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STYLE AND CULTURE

STYLISH CITY: NEW YORK

By Lakeisha Goedluck and Jenna Dunne, 20 January 2019

As one of the largest and most diverse cities in the world, New York is full of endless possibilities. From the buzzing shopping area of SoHo to the hipster suburbs of Brooklyn, if you’re lucky enough to be taking a long-haul flight there anytime soon, here’s a roundup of what to wear, where to stay and how to keep yourself occupied.
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Wear this

As you'd expect from a recognised fashion capital, the residents of New York know how to battle winter in style. To fit in (and stand out), go for neon separates to rival the lights of Times Square. On top, a chunky neon green knit and wide-collar puffer jacket will keep you cosy from the winter chill. A satin midi skirt keeps it dressy enough for pre-dinner cocktails, while chunky Dr. Martens are perfect for racking up your daily 10,000 step count. Finish it off with sporty neon socks and a trusty cross-body bag and you're good to go.
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Stay here

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.

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Visit this

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.

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