I take a vacation maybe once a year if I`m lucky, and one of my favorite destinations is NYC. When you step off the airplane you take in the vitality immediately. Americans are always saying something whether it’s friendly or a complaint; there’s ALWAYS something going on around you. I hopped on an American Airlines route from Haneda to JFK, a rather new route that’s not so well-known yet and the business class seats are CHEAP (augh shhhhh don’t tell everyone or it will always be full!). Leaving Haneda at 7am and arriving in NYC at about the same time means a full day to fill with fun. Thanks to AA for the hospitality.
I stopped in to some favorite haunts as well as some new places. I break it down by neighborhood. First up is Brooklyn, Chelsea and Soho.
Here, the legendary club The Marquee was remodeled and reopened earlier this year. Every Thursday is a popular party called “Catwalk” hosted by Susanne Barstch who took care of me and my friends. She took such good care of us in fact, I got a lil bit tipsy and my camera went for a walk. So these pics are from the Facebook Page. My friend Muffinhead dresses up in incredibly imaginative costumes and is joined by the hottest club kids (and veterans) today. See him in the rainbow-riffic mouse ears ensemble.
Spent most of my time here, as usual. I stayed overnight at the Crosby Street hotel and ate some excellent honest-to-god Mexican food at Tacombi (like an open food court with VW van and makeshift tables. It was filled with stylish people, shabby is so chic) in Nolita. Then I headed to Bond street (the “hot” new street in SOHO) and stopped in at the sleek boutique OAK to get a leather belt and do some vintage shopping around the corner. A little south from from SOHO is Chinatown and I visited my friend’s brand new ramen shop Bassanova Ramen. This place sticks out like a sore thumb among the stereotypical noodle joints around it since it’s washed in minimalistic white with contemporary decor. The cooks look like washed Brooklyn boys and the owners are Japanese. The menu right now consists of only three kinds of delicious ramen but it literally just opened doors so it will expand. Highly recommended!
Soho is also where the SOHO Grand Hotel is and here is where Susanne Bartsch hosted her intimate lounge party pre Le Bain. We came here for the last 10 minutes and it was worth it to see the incredible stylings and hear underground talents like crooner Leo and the diva who just wouldn’t quit. Afterwards we all swam like salmon up a river to Le Bain for the “On Top” party that was incredibly hopping and kept me out far past my bedtime.
私は大抵ここで多くの時間を過ごす。まず、Crosby Street hotel で夜を越えて過ごした。そし近所のNolitaで食べたメキシカンフードの Tacombi (ワーゲンのバンで無造作にケータリングしてるような感じだったけど、スタイリッシュなお客さんで満席。シャビーシックだった！) が実に、本当に、マジで！笑 素晴らしかった！それから私はややSOHO北の方、Bond Street (ソーホーでホットな新しいストリート) へと向かった。途中、上品なブティック、OAK にレザーのベルトを手に入れる為、それからヴィンテージショッピングをするために立ち寄った。ソーホーのやや南側へ行くとチャイナタウンがあって、私は友達が出した新しいラーメン屋さん、『バサノバラーメン』を訪ねてみた。この辺りは定番のステレオタイプなお店が立ち並び、その中でこのお店は特に際立つ存在。なぜなら最上級のミニマリスティックなホワイトカラーで現代的に装飾されていたから。コックは洗練されたブルックリン男子のような出で立ちで、２人のオーナーは日本人。メニューはわずか３種類の美味しいラーメンから成り立っているが、次々にドアは開き、お客さんは増加していく。私の超イチオシ！
ソーホーはまた、SOHO Grande Hotel のある場所でもあり、こここそ Susanne Bartsch が、彼女と密なラウンジパーティー のホストを勤めた場所である。私たちはギリギリラスト１０分間、この場にやって来た。その度肝を抜くようなスタイリングは、一見の価値あり。それからアンダーグラウンドのタレントや、歌を絶やさない女性歌手の姿もラウンジでパフォーマンスを披露してくれた。その後 Le Bain の “On Top” パーティーで、みんな川に飛び上がるサーモンのように踊り狂った。それはもう、滅多に見られないくらいの跳ねようで、私のベッドタイムを過ぎてもなお、夢中で踊り明かした。
The land everyone loves to hate…or adamantly defend to your death. Abi and I came to Williamsburg on a Sunday and it was super chill. We were headed for Fatty Cue, where we heard from a guy who knows a guy who said there was a party there. DJ Huggy Bear was spinning only 90s R&B tunes and we had some crazy cocktails…mine was a “Bedford Zombie” or something like that. As more and more women spilled in, we realized we may be in a lesbian party. And we were way too overdressed for that. The sun was setting so we decided to scram and cross the Williamsburg Bridge over into the LES by foot. It took about 30 minutes and we kept busy making little movies. Pay attention to all the messages people have left here…