We stayed at Public in the Lower East Side, a relatively new hotel which was designed by Ian Shrager. The location is great – close to a subway station which is the best way to get around the city. It has a cool community and collaborative feel, the lobby is a communal working space with a bar attached, there’s always lots happening in this space. The room was beautiful, I loved the use of materials and how spacious it was, we were lucky to get an upgrade to one of the penthouses which was a real treat.
Desert Vintage and Lara Koleji both in the Lower East Side are beautiful vintage stores, the former has a very special selection of designer vintage pieces. Over in Brooklyn Le Grand Strip, Amarcord and 10ft Single by Stella Dallas are other great vintage stores to visit. Mast Books for a vast selection from rare books through to modern literature – somehow the noise of the city is completely flushed out in here, it’s open late too. Nalata Nalata is a lovely Japanese homeware store in the East Village worth taking a look at, also John Derian is a must visit too. There is also all the shopping in Soho, a favourite I like to visit when traveling is Muji for all the well thought out bits and bobs every household needs.
Kiki’s for delicious Greek food in the Lower East Side. Balthazar in Soho is a New York institution – we went there for dessert a few times, the profiteroles were outstanding and the people-watching was fascinating. Dime’s and Cafe Gitane are both good breakfast options and for something more on-the-run, a delicious juice from Tom’s Juice is a must. Also stop by Russ & Daughters for the most heavenly bagel. Another quick stop worth doing is the sweetcorn at Habana, another New York icon. Cervo’s and Le Dive, again in the Lower East Side are great restaurants for dinner but be sure to book. The restaurant at Nine Orchard – Corner Bar is another. While in Brooklyn, Rosa’s Pizza was delicious and they have Mexican Coca-Cola, the best flavour. Last but certainly not least, I would highly recommend the hot dog stand outside the Guggenheim, it was the best one!
The Noguchi Museum is a must, the sheer volume of work and simply being in the presence of those important pieces was incredible, I was awestruck upon entry. Donald Judd’s house in Soho, one of the cast iron buildings in the Soho area, with each level offering a new perspective inspired me in countless ways. It’s best to book this tour. Hire a Citibike and bike over the Williamsburg Bridge and head into Brooklyn for vintage shopping – a completely different feel to Manhattan and it has delicious pizza too. I can highly recommend going to a Knicks Game at Madison Square Garden, this was on my husband’s to-do list and I’m so pleased I went! Such a great atmosphere and experience. Walk through Central Park up to the Guggenheim, they always have interesting exhibitions and the building itself is something to behold. Head to the The Whitney Museum and also the MoMa. Walk the streets around the West Village and take a seat in Washington Square Park to watch a bit of the world go by.
About Marle's 'Right Down the Line' collection
A rich tapestry of textures inspired by summer in New York City, Marle’s resort collection, ‘Right Down the Line’ is a conduit of the old world and the new. You can practically hear Gerry Rafferty. For summer, Marle’s collection is fittingly filled with soft intricate embroidery, applique and raw edge stitching in a palette of wasabi, sorbet, bone and birch. For those seeking a pop of colour, there’s a rich red vermilion which brings feminine strength to the collection and a nod to the unmatched confidence echoic of the city that never sleeps.
Right Down the Line launches on Wednesday 18 October, 2023.