New York New York
We’re all about honesty around here, so I’m just going to say it… New York can be a real pain in the ass. Buzzfeed was kind enough to compile about a dozen lists on why. But I bet you that for every single negative - awful - are you freakin’ kidding me moments New York pulls - Molly Hartman could give two reasons why this place is amazing.
Event and Interior Designer @rye_workshop explains it, “the noise can be deafening and the crowds exhausting but it’s all balanced with moments of sheer awe. There’s something really calming in knowing you’re but a tiny tiny speck working within some much larger version of the world. New York never let’s you forget that and I find that very soothing.” Move the F over Carrie Bradshaw, NYC has a new lover. #outwithlocals #localxnewyork
You guys! I’m so excited to give you a tour of my favorite places and spaces around The City That Never Sleeps. On such a pretty Sunday, I had to take a detour down in my new hood Bay Ridge to the Veterans Pier on Bay Ridge Ave. Great views of the city from afar. Also, its a haven for rogue fisherman. Not that I’d trust the guy in chef pants casting his line, but certainly makes for a unique crowd. @rye_workshop
Holy baked good, Batman! When I lived across the street, I swear I ate here 5 mornings a week. And then often for lunch. And then maybe a mid afternoon dessert if I was having a rough day. This Park Slope spot specializes in Belgium and French pastries and the vibe is really laid back and authentic. Honestly, I could live on their waffles. And did, for about 3 years. @rye_workshop
(at colson patisserie)
Before grabbing drinks with friends in the gorgeous Brooklyn Heights neighborhood and after checking out the sunset on the water from the Brooklyn Promenade, I’m getting some retail therapy at Hatchet Outdoor Supply Co. @hatchetsupply, home of the best-looking man-gear on the planet. And the dudes running the place are on-brand as hell. Why yes, that IS a hatchet in that nice young man’s hand. @rye_workshop
I spend most of my leisure time in Brooklyn, but errand-running adventures often happen on the other side of the bridges in Manhattan. Today’s first stop: PS Fabrics on Broadway for velvet to recover a new chair. Be sure to pop downstairs for their HUGE selection of upholstery fabrics. So many, in fact, that you’ll either feel a giant sense of wonder or a crippling case of claustrophobia - @rye_workshop
(at p&s fabrics)
Next up: Chinatown, which just might be my absolute favorite neighborhood. We’ll call this place, creatively named ‘Fried Dumpling’, “unassuming.” In reality, the place is downright ugly with no decor but glaring flourescent lights and a Choking Hazard safety poster. BUT, YOU GUYS, THE DUMPLINGS! Five steaming hot masses of authentic doughy deliciousness will set you back a whole dollar. Yup, 100 pennies and you have the best late lunch a (tiny bit of) money can buy. Also, the side eye from the non-English speaking owner is free of charge. -@rye_workshop
(at Fried Dumpling)
Keep heading north on Mott Street and the neighborhood quickly changes to cool (fancy) clothing stores and chic (dark) wine bars. Epitomizing the artistic streak and history of the area, artists Richard Guaty and James Goldcrown run The Shed Project here and it’s definitely worth a stop. Their all white, rustic space is where they both MAKE and SHOWCASE beautiful, affordable artwork - which is undeniably the best souvenir you could take home from a trip to NYC. It’s one of the few remaining ‘old school’ style galleries that has the laid back creation vibe of this artists’ neighborhood from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. - @rye_workshop
Continuing our Chinatown adventure, pop over to Mott Street and head north. Frogger your way across Canal Street and you’ll stumble upon this gem of a Chinese grocery store on the right. I can’t for the life of me find the name of it - which makes it cooler, maybe? Inside is a makeout session of all your senses - smell, sight, sound. It’s CRAZY and awesome and I have no idea what anything is or how to cook it or why it’s still squirming. But I’m always buying some weird treat (okay, usually mochi) and giggling nervously in their extensive seafood department. -@rye_workshop
Finish up the day (as I did) with a beer or coffee at @littlefoxcafe, on Kenmare Street. Great crowd, good vibes, even better vegan cookies. It’s right in the hub of Little Italy and Nolita, so it’s a perfect pitstop between window shopping and gallery hunting. And by ‘gallery hunting’, I obviously mean ‘shamelessly eavesdropping on a couple’s killer public breakdown.’ #ohnewyork - @rye_workshop
(at Little Fox Cafe)
Morning! Molly from @rye_workshop here again. Today we’re going to hit up some of my favorite retail spots in NYC. Starting in the Flatiron district in Manhattan, I’m fueling up at @havenskitchen on 17th Street. As a designer, I’m 100% guilty of judging an eating establishment by its cover- luckily the food here is just as yummy as its super sexy decor. Bonus: sign up for a cooking class upstairs during your trip - they are amaaazzzing and will make even a burn-your-toast-daily gal like me feel like a culinary god.
(at Haven's Kitchen)
Practically next door is CANVAS @canvashomestore, a ridiculously good-looking shop with a focus on beautiful ceramics and glassware. My colorful cabinet insides are largely due to their pretty displays - I have a very hard time leaving empty handed. Same can be true of me and most cookie shops. @rye_workshop
BAM! Giant cookie. Because, dammit, I’m worth it. In the heart of soho, all who fight their way through the shopping crowds to seek the quieter retail side streets deserve a cookie the size of their face. This particular baked good masterpiece, from my favorite Vesuvio Bakery, tastes a bit like Happiness and Sunshine and God and Butter. Ignore all else that might tempt you at their counter, a classic chocolate chip cookie should be all you seek. -@rye_workshop
(at Vesuvio Bakery)
@rye_workshop here, back at it! This is our last day touring Manhattan before heading to my Brooklyn stomping grounds for the weekend - so let’s get at it! The New Museum @newmuseum is striking both inside and outside (yes, that’s a boat up there.) Inside, there’s seven floors of modern art to keep you busy for a rainy day (or week.) Current exhibits run the gamut but my favorite for inspiration is actually not an exhibit at all, but The Sky Room. Located on the top floor with limited hours, the views of Lower Manhattan just cannot be beat. Definitely worth the price of admission. @rye_workshop
(at New Museum)
On nearby Prince Street, there are plenty of places to window-shop. But when you’re ready to get your hands dirty in some serious, hands-on browsing, pop into McNally Jackson bookshop to get your fix for magazines, novels, art books and a good dose of charm. There are plenty of recommendations on display at McJ that you can trust and they carry a lot of publications from smaller houses (with really pretty covers.) Their in-house coffee shop has this rad installation to ogle as well. - @rye_workshop
Hi again! Today we’re in Brooklyn, ‘land of cheese plates and dollar oysters.’ OK, so maybe that’s not our official tagline, but I’m gonna take us through some of my favorite happy hours to celebrate Friday. First stop on our tour-du-cheap-wine: 606 R&D @606RD. Happy hour menus include dollar oysters, $4 tap wine and a discounted ‘classic cocktail’ (for when you’re feeling extra fancy.) Sit at the bar, if you can - the bartenders are super knowledgable - and generous. Last time I was here, I tasted-tested ALL of their house-flavored liquors.. and left a little loopy. @rye_workshop
(at 606 R&D) (CLOSED)
The Blind Barber @blindbarber has all the things I like in a Happy Hour: bartenders with man-ponytails, cheap draft beer, and donuts. This is also why I now refer to this new Williamsburg outpost as ‘Heaven.’ Also, they have some of the best barbers in the county working out back (or so I hear.) Have a beer, get a fade, hang with locals. Not a bad To Do List. - @rye_workshop
(at The Blind Barber)
Hi, my name is @rye_workshop and I have a spicy tequila problem. OK, not really (OK, yes really) but whether you’re a tequila fan or not, I DON’T GIVE A DAMN, you must must must must go to Wolf & Deer in Park Slope and order the Barnyard Dance. Sometimes it’s so spicy, it actually takes me more than four minutes to drink, which feels like a total accomplishment. Go me!
(at Wolf & Deer)
This Sunday morning is spent like most - recovering and trying to remember last night. I’m an early bird, but when I need to get my dance on, I head to the dance party The Rub @ItsTheRub at The Bell House in Gowanus. The Rub happens once every couple of weeks and features some killer DJs. Crowd is generally cool, wearing converses and not heels, and the drinks are shockingly strong. Strong enough to make my moves look really, REALLY good. They are, in fact, not. - @rye_workshop
(at The Bell House)
Headed into Lower East Side for the Homemade Biscuits and Gravy at Schillers Liquor Bar @schillersliquorbar. The chef is the same as at trendy Balthazar, but without all the annoying people. Great area to poke around for an afternoon, as well. If poking around is your thing. - @rye_workshop
Oh, New York. You are hard and strange and rough, sometimes. But you’re also beautiful and funny and powerful and, more than anything, alive with sights and sounds and colorful people. Before leaving this big old town, make sure you catch the views from Brooklyn Bridge Park. It may not be a hidden gem, but it’s a gem nonetheless and deserves to be on any must-see travel list.
This week has been such a blast, guys. Thank you for following along! This is @rye_workshop, signing off.
(at Brooklyn Bridge Park)