When I was in my 20s (a few years ago!), I studied at FIT in New York, and Manhattan still feels like a second home to me, even if the city has changed a lot since then. It’s cleaner, safer, more modern… yet hectic and hysterical at times, but that’s what I like about it so much.
A long weekend of three or four days is not a lot in a city that never sleeps. Still, with careful planning and good shoes, you can do many fun and different things!
With the economy back on track, New York has regained its famous energy, and stores are once again filled with eager shoppers and browsers. To make sure you don’t lose time on up and downtown travel (taxis are getting rarer in Manhattan for some reason!), pick a hotel that is close to where things are happening.*
We chose the new and functional Mondrian SoHo Hotel (9 Crosby Street), which has a great location between SoHo and Nolita. It is nicely decorated in all white and blue, which creates a relaxing atmosphere – a change from the buzz in the streets that you can view from the floor-to-ceiling windows, even in the shower! The beds are comfortably big, the sheets are impeccably white, and an iPad is available in all rooms for quick and efficient services and surfing the web. The staff is helpful and friendly, which is a real plus.
I first wanted to focus on the closest neighborhoods: SoHo and Nolita. Here the mix between new designers, small concept stores, and high street brands on Broadway ensure that there is something for everyone.
My favorite stops:
ARTISAN DE LUXE (12 Crosby Street): Cool casual wear in the spirit of American craft heritage.
ALLAN & SUZI (237 Centre Street): Incredible and spectacular vintage fashion and accessories, ranging from the 60s to modern-day styles, sold by the likewise incredible and spectacular owners!
GYM ROOM (242 Elizabeth Street): A recently opened American-styled sportswear shop with a retro campus feel by Todd Snyder, ex-Creative Director of J.Crew menswear. Everything in the store is for sale, even the furniture.
LOVE ADORNED (269 Elizabeth Street): There is a “cool rustic” mood going on in NY right now. This store gets the look right with jewelry, stationery, and home objects with a crafty and raw feel.
CREATURES OF COMFORT (205 Mulberry Street): A vast space of, as the name indicates, all things comfortable but with a modern edge. A lifestyle store for the “urban Zen” consumer.
ODIN (199 Lafayette Street): One of the best new shops for men in town. Again, it has a retro-rustic fashion look with a very cool twist. Here you will find everything the well-dressed man could need, from head to toe.