to the real world, he heads home to his Hell’s Kitchen apartment and pinches himself. “To be here now is a dream, without sounding corny. To be told you’ll be living in New York within five years of graduating I never would have believed. “I just want to make the most of being here. Preservation is obviously a thing and the show comes first, but I want to experience New York life, to do not just the touristy things – when my parents come, that’ll probably be tourist week – but to see the nooks and crannies, to meet as many people as possible, and just getting lost in New York.” aclockworkorangeplay.com


First kiss? Her name was Lucia and I was about three and she was an Italian brunette bombshell. Tell us a joke: A French cheese factory blew up – full of de brie. Fun fact: A key part of the story sees Alex’s gang of droogs getting high on a drugladen “milk-plus” drink. Unfortunately, one of the cast members is lactose intolerant. Awkward.


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FASHION Check pants, $340, pin detail white shirt, $295, and black and grey panel coat, $1,350, all Loris Diran

Credits Photographs: Dustin Cohen (dustincohen.com Instagram: @dustincohen) Styling: Ruth Walker Hair/styling assistant: Stephen Keough (tetekeo@gmail.com Instagram: @keoughstephen) Grooming: Tiffany Bartok (makeupbytiffany.com Instagram: @makeupbytiffanynyc)

Where to buy

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White V-neck tee, $200, Scarci; neckerchief, $45, and pink stripe suspenders, $79, both Fine and Dandy; grey pants, $345, Loris Diran; Corbetta Oxford shoes, $110, Florsheim





Right: Jahzeel is wearing: silver Chronic hoop earrings, $35; medium silver mirror Chronic chain, $40; large silver with reversible mirror Chronic chain, $85 Azia is wearing: red Chronic hoop earrings, $35; gold Chronic multileaf choker, $110; medium gold Chronic chain, $40.



Left: Azia is wearing: gold Emoji peace chain, $45; red emoji 100 chain, $55.


Making a statement in Hell’s Kitchen Boss bitch. Wah gwan. Ratchet. Whateves. As British music journalist Reshma B toured the world covering music festivals and interviewing reggae and dancehall’s biggest stars, the creative slang they used gave her a bright idea … “I began playing with some of my favorite phrases and turning them into designs for statement accessories,” she says. “Everyone would ask me about them – what do the words mean and where could they get one? I soon began to share them with my friends, and ReshmaB Chains grew from there.” The chains, earrings, and knuckle rings are all made from perspex, with 18k gold plate – “I love the combination because it’s chic, modern, and still street” – and, as our language and the way we express ourselves evolves, the latest collection also includes emojis as well as words … hands, faces, and (Reshma’s personal favorite), a happy turd. “I love the golden poo emoji best,” she says, “because you can express exactly how you feel without offending anyone.” They’ve been worn by some famous people unafraid of making a statement, including Lauryn Hill. “‘Baby girl, respect is just the minimum’ is the line that Lauryn sings in her song ‘Doo Wop (That Thing),’ which is one the greatest songs of her amazing catalog. To see her rocking one of my Respect chains blew my mind.” And … “Someone from Madonna’s style team saw my stuff at Patricia Field’s boutique and they reached out to me about creating some custom pieces for her Rebel Heart Tour. “It’s always great when pop stars, rap stars, and dancehall stars endorse my work,” she says. “Their style is an essential part of who they are so it’s major props when they choose to rock one of my pieces. But the best endorsement of all is seeing real people make ReshmaB Chains part of their life.” The latest lookbook was shot on location in Hell’s Kitchen, modeled by hip hop duo Thirsty 4 Pop. “I happened to be on set of a music video and the artists’ manager introduced us. I really dug their style and and they loved the chains so we immediately hit it off. I was about to roll out my new collection and they were down to shoot the lookbook, so it all happened organically.” And the choice of location? Obvious, really. “ReshmaB Chains is about street style and we always shoot our lookbooks in the streets. There’s not too many streets left in NYC, but HK is definitely one of the last frontiers.” reshmabchains.com

Right: Jahzeel is wearing: gold emoji hang loose chain, $45; gold emoji crown chain, $45; gold emoji fries chain, $55.




Area Stars accessories are inspired by a love of travel and adoration of strong women 20




eason after fashion season, Scott Sussman and AJ Majumdar would help designers sell their wares to big name stores through their Garment District showroom Scout HK. And season after season, they’d think: we could have desgined it better. This season, they have. And come fall, the first collection of their brand Area Stars will be in Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Rent the Runway. Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus are also interested. To put this into context, a new label hardly ever gets picked up so widely. It’s almost unheard of. Understandably, the boys are pretty stoked. “You never know how the market is going to receive any new product, so the warm welcome we got from the launch of this initial collection really kind of threw us for a loop,” says Scott. They didn’t even tell any of the buyers that they were the designers. Two self-confessed fashion dorks, they basically collected information from buyers over the years about what customers love to buy. Then they designed. Then they hoped … The launch collection was inspired by their travels to Bali and Singapore. Everything is hand-made in India using semi-precious materials, and the prices range from $50-$150. “You can see a lot of the elements of Bali when you’re looking at the black and gold, more exotic colors of the nation,” says AJ. “Singapore comes in when it’s a little more sleek and modern. We’re trying to keep that balance in every collection – with statement pieces as well as modern, more everyday pieces.”

"We could be inspired by my mom's Indian wedding jewelry, or Scott's mom's 70s disco jewelry. She was a glamorous woman - still is." The next collection, St Tropez, will take the colors of the Mediterranean: turquoise and azure, white, navy, and a flash of orange. “One of the things that I think has truly contributed to the buyers’ emotional response to the collection is the fact that it’s very tightly merchandized,” says Scott. “The initial collection is black, gold, or black/gold. That’s it. We might have liked something in red, but there’s no room for red.” “The key for us is being strong editors and having a sense of restraint,” adds AJ. Not that the editing process was easy. On the contrary. “It was very difficult,” says AJ. “Scott and I had very different tastes, but there is a section that overlaps. Also, because of my heritage, I can tend to be attracted to the more ornate, colorful, over-the-top designs that, in the western markets where most of our designs are sold, can be too ethnic, too exotic. So I’m almost always over-editing myself because of that.” They’re already developing their first handbag collection, then clothing. And the next area on their map? Mexico. But they will continue to be most inspired by the women in their lives, and their love of fine jewelry. “It could be my mom’s Indian wedding jewelry,” says AJ. “It could be Scott’s mom’s 70s disco jewelry. She was a glamorous woman – still is.” Their best seller, the highly tasseled Reena, is named after one of their closest friends and inspired by her wedding jewelry. The second best is Noa, named for their niece. “We spend a lot of time naming our products,” says AJ. “We think it brings good karma.” scouthk.com

Left: Noa Earrings, $45. Above: Reena ball tassel earrings in white, $58. Right: Bali tassel earrings in gold, $38.



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All the Broadway action, family fun, and music you love.

September 4 Labor Day

September 4 La Traviata

All over the country

Put down your tools, everyone. It’s Labor Day weekend, the last day of summer and a celebration of us, the workers. So the least the country can do is give us the day off, right?

Thursdays Farmers Market

Fridays Write in

Hudson Yards Park

Gotham Writers



Pick up fresh produce and prepared foods every Thursday, in front of the 7 train station on 34th St 10th/11th Ave. Open from 12-6pm.

Drop-in writing classes – where nibbles and wine help novices and experienced writers get the creative juices flowing.

Fridays Studio Workout

September 13-14 To Sassy With Love

Manhattan Kayak + SUP

Jazz at Lincoln Center



Start your weekend right with a workout in the boathouse using bodyweight, TRX, weights, balls, ropes, and paddles. 6pm.

Opens September 5 KPOP

Lincoln Center Plaza

Ars Nova



Opens September 6 The Treasurer

September 8-14 Matthew Morrison

Playwrights Horizons

Feinstein’s/54 Below



Cinema transmission featuring rising soprano Sonya Yoncheva singing Verdi’s beloved heroine opposite Michael Fabiano.

Meet Ida Armstrong: broke, lonely, and spending all her kids’ money, forcing her son to assume the unwanted role of treasurer.

The audience is immersed in the Korean pop music factory where stars are made … or broken. Be prepared to DANCE, BABY!

The star of Finding Neverland and Glee performs numbers from shows including Hairspray, South Pacific, and other favorites.

The multi-talented Camille Thurman and vocalist Charenee Wade play tribute to the incomparable Sarah Vaughan.

September 9 & 10 Ru Paul’s Drag Con IMAGES: GUY CROWL; BRUCE GLIKAS

Previews September 15 Too Heavy For Your Pocket Roundabout Theatre

A tale set in Nashville in the summer of 1961 and the fight for civil rights. All tickets are a bargain $25. roundabouttheatre.org


September 15 Kasabian Terminal 5

The British rock band – renowned for their live gigs – tours with their latest album, For Crying Out Loud. terminal5nyc.com


Javits Center Two days of Q&A sessions, lip sync contests, drag herstory, fashion, make-up, styling and pop culture workshops, for men and women, with (YAS!) drag stars including Acid Betty, Aja, Bob the Drag Queen, Ginger Minj, plus Michelle Visage, Todrick Hall, Carson Kressley and – yes – Mother herself. rupaulsdragcon.com

September 16 Manhattan Plaza Block Party and Sale W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

Pick a bargain or just join in the fun with your community. The party starts at 10am and wraps around 5.30pm.

Opens September 16 Rodin at the Met Metropolitan Museum

Honoring the centennial of the artist’s death, this special collection contains nearly 50 marbles, bronzes, plasters, and terracottas. metmuseum.org

From September 30 New York Film Festival September 17 I Only Have LIES For You! Laurie Beechman Theatre

Nikki M James and Amy Wolk host a fast-paced game show featuring Broadway panelists as they lie their way to the top. westbankcafe.com

Not Mondays Red Letter Plays Signature Theatre

Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks talks love, society, sex, and power in two modern-day remixes of The Scarlet Letter. All tickets $30.

Lincoln Center Highlights include Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying (starring Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne, and Bryan Cranston) to open, Todd Haynes’s Wonderstruck and a Robert Mitchum retrospective in the middle, and Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel (Kate Winslet and Juno Temple) to close. filmlinc.org


September 22 Operation slumber

Previews September 19 The Portuguese Kid

September 20 TED Global NYC

New York City Center

The Town Hall

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum




Romantic comedy starring Jason Alexander and written by John Patrick Shanley, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Moonstruck.

Has globalization gone too far too fast? And what could we do — together — about it? TED discusses the case in point.

Mondays Jim Caruso’s Cast Party

Previews September 26 Torch Song


Second Stage Theater



Still the best open mic night in the city on Broadway’s night off. Anything could happen (and quite often does)!

Michael Urie and Merdedes Ruehl star in Harvey Fierstein’s semiautobiographical play about a drag queen’s quest for love and family.


Adults take over for after-hours access, dinner, and drinks on deck, before spending the night on board. Bring a sleeping bag.

September 28 Next W42ST out All over Hell’s Kitchen

It’s October and we’re giving all the love to the west side #bestside. If you’d like to be featured, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us at news@w42st.com.

September 24 David Phelps The Green Room 42

The singer who has performed in Carnegie Hall and The White House comes to the more intimate space of The Green Room 42. thegreenroom42.com

September 29-30 Lisa Lambe Irish Arts Center

Lisa Lambe (Celtic Woman) join Fiachna O’Braonáin and Peter O’Toole of the Hothouse Flowers for a night of Celtic music. irishartscenter.org


favorite things My


South Pacific Location: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (intrepidmuseum.org)

The Vienna jacket, $1,050, and Lisha dress, $525, both Heike NY; Valerie boots, $595, and Oberon sunglasses, $145, both Frances Valentine; buttons, $29, rings, $45, and neckerchief, $29, all Fine & Dandy



From the deck of Intrepid to Le Carrousel, School of Rock leading lady Jenn Gambatese acts out her Rodgers & Hammerstein fantasies

Words Ruth Walker Creative direction Sam Ratelle


know the world is filled with troubles and many injustices. But reality is as beautiful as it is ugly. I think it is just as important to sing about beautiful mornings as it is to talk about slums. I just couldn’t write anything without hope in it.” Oscar Hammerstein II Hope is, at least in part, what draws Jenn Gambatese to the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Six nights a week, she’s belting out rock and opera as uptight principal Rosalie Mullins in School of Rock. But R&H – that’s where her heart is. “They’re cheesy to some,” she says, “but I love ‘em.” So much so, she’s released an album of her favorites – The Cockeyed Optimist. And our shoot was inspired by just a few of those special tracks. But first, we talk – as she’s preparing to go on stage in School of Rock at the Winter Garden Theatre. We’re in none other than the famous Streisand dressing room, used by Barbra when she was starring in Funny Girl (“we believe it was both rooms connected because she

surely didn’t use the potty in the hallway,” she laughs). Jenn took over from Sierra Boggess, who originated the role of Miss Mullins, in August last year, with only – gulp! – a week to prepare. “It is unusual,” she says diplomatically. “But I just put on my big girl panties and … it was intense. Thankfully, she’s the leading lady in the show but it’s not the heavy lifting of, say, the witches in Wicked. It was doable. “When you’re a replacement,” she adds, “it’s tricky because it’s a well-oiled machine and you’re one cog. You want to make it your own but not disrupt the works too much. They were lovely here in giving me a good amount of freedom for me to find my Rosalie but part of my job is to try to be as seamless as possible.” It marked a return to her beloved Broadway after a bit of a break. She got married (to Curtis Cregan, who was on the kids’ TV show Hi-5) in 2007. They had a couple of kids (Josephine, eight, named for her brother Joe who died in a car accident 20 years ago, and Charlie Jane,


Location: New York Public Library Zoe Ball gown, $2,059, Matthew Christopher; custom-made gloves, from $100, Wing & Weft Gloves; choker, vintage, stylist’s own; pearl earrings, model’s own

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INTERVIEW who will be two this month). And she worked pretty steadily Off-Broadway and with touring productions (Wicked, Carousel, The School for Lies). But she couldn’t be happier to be back where she belongs. “I love it. Touring is great – I’ve had some extraordinary experiences – but, man, there’s something about Broadway. I don’t know if it’s the audience’s expectations, maybe it’s my own childhood dreams – I wanted this and I get to do it. It’s really unlike any other art form.” The fact that she’s a mom can’t hurt, performing in a show that stars multiple children ranging in age from nine to 14. “I’m a mom and I’m a Brownie leader,” she laughs, “so I’m pretty used to the kid thing. What’s probably harder is that my character is so opposite of me in terms of her expectations of these children and her sternness. But it was definitely in my wheelhouse.” The family live in Hastings, Westchester – “the same way I pinch myself that I get to be on Broadway, I pinch myself that I get to live in Hastings, It’s a real village, there are birds and grass and a beautiful school system” – spends more time than she’d care to admit wearing athleisure [no judgement!], and lives what she calls “a very boring life.” “For Broadway performers, there’s a certain discipline: warming up, cooling down, drinking lots of water, getting as much sleep as you can. I’ve been doing this for 20-something years now. I’m not a big drinker. I just try to make wise choices.” She laughs: “When I played Maria von Trapp for Chicago Lyric Opera, it was hilarious. All these years on Broadway I’d been living like a nun anyway. I finally got to play one!” Jenn Gambatese The Cockeyed Optimist is on Jay Records (jenngambatese.com) School of Rock is at the Winter Garden Theatre (us. schoolofrockthemusical.com)


“Man, there’s something about Broadway. I don’t know if it’s the audience’s expectations, maybe it’s my own childhood dreams – It’s really unlike any other art form.” DIGITAL EDITION


Location: Hakkasan New York (hakkasan. com) Royce gown, $6,700, Randi Rahm; custommade gloves, $100, Wing & Weft Gloves; necklace, earrings, bracelet, and ring, all vintage, stylist’s own

Quick fire round

Go-to snack: Peanut butter on anything. All time fave TV show: Friends. Fave kids’ cereal: Lucky Charms. Spirit animal: A little fox. Or a fox/owl hybrid. The one food I always have in the fridge: Milk. When I grew up, I wanted to be: An archeologist, a painter, a politician, then an actor.

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Location: Le Carrousel, Bryant Park Quinn top, $248, Whit NY, Giselle skirt, $975, Heike NY; custommade gloves, $50, Wing & Weft Gloves; neck tie, $65, Fine & Dandy; pearl earrings, model’s own


Whit NY (Whit-Ny.Com); Fine and Dandy (fineanddandyshop.com); Heike NY (heike-ny.com); Randi Rahm (randirahm.com); Wing & Weft Gloves (wingweftgloves. com); Matthew Christopher (matthewchristopher.com); Lanvin (lanvin.com); Frances Valentine (francesvalentine.com); Intrepid (store.intrepidmuseum.org)


Photographer: Julio Gaggia (juliogaggia.com) Creative director: Sam Ratelle and Ryan Ratelle (rrrcreative.com) Stylist: Sam Rattle Hair: Ellevate Hair Make-up By: Dex New York Styling assistant: Dalvin Brown Production assistants: Sara Blackmore, Ester Shamailova

Special thanks to Fresh From Hell for healthy food during a long shoot (freshfromhell.com)


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an I be honest here? I didn’t have high hopes for this one. Zero expectations. So much so, I went alone, afraid that if I brought someone else, I’d be responsible for a doomed evening and lose a good friend forever. The pitch goes something like this: based on a true story, a fiftysomething woman (Nancy Opel) embarks on dating adventures following the death of her beloved writer husband. The words “sassy,” “witty,” and “fiesty” are liberally

sprinkled … which is never a good sign. In truth, however, it’s genuinely warm tale touching on everything from the healing power of female friendship to aging disgracefully, via dick pics, married men, and buying condoms for the first time in God knows how long. Things occasionally slip into farce, but everyone looks like they’re having such a good time on stage, it feels churlish to complain. Ruth Walker



he best impression Michael Moore made on me was when I came out of the bar after the show, and found him still chatting to his crowd outside the theater. He loves to talk, he passionately wants to connect with people, and his show was a brave attempt to do this in a Broadway setting. On stage, his tales of how an individual can stand up to the challenges America faces were unfortunately always focused

on stories of how Michael Moore had done this (from being an 18-year-old schoolboy to today). He battled his school, the Elks, Glen Beck, assassins, and many more along the way. I’m more a “tell me about Mandela or Parks” person. Sitting in the theatre, it was like being in a Democratic rally (which the audience were paying for). On reflection, this might be cheaper than a political party donation. There were no solutions – but it did provoke thought and discussion over a pint in the bar across the street afterwards. Phil O’Brien





he pure white set – bed, piano, fireplace – was promising. The projections of Van Gogh’s art across the stage were impressive. The concept – exploring the artist’s tormented mind and frenzied output through his letters to his brother Theo, with Carter Hudson, star of the series Snowfall, in the lead role – should have worked. And yet …

Ensemble for the Romantic Century’s approach is to combine live chamber music with the theatrical experience, which meant there were lengthy periods of inaction on stage. When there was action, it wasn’t always easy to follow: characters sing opera on one side of the stage, with the translation on surtitles across on the other, meaning you can’t watch and understand at the same time. Bamboozling. Ruth Walker




I like to know what the play is about … So I can dress in that spirit. For instance, for Indecent I wore something puritanical, a little white Peter Pan collar. But for Hello Dolly! you’re going for color and gaiety. I knew about Bette Midler wearing that red dress coming down the staircase, so I wore an amazing red dress. Dressing like that makes me feel like I’m part of the show and when I stand up to applaud, the actors actually appreciate it. It’s part of my drama, my experience. For a matinee … I’m still dressed up, but in a more subtle way. I’m wearing a little vintage Indian dress over a white cotton slip. And then I pump it up with my silverheeled shoes and my big, fun, cateye silver glasses. When I bought these, the salesperson who gave them to me said: “I just want you to know that somebody said that nobody in their right mind would buy these glasses.” And Off-Broadway? Off-Broadway has a tendency to be more casual; people don’t get dressed up at all. I think it’s terrible. I’ve always felt that it’s disrespectful to the actors and the theater itself as an artistic experience. So I’ll get dressed up for Off-Broadway like I would for a Broadway matinee. Cabaret or jazz show? That’s when I dress more funky, outrageous: leather cowboy boots with a little skirt and a little ruffled blouse comes to mind. Something soft but short. Definitely fun. THEATER BEHIND THE SCENES:

What NOT to wear I’ve been in the theater when somebody’s tapped me on the shoulder and I know they want to ask me to take my hat off, which I would never do because usually it’s not something that’s obtrusive. But, in general, you don’t really want to wear hats. Also, I love very full skirts, but sometimes they spill over to the person on the right or knock over people’s programs, so you end up having to tuck them in.


Fashionista “Purely” Patricia Fox throws her hat into the ring in the debate over WTF we wear to a Broadway show Words Carla Duval Photograph Nacho Guevara

Pet peeve? One time, a woman took her shoes off and crossed her legs and her bare foot was right next to me. I turned and said: “Excuse me, do you mind putting your shoes on? I don’t want to sit next to your bare feet.” How do you like that?




The GOOD, the BAD, and the

TRUTH about bacteria



EAT Our gut is home to billions of bacteria … and some of them could be our new best friend, says Samina Kalloo


e usually equate bacteria with germs, so the idea of gulping down a few billion a day for your health might seem hard to swallow. The truth is that our bodies are home to countless bacteria, both “good” and “bad.” Many are important to digestive health and other body functions, but having more bad than good may lead to all sorts of negative consequences. This is where probiotics come in. Although it isn’t the sexiest subject, gut-dwelling bacteria is one of the most exciting and revolutionary topics in health right now. With promises of better digestion, brighter mood, and a healthier immune system, consumers are snapping up supplements and probiotic-enhanced beverages, foods, and skincare products. And, although probiotics aren’t necessary for good health, they’ve been touted as one of the most important supplements you can take. What are probiotics anyway? In a nutshell, probiotics are “good” bacteria that are intended to provide health benefits. According to the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health, the live microorganisms in probiotic supplements are the same as or similar to those that naturally live in our bodies. What about prebiotics? Not the same thing. Prebiotics are a type of non-digestible fiber that stimulates the growth of healthy bacteria. Think of them as food for probiotics. Although prebiotics are not necessary for probiotics to work, taking them together may help probiotics work more effectively. In 2012, one study published in Nutrition Reviews found a link between a diet high in prebiotics and a reduced risk of developing colorectal cancer. Other research has suggested that prebiotics increase calcium absorption and may improve bone density. The good news is that you may already be chowing down on prebiotics and don’t even know it. Some of the top food sources include raw and cooked

Left: Pickle lovers rejoice. These babies are packed with naturally healthy bacteria.

“It’s now being suggested that probiotics may help to boost mood and alleviate symptoms of depression.” onions, raw garlic, raw asparagus, chicory, under-ripe bananas, Jerusalem artichokes, and raw dandelion greens. OK, but can they make me beautiful? There is mounting evidence supporting the use of probiotics for acne and antiaging. According to a study published in the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology, the supplements are emerging as a therapy to prevent the effects of UV-induced skin damage and may work synergistically with antibiotics specifically for inflammatory acne. Although research is just skimming the surface with these intriguing findings, probiotics hold potential in the treatment of acne and slowing the signs of aging skin. Can they make happy? It may sound surprising but the digestive system, often referred to as our “second brain,” is home to the enteric nervous system (ENS) which is composed of more than 100 million nerve cells. If you’ve ever felt butterflies in your stomach or had a “gut” feeling, then you’ve been getting signals from this unexpected source. It’s now being suggested that probiotics may help to boost mood and alleviate symptoms of depression. One recent study published in the journal Gastroenterology studied the effects of probiotics on patients with irritable bowel syndrome and depression. Researchers found that twice as many patients saw improvements from depression when they took a specific kind of probiotic compared to other patients who took a placebo. But before you rush out to buy a probiotic, know that there is still much


to be learned on the interaction between nerve cells and the bacteria that reside in our digestive system. What about my immune system? Did you know about 80 per cent of your immune system is in your digestive tract? Now more research substantiates the claim that probiotics found in naturally fermented food and supplements may actually help strengthen the body’s immune system. One study published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport found that rugby players had fewer colds and gastrointestinal infections with a shorter duration when they took a probiotic compared to those that took a placebo. OK, I’m sold – now what? If you’re not into supplements, try these foods that are naturally packed with healthy bacteria. Yogurt Sauerkraut Kefir Tempeh Miso Kimchi Aged cheeses Pickles As consumers become more aware of the link between diet, health, and nutrition, the probiotic trend is expected to continue climbing the popularity ladder. In fact, the probiotics market was worth over $36 billion in 2015 and is expected to exceed $64 billion by 2023 according to Global Market Insights. However, although some probiotics have shown promise in helping to prevent or treat a variety of health problems, strong scientific evidence to support their specific uses is still lacking. If you’re considering a probiotic supplement, try incorporating natural sources in your diet and stay tuned for more exciting news on this developing field of research.

Samina Kalloo RD, CDN @cookingfortots, @SaminaKallooRD



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MAKE THE CUT He started barbering at the age of 10, designing clothing soon after, and released his first song after breaking up with his high school sweetheart. He’s also a barista with a big heart and an even bigger smile. How does Randall James even find the time?

Job description My barista role is to prepare and serve coffee, tea, and treats, although it feels like much more: providing energy and happiness to every customer as I see their eyes open up and their frowns turn upside down. And my “other” job? My other jobs are all passion projects for me because artistic expression is my life, so it doesn't feel like extra work. In addition to being a barista, I am also a barber, singer/songwriter/musician, and clothing designer. My sense of style? I do custom distressed jeans so that’s a staple of my style, and I dress it up and down depending on my daily activities. With the exception of my pants, everything else in my look is clean and metro classy for my generation. Multitasking? That’s easy … Every job allows me to express my personality through art and interactions with people. There's never a dull moment when juggling everything so I couldn't imagine it any other way.


What gets me up in the morning? Chasing my dreams and the dolla dolla bills, y'all! On a more serious note, I do everything for my mom to make her live with pride and without stress. An average day? There is never an average day for me, but the best example of a "normal-ish" day could involve: waking early, styling my outfit, distressing some clothes, serving at TJG, shaping up hair, and ending the night in the studio.

"I'm aiming to have a barber/boutique for my hair and clothing designs, three Grammys, and a model girlfriend (preferably Rihanna)." The best thing about working at Jolly Goat? The people – bonding with the customers and sharing news, day-to-day highlights, our projects. We are all family here and all the customers quickly become friends. And the worst? Accidentally staining new sneakers with coffee. My regular coffee … I love trying new flavor combinations but my go-to order that I make myself is a simple latte with almond milk where I can practice a new design for customers.


Above: Randy has big plans.

The five/ten-year plan? The beauty of this big city is that anything can happen, so in the next few years I'm aiming to have a barber/boutique for my hair and clothing designs, three Grammys, and a model girlfriend (preferably Rihanna).

@camejoclothing_ @espyawardsport @camejo_musicpage THE JOLLY GOAT COFFEE BAR W47TH ST - 10TH/11TH AVE (646) 509-8957 thejollygoat.com




Purists, look away now. Emerging markets are enjoying their champagne – gasp! – on ice. With fruit. It’s all the rage, says Jeremy Kaplan


rends in booze are about as fickle as trends in fashion. One season it’s all about the basil and lavender martini, the next it’s bacon-infused bourbon with smoke. And now even the reliably stylish Champagne is getting a flavor makeover. Is nothing sacred? Like fashion, Champagne is known by the “houses” that create it, and their followers expect a certain style. No matter if it is opened in Seattle or Sydney, that bottle of Pol Roger should taste the same, thanks to a hundredsof-years-old recipe that uses different grapes and different wines of different ages. That’s because 99 per cent of all Champagne is non-vintage – a blend of wines from different years. (The latest term is multivintage.) Unlike a maker of still wine in Burgundy or Tuscany, for instance, where vintage and harvest quality are key to their success, that is not so with Champagne. Year after year, Bollinger can make the expected rich and creamy Champagne, Taittinger elegant and structured wines, Roederer big brioche, and Heidsieck fruity with finesse​. But sometimes things get shaken up. Hedi Slimane takes the helm at Yves

“The venerable houses of Champagne are producing wines that are often very different from their sacred origins.” Saint Laurent, for instance. Galliano at Dior. And, in the world of wine, trends from new markets – countries such as China and Africa that have no wine drinking culture at all – demand different flavors. And so, the venerable houses of Champagne have responded by producing wines that are often very different from their sacred origins. “Dosage” is at the heart of this – the addition of sugar and wine to a disgorged bottle of Champagne before it’s corked and caged. Twelve grams of sugar per litre is the maximum allowed for a wine to remain “brut” (back in the day 22g/l was the norm, but as tastes changed, so did the dosage). On one end of the spectrum


you have brut nature or zero dosage – no sugar added after the second fermentation. These bone dry wines are, for some, the true essence of Champagne. This trend coincided with wine drinkers demanding less sweetness in their glass – and, fashionably, they also happen be lower in calories. (For a guide to the sweetness of your Champagne, by the way, check the label: they go, from driest to sweetest: brut nature, extra brut, brut, extra dry, dry, demi-sec, doux.) At the other end of the spectrum are wines designed to appeal primarily to new markets where people are enjoying their Champagne unhindered by any sense of etiquette. Here, dosage levels raise the levels of sugar to sometimes teeth-shattering levels: 20g/l, 30g/l, 40g/l and higher. Veuve Clicquot recently launched “Rich” and Taittinger released “Nocturne,” where high sugar levels can tolerate the addition of ice, plus cucumber, ginger, pineapple, celery, or even tea – a trend among club kids and the new rich in Russia, as well as emerging wine drinking countries. Champagne is a wonderful adventure, so try as many as you can afford and don’t wait for a special occasion to pop a cork. And the same rules apply to other sparkling wines like cava from Spain and Francicorta from Italy. We can’t all wear Gucci or Ralph Lauren. Some of us like Banana Republic or Levi’s. But as they say in Champagne: “Chacun à son goût” – to each his own. (Or not) Jeremy Kaplan, Veritas Studio Wines (veritasstudiowines.com)

In wine there is truth. Also in wine: my next novel More wine truisms from Jason Witcher next month



Three of the best:

AMENITIES All amenities are not created equal. Isaac Halpern tracks down the west side buildings that go one better


aving amenities in your building in New York City makes the daily grind that much easier. On bad weather days, you can stay in and use the gym. Beautiful sunset? Go to the roof deck and chill. And if it’s hot, take a dip in the outdoor pool. Developers on the west side, as in virtually all neighborhoods, continue to innovate to provide the next best amenity. It’s a simple price per square foot equation: owners and renters will pay a higher price per square foot for amenities. That being said, not all amenities are created equal. The ubiquitous “dog spa” may in fact be a dark, tiny room with a depressing shower, hose and table. The “fitness center” might be a bleak, windowless, basement affair. And the “business conference center” is often in a drab room that is hardly used, and for good reason. People’s expectations for amenities are constantly increasing. Not that long ago a laundry room in the basement of a high-rise doorman building was considered a wonderful amenity. Now people wrinkle their noses if the washer and dryer are not in the apartment itself. An actual vented dryer in the apartment, still a rarity, will certainly add to the rental or sale price. So here are three buildings that contain at least one truly inspiring amenity; one that will impress your friends, make you feel pampered, and will certainly help with the daily grind of living and working in New York City.


What: Henry Hall Where: W38th St - 10th/11th Ave Outstanding amenity: Jam room. Price range: Studio from $3,014, up to a two-bed for $5,834. Agent: henryhallnyc.com Designed to feel like a boutique hotel or members-only club, Henry Hall is built on the site of the former Legacy Recording Studio. As well as the classy roof deck, training center, VIP lounge, private dining, and library, there’s a jam room complete with disco ball and Fender Strat for when you feel the need to live out your Guitar Hero fantasies. When you have friends round, try your tonsils on the karaoke.


LIVING What: The Whitby, pre-war coop Where: 325 W45th St - 8th/9th Ave Outstanding amenity: Two chic roof decks with views. Price range: Currently four sales from $299,000 for a studio to $599,000 for a one-bed. Agent: Various. While most people think of a new development when they’re looking for fabulous amenities, the Whitby, a venerable pre-war coop designed by Emery Roth and just one block from Times Square, is an exception. The cooperative came into some extra money from the sale of a couple of apartments it owned, and the money was put to good use: creating a gorgeous renovated lobby, two new elevators (currently being installed) and two incredible roof decks that encompass most of the roof on the 11th floor. The understated and elegant teak furniture and nautical touches like hemp-covered piping add to the bespoke feel. The open views, which stretch all the way to New Jersey to the west and Midtown’s glittering skyscrapers to the east, are exceptional. When you get bored with one view, just meander over to the second roof deck to take in another perspective while reclining in style.

“The ubiquitous ‘dog spa’ may in fact be a dark, tiny room with a depressing shower, hose and table.” About Isaac

Isaac Halpern is an associate broker at Halstead Property. A native New Yorker who grew up on the Upper East Side, he’s lived in Chelsea, The Bronx, and Fort Greene before moving to W47th Street in Hell’s Kitchen, his favorite neighborhood. ihalpern@halstead.com

What: Via 57 West, new luxury rental building Where: W57th St - 12th Ave Outstanding amenities: Poker room, games room, and golf simulator. Price range: Studio for $3,507 up to a four-bed for $12,796 (lottery recently opened for middleincome units – $1,448 to $2,902). Agent: via57west.com This distinctive 35-story rental building on the north-west corner of Hell’s Kitchen was designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. Most new buildings in NYC are variations on a theme (glass and steel high-rise rectangles with decorative touches), but Ingels’ building, with its block-wide pyramid shape, is truly unique. The approach to amenity spaces is also unique – holistic with an emphasis on environmental sustainability. Besides a pool, gym, and lounge area, playful residents also get a games room, poker room, and golf simulator. There’s also a huge private interior garden courtyard – a private park in the middle of the city.




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n o es v o m g in k a m s er n ig Ten des Style isn’t just a thing that happens in your closet


Designed by Diane von Furstenberg, the Climbing Leopard rug is made from plush, handknotted silk and is all kinds of exotic. Want! From $304 per sq ft, therugcompany.com


Have you guessed what the Pantone color of 2017 was yet? We’re all about the greenery. Clean lines combine with retro design in this mouth-blown, sage green tinted vase from Finnish designer Marimekko. $245, us.marimekko.com


Oh my! Gucci launches its home decor collection this month and it’s all kinds of beautiful. Expect cushions, candles, incense trays, chairs, screens, wallpaper, trays, and folding tables. We’ve got our eye on this little cutie. Collection from $190, gucci.com


Inspired by Scandinavian design, the Cumberland sideboard features chic exposed joinery and lush saddle leather handles all handcrafted in America. $5,910 (in walnut), thosmoser.com




If you’re anything like us, even the most low-maintenance life form dies in our care. Which is why we love this decorative cactus from Zara. No more watering. No more repotting. Just life-giving greenery. $49.90, zarahome.com


Known for her quirky designs, Kate Spade has let the bright, contrasting colors do the talking in the Seaport herringbone throw blanket. Curl up to watch Netflix … and try not to spill the Malbec all over it! $119, katespade.com


Potter Dodie Thayer has created an inspired collection of “lettuce ware” for Tory Burch, made to evoke the elegance of 1960s Palm Beach. We adore this covered tureen, complete with plate, bowl, and lid, all delicately molded into leaf shapes and glazed in a vibrant green. $350, toryburch.com


Matthew Williamson’s collection for Osborne & Little includes exotic wall coverings like this one – Sunbird, a tropical bird with extravagant plumage darting between rich foliage. Don’t like this color? No sweat – it comes in seven options. $235, info@oalusa.com


It looks vintage, what with all that distressed purple leather and retro styling, but it’s brand new and modern, which means it won’t fall apart or have bed bugs. Suddenly the Seymour leather chair has a lot in its favor. $898, urbanoutfitters.com


Oscar de la Renta’s lavish serving platter is inspired by the New York Botanical Garden, and features a mix of archival peony prints from the Garden’s private collection of rare 18th and 19th century botanical books. $375, oscardelarenta.com




Gloria's lessons



Date yourself, trust in chemistry, not Tinder, and believe in unicorns. Mary Geneva meets a free spirit, single for three years but in no hurry to meet Mr Right

ave you ever been on a bizarre date? A simple enough question, you’d think. And, running through my own dating drive-by history, I become dizzy thinking of all the weirdos I’ve encountered. But when I ask Gloria Duque, her answer is surprising: “I’ve met people with whom I have no romantic connection, but never a bizarre character. I try to steer clear of blind dates.” Wow! Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to this fabulous woman, a HK neighbor, lover of life and cats. While many of us dating in the city will log on to Tinder, Bumble, Grindr, OkCupid, Zoosk, Match, Hinge (fill in your preferred dating app/site here), there are the rare few, like Gloria, who have been on less than a handful of dates via that rectangle machine many of us have glued to the palm of our hand. In fact, the few dates Gloria met via swiping right she can count on less than two fingers AND they weren’t so bad. Gloria believes in unicorns. And in a way, she is very much like the mythical creature. She’s organic and free-spirited. She hails from the beautiful country of Columbia, and ever since she was a little girl she dreamed of living in New York City. She’s been in Hell’s Kitchen for six months and enjoys its abundance of kickass restaurants and the neighborhood feel. Chatting with Gloria had me reminiscing about the (millions of) dates


''In America there is a lot of pressure - especially for women to find someone - to date and date and date. This becomes another item on your to-do list. We should change that and start dating ourselves more often.''

Mary: “I could have saved a lot of unnecessary hangovers and Uber rides had I been a little more selective about who I chose to go out with.”


I’ve been on. I thought to myself that I could have saved a lot of unnecessary hangovers and Uber rides had I been a little more selective about who I chose to go out with. I’m much wiser today! “Would you rather get full at McDonald’s or Eataly?” Gloria asks. The answer is, of course, Eataly!. I ask her: “Do you think it’s really fair to give someone only one date?” From my personal experience, I feel it sometimes takes more than one date to really figure out if there’s a spark. But Gloria, she just knows. She says she can tell within ten minutes if there is chemistry and she’s never been wrong. M: How long have you been single? G: I have been single for over three years now. M: What is your perspective on dating in NYC versus back home in Colombia? G: I have never been a dater. Not even back in Colombia. I’ve been in long relationships but the process has been more organic, more natural. I never went on “romantic interviews” with my prospective mates. We met in a natural environment (ie, school, office, gym) and things just flowed. The same process happened in NYC. Since my divorce back in 2014, friends have set me up on dates with possible candidates but in most cases the romantic connection is not there. I just let the “romantic river” flow wherever it needs to flow without forcing any outcome. In America there is a lot of pressure – especially for women – to find someone and get married, hence the need to date and date and date. This

STYLE becomes another item on your to-do list. We should change that and start dating ourselves more often, treat ourselves to massages, special dinners, vacations, flowers – do all the things we are expecting someone to do for us. If I don’t love myself madly, who would? M: Why do you like American men? G: I love them. When American men love they love hard. They fall in love and they are so loyal. I love them and I want one for myself. M: When you find this American man, please ask if he has a twin brother!

Gloria: “Ladies, DO NOT GIVE IN SO EASILY! We have all been victims of our own hormones but in the long run, I think it’s so much more rewarding to get to know the other person better before being intimate.”

M: What’s the best thing about dating in NYC? G: The restaurants. How can one get bored with all the possibilities? The delicious wine, the hors d’oeuvres, the music. And if all this happens while looking at a beautiful man across the table, BINGO! M: What’s the worst thing about dating in NYC? G: There are many gorgeous men that are gay. I love the gays, but that just means less men for me. M: I agree! But it’s always a blast going to the gay bars and not having to worry about what you look like naked the next day because you know you won’t be leaving the bar with anyone. ;) M: What’s one of the best dates you’ve been on? And did you learn something new about yourself? G: I met a beautiful guy in a restaurant once. We went on a couple of dates and the romantic connection – at least on my part – was there. Sadly, things ended but I learned that love can bite you – and usually does – when you least expect it. When you stop “looking for love” and just relax and enjoy life, beautiful things start to happen. M: What are your thoughts on intimacy in a relationship? G: Ladies, DO NOT GIVE IN SO EASILY! We have all been victims of our own

hormones but in the long run, I think it’s so much more rewarding to get to know the other person better before being intimate. Only time can tell if the other person is there just to have some bed action or if he’s really there because he cares about you. M: How do you think you’ll know you’ve met a keeper? G: You just know. Your intuition will guide

you if only you quiet your mind and start listening to yourself. Is he treating you tenderly? Answering your messages in a timely manner? Setting time apart just to spend with you? Bringing you flowers? Listening to what you have to say? Honoring his commitments with you? If the answer is “yes,” then you might have a keeper on your hands. If, on the contrary, the asshole hardly answers your messages, is always “busy,” treats you like shit, calls at the very last minute to see you (especially in the middle of the night), and doesn’t even remember your cat’s name, then for Christ’s sake, do yourself a favor and STAAAAHP this “relationship” in its tracks. You are better off spending your precious time with your gorgeous self. And with your cat. M: What are you passionate about? G: I love animals, arts, fashion, love, wine, and architecture, among other things. Fantasy moment: me in a beautifully designed restaurant wearing couture next to a gorgeous American blond man drinking wine and being totally in love with each other. Extra points if the room is full of kittens. M: Words of advice for women (and men) trying to navigate the Manhattan dating pool? G: Don’t. Seriously, don’t do it! Just focus on yourself and being the person you want to fall in love with. Would you love to have next to you someone that speaks French? Then go ahead and sign up for those French classes you’ve wanted to do for years. And please relax. Enjoy your single days, savor them as the most precious wine you have ever tasted because, trust me, one day when you find yourself ten years into the “perfect relationship” you dreamed about, you are going to look back and say: “I miss my single days sooo much!” Enjoy your life NOW! Do you think you have what it takes to sweep Gloria off her feet? Email Mary at MaryGenevaNYC@gmail.com with a fun date idea and why you would like to take Gloria out.

ABOUT MARY Mary Geneva is a sales professional by day and serial dater by night. In her book Nicknames, she tiptoes into the dating pool accumulating late-night, drunken scraps of paper and text messages outlining unbelievable – yet totally true – events. Undaunted, she lives, works, and plays in New York City, and calls Hell’s Kitchen home, along with her rescued pets, pup Valentino and kitty Diva. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram





When Claudia Chung’s partner of nine years died suddenly, she was possessed with a kind of madness for weeks. This is how she came out the other side



ext to his bed, I sat on a wooden stool waiting. Waiting for my love to die. I held his hand for hours that felt like days and I swore I would go on and live. Not just an ordinary life but LIVE! Tears, laughter, joy, happiness and, finally, contentment. We were together until his last breath. This is how I imagined my future husband would die – 30 years from now. After a lifetime as partners, lovers, and friends, we’d say our goodbyes – no, our see you laters, serenely. Afterwards I would act as the graceful, unruffled widow. I’d say phrases like: “I know he would have wanted a party, not a funeral,” or “he is with all of us right now,” and (my personal favorite to loathe), “he will always live in your hearts.” This was not how it happened. The last thing I said to my fiancé was: “Hey, guess what? I used up all that change at the farmer’s market. Aren’t you proud?” Five minutes later, I was in the bathroom plucking out three stringy grey hairs I’d found on top my scalp. Then it happened. My life partner of nine years and soon-to-be-husband made a sound – a sort of gargle – hit the floor, and died of a heart attack. My mundane Saturday morning had turned into my worst nightmare. Five minutes had lapsed since I’d said my last words. Fifteen minutes had lapsed since we’d had our last conversation. “Do you want anything from the farmer’s market?” He sleepily replied: “No thanks.” “I’ll get sourdough for your lunch sack next week.” And only 30 minutes had passed since I’d begun my morning next to my love, my mundane life still intact. My experiences with death, while


minimal, have always been shocking, confusing, and grotesque. My mother slumped over her in-flight meal on an Alaska Airlines flight from Anchorage to Los Angeles. One minute she was enjoying what a slice of chocolate cake; the next she was brain dead. Her last words to my father were: “It’s good.” And in-flight meals are never good. It saddens me to think her last meal was served on a cafeteria-style plastic tray that you might find in an upper-class Connecticut prison. But then again, my fiancé had bean soup and wine for supper the night before he died. He didn’t even have bread as he was trying to lose weight. Shit! He should have had some damn bread smeared with butter and bacon fat. The last time I physically saw my fiancé was at a Jersey City funeral home. He lay there, his hands folded just so on top of his chest. It felt familiar, as he often slept like that – not unlike those dead people in old Victorian postmortem photographs. It’s a habit I picked up after we started living together. Every night, we retreated to our bed and took our positions – the same one a couple would have taken had they died together from cholera or typhus. He was wearing a white dress shirt and black tie. A blanket covered him from the waist down. For a second, I thought he was asleep. But upon holding his hands – firm, cold and rubbery – my knees buckled. Then I fell completely apart. In that pristine little funeral home in Jersey, I morphed from sad, grieving widow into inebriated, mean, unstable psychopath. It was a role I inhabited for the next three weeks. I ugly cried 20 hours a day. I made irrational phone calls. I went on the defensive for no particular reason. And


Opposite: Death came unexpectedly; now Claudia is learning to bounce back.

I spewed venomous mean things to all those trying to help me, possessed with a demon called grief. For weeks I looked like a hybrid of a basset hound and Vegas-era Elvis – redfaced, drunk, bloated, and sweaty, with the personality of a rabid bunny rabbit. I didn’t shower much or eat much or care much. I sought comfort in any and every way possible. I drank. I slept. I loved that I was so skinny then felt guilty for being such a shallow loser. I wanted to be held and kissed by anyone: woman, man, gay, straight. Grief made my sexual orientation fluid. While nothing happened (I was repulsive, physically stinky, and crazy), I can now see how one could land in another’s bed while deep in grief. I once read that death brings out the best in people, or that with death comes wisdom. Well, I call bullshit. The more I remembered how much I loved my fiancé, the more looney tunes I became. Love made me insane. After his funeral, I devised my own formula for mourning. It was a solitary endeavor. I wore his dress shirt, ate avocado on sourdough toast (the bread I’d bought when he was still alive), drank coffee, and watched The Golden Girls. At first there was vodka spiked with whatever juice was left in my refrigerator, but once the bottle ran dry, so did my drinking. I was finished with all that. There is an old proverb: “Let me fall if I must fall. The one I will become will catch me.” I wouldn’t have come out of the other side had it not been for my guy, Lawrence John Sutton. During the 16 years we were friends and nine we spent being us, he taught me how to love eternally, bounce back like a champ and go on. The training wheels are off.


"I sought comfort in any and every way possible. I drank. I slept. I wanted to be held and kissed by anyone: woman, man, gay, straight. Grief made my sexual orientation fluid."





Citibike, skateboard, fold-up bike ... or that ridiculous one-wheeled thing – however you choose to travel, do it in style


This page: Citibike takes commuters from A to B. Opposite page: Mixing it up on the wheel count.


ust as one of our most famous fashion commentators became synonymous with cycling, so New Yorkers have embraced the twowheeled commute ... without making too many sacrifices on the sartorial front. Some even manage to coordinate their outfit with their mode of transport. Sweet. Surely Bill Cunningham would approve?







#W42ST Hashtag your Instagram pics and they could star in the mag! Is that a stilt-walker in our favorite juice bar? A spotted octopus in our favorite gift store? This month's Instagrammers prove they have classy interiors, a healthy diet, and (possibly) pigeon poop in their hair. Remember, anyone can join in the fun. Just tag your images #W42ST and you might be the one whose photograph ends up in the next issue.







Right: On Charles Bridge, in the stunning center of Prague.

Here for the


Prague is not just romantic and beautiful, says Sarah Funk, it also worships at the feet of beer


Parisian friend once said that she considered Prague to be more romantic than Paris, a city famous for love stories, passion, and charm. At first, I dismissed such a claim – how could it be? Well, with one step into Prague, I was swept into its arms and taken on a journey I’ll never forget. Once under the iron fist of Communism, today Prague breathes easy as a large number of graduates, artists, and adventurers have moved to this bohemian capital. It hosts a mesmerizing architectural combination of Baroque curves, Romanesque arches, and Gothic spires. Almost the whole of the city center is on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites, and rightly so. The scenery is magnificent. Walking along the idyllic narrow streets, you see bars, cafes, and restaurants offering local beer. Water, malt, and hops are kings in this land, the nucleus of the country. Everything is based on drinking or brewing. For example, it’s practically a sin not to pair traditional Czech cuisine with Czech beer. Hearty dishes such as svickova (beef, bread dumplings, and vegetable sauce) or roast duck go down easiest with a half-liter of your choice of lager. This isn’t a coincidence. It was planned that way, and the locals are proud of it. In fact, Czechs drink more beer per capita than any country in the world,


“Heck, there’s even a beer spa here, where visitors can sit in a tub of the stuff while drinking unlimited amounts.” beating Germany, the runner up, by nearly 50 per cent. There are more than 350 breweries in the country – a lot, given that it’s about the size of New York State. This ensures there will always be a new and ample beer selection. Heck, there’s even a beer spa here, where visitors can sit in a tub of the stuff while drinking unlimited amounts … using beer soap, lathering with beer shampoo, and moisturizing with beer lotion. The Czech Republic is truly a brew lover’s heaven. Could it get any more romantic than that? “Na zdravi!” or “Cheers!” I’ll see you next month in Stockholm, Sweden. Sarah left her Hell’s Kitchen home in January to travel the world, living in a different country for a month every month. To follow her adventures, visit sarahfunky.com.


Sarah's progress I 'm h e r e!

STYLE Restaurants Lod’ Pivovar, a brewery and Czech restaurant on a boat. Be sure to make a reservation in advance (pivolod.cz). Mlejnice, for traditional Czech cuisine with a rustic atmosphere (restaurace-mlejnice.cz). T Anker, a hidden rooftop beer garden with incredible city vista (t-anker.cz). Restaurant Zvonice, a secret restaurant in a bell tower – make a reservation in advance (restaurantzvonice.cz)

Cafes Kočkafé Freya, a cat cafe with good coffee (kocicikavarnapraha.cz). Styl & Interiér, a rustic garden cafe (stylainterier.cz). Ema Espresso Bar, one of the best coffees in the city (emaespressobar.cz). Daruma, for tea, hookah, and games (daruma-tea.cz). Angelato, for incredible ice cream (angelato.cz).

Brewery/bars Beer Geek Bar – 500 types of bottled beer and 32 on tap (beergeek.cz). Pípa Beer Story – 160 types of Czech craft beer (pivotekapipa.cz). U Fleků, a pub with 500 years’ brewing tradition (ufleku.cz). Pivovarský Klub – over 900 types of beer (pivovarskyklub.com). AnonymouS Bar, for excellent drinks with a V for Vendetta vibe (anonymousbar.cz). Hemingway Bar, a classy cocktail lounge inspired by the author (hemingwaybar.cz)

To Visit

Swept up in the romance Welcome to the beer museum


Charles Bridge (arrive before 8am to avoid the crowds) Prague Castle (ditto) Vysehrad fort Wallenstein Garden Beer Spa (beerspa.com)



My seven ages

OF MAN Fashions change, but not Jaci’s love of a tall man who can handle an angry bear


urly perms, mini dresses, platform shoes, chicken served in a basket, scallops on a shell … my five-plus decades have seen me rack up a lot of different styles in so many areas of life. Nowhere is this more true than the styles of men who have reflected not only the times but my age and, inevitably, changing needs and personality. As I face my seventh decade at the end of next year, it’s time to reflect on my own Seven Ages of Man I didn’t have eyes for the opposite sex until the age of four, when we moved house and the next door neighbor’s son, Tim, helped me build a guitar from two bits of wood and a few elastic bands. The Beatles were topping the charts and Tim and I thought we were the coolest kids on the planet. I didn’t know that boys did evil things outside of guitar making until I was 11 and in junior school. There was a boy called Stephen who used to beckon me over to the boys’ side of the playground to kiss me through the iron bars of the gate (we were segregated where I grew up in Wales; they had a terror of six-year-olds copulating between lessons). He was quite tall, good looking,

“Tough as I am, when push comes to shove, I’d always favor a man dying to protect me.”

and had a brother called David. I think I might have kissed him, too. Tall was always my thing. It still is. At just five feet tall, I’ve always been drawn to men who could protect me from a bear. Tough as I am, when push comes to shove, I’d always favor a man dying to protect me. Sorry, guys. Until 1999, I’d never been out with anyone under six feet two. Stylistically, they were a mixed bunch (though all of them slim and mostly dark haired). A very talented and highly successful lyricist, a manic depressive TV producer, a bald newspaper editor (he used to be dark, honestly), a university lecturer (another

Above: With new best friends Stuart and Chris, aboard Basera’s boat party.

depressive; his idea of a fun night was staying in listening to Wagner with takeout), and a whole host of others I can remember only for their height. Just after I hit 40 in 1998, I decided to switch my style of guy and went for a five-feet-seven, podgy, ginger computer graphics designer. Never having been married or lived with anyone, I suppose I felt I was in the Last Chance Guy Saloon. “He’s not funny, he’s overweight, he’s boring, not that smart, he keeps borrowing money from me, expects me to pay for everything, and the sex is awful,” I wailed to my friend. “Then dump him,” he said. I wailed: “But he’s 37 and single.” My friend was adamant: “But it doesn’t mean he’s the right 37 and single.” That’s it, you see: you can’t choose a partner in the same way you would decide to opt for a new hairstyle or throw out last year’s season for this year’s collection of clothes. Personally, I have a physical type, but I also want humor, intelligence, sensitivity, warmth, sociability, kindness. Money would be nice, too. Failing that, as I face that horrid prospect of my seventh decade, anything in pants will do.

The most stylish man

in Hell's Kitchen

It’s my favorite Indian restaurant in New York, and their vodka lassi is nectar from the gods. Celebrating 10 years of Basera restaurant on 9th Ave, fans joined Raj (pictured


with me, left) on a boat trip around Manhattan last month. Great food, wine and music – and Manhattan never looks better than on a warm, clear August night.



Wagging tales

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



Human’s name: Jack. Breed: English bulldog. Age: Eight years old. What makes me bark: A proper British lady would never bark, unless, of course, her humans were in danger. Three words that describe me best: Stubborn, irresistible, and lovable. Confession: I like going to bed after watching the evening news in my owner’s bed.

Human’s name: Hilary. Breed: Staffordshire terrier/beagle. Age: Three. What makes me bark: When friends come over, when I want to eat, when my toy is lost, and of course in the middle of the night at absolutely nothing. Three words that describe me best: Sassy, independent, goofy. Confession: Mom blames the laundromat for losing all the socks but really I steal them, chew them, then hide them.


Matsen Human’s name: Tamsen. Breed: Chihuahua. Age: 12. What makes me bark: Any dog bigger than me! Three words that describe me best: New Yorker, sweet, and sassy. Confession: I like to climb in my mom’s purse before work thinking she will not see me – in the hope I can come along. Instadog: @TamsenFadal #officialmatsen

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Jackson Humans’ names: Ian and Howard. Breed: Cairn terrier. Age: I’ll be 10 this month. What makes me bark: Delivery men at the door and bigger dogs (because I think I’m a big dog as well). Three words that describe me best: Stubborn, a little cray, and lovable. Confession: I insist on being the center of attention. Instadog: #jacksonnyccairn

Send it to waggingtales@w42st.com and we’ll do the rest.


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


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

Parada 47 Mexican

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

Paradigm Cafe

9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

Azuri Cafe W51st St - 9th/10th Ave

At Nine Restaurant Bar Bacon

9th Ave - 54th/55th St

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

Basera Indian Bistro 9th Ave - 50th/51st St

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

Carbone W38th St - 8th/9th Ave

Dafni Greek Taverna

The Marshal 10th Ave - 44th/45th Ave Locally sourced food, wine, and liquor at a restaurant where

W42nd St - 8th/9th Ave

sustainability and support for the

El Azteca

community are at the heart of

9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

Esanation Thai Street Food 9th Ave - 50th/51st St

everything we do.

the-marshal.com (212) 582-6300

Bombay Grill House 9th Ave - 51st/52nd St China Xiang W42nd St - 8th/9th Ave Chirping Chicken 9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

Tulcingo Del Valle

Kodama Sushi & Japanese

10th Ave - 46th/47th St

W45th St - 8th/9th Ave

v{iv} Thai Restaurant & Bar

9th Ave - 54th/55th St

North River Lobster Company Pier 81, W41st St - 12th Ave

Oovina 9th Ave - 37th/38th St

Route 66 Cafe 9th Ave - 55th/56th St

Siri Thai 10th Ave - 45th/46th St


9th Ave - 35th/36th St

Amy’s Bread Frisson Espresso

10th Ave - 46th/47th St

Kahve 9th Avenue

W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

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

Fresh, delicious food and juices, prepared in a friendly, neighborly

Gotham West Market


11th Ave - 44th/45th St

(212) 956-4355 www.freshfromhell.com

El Rancho Burritos W45th St - 8th/9th Ave

W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

Skylight Diner Noodies

Zoob Zib

W47th St - 8th/9th Ave

10th Ave - 35th St

Rustic Table

9th Ave - 46th/47th St

Fresh From Hell


W46th St - 8th/9th Ave

Vintner Wine Market

Kava Cafe

8th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

make Ñaño a special experience.

10th Ave - 47th/48th St

9th Ave - 51st/52nd St

Cosmic Diner

www.nanobarnyc.com (646) 649-4678

Tehuitzingo Deli & Grocery

Kahve 10th Avenue


Hourglass Tavern

9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

9th Ave - 46th/47th St

9th Ave - 48th/49th St

some modern flair. Family recipes

Taqueria Tehuitzingo

Curry Hut 9th Ave - 39th/40th St

Zora’s Cafe

eatery serving traditional dishes with

9th Ave - 35th/36th St


9th Ave - 48th/49th St

Ecuadorable! Quaint, Ecuadorian

Sushi Star

W47th St - 8th/9th Ave

8th Ave - 44th/45th St

10th Ave - 47th/48th St

9th Ave - 35th/36th St

City Kitchen at Row NYC 8th Ave - 44th/45th St

Il Forno

Ñaño Ecuadorian Kitchen

W47th St - 10th/11th Ave

Gazala Place

W34th St - 9th/10th Ave

9th Ave - 48th/49th St

Theatre Row Diner

Hell’s Chicken

W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

10th Ave - 45th/46th St

Tick Tock Diner

Jonny Panini NYC

8th Ave - 34th St

Manganaro’s Hero Boy 9th Ave - 37th/38th St Our 60-year anniversary! The original six-foot Hero will feed 30 to 40 people. Large restaurant: eat in, take out, catering. Reasonable prices!

(212) 947-7325 www.heroboy.com

9th Ave - 37th/38th St

Westway Diner

Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen

9th Ave - 43rd/44th St


8th Ave - 48th/49th St

La Panineria

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

W36th St - 9th/10th Ave


Little Pie Company W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

Old Country Coffee W34th St - 9th/10th Ave

9th Ave - 44th/45th St

REX Coffee 10th Ave - 56th/57th St

Romeo & Juliet W42nd St - 10th/11th St

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

Snax Spot St Kilda Coffee W44th St - 8th/9th Ave

The Jolly Goat Coffee Bar W47th St - 10th/11th Ave

Think Coffee W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave

Underwest Donuts

10th Ave - 50th St

Beer Authority W40th St - 8th Ave

Beer Culture W45th St - 8th/9th Ave

Blue Ruin 9th Ave - 39th/40th St

Brickyard Gastropub

Dave’s Tavern 9th Ave - 41st/42nd St

Heartland Brewery 8th Ave - 40th/41st St 9th Ave - 39th/40th St

123 Burger Shot Beer

W46th St - 8th/9th Ave

10th Ave - 50th/51st St

42nd Street Pizza

Rattle ‘N Hum

House of Brews (46th St) House of Brews (51st St) W51st St - 8th/9th Ave

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

Scallywag’s Irish Bar Social Bar, Grill & Lounge

Capizzi Pizzeria & Wine Bar

8th Ave - 48th/49th St

9th Ave - 40th/41st St

Stitch Bar & Lounge

City Slice 10th Ave - 51st/52nd St

Daisy May’s BBQ


10th Ave - 45th St

9th Ave - 53rd/54th St

Neighborhood bar with rotating

West End Bar & Grill

drinking lawnmower beers, cans &

New York Sal’s Pizza

cocktails, sandwiches & shareable appetizers. Happy Hour 3pm-6pm

Uncle Mario’s Brick Oven Pizza

Monday thru Friday.


9th Ave - 49th/50th St

8th Ave - 48th/49th St

Cara Mia

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

Pio Pio 10th Ave - 43rd/44th

PRINT Restaurant 11th Ave - 47th/48th Ave W46th St - 8th/9th Ave W36th St - 8th/9th Ave

Taboon 10th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

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

Lincoln Park Grill

Always interesting draft cocktails

9th Ave - 51st/52nd St

Uncle Vanya Cafe

11th Ave - 45th/46th St

of rotating crafts at fantastic prices.

Hudson’s at Pier 81

W54th St - 8th/9th Ave

Landmark Tavern

pizzas and a high quality selection

W43rd St - 8th/9th Ave

9th Ave - 39th/40th St

W35th St - 7th/8th Ave

McGee’s Pub


Trattoria Casa Di Isacco

Juniper Bar

Featuring 20 specialty brick oven

Yotel, 10th Ave - 41st/42nd St

Staghorn Steakhouse

W56th St - 8th/9th Ave

8th Ave - 55th/56th St

10th Ave - 45th/46th St

Green Fig

Bricco Ristorante


9th Ave - 56th/57th St

W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

Sangria 46

8th Ave - 44th/45th St




9th Ave - 45th/46th St

Iron Bar

9th Ave - 43rd/44th St


10th Ave - 48th/49th St

Chimichurri Grill

K Rico Steakhouse

Hellcat Annie’s Tap Room

local craft beer on tap, easy

9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

(212) 265-6980

The Waylon

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

Merilu Pizza Al Metro


W41st St - 12th Ave

Tir Na Nog

W52nd St - 8th/9th Ave

dishes. Leave your diet at home!

W37th St - 7th/8th Ave 10th Ave - 50th/51st St

10th Ave - 37th/38th St

Lucky’s Famous Burgers

to serving classic comfort food


Clyde Frazier’s


W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

9th Ave - 38th/39th St

W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave

11th Ave - 46th St

since 1960 and still dedicated



landmark French restaurant open

www.lansdowneroadnyc.com (212) 239-8020

Holland Bar

8th Ave - 36th/37th St

Hyper-traditional Hell’s Kitchen

This neighborhood sports bar is a great place to gather for tasty pub food, wings and a wide selection of beers while watching your favorite team. Back bar available for parties.

9th Ave - 43rd/44th St

Houndstooth Pub

W 50th Street - 8th/9th Ave

10th Ave - 43rd/44th St

Dalton’s Bar & Grill

12th Ave - 46th/47th St

Chez Napoleon

Lansdowne Road

9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St


9th Ave - 39th/40th St

As Is


Poseidon Greek Bakery

Flaming Saddles Saloon Chez Josephine

W55th St - 7th/8th Ave

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


Return to the joie de vivre of

W51st St - 9th/10th Ave

1920s Paris, with a blue tin

The Ritz

ceiling, red velvet walls and

and wine on tap. Comfortable vibe.

Mr. Biggs Bar & Grill

www.kiabaccabar.com (212) 649-4675

New York Beer Company

9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

chandeliers lighting up

W46 St - 8th/9th Ave

Josephine Baker portraits.

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


www.chezjosephine.com (212) 594-1925


WINE O’CLOCK Adella W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave Ardesia Wine Bar W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave

Esposito Meat Market

The Stinger

9th Ave - 37th/38th St

W44th St - 8th/9th Ave


Grace Wine & Spirits 10th Ave - 43rd/44th St

Grand Cru Wine & Spirits

34th Street Wine & Spirits

11th Ave - 43rd St

W34th St - 9th/10th Ave


42nd Street Wine Loft

8th Ave - 53rd/54th St

Tartina 9th Ave - 45th/46th St

W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

Healthy Market Deli

5 Brothers Gourmet Market

10th Ave - 45th St

Wine Escape W44th St - 9th/10th Ave

10th Ave - 47th/48th St

Hell’s Kitchen Brewtique

Big Apple Market

9th Ave - 39th/40th St


9th Ave - 39th/40th St

International Grocery

Brooklyn Fare

9th Ave - 40th/41st St

Pocket Bar NYC W48th St - 9th/10th Ave

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

Press Lounge 11th Ave - 47th/48th St Social Drink And Food Yotel, 10th Ave - 41st/42nd St

W37th St - 9th/10th Ave

Veritas Studio Wines W45th St - 10th/11th Ave

Westerly Natural Market 8th Ave - 54th St

STYLE SHOP IT OUT B&H Cameras 9th Ave - 34th St

Champion Stamp Company W54th St - 9th/10th Ave

Couture du Jour W44th St - 8th/9th Ave

Delphinium Home W47th St - 8th/9th Ave

Cellar 53 Wines & Spirits 10th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

Clinton Gourmet Market 10th Ave - 45th/46th St

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

Kit’s Underground


TurnStyle, Columbus Circle Wine and spirits from families — not factories — all over the world. Order online for free delivery.

kitsunderground.nyc (212-262-6000)

Manhattan Plaza Winery

Domus Unaffected Living W44th St - 9th/10th Ave Owners Luisa and Nicki work with artisans around the globe to source unique home decor items, gifts and jewelry. Candles and cards make it a one-stop shop.

www.domusnewyork.com (212) 581-8099

9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

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

Ninth Avenue Vintner

Hell’s Kitchen

9th Ave - 46th/47th St

Odyssey Wine & Spirits

Fine And Dandy W49th St - 9th/10th Ave Ties, handkerchiefs, suspenders, socks, hats, jewelry, flasks, cards, books, gifts & more.


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Ray & Frank Liquor Store 9th Ave - 48th/49th St

Sea Breeze Fish Market 9th Ave - 40th/41st St

Simply Natural W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

Stiles Farmers Market

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W52nd St - 8th/9th Ave

Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market

Sullivan Street Bakery

W39th St - 9th/10th Ave

W47th St - 10th/11th Ave

SUNAC Natural Market W42nd St - 11th Ave

Terra Market

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9th Ave -39th/40th St

The MKT @ Mercedes House

An authentic NY experience, one of the city’s oldest flea markets. Year round, each weekend. Antiques, vintage clothes, collectibles & more!

info@hellskitchenfleamarket.com www.annexmarkets.com

W54th St - 10th/11th Ave





Glitz & Glory


9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

Grishko Dancewear W50th St - 8th/9th Ave

Housing Works Thrift Shop 9th Ave - 49th/50th St

TAGG 9th Ave - 48th/49th St

Thrift & New Shop

FIT FOR ANYTHING Al’s Cycle Solutions 10th Ave - 47th/48th St

Cyc Fitness 8th Ave - 44th/45th St

Danny’s Cycles - Hell’s Kitchen 10th Ave - 46th/47th St

939 8th Ave, Suite 207 Come enjoy a workout within our historic walls where Pilates began. Join us at the original Joseph

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TMPL Gym W49 ST - 8th/9th Ave

Skintrade Tattoos


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10th Ave - 36th/37th Ave

Hell’s Kitchen Rolfing

42nd Nails & Spa

10th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

Enoch’s Bike Shop

W46th St - 9th/10th Ave

W52nd St - 8th/9th Ave

9th Ave - 37th/38th St

Liberty Bicycles

Ada Salon 9th Ave - 54th/5th St


America’s Hairstyle International

Balloon Bouquets of NY

W50th St - 9th/10th Ave

W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

502 9th Ave - 38th/39th St

Best Barber

over two decades, serving an international clientele spanning the

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paddle boarding, scenic tours,

Erik’s Barbershop

W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

Mark Fisher Fitness W39th St - 9th/10th Ave

Mercedes Club W54th St - 10th/11th Ave

Mid City Gym W42nd St - 8th/9th Ave


Dramatics NYC

with kayaking and stand up

Manhattan Plaza Health Club


De Lido Hair Salon

The city’s paddle sports center


world of the performing arts to the corporate arena.

W46th St - 9th/10th Ave

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A professional photographer for

M2 Organic Cleaners

David Ryan Salon

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10th Ave - 48th/49th St

Eduardo Patino LIVING

Jay Cleaners

Beba Blue

and lessons in the heart of New


JCohen Chiropractic

9th Avenue Barbershop

Pier 84 - Hudson River

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West Vibe Hair Salon

9th Ave - 41st/42nd St

Manhattan Kayak + SUP

Christian Miles Photography

The Hair Salon in Rani Spa

W51st St - 8th/9th Ave

9th Ave - 55th/56th St


9th Ave - 43rd St

Rolates Pilates

10th Ave - 46th/47th St

New Age Astrology

Grum’d Barber Shop W46th St - 9th/10th Ave

W45th St - 10th/11th Ave

Hair 2 Stay

Searching for love guidance or energy healing? We offer love

W44th St - 8th/9th Ave

readings • tarot • chakra therapy

Hell’s Kitchen Barbers

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W56th St - 9th/10th Ave

Jeunesse Hair Salon 9th Ave - 57th/58th St

Massage Envy


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artist, and author of Beards of New

W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave W38th St - 9th/10th Ave

Rafik Barber Shop

W45th St - 10th/11th Ave

9th Ave - 50th/51st

An award-winning photographer, York. His work has been published in international publications, and

Pura Dermatology


Greg Salvatori

question! Established 30 years.

Schwartz Luggage Storage

exhibited in Europe and the US.

W37th St - 8th/9th Ave

(347) 3990 875

Vera’s Shoe Repair


9th Ave - 45th/46th St






W46th St - 9th/10th Ave

Belvedere Hotel W48th St - 8th/9th Ave

Candlewood Suites Times Square W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

Nacho Guevara Photography www.nachoguevara.com I’m a professional portrait and fashion photographer committed to producing highly creative pictures with a unique look.

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Cassa Times Square Hotel Fountain House Gallery 9th Ave - 48th St Our gallery exhibits and sells original, affordable art made by local

Travel Inn

W37th St - 9th/10th Ave


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

Lucky Strike

W42nd St - 12th Ave

Mud Matters

10th Ave - 46th St

Space Ibiza

W50th St - 11th/12th Ave

Four Points by Sheraton W40th St - 8th/9th St

French Quarters Apartments

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Hampton Inn - Times Square North 8th Ave - 51st/52nd St

Hampton Inn - Times Square South

Sean Kelly Gallery

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

10th Ave - 36th/37th St

Hilton Garden Inn Times Square


Wyndham New Yorker 8th Ave - 34th/35th St

Yotel New York 10th Ave - 42nd St

W35th - 8th/9th Ave

W46th St - 8th/9th Ave

W42nd St - 6th/7th Ave

Hilton Times Square


W47th St - 8th/9th Ave

360 W43rd St W43rd St - 8th/9th Ave

420W42 W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

432W52 W52nd St - 9th/10th Ave

W42nd St - 7th/8th Ave


Hudson River Park

Holiday Inn - Times Square South

Addison Hall

Intrepid Museum

8th Ave - 38th/39th St

W57th St - 9th/10th Ave

Holiday Inn Express

Crystal Green

W42nd St - 12th Ave 12th Ave - 34th/59th St W46th St - 12th Ave

Javits Center

- Midtown West

W34th St - 11th Ave

W43rd St - 10th/11th Ave

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

W48th St - 10th/11th Ave

Emerald Green

The Daily Show

Holiday Inn Express - Times Square

Gotham West

11th Ave - 51st/52nd St

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

W45th St - 10th/11th Ave

Tom Otterness Playground

Homewood Suites New York

Instrata at Mercedes House

NY Waterway Ferry

12th Ave - 39th/40th St

W42st - 11th/12th Ave

W37th St - 8th/9th Ave

W38th St - 8th/9th Ave

W54th St - 10th/11th Ave

Hotel Mela

Manhattan Plaza

W44th St - 6th/7th Ave

W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

Alvin Ailey Theater

Ink 48 Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel

W55th St - 9th Ave

11th Ave - 47th/48th Ave

Mercedes House

Baryshnikov Arts Center

Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites


W37th St - 9th/10th Ave


W51st St - 8th/9th Ave


W44th St - 9th/10th Ave

Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Econo Lodge Times Square

EVEN Hotel

canvas stretching, and mirrors a

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Washington Jefferson Hotel

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

Davenport Theater

Jazz at Lincoln Center

W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

W36th St - 8th/9th Ave

Element Times Square West

10th Ave - 46th/47th St

W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

DoubleTree by Hilton

W47th St - 8th/9th Ave

art, conservation framing,

W44th St - 8th/9th Ave

The Knickerbocker

W49th St - 7th/8th Ave

W54th St - 10th/11th Ave


W40th St - 8th/9th Ave

W37th St - 8th/9th Ave

Custom picture framing and


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The Time Hotel

Ars Nova Theater

W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

Staybridge Suites

Courtyard Marriott

Jadite Galleries

The New Group

10th Ave - 49th/50th St

W44th St - 8th/9th Ave


W43rd St - 8th/9th Ave

Skyline Hotel


W47th St - 12th Ave

The Lark Theatre

8th Ave - 44th/45th St

W42nd St - Broadway

Westside Highway Car Wash

W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

Row NYC Hotel

Comfort Inn Times Square West

11th Ave - 51st/52nd St

Signature Theatre

6th Ave - 38th/39th St

W48th St - 10th/11th Ave

Cybert Tire and Car Care

New Dramatists

Residence Inn New York

Comfort Inn Midtown West

W54th St - 9th/10th Ave

W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

W36th St - 9th/10th Ave

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54th Street Auto Center

Ensemble Studio Theatre

Comfort Inn & Suites Times Square South

Quality Inn Convention Center

artists living with mental illness.


W45th St - 8th/9th Ave

9th Ave - 38th/39th St

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

W40th St - 8th/9th Ave


W54th St - 10th/11th Ave

Midwest Court W53rd St - 9th/10th Ave


W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

One River Place W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave

Riverbank West W43rd St - 10th/11th Ave

Silver Towers W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave

Hillary Davis

The Armory

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W43rd St - 10th/11th Ave

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

The Westport W56th St - 10th/11th Ave

Two Worldwide Plaza W50th St - 8th/9th Ave

VIA 57WEST W57th St - 12th Ave

Isaac Halpern

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Halstead Property

10th Ave - 51st/52nd St

I live in Hell’s Kitchen and I specialize

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W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave

Coco and Toto

Framing on 9th

11th Ave - 51st/52nd St

9th Ave - 51st/52nd St

Happy Feet

Fresh Cut Flowers

10th Ave - 51st/52nd St

W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

Pet Ark

Gotham Mini Storage

10th Ave - 43rd/44th St

10th Ave - 38th/39th St

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

Matles Florist

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

Pure Paws Veterinary Care

W57th - 8th/9th Ave

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

W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave We all want what is best for our pets; beginning with exceptional veterinary care. Pure Paws of Hell’s Kitchen provides cutting-edge services for dogs and cats.

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The Spot Experience W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave

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“The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been. Always will be.” Bill Cunningham


ard to believe it’s a year since we lost the legendary New York Times street style photographer Bill Cunningham. Famous for his blue worker’s jacket and bicycle, he was the antithesis of the modern fashion journalist: humble, understated, immune to the vanity and excesses of the industry. Born in Boston in 1929, his Irish Catholic family despaired of his eccentric ways and sent him to live with an uncle in New York, in the hope that he


might make a respectable living in advertising. But Bill loved making hats and, when faced with an ultimatum from his uncle – “quit making hats or get out of my apartment” – he chose the latter. Then as the fashion for hats began to diminish, he moved into journalism, and became a regular contributor for The New York Times in the late 1970s. The Times’ obituary to its beloved Bill in June 2016 read: “He didn’t go to the movies. He didn’t own a television. He ate breakfast nearly every day at the


Stage Star Deli on W55th St, where a cup of coffee and a sausage, egg, and cheese could be had, until very recently, for under $3. He lived until 2010 in a studio above Carnegie Hall amid rows and rows of file cabinets, where he kept all of his negatives. He slept on a single-size cot, showered in a shared bathroom and, when he was asked why he spent years ripping up checks from magazines like Details (which he helped Annie Flanders launch in 1982), he said: ‘Money’s the cheapest thing. Liberty and freedom is the most expensive.’”