Michele Mariaud Gallery

A gallery unlike any other

Visiting an art gallery too often resembles a visit to the museum. You come to admire the works, not to buy them. Why? Because the established galleries, the famous ones, can easily be intimidating: large white spaces, no talking, no touching, prices on demand only (and often exorbitant). Interested in experiencing something different? You will have to ring at 153 Lafayette Street in Soho and climb to the 4th floor. You enter Michele Mariaud’s apartment and step into the intimacy of a large loft converted…

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Greenpoint Fish & Lobster

The seafood counter

You have your favorite specialty grocers in NY: your Italian caterer in Chelsea, your butcher hidden behind a Japanese restaurant, your cheese shop at the end of an alley in the West Village. Finding good suppliers in New York is comparable to the work of digging for gold. A quest reserved for the indefatigable and savvy insiders. Looking for a fish stall? We’ll help you: we discovered a little marine paradise lost (and now found!) in Brooklyn. Close your eyes and picture the seaside, spray…

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Christmas wishlist

Christmas Wish List

You have two weeks left. Two weeks to finish (start?) your Christmas shopping. Two weeks to redouble your efforts and find the perfect gift. Two weeks to get over your agoraphobia and brave the crowds in department stores. You feel the pressure mounting? You’re lacking inspiration? We have scoured shops, boutiques, showrooms and other pop-up stores to find original and outside the box gift ideas without breaking the bank.   The paradise of pouches: Bag-all 219 Mott street, Nolita An abundance of pouches and fabric…

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Metrograph

Vintage screening

Notice to all movie-lovers: if, like us, you feel helpless witnessing the slow disappearance of independent movie theaters in New York, asphyxiated by the multiplexes and the distribution mastodons, we have some good news to share. A beautifully bespoke two-screen theater discreetly opened a few months ago in the Lower East Side: it’s called Metrograph. Metrograph is a true ode to the Seventh Art. Vintage atmosphere and old school flair in this neighborhood cinema where you can see the projection booth from the screening room through…

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Coffee break

Coffee Break

Americano, latte, ristretto, macchiato… no matter how you take it, in New York you’re never more than a block away from a coffee shop. We let the heavenly smell of fresh ground beans and the lightness of cappuccino foam guide us to find 3 spots full of good vibes for caffeine junkies. 3 spots where the barista knows your name and where you wish you could stay for a second (or third?) coffee. What else?   To laze during winter afternoons: Intelligentsia At the High…

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Bar Fortuna

The hidden bar

We could have simply told you about this new Italian restaurant that opened in Greenwich Village. A loft-style restaurant in a 19th century townhouse located on a charming tree-lined street in the village. Ceilings so high they could make you dizzy, along with starburst chandeliers, a glass roof, a roaring fireplace. With its trendy atmosphere and gourmet cuisine, it is easy to be seduced by Casa Apicii. But there’s more than meets the eye. It’s actually not about the restaurant we want to talk but about the small cocktail annex fashioned…

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Hudson

The new Brooklyn

Left picture: WM. Farmer and Sons; Top right picture: Rivertown Lodge; bottom right picture: Bonfiglio & Bread. We are often asked what is the most trendy place in New York. You know, the neighborhood still under the radar but on the rise. The avant-garde place that attracts artists and craftsmen. With a spate of stylish inns and well-curated boutiques. Where hipster cafes open in motorcycle garages. Does Greenpoint or Bushwick  intuitively come to mind? Well, you’re mistaken. Brooklyn lost the monopoly on “trendiness” – we take you upstate for the…

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the Noguchi Museum

The forgotten museum

You know your classics: the Met, the MoMA, the Guggenheim. You might even pride yourself on knowing the Frick Collection and already having visited the new Met Breuer annex. But did you know that New York counts more than a hundred museums, most of which you’ve never heard of? We scoured all of New York’s cultural scene to unearth one of its sleeping beauties for you. Like most jaded New Yorkers, we’ve grown weary of spending more time queuing for the exhibition than in the…

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Oiji

Korean craze

Quick guesstimate. The city of New York has more than 800 Asian restaurants. Over 200 must serve kimchi and probably more than a hundred draw inspiration from a modern kitchen aesthetic. At this point, you’re probably thinking to yourself: are we really going to tell you about another Korean restaurant? The answer is yes ! Because Oiji is our little autumn find hiding many surprises. The first surprise is how we ended up in such a pleasant setting amidst the chaos of First Avenue, wedged…

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The William Vale

The Sky’s the Limit

Spotted : there’s something new in Brooklyn! You probably couldn’t fail to notice steady construction progress being made on the other side of the East River and you kept an eye on the building which was transforming the Brooklyn skyline. We confirm the rumors: the William Vale hotel opened a few days ago in Williamsburg. All you need to know about The William Vale hotel can be summed up in 3 numbers: 22 floors, 183 rooms and a 360 degree view. Staying true to New York’s…

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