Whistles neighbourhood guide: New York City
An insiders guide to our favourite Manhatten spots.
Living and working in a busy metropolis may seem at odds with a life dedicated to surf, but with decent waves found close by on the beaches of Queens and Long Island, Saturdays has carved somewhat of a niche since opening in 2009. Along with own label menswear, surf gear, a great selection of books, the coffee served here is made some of Manhattan’s best baristas and is reason to visit alone. On a sunny day take time out in the store’s decked garden, which gets plenty of rays in the morning.
31 Crosby Street, NY 10013
The Bowery Hotel
Once the stomping ground of punks and artists the Bowery is now home to boutiques, restaurants and this namesake establishment that attracts a fashionable crowd. In thick of it, the hotel is within walking distance of Soho, Nolita and the Lower East Side. Room décor is classic New York with hard wood floors, large steel-framed windows, crisp linen and textural Turkish rugs. If you can afford to, a suite with a terrace provides a splendid view of Lower Manhattan and an outdoor shower.
335 Bowery, NY 10003
The Butcher's Daughter Juice Bar
Situated next door to their larger café, The Butcher’s Daughter Juice Bar is a tiny storefront wrapped in sprawling succulents. The menu promises the elixir of eternal youth with juices, shots, and smoothies jammed full of super-foods. If goodness is your bag, the superbly named Goddess of Green (number 13) is their signature juice, blending - amongst other ingredients - kale, cucumber, pineapple, and blue green algae. Nut milks and gluten-free baked goods are made on site, and they serve coffee if you’re looking for a more caffeinated fix.
166 Elizabeth Street, NY 10012
The Paris Theatre
Opened in 1948, by Marlene Dietrich no less, the theatre shows art-house, independent, and foreign language films. A single screen cinema, complete with curtains and balcony seating (recommended for the best view), it has plenty of old school charm. For the perfect New York date stop by for a matinée screening and then take a walk through Central Park for a post-film debrief.
4 West 58th Street, NY 10019
Close to the famed Flatiron Building, Eataly, an expansive marketplace dedicated to Italian food. It offers notoriously demanding New Yorkers the very best produce – everything from fresh pasta and gelato to cold-pressed olive oils and beer brewed on-site. There are eight restaurants within the 50,000 sq. ft. grocery store, so it makes a perfect stop off for a casual lunch.
200 5th Avenue, NY 10010
101 Spring Street
101 Spring Street is the former studio and residence of the great American artist Donald Judd. Judd bought the historic cast iron building in the late 60s, when Soho still housed workshops and factories. Visit to see modernist design, ceremonial textiles, and art by the likes of Dan Flavin and Marcel Duchamp all carefully placed by Judd alongside his own formidable works. This is a complete five-storey contemporary masterpiece, and visiting is limited so book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
101 Spring Street, NY 10012
Having opened a little over a decade ago, The Highline is a mile long linear park that has provided a much-needed injection of green into intense urban skyline of Manhattan’s mid west neighbourhoods. Built upon a former elevated city railroad that had been out of use since the 80s, its reinvention has transformed the track from desolate wasteland into one of the city’s most popular public attractions with the Whitney Museum due to open it’s new location at one end of the line in 2015. Planting is naturalistic and meant to mimic the overgrowth that occurred during its dormant years.
Known for their distinctive scents Le Labo was founded in the French perfume Mecca of Grasse but blossomed in New York with their first store opening in Nolita in 2006. With moulded Fleur-de-lis wall panelling, salvaged light fixtures and a large perfume bar running along one wall, there is a lux industrial feel to the narrow space. Le Labo encourages slow deliberation rather than an in and out approach: perfumes here are made to order, and marked with your name. Try Tubereuse 40, a scent exclusively available in the city.
233 Elizabeth Street, NY 10012
Andre Balazs’ purpose built hotel sits 17m above street level, so as to peer over the High Line, Manhattan’s mile long elevated parkland. It is located in the Meatpacking district where 19thcentury warehouses are populated with designer stores, upscale eateries and guest-list only nightclubs. Rooms at The Standard are modern and sleek. Floor-to-ceiling glazing is not for the fainthearted, befitting views of the Hudson River and the busy Manhattan streets below. The building is topped off by an open-air bar and pool found on the 18th floor.
848 Washington Street, NY 10014
Take an alternative look at Manhattan’s famed Metropolitan Museum of Art by taking a tour with Museum Hack. Strictly stating that they are in no way directly affiliated with the Met, Museum Hack’s offbeat approach leads visitors on a visit that goes beyond the regular blurb, divulging insider secrets about the institute and it’s exhibits. A tour highlight comes in the form of the yellow jasper Fragment of the Face of a Queen, an Egyptian artefact with a great story to tell; reserve a spot to find out more, as we don’t want to spoil the tale.
Since opening in the late 90s, Resurrection has become the go-to for the city’s stylists, designers and well-heeled celebrities (Rachel Zoe and Rihanna are regulars at the Melrose outpost). Specialising in the1960s-90s period with pieces from major name label’s most iconic eras filling the rails, you will find Chanel, Alaia, Versace, YSL, and Gaultier. The Nolita store is a chocolate box design with black carpet and deep pink walls. There is also a good selection of fashion books stocked, that won’t make such a dent in your bank account.
217 Mott Street, NY 10012
Tyler Hays, the brains behind the BDDW brand, is a sculptor, painter, and cabinetmaker whose clear artistic vision has made a definite mark on the American design scene. Since opening in 2001 the showroom has been slowly expanding to become a jaw-dropping space, home to large furniture pieces with accordingly sized price tags. Designs are minimal and monolithic and made in native woods in BDDW’s Pennsylvanian workshop.
5 Crosby Street, NY 10013
The Spotted Pig
If you crave the taste of home, The Spotted Pig is a New York take on a Brit gastropub. Nestled in a leafy nook of the West Village the perennially popular spot’s cosy and slightly kitsch décor is a foil to the Michelin star menu, influenced by both Italian and British cuisine. Avoid peak hours and more sensibly try an early or late dinner (the kitchen serves from 5.30pm-2am). The Ricotta Gnudi comes recommended and has been on the menu since the restaurant opened in 2004.
314 West 11th Street, NY 10014
Well situated for late breakfast before a morning spent strolling and shopping, Café Gitane is the spot to sit and take in the sights of the stylish locals: this is the original Nolita hang out. The food is a Moroccan-French fusion and if you are an indecisive patron Whistles recommends the smashed avocado on toast and an orange presse. Grab a window or sidewalk seat for optimum people watching. Cash only.
242 Mott Street, NY 10012
Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market
Hell’s Kitchen’s market takes place every weekend (weather permitting) between 9th and 10th Avenues on 39th Street. It is still possible to snag a bargain here and makes an ideal alternative to neighbouring Chelsea’s upscale and pricier flea. Wander through stalls loaded with everything from housewares, and antiques to Amish produce.
West 39th Street between 9th & 10th Avenues, NY 10001
Your local store
Rejoice New York: Whistles is now available in Bloomingdale's. Manhattan’s unrivalled upscale department store is spread across an entire block on the Upper East Side; enter via Lexington Avenue so as to catch a glimpse of the store’s beautiful Art Deco façade. Find Whistle’s latest seasons collections on the second floor.
1000 3rd Avenue, NY 10022