December 9, 2013
October 14, 2013
How do you see one of the world's most exciting cities in two days? You don't. You try to hit all the coolest spots as fast as you possibly can. It helps if you have a local tour guide. We were lucky enough to have two. After discussing over a pint, we concluded we had to go to Shoreditch. So off we went.
June 25, 2013
Subway Newsstands: Where back issues of XXL sit neglected in display windows, and candy bars of questionable age are sold to desperate hungry people... that is, until now. Well not exactly now, but pretty recently when the hippest magazine kiosk on the planet, ironically named, The Newsstand, opened at the Metropolitan Avenue G Train/ Lorimer L Train stop in Brooklyn.
Situated right in the transfer path between the G and the L trains in Williamsburg, The Newsstand sits in what may be the most hipster heavy location in the city. Its goods range from minimally branded disposable lighters (for hand rolled cigarettes only), to self published mini zines (you really wouldn't understand), to free arts newspapers (doubles as rolling papers/blankets). All jokes aside, it's a super cool take on a traditional concept- a great way to add some color and culture to a frenzied commute and promote the arts and subcultures to passersby who might normally not get the chance to experience them. Even though at the prime intersection of Brooklyn and Brooklyn, you'd think The Newsstand would find itself a permanent home, but alas it's a limited engagement moving out at the end of July. Check out some pics below.
Hipster News Emporium - Open through July, 2013
Lorimer L Train Subway Stop / Metropolitan Avenue G Train Stop
May 28, 2013
Over the past week or two, New Yorkers all over Manhattan have witnessed the arrival of the grey metal docking stations for Citi Bike in their neighborhoods. This past weekend, the first Citi Bikes finally arrived on site at docks throughout the borough for the earliest adopters to try out. The Citi Bike bicycle sharing program follows in the footsteps of similar ideas in cities like Paris and Krakow and will provide an alternative transportation method for locals, and a fun and affordable activity for tourists.
The challenge for the program was to create bikes that were durable yet ridable and to include enough docking stations that people could easily find the bikes without much effort. Based on the numbers we've seen, it seems to be working- close to 20,000 people have already become annual members of Citi Bike in only the first couple of days. This may signal a brighter future for the NYC biking community which has had to fight an uphill battle in many neighborhoods in order to install bike lanes. We passed by several docking stations this weekend all of which had curious locals getting hands on with the bikes, seemingly excited about the Citi Bike launch.
Check out some pictures of the W 4th Street & 7th Ave docking station, and purchase your annual subscription here for the bargain price of $95.
May 14, 2013
From sub culture tool to mainstream art supply, Krink emerged from the shadows in the late 90's and was quickly embraced by the New York City art scene. Since then the ink and marker company has produced some of the finest vandalism tools in the world (spray paint fire extinguisher anybody?) and has seen it's creator and namesake collaborate with brands like Nike, Coach and Levi's. At this point, Krink's signature paint drips are recognizable to gallery-goers and sneakerheads alike which makes their newest collaboration a perfect fit.
Starting on May 31st, Bookmarc, the trendy West Village bookstore run by the one and only Marc Jacobs will release a series of collaboration permanent markers and paint pens. Don't be fooled, these products are all Krink, there's no substitution of quality, but the pens will feature the Bookmarc branding as well as some special silver accents. You can pre-order each of the 3 styles (K-47 Permanent Ink Marker, K-12 Paint Marker and K-60 Paint Marker) on the Marc Jacobs website right now. They'll ship at the end of the month.
May 1, 2013
As you all probably know we're big fans of graffiti and street art. We've interviewed some artists, covered some gallery shows and now we've had the honor of having some of our photos included in Time Out New York.
A few months back, we worked with Lia, the mastermind behind Saddleshoe Tours, to write about her New York City street art exploration adventures. Her tours take participants through various NYC neighborhoods giving them new perspective on urban art and are tons of photo-op filled fun. This past week, Saddleshoe Tours and Lia were included as part of Time Out New York's Street Art Tours write up and we're super thankful to her for asking to use some of our photos! If you're a street art fan yourself, make sure to read through the whole Graffiti and Street Art feature on Time Out and head over to the Saddleshoe Tours website to book a tour for you and some friends!
April 23, 2013
I own an iPad mini and I love it. As a Mac enthusiast (phone, laptop, desktop) that already had an iPad, I wasn't sure whether or not the iPad Mini would be worth it, but having used it for some time now, there is no question in my mind that the Mini will probably replace the regular iPad as Mac's go to tablet device.
Take a look at the picture below- you can see that next to our iPad 1, the Mini is much smaller. Though some would argue that it takes away from the screen potential, in a hectic urban environment like New York where you want everything to be as portable as possible, the Mini is much more convenient (and lighter, and thinner). Even though the screen is not a Retina Display, the screen makes everything look plenty clear and bright. Because the Mini is also a few years newer than our iPad 1 the performance is significantly better with everything loading great and no freezing issues to speak of so far. With the iPad Mini 2 rumored to be right around the corner, if you're on the fence between the regular iPad and the Mini, SOLIFESTYLE would urge you to go small.
April 9, 2013
Need to repair your favorite pair of very loved yet very beaten jeans? Trust the recommendations of the denim masters at Blue in Green. They'll send you to either Denim Therapy or the Denim Surgeon. Details below.
555 8th Ave, #901
New York, NY 10013
25 W. 43rd Street, Lobby
New York, NY 10036
March 26, 2013
Cat on head guy is not foreign to me, I've seen him around a bunch but I finally managed to sneak up on him for a picture. You see, the guy with a cat on his head is a walking tourist trap. He makes money by hitting you up once you take a picture of him with the cat on his head. That's precisely why I took a picture of the back of his head! See what I did there? Anyway, it seems like the cat was on to me even if he wasn't. So, when you see the guy with the cat on his head somewhere around New York City, be smart about your picture taking. He isn't shy about giving you a hard time if you snap a pick and don't fork over the dinero.
March 25, 2013
Even though the plot seems simple enough, the execution of the film is far from boring. The direction is dark and gritty, the plot is intense and the story is sometimes scary, but by the end the film is so over the top that you'll want to see it again. The story jumps backwards and forwards in time recounting events from different perspectives and points of view, so that if you saw it again, you're sure to encounter things you missed the first time around. So what did I come away with from Spring Breakers? Korine seems to be getting at the fact that kids don't realize that there are consequences for their actions. More than that, we live our young lives without fear, acting on impulses, but then there comes a point when reality hits and when it does, it hits hard. For certain people, like James Franco's character that time never comes but for most people, a major event forces us to see the error in our ways.
Whether girls with bikinis and guns are your thing or you're a fan of indie films, Spring Breakers will draw you in with sex and violence and leave you questioning society, youth culture and maybe even your own childhood. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I saw it. It's only limited release at the moment but I'd recommend it if you have the chance. However, if you're easily offended, stay away. Far away. Rating: 10/10
March 22, 2013
On a sunny, almost spring day, brunch at The Park is something to behold. As far as New York City goes, the space is massive, bright, and there are even real birds. Wait, real birds? Inside? With the potential to steal your bread and poop in your food? Yeah, it's a bit weird but we got passed it.
Like I just said the ambience in the garden is beautiful, and a great way to enjoy the weather, without actually being in the weather. That being said, we hope you didn't come to The Park for good service, that's out of the question. The garden was full of empty tables when we arrived but we waited about 25 minutes for a seat and then it took another 20 minutes for a waiter to acknowledge our presence and bring us water. It sucked.
So how was the food? Pretty good. The prices are usual NYC brunch prices with entrees in the $10-18 range, we tried the Crunchy French Toast which tasted really good but hardened my arteries as I struggled to finish its epic decadence. I could feel myself sweating like Man Versus Food trying to get the final bites down. But it was worth the food coma. The Yogurt Parfait was simple, healthy and fresh. The chorizo side dish was well cooked and tasty but the chicken apple sausage was dry.
We'd go back again... maybe... but we wouldn't go out of our way to do it. It's a fun brunch if you've never been there before but it's definitely not the best.
March 5, 2013
If you can get past the tourists on Broadway in Soho and take a little time to look through some of the store windows around the intersection at Grand Street you might notice something really cool. On display in the window of the International Culinary Center is a collection of luxury designer handbag cakes. I mean, the only thing better than owning a quilted Chanel bag or a Bape tote is being able to eat them, right? In the display you can pick out Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Tory Burch among others. They all look quite realistic and tasty. If you want to take your commitment to fashion to the next level, you can read up on the Cake Techniques & Design program at the International Culinary Center here.
February 22, 2013
Like so many of the tastiest food establishments in the East Village, Curry-Ya has no more space than your average NYC apartment. Maybe ten people fit along the bar in front of an open kitchen and if your timing is impeccable you can occupy a two person window seat for some people watching. The thing with Curry-Ya is, that despite its small size, you never feel cramped or down market. In fact, it's just the opposite. The curry, in all its iterations, is excellent and the restaurant goes the extra mile for a gourmet vibe.
Sitting along the marble counter and browsing the menu, one notices all the great curry options like Berkshire Port Katsu Curry and Japanese Classic which includes beef, pumpkin and potatoes. Those traditional curry options are served in what I would describe as a gravy server with a nicely plated pile of warm rice allowing you drench your rice to your personal level perfection. Just like most of the small East Village Japanese restaurants, the small size allows for prompt service and a quick bite to eat if you're on the run. But don't get me wrong Curry-Ya is worth going out of your way for if you're in the mood on a cold winter day.
214 East 10th Street
East Village, NYC
February 20, 2013
Producers and streetwear enthusiasts Twinsmatic recently put out this dope remix of indie rocker Lana Del Rey's Summertime Sadness. I must say it sounds way better than the original. Give it a listen below and check out the French producer duo on Soundcloud where you can find even more of their tracks.
When you get a message that there are chocolate covered potato chips for sale just five blocks away from your current location, you stop what you're doing and run in that direction. That's how it went for me yesterday and sure my cholesterol might be higher, but I'm so much happier. Let me tell you, this isn't my first time enjoying the wonders that are ROYCE's Potatochip Chocolate, but it is the first time I've had the luxury of purchasing them in my own city- and that's pretty exciting.
ROYCE' is a Japanese chocolate company from Sapporo (yes, the beer). They've been around for about 30 years and they've just taken their first leap into the New York food scene opening a flagship store on Madison Avenue with plans for more stores. Currently, they have a pop-up shop on 40th street right below Bryant Park and they'll be occupying the storefront next door.
The Bryant Park ROYCE' Chocolate pop-up offers everything a chocolate lover could ask for, with the added bonus of pretty Japanese packaging and cute individually wrapped samples. They of course have boxes of the Potatochip Chocolate, but they also have Popcorn Chocolate and good ol' fashioned chocolate bars. If you want something a bit more luxurious, their Nama Chocolate is like a dense fudge truffle (which makes no sense when I type it but tastes oh-so-good when you eat it.)
Check out more photos below and make sure to stop by their shops at either 40th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues or at Madison Avenue at 53rd Street. Happy snacking!
February 13, 2013
We first tried out Little Muenster at The Big Cheesy grilled cheese battle about a year ago at Openhouse Gallery. This past cold, slushy Saturday, we trekked through feet of snow to dig into some tomato soup and grilled cheese on the Lower East Side.
Cute would be a good word to describe the Little Muenster space, which features a nice warm color scheme accented with a massive silver light fixture constructed out of cheese graters (see below). The restaurant has seating for about 14 if you really squeeze in tight, but when you're escaping the cold it doesn't feel cramped. On the menu are seven grilled cheese varieties which range from a classic american cheese sandwich to fancier versions using ingredients like prosciutto and butternut squash. The cheeses vary by sandwich too- Gruyere, Fontina, Havarti and of course Muenster all make menu appearances.
So how was the grilled cheese? The bread was grilled to perfection and the sandwich was quite tasty but we thought there could have been more cheese. We missed out on that really cheesy gooey childhood grilled cheese experience. But maybe that isn't what Little Muenster is going for. Their motto, emblazoned on their website, is after all 'Super Fancy Grilled Cheese.' So next time we happen to be in the area and in need of some Little Muenster, we won't be having The Classic, we'll be having something super fancy.
100 Stanton Street
Lower East Side, Manhattan
(there is also another location in Dumbo, Brooklyn)
February 12, 2013
Who cares about the models getting primped and prepped for Fashion Week? The dogs at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show are being hair-sprayed, brushed, and groomed to within an inch of their cute little lives behind the scenes at Madison Square Garden.
Backstage at the show was like another world, where I witnessed a man gingerly using a hair straightener on a Maltese, and another guy powdering a Bulldog's toes so they looked whiter and brighter. I had to stop by the Bichon Frise (a personal favorite of mine), the very popular (and glamorous) toy poodle, and the Cousin-It styled Pekingese. As a dog lover, I felt like I had died and gone to heaven. A heaven full of awesome award-winning dogs.
The mood was tense, some dogs were obviously feeling the pressure, but others had not a care in the world, and were really interested in playing with onlookers, like normal dogs. I think the Bichon has a great shot at Best in Show, but I'm also extremely biased. May the best dog win! Check out some of the action backstage below.