New York City from Designer's Perspective.
Discover a series of places our designers recommend when in New York, U.S.
All the world’s energy runs through New York. The city that never sleeps lives up to its high-spirited image: the shining torch of the Statue of Liberty, the resounding music spilling out from Broadway, the dizzying view from the Empire State Building. But beyond the flashing lights of Times Square, Crow’s artists find solace and inspiration in these hidden corners of New York City.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, United States.
See 5,000 years of art history in New York’s largest art museum. Its massive collection includes all-time favourites like Claude Monet’s Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies, Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm, and the Temple of Dendur, a Nubian temple shipped in pieces from Egypt to the United States and reassembled inside the airy Sackler Wing overlooking Central Park. Fashion lovers should make their pilgrimage in the summer to see the Costume Institute’s celebrated fashion exhibition. Each year, the Met brings together garments that range from historic couture to modern runway to avant-garde concept fashions around a theme.
1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128, United States.
The Guggenheim is equally worth visiting for its thoughtfully curated art as for its landmark architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright. The museum’s rotating exhibits often focus on a single artist’s life’s work, from early beginnings to late masterpieces. To experience the Guggenheim as the museum curators intended, start in the atrium and follow the spiral ramp up, but to experience the building as the architect intended, start at the top and wind your way down.
Nuyorican Poets Cafe
236 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009, United States.
Founded by poet Miguel Algarin in 1973, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has grown from a humble apartment living room salon to the world’s most venerable spoken word poetry stage. Come on Wednesday and Friday nights to hear slam poets perform, or check the online event calendar for jazz, hip-hop, and theatre performances.
555 West 24th Street, New York, NY 10011, United States.
Visit Gagosian Gallery, a contemporary art gallery featuring art world greats like Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, and Ed Ruscha. It serves as the perfect launch point to gallery hop across Chelsea, the heart of New York’s arts district.
New York Public Library
476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018, United States.
Guarded by a pair of iconic marble lions at its entrance, the New York Public Library is at once a Beaux-Arts architectural masterpiece, a world-class research library, a gallery of intricate murals, and a restful reprieve from the hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan. After visiting, exit through the other side to relax on the lawn of Bryant Park.
9-01 33rd Rd, Queens, NY 11106, United States.
Well worth the journey to Queens is Isamu Noguchi’s collection of the Japanese-American artist’s architecture, art, furniture, and lighting designs. His sculptural works are meditation in stillness and beauty.
Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023, United States.
Watch a New York City Ballet performance, listen to the Metropolitan Opera, or attend a New York Philharmonic symphony at Lincoln Center. But for an experience, you can’t find outside New York, watch a Latin jazz band play, and soak in the energy.
The Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019, United States.
The Museum of Modern Art is a world-famous art museum located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Since ages, it has played a key role in developing and collecting modern art. It has influenced various artists in their love for art and is closely identified as one of the largest and most influential museums of modern art in the world.
American Museum of Natural History
200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, United States.
The American Museum of Natural History, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City, is one of the largest natural history museums in the world, attracting almost 5 million visitors every year. Just a few minutes away from Central Park, this museum also attracts guests due to its facilities of a planetarium and library as well.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86, W 46th St, New York, NY 10036, United States.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is an American military and maritime history museum in New York City with a collection of museum ships. It is located at Pier 86, along the beautiful Hudson River. It has a lot of previously used military planes that were significant in the war. This museum is a huge attraction for historians and military transport fanatics.
Grand Central Station Whispering Wall
89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, United States.
Grand Central Station is a terminal in New York that is often seen in movies and TV shows and has now become an iconic spot in New York. Visitors love to take pictures at the station as it creates a fond memory of their favourite TV Show!
New York, NY 10007, United States.
The Oculus is an iconic architectural gem in New York, with a breathing ceiling that is painted with constellations. However, a lesser-known fact about this train station is that it replaces the one destroyed in the unfortunate incident of the 9/11. It was built 12 years after the terrorist attack and has memorial museums as well, in honour of all the lives lost. Architecturally, this is a symbolic structure which many people say resembles a dove taking flight.
119 W 23rd St level 2 suite 200, New York, NY 10011, United States.
Learn yoga at Humming Puppy in its sophisticated Chelsea studio built by acoustic engineers to enhance the class’s signature hum. The calming sound of singing bowls encourages relaxation and grounds your yoga practice. Humming Puppy’s studio includes showers, full amenities, and yoga mats, so there’s no need to bring your equipment.
Go Green Organic Spa
82 Bowery 2nd floor, New York, NY 10002, United States.
Clean skincare and wellness are front and centre at Go Green Organic Spa. Choose from bioactive facials, microdermabrasion treatments, full-body massages, and more. Go Green is committed to its eco-friendly mission and for every skincare product sold, it plants a tree through Trees for the Future.
Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY 10038, United States.
The Brooklyn Bridge’s Gothic Revival silhouette is an unmistakable feature of New York’s skyline. Rent a bicycle through Classpass or ride one of New York’s ubiquitous blue Citi bikes across the bridge, then spend the day exploring Brooklyn’s Dumbo and Williamsburg neighbourhoods on the other side of the East River. It’s popular and highly trafficked; to beat the crowds, go early and watch the sunrise.
New York, NY 10011, United States.
Take a stroll along the 1.45-mile-long High Line, Manhattan’s most beloved park. Repurposed from a defunct New York Central Railroad spur, the elevated greenway combines native gardens and accessible walkways with public art installations. Mindful of its ecological roots, the High Line is full of vegetation inspired by the wild plants that sprang up between the abandoned train tracks.
155 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019, United States.
Reserve one of the most coveted tables in the city at Le Bernardin, a three Michelin-star French seafood restaurant known for its delicately prepared courses and tastefully elegant ambience. Chef Eric Ripert is not only excellent at his craft , but he is also conscious of giving back: for weekday lunches, he offers a $60 City Harvest meal that donates a portion of the proceeds to feeding New York’s hungry and homeless.
205 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002, United States.
A Lower East Side institution since 1888, Katz’s Delicatessen is iconic for two reasons: kosher sandwiches piled high with hand-sliced meats (try the pastrami on rye) and When Harry Met Sally’s famous line: “I’ll have what she’s having.” This raucous Jewish delicatessen is America’s undisputed favourite.
246 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036, United States.
For the ethically minded diner, try PS Kitchen, whose all-vegan menu highlights fresh, organic ingredients. The restaurant supports sustainable , socially conscious growers. Even better? All profits go to charity.
55 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, United States.
A bustling manifestation of New York’s multicultural food scene and Timeout magazine’s best recommendations, this food hall houses Japanese sashimi, Mexican tacos, Israeli baba ganoush, and New York pizza all under one roof. Go to the top-floor bar to enjoy a drink while listening to the nightly live music performances or admiring the lights of Manhattan’s skyline set against the stars. Its rooftop patio perched over the waterfront is the perfect place to see both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
209 W 96th St, New York, NY 10025, United States.
Half coffee shop, half-plant shop, PlantShed is all delight. Sip premium brews surrounded by lush greenery, then take home a terrarium, succulent, or bouquet of fresh-cut flowers.
Chikalicious Dessert Bar
201-203 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003, United States.
Pull up a seat at the counter and watch Chika, a petite Japanese pastry chef, prepare a three-course dessert tasting menu in front of your eyes. Email for reservations, as the tiny 20-seat eatery’s line, goes out the door.
New York City is the upcoming global hub for exciting new ideas and fresh talent. A fun hobby is surely shopping, and this is elevated by the city stores love for keeping it interesting. The city is lined with Fifth Avenue flagship stores to bohemian downtown boutiques, with the display windows featuring various new ideas and creative world. Upcoming brands are also altering the traditional definition of ‘store’, by innovating and creating new spaces that are creating a whole new standard for the future of brands and marketing.
If you happen to visit the thriving and bustling city of New York, here are a couple of concept stores we recommend you visit:
445 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022, United States.
Founded by a German immigrant to New York, T. Anthony has crafted handmade luxury leather goods and luggage for over 50 years. It’s no wonder his artisanal work was a favourite of Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy.
Love Only NYC
434 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009, United States.
Find your next favourite clothing or jewellery designer at this thoughtfully curated concept store. If you’re lucky, you may find Isidoro, the always smiling founder of up-and-coming streetwear label Boys of New York, behind the counter.
Amsterdam Ave &, W 109th St, New York, NY 10025, United States.
Shop MUGI Pottery’s gallery of unique handmade ceramics, or go to the studio in the back to try your hand at crafting pottery. The Introduction to Wheel Throwing class teaches you the fundamentals of this soothing, meditative art form in two hours.
828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, United States.
Lose yourself in The Strand’s 18 miles of books. You’re sure to find hidden gems among the 2.5 million used, new, and rare books in this charming family-owned bookshop.
2 Extra Pl, New York, NY 10003, United States.
You could travel across the globe curating only the most beautiful, minimalist home goods, or you can duck into a sidestreet and find that Nalata Nalata has done all the work for you. Nalata Nalata’s kitchenware, furniture, and decor strike the perfect balance between refined and restrained design.
A Uno Tribeca
123 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013, United States.
Each window of this Tribeca boutique showcases a different look of the season. An Uno Tribeca style is self-expression, and the knowledgeable staff is eager to put together a stunning, unique look just for you.
465 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013, United States.
In fashion, gender dichotomy doesn’t matter, as long as you’re chic. A mecca for cool-girl androgyny, La Garconne pulls from both menswear and womenswear labels to stock a mix of emerging designers and timeless classics. Whether it’s Acne, Jacquemus, or Wales Bonner, the clothing here is always effortless and elegant.
The Apartment by line
76 Greene St #3, New York, NY 10012, United States.
The Apartment by The Line, just like its name, caters to a whole lifestyle. They create products ranging from fashion to beauty and HomeGoods as well. It is a creatively curated Soho apartment that invites shoppers to take a look at a chic lifestyle, painting a beautiful picture for them by providing context for their products where they find a home in their life. Not only this, but customers can also enjoy exclusive services such as personalized services, from personal style advice to gift-giving and interior decorating as well.
61 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012, United States.
“Totokaelo” is aptly translated from Latin to “the sky’s the limit.” The Seattle brand’s five-story, skylight-topped new home in New York City does its name plenty of justice. This large 8,400 square feet space was once the home studio of the sculptor who created the famous Charging Bull on Wall Street. Today, Totokaelo uses the space to showcase high-end designer items. Similar to the Apartment by the Line, it is styled like a room in an apartment, which portrays an easy flowing picture of the lifestyle that Totokaelo offers.
American Two Shot
135 Grand St, New York, NY 10013, United States.
This brand originated in Miami, by two childhood friends. It is an exemplar of a true merger between the worlds of business and pleasure. Many shoppers are attracted to visit the store for its frequently-rotating curation of emerging independent designers. Customers are known to come again and again, or perhaps even stick around, for the in-store coffee shop! Not only this, but the brand also offers entertainment through exciting in-store concerts, readings, and late-night events to all of its supporters, blurring the line between customers and friends and creating a sense of community through their warm hospitality.
148 Chambers St A, New York, NY 10007, United States.
A self-described “21st-century cabinet of curiosities”, this shop that also serves a purpose as a gallery, is an experimental home for great design. Each collection of objects featured is carefully curated by a renowned guest collaborator from the worlds of art and design, resulting in a random and unique mix of vintage and rare items, new products, and limited edition creations that reflect the curator’s unique point of view. Like a museum or art exhibition, this approach connects the objects for sale with a show-casing gallery. The result leaves one eager for the next.
35 Howard St New York, NY 10013 , United States.
Opening Ceremony has been a permanent concept store in New York City since a very long time but still remains relevant to the day. The brand has a flagship location in Soho, which has been the hub for exciting new ideas for over a decade, featuring thriving and established designers from around the globe, which is a grand addition to its house label and prolific collaborations. Today, the original location is a four-story retail bazaar, with other facilities like a kid’s section, a bookstore, multiple floors of womenswear, and even caters to menswear in a location nearby.
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, United States.
This is a world-famous indoor food hall, situated in a complex that is only 1 block by 1 block wide! Inspiringly, it homes nearly 6 million visitors every year, making it one of the most visited destinations in New York City. It has around 35 vendors selling a huge diversity of eatables, everything from artisan coffee to street tacos to hand-crafted ramen bowls, leaving customers with a hard decision of what to try from it’s myriad of options.
Dovers street market
160 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016, United States.
Dover Street Market is a multi-brand retailer originally located on Dover Street, in Mayfair, London. It has expanded greatly, with various outlets in New York City, Tokyo, Singapore, Beijing and Los Angeles. Dover Street Market was created by Rei Kawakubo, who also created the Japanese fashion label ‘Comme des Garçons’ and her husband, Adrian Joffe.
380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003, United States.
This world-known brand includes clothing that is fabricated for a modern, sophisticated and elegant style, made from the most luxurious fabric.