As promised, here are some of my NYC favs …

City views:

Staten Island Ferry: my absolute favorite for city viewing. Free and the most amazing way of approaching/entering the City.

2nd fav: Waterfront Long Island City/Pepsi Cola sign. Amazing views especially at night of midtown Manhattan.

Empire State: if you go, make sure you do so just a bit before sunset so that you can see the city change from daylight to nighttime

Manhattan Bridge: best view for any photography of downtown and the Brooklyn Bridge.


Generally, I find the boroughs (i.e. outside Manhattan) so much more interesting:

The “obvious”: Brooklyn Bridge (Manhattan –> Brooklyn): on your left (north) is DUMBO (down under the manhatten bridge overpass) located between the B & M bridges: interesting tiny neighborhood of old warehouses that underwent massive gentrification under the leadership of David Walentas (Two Trees management). Really nice views of the City and B bridge from the waterfront park.

On your right (south): Brooklyn Promenade and Brooklyn Heights. Impressive brownstones –> downtown Brooklyn (hmmm … not my fav) –> Cobble Hill (Smith Street) & Boerum Hill (Atlantic Ave): sweet local & ethnic stores and restaurants –> Atlantic yards (massive new urban development). To the left/north: Fort Greene (interesting, transforming neighborhood), to your right/ further south: Park Slope (5th Ave) i.e. what I like to call the Prenzlauer Berg of NYC.

The less “obvious”: 7 train towards Queens, get off first stop (Vernon Blvd) to check LIC waterfront  –> get back on train to see 5Pointz graffiti from 7 train (between 21 St & Court Sq) –> off Court Sq and walk west on Jackson Ave (towards Manhattan) –> turn into Davis Street (left, under the train) to check out Davis Street Art Building Graffiti –> turn around to go and see 5Pointz from Crane Street entrance –> back again for a visit of PS1 art museum (22-25 Jackson/46th Ave)

Option 1 “International Express” i.e. 7 train: head back to the 7 train and take it to Jackson Heights for South Asian food and other goodies (also really great at night) –> even further along the 7 Train is Flushing Meadows Corona Park & the Queens Museum of Art which houses the largest NYC panorama: a must see!

Option 2 bus 62 from Jackson Ave towards Brooklyn: will take you from LIC –> Greenpoint (polish)–> Williamsburg (arts-led gentrification) –> Williamsburg (hasidic jewish) –> Clinton Hill/Fort Greene (African American, transforming) –> dtown Brooklyn. Get off at the various neighborhoods for great food & shopping, waterfront views and new hipster high-rises 😉 I used to take the 62 all the way to Red Hook but looks like you might now need to transfer dtown. This is also the route of the G subway but the bus is much more interesting as you’ll be able to see the different neighborhoods.

Also, here’s a really short but interesting read re Brooklyn:

If you’re staying a bit longer, don’t miss the Bronx Culture Trolley on March 7th for an arts tour through the South Bronx.

Shopping / visiting:

Local design: 3rd Ward, SHOPBOX

Etsy is in DUMBO (offices only)

For more “mainstream” design: Brooklyn Industries

Vintage: Beacon’s Closet

Brooklyn Flea: outdoors are still closed but indoors are at 1 Hanson Place/Ashland Pl Fort Greene (Sat & Sun, 10-5.00) & Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th St. Williamsburg (Sun 12.-5.00) – i.e. across the W’burg Beacon’s Closet

Oh, and for haircuts see Marcel Dagenais @ deluxewilliamsburg with reservation.

… and if I wasn’t giving a presentation at exactly this time, I’d go and see my FAVORITE art collective on Sunday:

pics © me.
NYC empire state & Manhattan bridge 2001
DUMBO 2010
LIC 2006
W’burg waterfront 2002