New York

22 Oct 2010

ON THE B-TRAIN WITH iPHONE APPS

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If you want to see a gig, you don't need to queue for the tickets for hours, hopping on a Brooklyn-bound B train is more than enough.
Atomic Tom, the band that everyone is talking about, achieved success overnight after uploading a video where they perform their songs using only iPhones. On the train, short after announcing that "In October of 2010, New York's Atomic Tom had their instruments stolen … fortunately …they know how to improvise," they started to record themselves performing their own song 'Take Me Out', where the only instruments they used were iPhone applications which simulate drums, piano and guitar. The video has been racking up views and since then attracted 2.2 million views. But, no, no call from Steve Jobs yet.

3 Oct 2010

230 FIFTH AVENUE

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Arriving in New York at the end of summer meant trying all the rooftops in a fast forward way, since the time was running out. I can say, I did a pretty good job. Now it is almost winter and rooftops seem as far as the sand in your sandals and the only roof you want is the one covering a place. Except, 230 Fifth Avenue has a huge terrace that is open all around the year with its Empire State Building view and cosy atmosphere. I loved it when I went there to have drinks after work in summer time, and I loved it once again when I went after clubbing at 3am in winter time. They have put nice heaters, and a rail of red fleece capes that make you look like a Little Red Riding Hood, with high heels (in my case, at least), so you can enjoy your cocktails while glazing at the skyline of New York and yet still be warm, with no 'I am freezing, let's go inside'. With the views of the Empire State Building to the north, the Met Life building to the east, and Jersey to the west, I cannot wait to see the rooftop when it is snowing. As the music goes and the hot specialty cocktails kick in, you can easily create your own little costume party around the wooden benches and the palm trees.

P.S: Inside area of the bar is amazing, too. If you can get yourself away from the view, sit back and enjoy your night on The Sue et Mare couch, which is from Karl Lagerfeld's collection.

TO-DO LIST IN NYC

Brunch:
Balthazar - http://www.balthazarny.com/
Pastis - http://www.pastisny.com/
Minetta Tavern - http://www.minettatavernny.com/
Central Park Boathouse - http://www.thecentralparkboathouse.com/
Asiate Restaurant (The Mandarin Hotel) - http://www.mandarinoriental.com/newyork/dining/asiate/

All Day Dining:
Standard Grill (The Standard Hotel) - http://www.thestandardgrill.com/
La Bottega (The Maritime Hotel) - http://www.themaritimehotel.com/bottega.html
Winter Garden (World Trade Center) - http://www.nyc.com/link.aspx?site=http://www.worldfinancialcenter.com/
Robert - http://robertnyc.com/

Shake Shack - http://www.shakeshack.com/
Pop Burger - http://www.popburger.com/
Crumbs Bakery - http://www.crumbs.com/
Magnolia Bakery - http://www.magnoliabakery.com/

Dinner:
Monkey Bar - http://monkeybarnewyork.com/
Buddakan - http://www.buddakannyc.com/buddakan.html
Spice Market - http://www.spicemarketnewyork.com/
Tao - http://www.taorestaurant.com/
Bagatelle - http://www.bistrotbagatelle.com/
Nobu 57 - http://www.noburestaurants.com/fifty-seven/experience/introduction/
Sushi Samba - http://www.sushisamba.com/
Cipriani Downtown - http://www.cipriani.com/locations/new-york/restaurants/downtown.php

Casual Dining:
Bianca - http://www.biancanyc.com/
Cafe Habana - http://www.cafehabana.com/
Keens Steak House - http://www.keens.com/

Bar:
Wilfie & Nell - http://wilfieandnell.com/
Brass Monkey - http://www.brassmonkeynyc.com/
West 4th bars to play beer pong

Pre-Dinner/Late-Night Drinks:
Gansevoort Hotel - http://www.hotelgansevoort.com/
Boom Boom Room (The Standard Hotel) - http://www.standardhotels.com/new-york-city/
The View (Marriott Hotel) - http://www.theviewny.com/
230 5th - http://www.230-fifth.com/
Library Room (Hudson Hotel) - http://www.hudsonhotel.com/#/home/
Empire Hotel - http://www.empirehotelnyc.com/

Nightclubs:
Juliet - http://www.julietsupperclub.com/
Avenue - http://www.avenue-newyork.com/
1 Oak - http://1oaknyc.com/
Rdv - http://www.13thstreetentertainment.com/
Lavo - http://www.lavony.com/
Kiss & Fly - http://www.kissandflyclub.com/
Greenhouse - http://www.greenhouseusa.com/newyork/index.html
Gold - http://www.goldbarnewyork.com/
Southside - http://www.nycsouthside.com/
Jane Hotel - http://www.thejanenyc.com/
Boom Boom Room (The Standard Hotel) - http://www.standardhotels.com/new-york-city/
Provocateur - http://www.provocateurny.com/
Hudson Terrace - http://www.hudsonterracenyc.com/
The Box (cabaret club) - http://www.theboxnyc.com/

Activities & Shopping:
Love Sculpture by Robert Indiana - 6th Avenue & 55th Street
Brooklyn Bridge - walking the bridge
Harlem Gospel - http://www.harlemgospelchoir.com/
Frying Pan - http://www.fryingpan.com/
Meatpacking Park on the Bridge - http://www.thehighline.org/
Rockefeller Center Ice Skating - http://www.rockefellercenter.com/tour-and-explore/the-ice-skating-rink
Apple Shop
Victoria's Secret Shop
Marc Jacobs X-mas photo shoot

Designer Shopping:
Calypso St. Barth - http://www.calypsostbarth.com/pages.php?pageid=13&store=NY
Outlet: Woodbury - http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=7
Intermix - http://www.intermixonline.com/category/store+locations/01+ny+madison.do
Bergdorf Goodman - http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/
Saks Fifth Avenue - http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/
Barneys - http://www.barneys.com/

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