Navigating New York
Friday, May 16th, 2014
Images courtesy of Cari Vuong, Will Steacy, Michael Taft, Nice Brown and A&G Merch
Headed to the Big Apple for ICFF and hoping that the city’s bright lights will inspire you? Make the most of your stay by checking out (or in the case of the dreamy Playland Motel, checking into) these NYC hot spots during the fair.
Site Unseen Offsite
Previously billed as the NoHo Design District, a curated series of events and installations in New York’s NoHo neighborhood, Site Unseen Offsite will launch May 16, run through the 20th, and bring the formerly sprawling event into one space for the first time. Helmed by online magazine Sight Unseen, this satellite design exhibition will feature works by the publication’s chosen emerging design talents, established cutting-edge design brands, a series of pop-up shops, a showcase by the American Design Club, and more, all within two floors of raw space in a 17,000-squre-foot loft. 200 Lafayette St.
This early 19th Century building, located in Rockaway Beach (just a quick ferry, bus, or train ride from Brooklyn), was restored using reclaimed Virginian barn wood and local reclaimed church materials. Playland asked 12 prominent designers and artists to bring their individual aesthetic to the guest rooms, and each season, inspiring artists and designers will be given the opportunity to work on a room for the upcoming months. “If I had to pick my favorite, it would be Fede Saenz Cactus Room,” says hotel founder Robin Scott. “His creation is a calm experience, super comfortable, and it has amazing views of the ocean.” 97-20 Rockaway Blvd.
Please Don't Tell
“Beauty’s in the eye of the beholder, and I’m not going to brag about my own bar,” says Jim Meehan, famed bartender and managing partner at Please Don’t Tell, an East Village speakeasy accessed by a phone booth in the adjoining hotdog joint, Crif Dogs. “But I’m bold enough to say that I’m proud of what we serve and how we do it.” Opened in May of 2007, PDT offers up classic cocktails with an unusual twist as well as local beers and wines. The no-standing-allowed room features only 13 bar stools and six tables, so we recommend making your reservation early. 113 St. Marks Pl.
Brooklyn home-furnishings store A&G Merch boasts that the pieces you’ll find within its walls represent your personality and design aesthetic, not theirs. Considering that its “small merch” includes beard brushes, aluminum skulls, and bedazzled robots, and “big merch” spans couches, beds, and consoles (among myriad other pieces), we believe that there’s a reasonably priced ware for just about everyone— come one, come all. 111 N. 6th St.