STYLE AND CULTURE
STYLISH CITY: NEW YORK
By Lakeisha Goedluck and Jenna Dunne, 20 January 2019
If you want to stay Manhattan side and are looking for a sitcom-style apartment (fire-escape stairs, communal front door, the works), then focus your Airbnb search on Greenwich Village – where you can make Jack's Wife Freda your brunch spot, The Jane Hotel your local for cocktails in a Wes Anderson-style setting and Bleecker Street Pizza your go-to for late-night pizza slices. If Brooklyn's more your vibe, make Bushwick or Greenpoint (AKA Hannah's neighbourhood on Girls) your base and head to Five Leaves for brunch and the Wythe Hotel for cocktails with an epic view of Manhattan.
When you’re in New York, you'll, of course, want to hit up all the iconic spots like Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building (top tip: skip the lines with a late-night visit). If you’re after a less conventional experience, head to the illustrious Apollo Theater in Harlem to visit the neo-classical building where the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Lauryn Hill have performed. Follow it up with fried chicken and waffles at Harlem's famous soul food spot, Sylvia's.
If you're in the mood for shopping, skip the pricey department stores on Madison Avenue and make your way to SoHo. There you’ll find cool streetwear destinations like Kith and Opening Ceremony, as well as cult sustainable fashion fave, Reformation. For Manhattan's best vintage collection, head to Beacon's Closet in Greenwich Village then scour through rare soul, disco and hip-hop vinyl finds at A-1 Records in East Village.
As for what to do in the evening, there’s a reason why New York's known as the city that never sleeps. Head to downtown Brooklyn for a bevvie or two – Kimoto Rooftop Restaurant & Garden Lounge offers up incredible views and drinks for a decent price. For a post-sesh snack, head to The Commodore in Williamsburg (it’s open till 4am all week) for a plate of out-of-this-world nachos.