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Style (according to a very stylish friend) is not a mere matter of the clothes you wear. It’s how you do what you do. We all do the same things, he reasons. Eat. Sleep. Bathe. Drink. Dress. Cook. Bank. But how we do them creates a person’s style. So this month’s, we talk to some of the neighborhood’s most stylish people and ask: “How do you do what you do?” From Muna Khalif, who is designing for the modest modern woman, to Terry Singh, creating flowing skirts for the most masculine of men, you’ll find New Yorkers living their best lives with elegance, integrity, and more than a little humor. Which is the most attractive accessory of all. I hope you enjoy Ruth Walker Editor, W42ST
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CONTENTS September Edition
14 PEOPLE 8 MY HELL’S KITCHEN
Muna Khalif – making modesty cool again.
Our Instagram picks of the month. Hashtag your photographs #W42ST to get involved.
66 LAST WORD
This month’s words of wisdom on the world of fashion come from Iris Apfel.
13 VICKY KUPERMAN
Our pick of the five events you really MUST see this month. Flavor of the month? Censorship of comedians. Ask Vicky what she thinks about it. We dare you!
14 GO WITH THE FLOW
From his earliest days living in a Terry Singh is designing custom, couture skirts for men. Are you man enough to wear one?
20 BITE ME
What does style mean? Who has it? And who doesn’t?
26 SECRET ARTISANS
Designs on the Garment District. Plus Belle’s transitional outfit of the month.
28 JIM CARUSO
The cabaret host’s famous friends reveal the clothes that make them feel good.
30 IT’S SHOWTIME
Our at-a-glance guide to the new season of Broadway and OffBroadway, including reviews by real people.
33 THEATER INSIDER
Our series on Broadway’s unsung heroes continues with the people who know how to swing that big audition.
EAT 34 MY BATTLE WITH FOOD
It was Samina’s biggest secret – and it almost killed her. Read her inspiring story of survival.
37 TEQUILA DIVA
Nya’s living life on her own terms – and following her big dreams (while serving up killer cocktails).
38 YOUR BARTENDER IS A HERO
How bar workers could save your life in the current drugs epidemic.
LIVING 40 SPACE TO CREATE
How a young actress is redefining the co-working space for creatives and performing artists.
43 POST MODERN
The ten interior designs and artists you need to have in your Instagram feed.
46 DESIGNERY FINERY
How your home got into that whole label vibe.
50 SOBER IN THE CITY
City driving you mad this summer? Kristin knows how you feel. COVER Chelsey Hill is an illustrator based in NYC. Her colorful and brassy works are inspired by the chaos of the city, the eccentric people she meets, musical theater/opera, and fashion. She is best known for her Bitch Pigeon cartoon series, as well as her illustrated alter ego, Coffeehooker. chelseyhill.com
When Mary breaks her #1 dating rule, fashion badness happens.
53 FLAWED HEROIN
Why Holly Golightly is Claudia’s style (and life) guru.
Insider tips from locals, plus the best of HK, from restaurants to bars, gyms to galleries. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be on the list.
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Cover Whether it’s for modesty or religious beliefs, there’s a new generation of designers proving that fashion doesn’t have to be about flashing the flesh Photograph Santiago Felipe Why I’m here I’d graduated from college, and New York was the only place that seemed fitting as somewhere I could pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a fashion designer. I found a beautiful home in Hell’s Kitchen and I love it. Why I stay Having come from a small in town in Minnesota, I find so much beauty in the concrete jungle of New York City. The privilege of doing anything at any time of the day is something I will never get used to. But what really pulls me in is the people. You have the opportunity to watch and learn from so many individuals of all walks of life, all hungry and ambitious to make their dreams come true. That inspires me every day to put my best foot forward and strive for greatness. The rise of Muslim women entrepreneurs is at an all-time high And I couldn’t be more proud. Powerful women such as Halima Aden and Ibtihaj Muhammad are shattering the glass ceiling and showing the world that your religious beliefs can be your greatest asset and no one can ever dim your light. The fashion industry hasn’t always catered to the Muslim market However, that has changed in recent years. The industry is realizing how
“Powerful women are shattering the glass ceiling and showing the world that your religious beliefs can be your greatest asset.” lucrative the modesty industry is and that Muslim women are no different to other women in the world. We follow fashion trends, we know what’s current, and we have the same desire to look good and feel good about ourselves.
living in Hell’s Kitchen! The energy never ceases to amaze me. There are so many hidden gems. Every street is so special and unique that I often feel like I’m traveling to different parts of the world in a matter of minutes.
I love wearing black – every New Yorker does But color is the first thing people notice about you – it is impactful and long lasting. I’ve always found the science of color fascinating, and wearing a colorful dress or skirt can definitely brighten up your day. Also, certain colors shouldn’t be limited to summer or fall. I’m a firm believer that you should wear whatever color you want, regardless of the season.
And what I’d change in a New York minute I wouldn’t change much about the city because then it wouldn’t be New York. However, the traffic is something I believe we would all be happy to eliminate.
The best thing about Hell’s Kitchen To be honest, I love everything about
My Hell’s Kitchen happy place That would have to be the Hudson River. There is really nothing more enjoyable to me than going for a run along the Hudson and watching the sun set after a long day of work.
MY HELL’S KITCHEN
BIO Muna Khalif was born in California, raised in Minnesota, and has roots that trace back to Somalia. A graduate of St Thomas University’s OPUS School of Business, she was drawn to design because she struggled to find chic clothing that didn’t compromise her religious values of modesty. munakhalif.com MUNA’S HK Amorino, 8th Ave - 45th/46th St La Bergamote, 52nd St 10th/11th Ave Casa Nonna, W38th St 8th/9th Ave Mama Mia, 9th Ave - 44th St Scarlatto, W46th St - 8th/9th Ave “I absolutely love Italian food and can proudly say I have been to the majority of the ones in the neighborhood – it’s like being in Italy without having to leave HK.” Styling by RRR Creative
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SEPTEMBER LET'S BE HAVING YOU,
Five awesome events this month you’ll LOVE!
The Lifespan of a Fact Studio 54 Daniel Radcliffe and Bobby Cannavale star opposite each other in this play based on the true story of teenager Levi Presley’s Las Vegas suicide, but examining the blurred lines of what passes for truth in literary non-fiction. Previews begin September 20, with an opening night of October 18. lifespanofafact.com
New York Film Festival Film at Lincoln Center
Opening with The Favorite, in which the Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz) and her servant Abigail Hill (Emma Stone) fight to the death for the body and soul of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) during the War of the Spanish Succession. And closing with An Eternity’s Gate, a look at the last days of Vincent van Gogh, in which Willem Dafoe plays the mad but brilliant artist and Oscar Isaac plays his friend Gauguin. There will, of course, be a full program of new releases and retrospectives in the middle, running September 28 through October 14. filmlinc.org
I Was Most Alive With You Playwrights Horizons A play inspired by the Book of Job, set during a fraught Thanksgiving dinner. The play is performed in American Sign Language by a cast of deaf and hearing actors. Dark Mondays. www.phnyc.org
Apologia Laura Pels Theatre
Reese Witherspoon The Town Hall The Oscar-winning actress in conversation, as part of the launch of her book, Whisky in my Teacup, sharing stories about growing up in the South, and what that taught her about life, love, and work. Each ticket includes a copy of the book. September 17. thetownhall.org
Stockard Channing plays a onetime political activist now art historian, whose memoirs threaten to tear her family apart. Hugh Dancy also stars in this lively look at yesterday’s rebels living in today’s reality. In preview from September 27, with opening night on October 16. roundabouttheatre. org
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CENSORSHIP is back in style … And that’s not OK with Vicky Kuperman
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here is a terrible – and dangerous – new trend out there. Censorship. Specifically the silencing of comedians and artists. And I don’t like it. We have to learn how to separate two thoughts. A joke is just that. A joke. It’s been almost a year since the #MeToo movement gained unprecedented momentum. It was designed to take down sexual offenders – and the amazing thing is that it actually worked. This was a huge win for women and victims of sexual assault. I am 100% behind the #MeToo movement. But we must learn as a society to differentiate between a comedian making a joke and an actual act of malice or harm towards someone. And, yes, I am fully aware that words can hurt. There are certain derogatory ethnic terms that are still used today that are incredibly inappropriate. The term “gypped” comes to mind, which is offensive to the Romani community. We should absolutely have a conversation about terms like this so that people can get educated about their origin and how they can be used to degrade groups of people. That would be an example of how we can move forward after self-reflection and a dialogue. But should we go into someone’s
“Should we go into someone’s Twitter feed from eight years ago, pull out something they tweeted when they were almost a decade younger and more foolish, in a different time period and in a different context?”
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I have jokes about dogs. What if someone in the audience is still upset about the loss of their dog and comes up to me after a show asking for an apology? Do I give them one? The more we bend to everyone’s needs, the more grey the area becomes and the less license we have as artists, creators, and performers. Leslie Jones said it best on The View recently: “Stop holding comedians to this standard. Our job is to make the ugliest stuff … funny.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Twitter feed from eight years ago, pull out something they tweeted when they were almost a decade younger and more foolish, in a different time period and in a different context? No, I don’t agree with that. This recently happened to James Gunn, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy. As a result, he’s now lost his job. Or the countless comedians – like Samantha Bee – who are forced by the court of public opinion to apologize for inappropriate jokes. At what point do we draw the line? Any joke can offend any given person.
Vicky Kuperman is a Hell’s Kitchen resident, stand-up comedian, and co-author of the resistance book How to Spy on Your Neighbor: Your Survival Guide for the United States of Russia, which she co-wrote with Isabella Patrick, available at Domus or on Amazon.
OUTDOOR issue “I would look down on the floor for the first couple of weeks because I didn’t want the eye contact, and I needed to reprogram myself that, ‘Hey, I’m wearing a skirt.’”
GOT TO GHO I
Once you guys have tried wearing a skirt, says Terry Singh, there’ll be no going back Photographs Nacho Guevara
f you’re going to be hit with a moment of absolute clarity, being bathed by a sacred yogi on a mountain top in India will probably do it for you. Five years ago, Terry Singh had travelled to the subcontinent in search of self-realization. He’d read all the books. Gone on all the retreats. And each of those experience had brought him to this one point in time. “It’s such a wonderful thing,” he says. “Another man is bathing you with water from thousands of feet up a mountain, and you realize you’re in a place of pure love. Why can’t we have that in New York? Why did I have to go there, thousands of miles away from home, to experience that?” He made a decision there and then to come back and try to recreate something of that feeling. And it started with a skirt. “I was inspired by the freedom of wearing a dhoti,” he says, “because it flows and also it kind of took me to that space.” But he found that, on the streets of New York City, the traditional garment worn by Hindu men – a long piece of fabric wrapped around the waist, then knotted at the back – just didn’t work. It felt too … Indian. “Taking something from India and putting it in a new space doesn’t mean you’re going to find the freedom,” he says. So he worked on his own design – something that would feel the same but look more elegant, more urban. Starting with the fabric. “I wanted to use the best cloths available. And the best cloth was coming from Paris and Italy – they were essentially leftover from runs or factory pieces. They needed to have a certain masculinity in the design. And
they needed to speak to me. My simple question was, ‘Can I wear that?’” He scored beautiful designs – offcuts of Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Cavalli – from Ebay and Etsy, and watched Youtube videos, playing around with ways of tying it. But whatever response he got from people in the street to these early experiments with skirt-wearing, he wouldn’t know. “I would look down on the floor for the first couple of weeks because I didn’t want the eye contact, and I needed to reprogram myself that, ‘Hey, I’m wearing a skirt.’ So I’d look down, and put my headphones on until I got to the train station. “Sometimes it would fall apart,” he laughs, “but that vulnerability was part of the freedom. We’re normally so buttoned up, these are experiences we never really get.” He only ever intended to make them for himself. But it turned out that people really loved the look. “I meet a lot of men, straight and gay, and they love it. Usually they’re in their late 30s to 50s, and these men tend to shop very well, they’re very successful. “I was at Soul Summit in Fort Greene when two young kids in their early 20s came up to me and said, ‘Thank you for wearing that.’ I didn’t know what they meant at the time, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized, I’ve become an old man – I’m in my 50s – and in a fatherly way, the freedom I have in myself helped some young kids to say it’s OK to be who they are.” So he started working with a designer and a seamstress. He bought a giant
Above: Manning up the skirt with some cufflinks with attitude.
vacuum table that creates the pleats. And he installed it all in his Hell’s Kitchen apartment. Next, he came up with a name: Gho skirts (the name comes from the national menswear for Buthan). It's a collection of couture skirts custom made to order in exquisite, luxury fabric, for New York’s more discerning gentleman. “A woman’s figure is more shapely, and a man is much more straight, so the drape is different,” he says. “It elongates the body, and it actually becomes hyper masculine, and somewhat military in feel.” Flow is important, he adds, so he favors cloth that is more about freedom than flash. “But I have no admit, I love the attention – I didn’t realize I was such an attention whore! “I feel free when the wind blows up, I don’t feel shy. Women are always covering and holding their legs when their dresses blow up. I’m the opposite. I have my Marilyn Monroe moments every day.” Styling tips? Man it up, he says. With military boots, leather jacket … and maybe his "Badass Motherfucker" cufflinks. And a healthy dose of courage. “Accept that some people aren’t going to like it. I was coming out of the train station the other day and a woman was at the top of the stairs. I had to carry my skirt otherwise I would trip on it – it feels very queen of England! Her jaw was open when I got up. I thought, ‘Oh my God, she doesn’t like this at all!’ But, for him, there’s no going back. “I never wear pants now,” he shrugs. “Why would I?” terrysinghny.com
Men in skirts Even in these days of gender fluidity, openness, and pretty much anything goes, the sight of a man in a skirt can seem almost shocking. But it really wasn’t until Victorian times that skirts became “effeminized” in the west and men started to favor pants instead. And throughout our recent history, brave and honorable men have fought against the tyranny of the trouser. In the 1970s, David Hall, a former research engineer at Stanford, appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson wearing a skirt, and praised the many advantages (not least the fact that it doesn’t chafe during the summer). In 1985, Jean-Paul Gaultier sent his first of many men’s skirts down the runway. Since then, Vivienne Westwood, Giorgio Armani, John Galliano, Kenzo, Rei Kawakubo, Thom Browne, and Yohji Yamamoto have all included skirts for men in their collections. And Marc Jacobs has been one of the most vocal proponents, saying: “Wearing it made me happy, so I bought more. And now I just can't stop wearing them.” In 2003, The Met hosted an exhibition titled Bravehearts: Men in Skirts, hailing the wardrobe staple as "the future of menswear.” In 2016, Jaden Smith appeared in Louis Vuitton’s spring summer campaign wearing a skirt from the women’s collection and fashion commentators called him a pioneer. And in January this year, the New York Post asked: “Are skirts the next men’s fashion trend?” prompted by the sight of yet more skirts parading down the fall winter runway. And still the world of men waited … not quite sure if fashion was playing a trick on them. But for many cultures, the idea has simply never gone away. In India, men commonly wear a single sheet of fabric folded and wrapped around the waist, called the dhoti or lungi. In Southeast Asia, there’s the sarong, and in Myanmar, both women and men wear a longyi, a wraparound tubular skirt. And in Scotland, while the kilt is less commonly worn every day, it’s a popular choice for weddings and other special occasions. And, let me tell you, there is NOTHING more masculine than a man in a kilt. Ruth Walker
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Three of W42ST’s favorite people discuss style and sustenance
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Profession: Judging – it’s more of a vocation but I'm very good at it. Definition of style: Style is how you do what you do. Who has it: People who wear outfits. Who doesn't: People who just wear clothes. I don't feel properly dressed without: Compliments from strangers. What food = happiness: Peanut butter Oreos, despite being evil. visualtickle.com
Images: Nicholas Policarpo Make-up and art direction: Molly Jane Sheridan Eternal gratitude to Gotham West Market for the location and the nosh (gothamwestmarket.com) This shoot will be featured in The Algorithm Issue of The Fashion Annual by Lynne McCrossan, published by Luath Press in October @thefashionannual
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Profession: Drag queen (high kicking at Vodka Soda Bottoms Up every Sunday at 8pm). Definition of style: Beautiful fishy Latin queen (fishy definition: a drag queen who makes sure she looks more like a real woman than a campy clown woman). Who has it: Tym Moss – he’s a huge LGBTQ advocate and performer in NYC and is also a co-star in my upcoming film Neon Boys (coming out this October). Who doesn't: Ivanka Trump. I don't feel properly dressed without: My wig and hoops. However, they never seem to stay on ... come to my show to see why. What food = happiness: I LOVE FRIED CHICKEN ... tip me in fried chicken and I'll love you forever. I also love anything Italian and TexMex. IG @just_sucia
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GARMENT DISTRICT Above the button and zipper stores, the REAL fashion industry lives, says Belle Bakst
he Garment District holds an immeasurable amount of memories, talent, and love. Above the store fronts containing every kind of button, trim, and fabric, designers still practice their craft … out of sight from the street, often providing a by-appointmentonly service to exclusive clientele and personal shoppers. From her studio on W38th St, Margarita Garcia designs exquisitely detailed special occasion gowns, using the skills she honed working for designers from Oscar de la Renta to Vera Wang. “I grew up in a house with 10 siblings,” she says. “I am one of six daughters. My father was not fond of us traveling to high school so we all learned to sew and worked from our home. “From a very young age in my native Dominican Republic, I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I started working in my home on my personal sewing machine. My clients would travel from towns far away to use my customization services. It was never only about an income. It’s always been my passion and my first love.” She gained her degree in pattern making from FIT in 1992, and has been working in the Garment District for 30 years. “In the past, I have worked for Carolina Herrera, Oscar De La Renta, Stanley Platos, Chado Ralph Rucci, Vera Wang, Angel Sanchez. I worked as a pattern maker for many designers, some as a freelance and some as full-time positions.
Above: Margarita (left) and her sister Yanet Solano.
“I’ve worked with many clients for many occasions,” she adds, “from christenings to weddings, and everything in between. Special events are why most of my clients come in – usually brides, mother of the bride or groom, bat or bar mitzvah child or mothers, and family members of the bride or groom.” The Garment District has been under threat from developers, but a plan to change the zoning, if approved, will protect its heritage, while allowing for change. Which means businesses like Margarita’s – and the services she relies on – can survive.
“I have amazing accessibility to everything: many amazing textile, button, ribbon, and trim stores, repair technicians for every item in my showroom … I’m lucky to have anything I need right downstairs in a one-mile radius. “I think we all need to evolve with the changes of time,” she adds.
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About Belle Belle Bakst is a fashion stylist, womenswear writer, and Hell’s Kitchen girl. She lives on W42nd St with her husband Brendan. Her friends know her for her rainbow color-coordinated wardrobe and bookcases. She can almost always be seen with an iced coffee in hand. Belle’s favorite place in the neighborhood is the Salvation Army on W46th St - 10th/11th Ave, but will happily meet you at Bergdorf Goodman too. IG: @littlefashionstylist
#ooftm Aleeza dress, $395, Cynthia Rowley (cynthiarowley.com) Shoes, $995, Manolo Blahnik (manoloblahnik.com) Earrings, as part of a subscription box (rocksbox.com) Hair and make-up: Mirna Jose (mirnajose.com) Image: Christian Miles
The question: How can I introduce color into my wardrobe? The answer: If you’re an all-black kind of girl and are nervous about wearing color, start out slow by incorporating colorful accessories, like a handbag or a necklace. You’ll start to feel more confident about adding pops of brights – I love Kenneth Jay Lane for elegant, show-stopping pieces. If you’re not sure you want to go down the statement road, try tying a scarf with accent colors to your favorite handbag. Faceted jade bib necklace, $125, kennethjaylane.com
Whether they’re dressing up in velvet slippers or dressing down in Crocs, Jim Caruso’s showbusiness friends define 12 ways to clothes confidence
hen I first started hosting Cast Party, my weekly open mic night, I thought it would be a good idea to wear a jacket. In my mind, it separated me from the herd, and gave me a bit of showbiz gravitas. Sixteen years later, I can’t imagine
Below: For Erich Bergen, a Tom Ford suit is the ultimate antidepressant.
“The blazer says: ‘I’m mature and I’ve got this life thing under control.’ The jeans say: ‘I’m mature and I still have a nice ass.’”
Jessica Keenan Wynn
Actress, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again I like anything stretchy. As actors, we spend most of our time done up and cinched into a costume of some sort. During my off time, I want to feel the ground when I walk and the breeze through my T-shirt! @jessicakwynn
TV personality, style expert If I may quote Sergio Valente: “What you wear tells the world how you feel!” I feel my best in super preppy clothes you’d wear on the Cape in July. Think cropped board shorts and a terry cloth tennis shirt. But I love clothes so much, so I also love a white T-shirt and torn jeans with paddock boots when I’m on the back of a horse. And who doesn’t feel their very best in a well-tailored dinner jacket and velvet slippers? With pants, of course! I always seem to forget about the pants! @carsonkressley
Actress, Anastasia on Broadway I’m good to go as long as I have a fab pair of boots by Silvano Sassetti or Officine Creative, a great pair of jeans, a classic blazer by Smythe or Ann Demeulemeester, and a recent blow dry from Dry Bar! @vickilewis1
showing up sans suit and tie. Some people swear they’ve never seen me without the full regalia, so I guess it’s become my thing. Every Monday, I dive into the walk-in to concoct the perfect rig for the event. I love it all – ties, cufflinks, pocket squares … the gentlemanly accoutrements make me feel properly turned-out, assured, and ready for whatever might come my way. It’s like showbusiness armor. I was delighted to speak with some sophisticated sartorialists and hear exactly what kind of clothing makes them feel their best.
TV Personality, style expert I’m at a point in my life when I feel my best in a simple, well-tailored navy blazer and a pair of jeans. The blazer says: “I’m mature and I’ve got this life thing under control.” The jeans say: “I’m mature and I still have a nice ass.” @clinton_kelly
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Guitarist/singer I always feel best in a jacket and tie. I wear one on the plane. I wear one to the theater. I was raised to wear a jacket and tie to sleep. It was part of the “Sunday best” ritual and it just makes me feel comfortable and appropriate for any situation. I don’t ever feel like I’m overdressed. As a matter of fact, I hate that expression. Lately, I’ve tried dressing down a bit, but it has caused a bit of personal strife. There was a night when I was in a restaurant without a jacket and tie, and Ralph Lauren walked right by me. As he looked at me and left, I wept softly at my table thinking of all the shirt and tie combinations he missed seeing. The Mary Richards in me was saying: “I usually look sooo much better!” @itsthepizz
Actress/mother When I’m Natalie, I love a wrap dress. They flatter the right parts and minimize the flaws. I feel my best in a DVF wrap, a killer heel, big hair, big hoops, and a bold lip. On the other hand, when I’m Mommy, I’m in swaddling clothes. Lots of layers, lots of scarves, all protecting me. I want the softest athleisure … the kind that feels like angels are licking my skin. And comfy Crocs. They couldn’t be uglier, and I couldn’t be happier. @nataliekhill
Writer/actor I don’t like wearing clothes for functionality. I like to wear them as dressing for my body aka art. Patterns and prints, shapes and silhouettes. When I know I’m wearing a piece that actually expresses something – casual or otherwise – I’m comfortable. @coreycor518
Above: A wiggle dress and twotoned shoes gives Allyson Briggs instand 1940s glamor.
Actress/singer/ dancer I’m usually in a tank top and flip flops in my day-to-day life. But do they make me feel fabulous? Absolutely not! I’m a red carpet girl. Whether it’s a cocktail dress for a concert I’m doing or an evening gown for an opening night on Broadway, I’m very much a girly girl. Happily, I seem to have lots of opportunities to dress up. @lauraosnes
TV lifestyle & fashion expert It all depends on where I’m going. I love the entire “anticipation and preparation” of wearing a tuxedo. I put a lot of time and effort into deciding which tuxedo to wear and why. Once I’m dressed, an “old Hollywood vibe” comes over me, which transports me to another time. I love everything about it. I feel handsome. I feel
like my mom and dad would be proud of the way I look. And, yes, I always shave when wearing a tux. Having said that, when I want to feel sexy, it’s always a John Varvatos rock ’n’ roll T-shirt and my favorite biker jeans and distressed boots. That’s actually become my signature “look” and it’s what I usually wear to suit up and show up and feel like me. @lawrencezarian
Jim Caruso is a MAC awardwinning singer, dancer, and nightclub host. Every Monday, he presides over Cast Party at Birdland.
Jazz singer and fashion blogger, performing at Birdland Theater,
September 25 Since the 1940s is my era, you can’t go wrong with a cute wiggle dress. They flatter any shape and instantly make me feel put together and glamorous. Pair that with some two-toned 40’s heels and I am ready to conquer the day. @fleurseule
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Actor, Aladdin – The Musical The clothes that make me feel the best are the ones that make me light up when I see them. There is something so special about an outfit that feels like it was made for you. It lifts you up to put it on. My favorite quote is from a lady who works at my favorite store: “Dress how you want to be addressed.” If that isn’t a mantra for fashion, then I don’t know what is. @juwancrawley
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Actor/singer, Madame Secretary on CBS, in concert at Sony Hall, September 30 It all comes down to tailoring. A potato sack can look good if it’s been beautifully tailored. Not that I’m looking to wear a potato sack … this season. But you get my point. A Tom Ford suit is the ultimate antidepressant. Nothing makes me feel more confident that wearing one of his designs. @erichbergen
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ALL HAIL ANN ROTH!
ou might not know her name but you’ll know her clothes. We couldn’t let the style issue slip by without honoring a Broadway costume designer. Ann Roth was nominated for not one but three Tony awards last season, bringing her total up to nine nominations and one win (The Nance in 2013). Perhaps she’ll be up for three more next year since she’s designing costumes for two plays, The Waverly Gallery and To Kill a Mockingbird, and one musical, The Prom. This lauded Broadway talent is also an Oscar winner (The English Patient) and a personal favorite of none other than Meryl Streep.
LAST CHANCE The following highly recommended shows will be closing in September or October, so if you’ve been curious, now’s the time to check them out.
She’s costumed Meryl in 12 projects, from Silkwood’s nuclear plant work clothes in 1983 through that gold caftan showstopper in The Post in 2017. Other costuming triumphs on screen include Jane Fonda’s classic Klute looks, Nicole Kidman’s period finery in Cold Mountain, and the sumptuous elegance of everyone in The Talented Mr Ripley. If Ann’s busy dual career on screens and stages weren’t impressive enough, please note that she’s 86 years old and still working every season! So here’s to the woman responsible for so much memorable style on Broadway stages and on the silver screen.
1. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Show-Score member Bec L calls it a “beautiful production” and adds: “I found myself being emotionally struck by some of the translations.” Ends October 25.
2. SAY SOMETHING BUNNY
Bob G says that if you’re lucky enough to attend you’ll see “a talented actor/writer push the boundaries of theater.” Ends September 30.
3. SPONGEBOB: SQUARE PANTS
Heather 27 says: “The cast, sets, costumes and direction are amazing.” Ends September 16.
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4. VITALY: AN EVENING OF WONDERS
Dave 212 calls it “out of the box and fun,” and Steven L says you’ll be “puzzled by simple but quite amazing illusions.” Ends September 30.
5. LITTLE ROCK
Brett Mann says it’s a “gut-wrenching, real-life drama about our messed-up history. Many tears were shed onstage and in the audience.” Ends September 8.
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OUT BEHIND THE SCENES AT SARDI’S Sardi’s has been the epicenter of Broadway life since 1921. But not everyone knows the story behind the iconic 44th St restaurant. In the backstage tour, you get to explore the place where famous shows started, classic movies were filmed, and iconic caricatures were drawn. You’ll even find out about the deals that were closed at the bar and the caricatures that were stolen by fans. Details at Show-Score.com.
HOT TICKETS FOR SEPTEMBER Get excited. The fall theater season is about to begin and New York stages aren’t skimping on star power or intriguing topics. The following buzzy productions are all opening in September so they don’t have Show-Scores yet but we’re eager to grab tickets.
1. THE NAP
Previews begin September 5 at the Samuel J Friedman Theater (261 W47th St). A new British comedy about a pool championship from the author of the award-winning One Man, Two Guvnors.
2. PRIVATE PEACEFUL
Opens September 6 at TBG Mainstage Theatre (312 W36th St). This new play about a soldier facing the firing squad for cowardice is adapted from the novel by Michael Morpurgo (who wrote War Horse).
3. COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN FIVE BETTIES
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Opens September 12 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher St). Emmy winner Dana Delaney and lesbian icon Lea Delaria play two of five women named Betty in this unpredictable new comedy about rage, love, and theater.
4. THE WAVERLY GALLERY
Previews begin September 25 at The John Golden Theatre (252 W45th St). This play from Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea, Lobby Hero), about a feisty grandmother’s battle with Alzheimers, stars the great Elaine Maya and Michael Cera.
Opens September 25 at the American Airlines Theatre (227 W42nd St). Oscar nominee and Tony winner Janet McTeer plays the famous pre-cinema actress about to embark on her most ambitious role yet.
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ith Bette Midler’s Hello Dolly! return at an end, there's a temporary vacuum of mega-watt female singers on stage, though you can still see absurdly talented Tonywinners like Jessie Mueller and Katrina Lenk leading Carousel and The Band’s Visit. With all of Broadway’s most legendary divas offstage at the moment, let’s look to the next generation: three young actresses from wellreviewed productions. Perhaps one of them will one day be legendary herself? Loren Lott in Once on This Island Hailey Kilgore originated the leading role of Ti Moune in this Tony-winning revival but she broke her foot in July, cutting her run short. The show must go on, so in stepped Lott, who previously sang in the ensemble of Motown The Musical, but this is her first leading role on Broadway. She’s obviously having a lot of fun in this sandbox. Ashley Park in Mean Girls The hit adaptation of Tina Fey’s high school comedy is filled with promising female talent, but Ashley Park steals the show as eager-toplease Gretchen Wieners. Her big number in the show is 'What’s Wrong With Me?' but the answer is ‘Nothing. Nothing at all.’ Alysha Umphress in Smokey Joe’s Cafe If you saw Alysha in On the Town, her most recent Broadway show, you won’t have forgotten her since she brought the house down every night with her rollicking take on the classic showtune 'I Can Cook.' This belter is currently wowing audiences in the revival of this ensemble revue.
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In our series on Broadway’s unsung heroes, we meet David Sisco and Laura Josepher, who are nurturing and training the next generation of musical theater writers and performers
THE JOB We run a vast online subscription database of contemporary musical theater writers and songs. We represent over 180 writers and 600 largely unpublished songs, allowing emerging and established writers to get their songs out into the world while collecting 100% of the sale price (no other company does that). We also teach workshops and masterclasses with high schools and college students on how to audition and perform contemporary musicals. THE RESUME David is a voice teacher, music director, and composer. He studied voice and composition at Syracuse University and received his masters in vocal performance from Boston University.
Laura is a director, teacher, dramaturg, and audition coach. She started life as a musical theater performer at NYU, and got her Equity card as a stage manager before graduation. She went on to get a masters in Educational Theater (also at NYU) before finally finding her calling as a director. WHEN THINGS GET WEIRD If you think there hasn’t been a musical theater song written about a certain topic, you’re probably wrong. Zombies, angora, beer, the apocalypse, and Tupperware are just a small sample of the song topics we currently have on the site. DON’T MISUNDERSTAND US Musical theater is not one thing. In the Golden
Age (1940s-1950s), there was one single style of music on Broadway. Now, you have Hamilton but you also have The Band’s Visit, Mean Girls, and Frozen – all of them wildly different. Not to mention all the great new musicals in development around the country. So if you think you don’t like musical theater, just try a different flavor. IF WE COULD OFFER ONE TIP FOR A SUCCESSFUL AUDITION … It would be this: there is only one you. Never walk into an audition room trying to be someone else. Figure out who you are as a performer and what you do well, then find material that showcases that. contemporarymusicaltheatre.com
MY SECRET Eating disorders kill more people than any other mental illness. Samina Kalloo’s survival story proves it doesn’t have to be that way
HEN I was 19, in the midst of what should have been a fun and exciting second year in college, anorexia nervosa became my darkest secret and almost took my life. At least 30 million people – of all ages and genders – suffer from an eating disorder in the US, and it has the highest mortality rate of any other mental illness – at least one person dies every 62 minutes as a direct result of it. So, while writing this wasn’t easy, I wanted to share my story of survival in the hope that it might help others who are struggling in secrecy. I want them to know they aren’t alone. And while they may be scared or embarrassed to ask for help, there are many people out there who can relate, support, and help them. How it started As a college freshman, I met my first boyfriend. At the time, I weighed about 125 pounds and felt pretty confident about my appearance. However, a few months
“He told them I was severely underweight and, if I continued this way, I would be dead within a few months.” into our relationship, he started to talk down to me, mainly about my body and how I should start exercising and tone up. While it hurt to hear, I stuck around because, deep down, I felt there was perhaps some truth to what he said. It was easy to let him get in my head. Fast-forward a few months, I was recovering from having my tonsils removed and I’ll never forget the moment as I lay in my bed venting to him on the phone about how I still could barely eat. He made a comment about how not eating could really benefit me because maybe now I would lose the excess fat around my stomach. I immediately internalized those words and thought to myself: he’s right! I started to restrict my calorie intake, eventually taking in no more than 500 calories daily. My restriction became an
Left: Even at her lowest weight of 87 pounds, Samina saw a girl who still needed to lose a few pounds, someone who still wasn’t thin enough or good enough.
obsession. I felt this was the one thing I had complete control over. Don’t get me wrong, I was hungry (all the time), but I taught myself tricks to numb my hunger. And when I looked in the mirror, even at my lowest weight of 87 pounds, I wouldn’t see a thin girl. Instead, I saw a girl who still needed to lose a few pounds here or there, someone who still wasn’t thin enough or good enough. Coming clean After almost a year of struggling in silence, I reached a point where I was mentally and physically exhausted, and realized the way I was behaving was neither normal nor healthy. I confessed first to my boyfriend, who wasn’t much help. But I wasn’t ready to share the secret with my family. A few weeks went by and, while at a family party, I started to experience an intense burning pain in my stomach. My aunt and boyfriend took me to the hospital and, after a thorough exam, the doctor asked to speak with them privately. He told them I was severely underweight and, if I continued this way, I would be dead within a few months. My boyfriend shared my recent confession. I then broke down and confessed to my aunt. I knew it was time to get help and recover. I chose to live and wanted to be happy with myself again. Road to recovery The day after the hospital, I made an appointment with an amazing dietitian who helped me rediscover the importance of food and appreciate myself again. I also ended the toxic relationship that had weighed me down for way longer than I should have allowed it to. I was focused on my recovery and looked forward to every visit with my dietitian. Her passion and commitment to helping me eat better and get healthy is one of the reasons I went back to school to become a dietitian. Happy and healthy I’m incredibly grateful to have won the battle with my eating disorder. One thing I learned is that life is too short to obsess. If you are concerned about a loved one, urge him or her to speak with a doctor about their symptoms. Even if your loved one may not think they have an issue or need treatment, you can simply offer support by expressing a concern or desire to listen.
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GIRL Nya Trysha on tequila, Rihanna, and why she’s her own hero
Job description Bartender at Decimo. But that’s not all I make R&B music and love to play instruments. I’ve always had a very strong connection to music. And while I’ve never had a vocal lesson, I’ve been singing my whole life – it’s my passion. My dream is to be known around the world for my voice, my story, and my music – it’s what I want to do for the rest of my life
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My life on stage I was a part of the Ogunquit Playhouse cast of Ragtime, played Martha Reeves in Motown The Musical national tour, and returned to the US from touring a Broadway show called Soul Doctor in Israel. Now I’m back in NYC auditioning, and excited to see what’s next. The song that always gets me singing Anything by Rihanna. She’s one of my alltime favorite artists and makes me want to sing and dance. I’ve literally stopped my car on the side of the road to dance to work.
My hero Right now in my life, I’m my own hero. I’ve been through a lot after distancing myself from my family – they didn’t approve of my decision to pursue my dreams. I still continue to follow them by myself, still continue to work hard, and I’m going to make every ambition come true. So it’s about time I’m proud of myself. A day in my life Most days I wake up, work out, make music, go to work, then go out and network. But a PERFECT day … Would be to go to the beach with a notebook and write some music, then go to the studio to record it, and go out at night to perform it. Food heaven NYC is food heaven – you can get anything you like, from South African to Japanese, Mediterranean, or soul food. New York has it all. But, for me, heaven is always in an ice cream shop – preferably Stuffed Ice Cream.
Above: Give the girl some Rihanna and watch her dance!
Food hell I’m not sure there’s such a thing anywhere that has bad food! You want to buy me a drink? Thanks … I’ll have tequila tequila tequila! Always tequila – either on the rocks or with soda. I’m throwing a fantasy dinner party – on the guest list is ... Rihanna, Beyoncé, SZA, Janelle Monae, YEBBA, Kehlani, Frank Ocean, Daniel Caesar, and Daniel Kaluuya (because he’s fine). I’d invite a lot of artists and producers, make music, and eat lots of soul food. When I’m not working at Decimo … You can catch me at all the best drag shows around Hell’s Kitchen. And you can follow me on Instagram to see what nights I perform @NyaTrysha.
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“When you wake up, you’ll feel like a complete ass, but you’ll be alive.” 38
ew York’s drugs epidemic is closer to home than you might think – and it’s coming to a bar near you soon. In the last 12 months there has been a nearly 25 percent increase in the number of deaths caused by cocaine cut with the highly potent, fast-acting opioid fentanyl. It’s highly unlikely that any of those people knew their last hit contained the substance, and they’d most likely bought it from a trusted supplier. But by the time their oxygen supply was cut off and their lips turned blue, it was too late. Synthetic fentanyl – produced mainly in China and Mexico – is now considered one of the deadliest elements in America’s drugs crisis. It’s destroying more lives than car crashes and gun violence. But the fight back has begun – and bartenders are in the first line of defense. They’re being trained in spotting signs of overdose, and in administering naloxone, the powerful, lifesaving antidote that comes in an easy-to-use nasal spray. “We saw in our data that there was an increase in cocaine-involved overdose stats that did not involve heroine but involved fentanyl and that was concerning to us,” explains Dr Denise Paone of the health department. “We also know that, at times, people who use cocaine also consume alcohol and this was an opportunity to expand our messaging and tell people about the risk of overdose and how to get naloxone. So we decided to go to bars.” The team approached 23 bars in the Lower East Side and distributed coasters and other awareness-raising information. Fifteen of those bars also took up the offer of training. “Because fentanyl is so potent, someone could overdose very, very quickly,” says Dr Paone. “They can be revived by naloxone. It’s really easy to administer.”
Opposite: Your friendly neighborhood bartender could save your life. Anyone seeking support for themselves or a loved one can call 1-888-NYC-WELL, text “WELL” to 65173 or go to nyc.gov/nycwell for free, confidential advice.
While the LES was chosen because of the neighborhood’s large number of bars, the epidemic is city wide. Suzy Darling has noticed an increase in cocaine use since she opened The Pocket Bar on W48th St four years ago. “I get to know people so well,” she says, “even new people. After two or three hours, you get to know patterns, so you can tell when things are off.” So, obviously, it’s something she’s concerned about. And she’s not just talking about randoms on a night out either. These people are neighbors, friends. “One bump off a house key can kill you. Which is really scary.” She’s having her staff watch videos so they recognize the signs of overdose, and plans to have naloxone sprays to hand. “It’s not going to hurt,” she says, “but it might save a life. When you wake up, you’ll feel like a complete ass, but you’ll be alive.” She also wants to have test strips available. Fentanyl is odorless and colorless, so this really is the only way to determine if your bump is safe. Philadelphia recently started distributing the strips to drug users in an attempt to cut down on the risks. “Acknowledging it isn’t approving it,” says Suzy, “this is about knowing it’s going on and trying to help.” And for those worried about a backlash, should they step in to help, New York State’s Public Health Law and the Good Samaritan Law exist to protect those who respond in good faith from liability. Dr Zehra Siddiqui, medical director at Ryan Chelsea-Clinton health clinic, says: “Harm reduction is key. Become familiar with Narcan [the FDA-approved nasal form of naloxone]. Trainings are taking place across the city. Some are funded by the Department of Health. “And Ryan Chelsea-Clinton will be dispensing it to patients at our center beginning in the fall.”
Fentanyl the facts
7 Someone dies of a drug overdose every seven hours in NYC 1,441 The number of opioid overdoses confirmed in 2017 in the city 80 The percentage of drug deaths that involved opioids 37 The percentage of cocaine deaths involving fentanyl in 2016 (up from
11 percent the previous year) 50 Fentanyl is up to 50 times more potent than heroin 72,000 The total number of drug overdose deaths in the US in 2017 (up by more than 6,000 on the previous year – one every eight minutes) 400 The number of lives the DOH hopes to save by 2022
“This lightbulb moment came on … I was like, ‘Why isn’t there a WeWork for the arts?’”
SIDE HUSTLE Waiting tables between gigs is over, now Rachel Berger is breaking the mold of co-working spaces Photographs Ilona Lieberman
hen Rachel Berger came to New York, she was convinced she’d be a famous Broadway actress. It was only a matter of time. A star is born. Jazz hands. She was doing all the usual side hustles – waiting tables, dog sitting, baby sitting … all the sitting things – but after two years, the fame thing still hadn’t quite happened yet. So she figured, OK, no problem, I’ll go get my masters. That’ll be the stamp of approval. But after auditioning for MFA programs, she realized she’d be back in the same pool of actors chasing the same dream. An actor’s life. What to do?
Opposite: Rachel commissioned a piece of graffiti art by Rebel Air. Below: Most of the furniture was either donated or found on the street.
“I was working in a show in 2015 that was going to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival,” she says. “and we were running around the city, going to different rehearsal spaces and coffee shops and people’s apartments, having no space that really validated the work that we were creating. “Then this lightbulb moment came on when I was sitting in a co-working space. I was like, ‘Why isn’t there a WeWork for the arts?’” She asked around. Talked to her friends (“what the fuck is co-working?” was the general consensus), did a ton of research, then, when she got back from Edinburgh, things turned serious. “I met with the Small Business
LIVING Development Center, where an adviser taught me about financial projections and pitch decks. And David Gise, the co-founder of the Centre for Social Innovation, became a mentor. His key piece of advice was, ‘If you want to create a space, you need to befriend a developer or the landlord.’” And so the search began, walking the streets, taking pictures of vacant retail spaces, talking to developers. But when she met Clinton Housing, something kind of clicked. It took a few months, but they eventually called to say they had a vacant space on W52nd St – an old piano factory from the early 1900s, complete with big freight elevator, naked walls, and concrete floors. “It was completely bare, the floors were greasy,” recalls Rachel, “but did I see the potential? Yes.” That space is now The Artist Co-op. It was created on a budget, for people on a budget. And it’s almost completely furnished from pieces either found on the street or donated by friends. One wall is hung with old mirrors. String lights hang from the ceiling. Odd lamps light up the white-painted brick walls. There are random rugs to soften the concrete floors. And an entire wall has been painted
by graffiti artist Rebel Air. Two rehearsal spaces – soundproofed and with pianos – complete what she describes as “a welcoming, creative environment. It’s perfectly imperfect – it allows the artist to not feel constrained by the perfection.” The working community includes theater companies, poets, producers, lighting designers, set designers, and a little magazine called W42ST – from all over the city, reaching as far afield as Brooklyn and New Jersey. And the big difference between The Artist Co-op and other co-working spaces? “We’re affordable!” says Rachel. “$50 a month as opposed to around $300 for a hot desk.” She has dreams of expansion – of growing her network of humans and of building an empire of spaces for artists to nurture their work. But what of the dreams she had when she first arrived? Is there still a little piece of her heart that lives on Broadway? “This is my artistic pursuit now,” she says. “It’s time consuming, but it’s artistically fulfilling. I get to be seen and heard in a different way, and I’m helping a community that can help more people get their stories told.” theartistco-op.com
TEN DECORATORS you’ll need in your feed
They’re here, they’re hot, and they’ll inspire you to apartment greatness
John Douglas Eason The Dallas-born, W42nd St-based designer has had his work published in Elle Decor, AD, Huffington Post, and House Beautiful, and he was named one of NYSpaces Magazine’s top 50 designers. Expect to see texture, geometric print, and a touch of the ornate from his IG account. @johndeason
House of Funk Follow for the name alone. But if you need more substance, think clean lines, fabric swatches, and inspirational quotes. Sandra Funk’s practice is based on W36th St and her work has been seen in Elle Decor, The Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, and Dering Hall. @houseoffunkdesign
Margaret Braun This former baker once created 2,000 cups made from sugar when she was artist-in-residence at MAD museum, representing her own journey from cakes to ceramics. She uses the same skills to make confections that will neither pile on the pounds nor collapse with the ravages of time. And you can see them at her store on W47th St. @sugarbraun
Harry Heissmann The onetime protege of Albert Hadley is a regular contributor to the Kips Bay and Holiday House showhouses, and while his portfolio covers the gamut of design styles, his personal taste runs to the kitschy, from Smurfs to snails, much in evidence at his W45th St studio. And you’ll also get plenty of appearances from his Frenchton, Samson. @harryheissmann
Patrick J Hamilton The blogger/designer/ stylist has appeared on HGTV’s Small Space, Big Style and Rate My Space and his work was featured in HouseBeautiful.com, Home & Garden, and Ladies Home Journal. His feed is a mix of art, color, and imagery that inspires him personally. @patrickjhamiltondesigns
Amelia Nicholas With a specialism in small spaces, Amelia is all about the organization, while keeping the design quirky and personal, mixing vintage sidewalk finds with budget-friendly buys. Her feed is part travelogue, part mood board, part “look at this cool stuff I just found in Housing Works!” @urbancottagenyc
Vicente Wolf Think elegance through a traveler’s eye. Vicente has been inducted into Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame, and his journeys to exotic places inform his designs. So you’ll find a mix of enviable Long Island interiors with color from Thailand and dramatic Syrian ruins. @vicentewolfdesigns
Karim Rashid The tattooed product designer has delivered signature, sensual work for global brands including BoConcept, Alessi, and Georg Jensen. Follow him if you like curvy lines, color, and a creative outlook. @karim_rashid_official
Sasha Bikoff Her fantastical staircase was a scene stealer at the Kips Bay showhouse this year, with its clashing wallpaper prints, cartoonlike carpets, and brilliantly bold artwork. This lifelong New Yorker playfully mixes French mid-century design with a space age aesthetic, as evidenced in her feed made up of inspirational shots, nail art, and attitude. @sashabikoff
Axis Mundi Designer John Beckmann’s emphasis is on the modern, with a feed that includes visionary architecture, bold interiors, contemporary art, and John’s labradoodle, Bodie. @axismundidesign
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Hell’s Kitchen is growing faster than you can say “Damn, it’s hot out there!” Where do all these people come from? This month we ask one of them the building as well as a dishwasher in the unit. Oh, and it had to be pet friendly! What I learned: To have patience. I’d hoped to move last year, but the timing was just not on my side. I also was not having much luck finding a place that I truly loved. It took longer than expected to make the move, but then this opportunity came about and I ended up getting an apartment that was such a perfect fit for me.
Naty Michele Profession: I’m a full-time digital content creator for my site natymichele.com and my instagram @natymichele. I share everything from fashion and lifestyle to travel, beauty, and personal pieces. Moving from: Bergen County, New Jersey, where I grew up and lived my whole life. To: A co-op building on W46th St, between 9th & 10th Avenue. Why: New York was always a goal of mine. I grew up so close to the city, but it’s very different to actually live here than it is to commute. I knew that living in NYC could help to create more opportunity for me both with work and my personal life. It’s something that I needed to try and do for myself. Budget: $2,200 including utilities. To broker, or not to broker? Luckily, I didn’t have to use a broker.
“New York was always a goal of mine. I grew up so close to the city.” One of my good friends owns this unit. She was looking for a bigger place after she got married at the same time that I was searching for an apartment in the city. I had always loved this place from the moment she first moved in so it just made perfect sense for the both of us if I rented from her. I had to go through the whole process of getting approved by the board, which was nerve-wracking, but it worked out for us in the end. On the tick list: I mainly wanted a decent size studio that worked within my budget and was in a good location. I was searching for a place that had laundry in
Above: The building had to be pet friendly.
What sealed the deal: I loved the white exposed brick because it adds so much texture and character to the space. The little alcove section is amazing because it provides a bit of privacy from the “bedroom.” It’s a great size for a studio in New York City. It’s also newly renovated, since my friend did a lot of work to it when she first moved in. It’s such a cozy place.
STATISTICS Where: W46th St - 9th/10th Ave Built: 1910 Stories: Five Units: 20 Amenities: Laundry in building, dishwasher in unit. Cost: Studio rental is $2,200 including utilities.
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Two glass chopping boards in contrasting patterns ensure you keep your meat and veg separate at all times. Stay safe (and stylish) in the kitchen, my friends. $25, katespade.com
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The world let out a collective gasp when Dolce & Gabbana announced its collaboration with Italian retro-appliance brand Smeg. And it’s true – the results are breathtaking! The range, decorated in a colorful design intended to reflect Sicilian folklore – think lemons, prickly pears, and bright red cherries – includes this citrus juicer, as well as a two-slice toaster, kettle, and coffee machine. $650, williams-sonoma.com
We’re going on safari with this cheetah print porcelain plant pot from fashion giant H&M. At five inches high, it’s good for small house plants. I’m thinking cactus … $17.99, hm.com
A COUPLE OF CLASSICS
Can you think of two more quintessentially classic brands? British designer Paul Smith has collaborated with Anglepoise and come up with this colorful lamp in three different colorways, evoking summer, autumn, and the work of Mondrian. $215, us-shop.anglepoise.com
Amazon has collaborated with the entertaining blog Sugar and Cloth to create, among other things, this colorful melamine tray and eight-pice condiment cup set. It’s too cute to keep for picnics. $24.99, amazon.com
You’re a New Yorker, right? So you understand the need for double duty furniture. This neat coffee table, from LA fashion design house Fred Segal for CB2 has a ton of storage space in the acacia wood box with removable tray, which all fits neatly underneath the chic, clear acrylic frame. $599, cb2.com
Every home should have a bar cart. This one is made in richly varnished beech wood with a gold frame, and three shelves for all your bottles, glasses, and other bar accoutrements. Also, the wheels lock, so even when you’re feeling a bit wobbly, this beautiful lady stays stable. $279, urbanoutfitters. com
THE COLOR OF ENVY
Fashion icon Iris Apfel (the woman behind our quote of the month on page 66) has teamed up with Grandin Road to create a range of home decor, and you won’t be surprised to hear that it’s bold and colorful, with a tropical vibe. If I could have one piece, it would be this green demilune chest with bright blue interior and antiqued handles. $499, grandinroad.com
DISH OF THE DAY
Zara has been bringing its affordable, fashionforward styles to our homes for six years now. There’s a bit of a safari vibe to this season’s decor collection, and we love this dark matte stone earthenware collection, that includes everything from breakfast bowls to dinner plates. From $7.90, zarahome.com
Nicki and Luisa travel the world in search of beautiful, original home decor, gifts, and jewelry. But it’s this adorable pillow that is begging for a spot on the W42ST sofa. $110, domusnewyork.com
#W42ST Hashtag your Instagram pics and they could star in the mag! The weather's been crazy, right? Storms then rainbows. Downpours then spectacular sunsets. Lightning then ... is that a full moon? Fortunately, our Instagram family is there to capture every minute of it. Bless you all! Remember, anyone can be on these pages. Just tag your images #W42ST and you could be the one whose photograph ends up in the next issue.
IN THE CITY
Man, this city can piss you off, says Kristen Jongen. But move? Are you freaking kidding me?
ee this place?” Gem asked, poking the glass window. “Yes,” I replied, admiring his long, brown finger. “Coffee in there is eight bucks,” he groused. I told him he was crabby. He leaned down and threw me over his shoulder like a sack of potatoes. I laughed and made a little scene. He smelled like a candle I once bought, called “man in a can.” Gem was a blue-eyed black man, and he was sober. His eyes were the color of a Halls Mentho-Lyptus Ice cough drop. Hanging upside down, I knew that moving to Manhattan months earlier was the right decision. The romance was already brewing. “I hate this place,” Gem said, glaring back at the coffee shop. My heart skipped a beat. “Do you want to move?” I asked. He looked incredulous. “No, never!” The poor guy was conflicted. I could see that he needed more softness in his life. I was grateful to have come along at the right time. After the sack of potatoes walk, Gem admitted he had three other “friends with benefits” and offered me a place in the rotation. I angrily declined. I knew nothing about big city dating. His cough drop eyes were popular with a lot of ladies. One year and six months later. “Will it ever get better?” I ask my
“The rage you are feeling is what New Yorkers are famous for.” friend Brent. We are walking to a design event near Flatiron. It’s the usual mish-mash of people going in two different directions. It’s unusually crowded on the narrow sidewalk. I’m wearing heels. My feet already hurt. “Will what get better?” Brent asks, yelling back at me. The undertow of humans has separated us. He’s now three people ahead of me. “The rage that is inside of me!” I yell ahead. “At some point will I become less hostile about all these fucking people?” My voice is shrill. “No,” Brent says matter of factly. “It will never get better. It will only get worse until you eventually become so bitter that you have to move.” I feel mortified. “The rage you are feeling is what New Yorkers are famous for.” We pass an adult-sized strawberry smoothie costume dumped at the side of the road. “I hate this place,” I say, as Brent and I arrive at our venue. We enter the doorway and things
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Kristen Jongen is the artist, author, and speaker behind Soul Soup. She writes books on grief, healing, and transformation, and is in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction (www.mysoulsoup.com; kjissoberinthecity@gmail. com). If you’re having a hard time with drugs and alcohol, you can find support meetings at nyintergroup.org
Below: The novelty has worn off and the rage has moved into its place. But Kristin would still never consider leaving.
instantly change. Textured walls, patterned fabrics, green plants, and fuzzy furniture are all arranged in a bizarre but fresh layout. The artists in both of us light up. We look at each other and mouth the word: “Wow,” at the same time. Leaves line the floor and carpeting hangs on the walls. It’s one of those “only in NYC” moments. The air fills with exotic foreign accents and creative enterprise. We are in heaven. Leaving the event, we step back on to the sidewalk, and Brent asks in a concerned voice: “Are you thinking of moving?” I look up, startled. “Me? No! Never!”
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SHALLOW END There are some odd fish in Manhattan’s dating pool. This month, Mary Geneva meets a thirtysomething man with a teenager’s fashion sense
emember when I said that I avoid dating guys who inhabit locales outside the Isle of Manhattan? The guy I like to call Ecko Red is one good reason why. Somehow, this resident of Yonkers actually made it over the first hurdle in the online dating game, and we agreed to meet. Big mistake. Now, I didn’t presume he would show up looking like George Clooney at the Oscars, but my expectations regarding how a man should present himself
“Not only did ER dress loud, he WAS loud. The guy just would not stop talking about himself.” (particularly on a first date) are pretty standard. And this guy was certainly not what I expected. When I met him at a lounge uptown, there stood a guy in a fire-engine-red Ecko fleece, with a crappy, worn-out T-shirt underneath. Seriously, do first impressions count for nothing anymore? There’s nothing like an Ecko fleece to instantly turn me off. It takes me back to high school on Long Island, when we were all passing around a blunt in someone’s parents’ basement. Maybe Ecko is the official uniform of the outer boroughs? So when my date showed up not only sporting Ecko, but the brightest, loudest, most obvious piece of clothing in the Ecko repertoire, I couldn’t help thinking: “Is this the best you can come up with? For the love of God, don’t you own at least one shirt with buttons on it? Did all of the Gaps burn down?” Sadly, the fact that ER dressed like
a 17-year-old and was in his thirties was only the tip of the iceberg of wrongness I was about to experience. Because not only did ER dress loud, he WAS loud. The guy just would not stop talking about himself and what an awesome, awesome guy he was, and how he always treats his women with the utmost respect, “like gold.” The whole, almost entirely onesided conversation made me a little nauseated. Besides, how do you treat somebody like gold, anyway? Was he planning to smelt me into a brick? When the bill came, Mr Respectful oh-so-gallantly declared: “It’s a first date, so I’ll get this.” I know he meant well and was trying to impress me with that golden touch of his, but seriously, sometimes a guy should just keep his mouth shut. Of course, I still offered to pay my half. Because that’s the kind of girl I am. After he picked up the tab, ER was respectful enough to give me a ride home – even though it made him late to pick up a friend at the airport. That really was very gentlemanly. And, honestly, he did seem like a nice guy. Maybe he acted a little crazy because he was nervous. Maybe he was robbed recently and all his decent clothes were stolen. Shit happens. Because I didn’t get past the blinding Ecko red to check out his shoes (which could be the ultimate deal-breaker), I agreed to go on a second date with him. But almost immediately I regretted it. I was hit with a non-stop barrage of texts that practically took an act of Congress to stop. That second date? Never happened.
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 @marygeneva nyc, and at thatssomary. com. You can buy Nicknames at nicknamesnyc. com. And you can share your most bizarre dating story with Mary. Email mary genevanyc@ gmail.com.
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y the time I could walk, I was an epic troublemaker. I jumped, broke, and tore my way through my young and uninhibited existence. Once, I even led a group of neighborhood kids to a construction site and convinced them it was a good idea to hurl our tiny bodies onto a huge pile of sand. Later, our mothers found us, like a flock of humming birds blindly ramming their tiny heads against a windowpane, but we were throwing our entire bodies into the dirt and calling it “fun.” I would never condone such behavior from a child, but from what I remember, I had the time of my life. It was freeing to be fearless, exciting to do something out of the ordinary. In my eyes, this was the kind of thing that my personal heroines Pippi Longstocking and Eliose would do – wild, offbeat, a little bit naughty. Even watching The Little Rascals, I identified more with Spanky, the chubby ring leader, than his gal pal Darla. She was always just standing around like a dope, waiting to kiss him after he caused all kinds of chaos with his crew. Never in my childish mind did I want to be a fairytale princess or a magical talking unicorn. Cinderella? An epic loser; a beauty without the brains. But then came along Holly Golightly. When I laid eyes on this lovely creature in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, to me, I was looking at a real woman. A woman I wanted to be – slim, street smart, powerful in seduction and downright quirky. How do I get men to give me 50 bucks to go pee? Maybe I
Claudia Claudia Chung is a writer who moonlights as a school teacher. She is currently working on a book of essays and stories on the trials, tribulations, and the funny in being a young widow.
“I doubt I’ll ever be able to get a man to give me 50 dollars to use the bathroom or look that stylish while I have a mental breakdown.” should learn how to play the ukulele and sing a song on my windowsill? What can I steal at the dollar store? Can I get big, dark sunglasses at Payless? Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the kind of Cinderella story I can appreciate. But not for the reasons you might think. Holly isn’t a carefree spirit. She isn’t powerful. She’s not even a woman! She’s a runaway hillbilly child bride named Lula May who’s too damaged to have a deep emotional connection with anyone but her mentally challenged brother. She’s a con artist who targets the richest man she can find and charms him into paying for her time and, I suspect, sexual favors. Capote himself described her as an “American geisha.” Bottom line: Holly Golightly belongs in jail or rehab. But, like Cinderella, it is a story about escape. And it is a story about selfdetermination. The kind
that Fitzgerald described as the Platonic concept in The Great Gatsby: “So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a 17-year-old boy would be likely to invent, and to this conception he was faithful to the end.” While I doubt I’ll ever be able to get a man to give me $50 to use the bathroom or look that stylish while I have a mental breakdown and trash my apartment, I do hold the hope that, through sheer act of will, I can be the kind of person who survives tragedy, life’s mishaps and other people’s unkindness. It gives me hope that anyone can reinvent themselves and liberate the golden person hidden beneath ordinary.
Money lessons from Holly Golightly Holly: Well, let me tell you
something. If I had her money, I’d be richer than she is. Paul: How do you figure that? Holly: Because I’d keep the candy store. Old Sally Tomato. That’s my candy store. Holly delivers the “weather report” for Old Sally Tomato at Sing Sing prison once a week. For that, she receives $50 for the cab and $50 for the powder room. That was her “candy store” – a weekly task that made her $100 a week. So, she figured, even if she had a million dollars, keeping that job would make her “richer” than someone else with a million bucks.
Humans’ names: Meredith and Stefan. Breed: Boxer mix. Age: 10. What makes me bark: Nonsense; people who ignore me. Three words that describe me: Sweetest, snuggliest, saltiest. Confession: By day I snooze and eat treats but at night I’m a crime-fighting dog that seeks to rid Hell’s Kitchen of squirrels. Instadog: @Pocketboxer
Max Theodore Heard Human’s name: Deborah. Breed: Jack Russell terrier. Age: I’m eight on September 15. What makes me bark: UPS, and motorcycles. Thee words that describe me best: Loving, awesome personality. Confession: I love my Hartz Bacon Ball. My only pet peeve: I am tired of my mama dressing me up. See what she did to me? Somebody talk to her.
Toby Human’s name: Brianne. Breed: Schnauzer poodle mix. Age: Five. What makes me bark: When ANYONE comes to the door to visit us. Three words that describe me best: Sweet, cuddly, loving. Confession: When my mommy leaves, I lay down and stare at the door for hours without moving until she comes home.
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Pocket Humans’ names: Daniel and Max. Breed: Sphynx. Age: I’m one on September 11. What makes me meow: Treats, birds, baths, when daddies come home and when daddies sleep too late. Three words that describe me best: Cute, warm, fuzzy. Confession: I fart when people pick me up. I love raspberries on my tummy. Also, I fart when people give me raspberries on my tummy. Instacat: @pocketthesphynx
Josie Humans’ names: Jess and Paul. Breed: Rescue shepherd/beagle. Age: Four. What makes me bark: When my food and water bowl are empty. Three words that describe me best: Sweet, protective, country lover. Confession: I have no idea that I’m going to be the best big sister to mom’s baby coming this month.
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Lansdowne Road 10th Ave 43rd/44th St 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 for parties.
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Pier 83, 12th Ave - 43rd St
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Surf ’n’ turf, tapas,
Le Prive is
10th Ave 41st/42nd St
W42nd St 9th/10th Ave Paris, with a blue tin ceiling, red velvet
Cavernous, low-key taproom known
Return to the joie de vivre of 1920s
specialty cocktails, and Mediterranean
restaurant in the heart of Hell’s
W45th St 8th/9th Ave
environment to enjoy good wines,
10th Ave - 45th St
A wine bar and
In HK since 2004, Kashkaval Garden offers a relaxed
Hellcat Annie’s Tap Room
10th Ave 45th/46th St
cans, and drink from a rotating
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Dianne & Elisabeth
9th Ave 55th/56th St
landmark French restaurant open
table serving farm-to-table small
unique flavor and spices. Influences
served on a multi-level yacht with
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KASHKAVAL GARDEN 9th Ave - 55th/56th St With small plates and an extensive wine list, this is the perfect place to unwind after a long day.
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WEST SIDE STEAKHOUSE 10th Ave - 43rd/44th St This neighborhood gem has some of the finest cuts of meat cooked to
UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave UCB recently moved from Chelsea to Hell’s Kitchen, and the entire neighborhood celebrated. With over 20 weekly shows, it’s one of the best places to see live comedy. .
GOTHAM WEST MARKET 11th Ave - 44th/45th St Gotham Market is home to 10 distinct food stalls, making it a great place to go with friends. The best salad in NYC is Genuine Roadside’s house salad with Thai chili sauce.
perfection. With generous portions and outdoor seating, it’s the ideal spot to to sit and enjoy the food, atmosphere, and company.
SIGNATURE THEATRE W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave The Signature Theatre Company hosts three different theaters, each showcasing cutting edge and quality productions. And their shows are accessible – becoming a member guarantees a $35 ticket.
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e’ve had a particular client for a year and, by all accounts, their ads have been doing exceptionally well. Tons of people have been clicking on them and they’ve generated 10X the amount of leads as a result. However, they always mentioned that the leads were never really on brand with their desired customer, despite the fact they were willing and able to purchase this client’s product. Eventually they decided to redo
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EATING & DRINKING / SHOPPING & SERVICES Manganaro’s Hero Boy
North River Lobster Co
9th Ave 37th/38th St
Pier 81, 12th Ave - 41st St NYC’s only floating lobster shack.
Specialty coffee & tea, brunch and
six-foot Hero will feed 30 to 40 people.
Fresh seafood, mason jar cocktails,
Korean fusion dinner.
Large restaurant: eat in, take out,
buckets of beer & raw bar. Casual
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Somewhere between heaven and
food, wine, and
Hell’s Kitchen. There is room for everyone in this sleek bar, from the
sustainability and support for the
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community are at the heart of
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everything we do.
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approach to authentic Japanese cuisine.
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11th Ave 47th/48th St rooftop lounge, with dramatic views, seasonal cocktails, an extensive wine list, seasonally inspired small plates, and welcoming service.
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Ñaño Ecuadorian Kitchen 10th Ave 47th/48th St Ecuadorable! Quaint eatery serving traditional dishes with modern flair. Family recipes make Ñaño special.
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non-conforming clients welcome (860) 874-7184
Print Restaurant 11th Ave 47th/48th St
Fine & Dandy W49th St 9th/10th Ave
9th Ave 39th/40th St Serving Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea for over 20 years.We are committed to bringing our shoppers the best quality meats and groceries to the area.
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The Press Lounge
Bringing a multi-cultural New York
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Method Japanese Kitchen and Sake Bar - 50th/51st St
Singing Teachers Association. Gender
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10th Ave 48th/49th St
liquor at a restaurant where
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10th Ave 4th/45th St
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Elizabeth Saunders Voice Studio
W47th St 8th/9th Ave
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David Ryan Salon W46th St 9th/10th Ave
Fountain House Gallery 9th Ave - 48th St Our gallery exhibits and sells original, affordable art made by local artists living and working with mental illness.
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HK Tennis Academy
Kristin Misik Acupuncture
W39th St 9th/10th Ave
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An authentic NY experience, one of the city’s oldest flea markets. Year round, each weekend, you can find antiques, vintage clothes, collectibles and more.
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Headquartered in New York City, Hell’s Kitchen Tennis Academy is the go-to spot for adults and children to hone their skills. Get a suntan while playing tennis!
Barber Shop 9th Ave 46th/47th St & W56th St 9th/10th Ave
Jadite Galleries 10th Ave 46th/47th St Custom framing & art, conservation
High-end, low-cost, blending classic
framing, canvas stretching & mirrors
comforts with contemporary hairstyling.
a specialty. We exhibit contemporary
Our knowledgeable staff of dedicated,
and international artists.
skilled barbers allow every customer a
customized experience. Haircut $25.
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The city’s paddle sports center
serving the Hell’s Kitchen community.
with kayaking and stand up
Specializing in the treatment of pain,
paddleboarding, scenic tours, and
migraines, anxiety, fertility & allergies.
lessons in the heart of New York City.
We accept health insurance.
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MUSCLE MAKER GRILL 10th Ave - 47th/48th St Time to grab lunch. My favorite dish is the Arizona, and I usually grab a bottle of water and a complete chocolate chip cookie because I’m a sucker for sweets. 1:00 pM
HOLD FAST W46th St - 8th/9th Ave I usually end up here. The owners there are good friends and always take care of me. I usually drink Bud Light, but when I go here I get the Hold Fast old fashioned because it’s probably one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had in my life. Shane and Jason really know what they’re doing over there. 10:00 pM
THREE ACES 9th Ave - 46th/47th St Every week or so I head over here where my boys are incredible with clippers. Nick, Aaron, Brian, and Eli are all so talented – it’s the best barber shop in Hell’s Kitchen by far. 10:00 aM
HELL’S KITCHEN INK 10th Ave - 47th/48th St I’m covered in tattoos and my brother-in-law Brian in Miami has done most of my work. But when I can’t fit in a flight down, I go to Hell’s Kitchen Ink. My man Red is the best guy in the shop. If you need some amazing art work, head over and say Ronnie sent you. 4:00 pM
NEW YORK SPORTS CLUB Broadway - 49th St I start the day with a nice hour and a half workout. Kian Brown is usually the first person I see when I walk in and he gives me such a warm welcome and makes me feel at home every morning. 6:00 aM
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Ensemble Studio Theatre
The New Victory Theater
W52nd St 10th/11th Ave
W42nd St 7th/8th Ave
classes and semi-private training
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NYC’s premier non-profit performing arts theater devoted to kids & families. See international theater, dance, circus, opera & music at affordable prices.
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Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum
New York Water Taxi
Pier 86, 12th Ave - 46th St
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Concorde, and the submarine Growler.
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“I would advise you to be happy rather than well-dressed. It’s better to be happy.” Iris Apfel
he incomparable Iris Apfel celebrated her 97th birthday last month. Born in Astoria, Queens, the “geriatric starlet” defies the all-black New York uniform with every inch of her fabulous being. Known for her signature oversize glasses, eclectic jewelry, and palette of bright colors and patterns, she’s so recognizable, she’s been immortalized on film, in books, in an exhibit at The Met, and – more prosaically perhaps – by Barbie. She grew up fascinated by the fabric scraps of her Brooklyn grandmother, and she credits those early years for her eye for color and pattern. After studying art history at New York University and attending art school at the University of Wisconsin, she worked in interior design and, along with her
husband, Carl Apfel, established The Old World Weavers. They were tasked with design restoration projects that included work at the White House for nine presidents. It wasn’t until her 80s that she was really recognized for her innate, unconventional sense of style. In 2005, she was the subject of a retrospective at The Costume Institute titled Rara Avis (Rare Bird): The Irreverent Iris Apfel. At the age of 90, she worked with MAC on a line of make-up and soon became a sought-after model for ad campaigns from cars to luxury kitchens. Albert Maysles made a documentary about her in 2014 (it was nominated for an Emmy in 2017). Sadly, Carl passed in August 2015, just three days shy of his 101st birthday. “His humor and generosity were legendary,”
his widow said at the time. “We did almost everything together. He pushed me into the limelight and then basked in my success. He got much more of a kick from the accolades I received than I did. I miss him madly.” On fashion, she’s irreverent and nonconformist. “I’m just as happy to wear bangles that cost me three dollars as I am to wear valuable pieces — and I like to mix high and low, putting things together to wear as the spirit moves me. “When you try too hard to have style, you look uncomfortable, like you’re wearing a costume, like the clothes are entering the room before you do. If you’re uptight, you won’t be able to carry off even a seemingly perfect outfit. If that’s happening, I say abandon the whole thing. It’s better to be happy than well dressed.”
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