01/05/2012 § 5 Comments
This weekend while on a walk in my neighborhood, I stopped by one of my favorite shops in Tribeca, Philip Williams Posters, on a bit of a lark. While the store is best known for its collection of vintage posters, my attention was drawn from the window by what looked like a massive stack of magazines. Once inside, I simultaneously realized that they were Life Magazines and that my afternoon was pretty much sealed.
You already know how much I love Life Magazine: I collect them, I read virtual copies on Google Books and wander for (way too many) hours in the online archive. Coming at this cache of vintage media from multiple directions sometimes provides the opportunity for the kind of pleasant surprise I had this weekend.
First off, you put a horse on anything and I will at least give it a second look. You put one on the cover of a Life Magazine from the 1930s and mention it’s a polo pony? Dead. Before even cracking this baby open, I knew it was coming home with me. But when I did, I realized I was already familiar with the photos inside as they were part of a set that I had discovered in the archives a few weeks ago — and trust me when I say there is nothing in there tagged “polo” that I haven’t already seen.
The feature is about George H. “Pete” Bostwick (August 14, 1909 – January 13, 1982), steeplechase jockey, horse trainer, 8-goal polo player and grandson to Jabez A. Bostwick, a founder and treasurer of Standard Oil Company of New York and partner of John D. Rockefeller. Pete’s favored game, high-goal polo, was a pastime of the wealthy in the 1930s, but Pete made an unprecedented, egalitarian move: he invited the public to watch him and his friends play at Bostwick Field on Long Island, charging only fifty cents for admission. It was an immediate hit.
These photos were taken 1937 in Long Island by Alfred Eisenstaedt. Because relatively few actually made it into the issue, having access to the archive allowed me to really enjoy even more photos than were published. This is about to be a long post, so I must apologize in advance if you don’t enjoy looking at black and white photos of horses, polo or people in their Sunday best. I will apologize, but I’ll think you’re kinda crazy.
If you’d like to read the feature yourself, you can find it here, via Google Books.
Philip Williams Posters || 122 Chambers St., Tribeca || 212.513.0313
03/04/2012 § Leave a comment
Just a quick note to recommend Tribeca cocktail and jazz bar Silver Lining. Located in the basement of the gorgeous Bogardus Mansion, which was built in 1850 and named for its builder James Bogardus, the originator of cast-iron architecture, Silver Lining offers serious cocktails and a menu of small plates that are so good they could stand on their own, alongside nightly live jazz music, served up in a speakeasy atmosphere. This somewhat still-hidden gem — bustling, roomy, but never ridiculously crowded — is the product of the Joseph Schwartz/Sasha Petraske partnership (Little Branch), was recently named the best cocktail bar of 2012 by New York Magazine and is on the shortlist to become my new local.
Personally, I’m quite partial to their Brown Derby cocktail, probably at least partially due to its Los Angeles roots (like me). The cocktail takes its name from The Brown Derby, an iconic chain of Los Angeles eateries, founded in the 1920s. Their most recognizable location, on Wilshire Boulevard, was actually hat-shaped (it’s since been demolished, today its dome sits atop a mini-mall in Korea Town — so sad!), while their more storied location in Hollywood was where the entertainment set went to see and be seen, with their illustrated portraits lining the walls in the dining room.
Can’t make it to Silver Lining to order your own Brown Derby? Try it at home:
1 ounce bourbon
1 ounce grapefruit juice
½ ounce clover-honey syrup (1 part water, 1 part clover honey)
In tin-on-tin shaker, add freshly squeezed grapefruit, then honey and bourbon; shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass (ideally, a 5 ½-ounce Champagne coupe).
Recipe via the Los Angeles Times, where you can watch a video of it being made by bartender Marcos Tello.
75 Murray Street, Tribeca || 212.513.1234
24/05/2011 § 1 Comment
Just a short note to notify you of a wonderful little gem that has just opened up in my neighborhood, were you ever in the area (and if you go, I do expect an invite). Tiny’s and the Bar Upstairs is a darling pink Tribeca townhouse that is still in previews for dinner, but has been open for lunch for a few weeks yet. Recently, I managed to secure a last-minute reservation and arrived a bit early to enjoy a drink at the bar.
The space is rustic, with its exposed brick, well-worn furnishings and tin ceilings, and is decorated with an arty Americana sensibility. Brought to you by Matt Abramcyk (Beatrice Inn, Smith and Mills) and Sean Avery and Henrik Lundqvist (both of the NY Rangers hockey team and Warren 77), Tiny’s has a comfortable, unpretentious vibe. There are just a small cluster of tables in each of the three dining areas, and a tiny bar is nestled on the second floor. The small, but varied, preview menu offered basic American fare with an emphasis on comfort (for example, the crab dip comes paired with Ritz crackers, sitting on a paper doily). I thoroughly enjoyed the roast chicken, which was served atop warm croutons and alongside a grilled, lightly dressed romaine heart.
If you are looking for a cozy place for a casual dinner or drink or quiet date, I definitely recommend Tiny’s and the Bar Upstairs. Just don’t be surprised if you see me there. This just might be my new local.
Tiny’s and the Bar Upstairs
135 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
Images via Tribeca Citizen.
15/04/2011 § 2 Comments
If this video doesn’t make you want to run away to NYC,
there must be something wrong with you…
Adeline Adeline, a lovely ladylike bicycle shop in Tribeca, has teamed up with Kate Spade to produce a simply darling limited edition Abici bike. Even though I already have my own beautiful bicyclette, I find myself contemplating adding this classically styled beauty to my stable!
Never one to let an accessory opportunity pass, Kate Spade has created handbags perfect for the lady cyclist. My favorite is the Essex Bike Scout Bag, which comes equipped with d-rings in order to attach this handsome bag to your handlebars.
147 Reade Street
New York, NY 10013
23/03/2011 § 4 Comments
Just wanted to pass along a bar recommendation, ma chere, were you ever in my neighborhood and in need of a classy cocktail or three. There’s no signage, so be prepared to look for it a bit.
Weather Up Tribeca, sister to Weather Up Prospect Park, is definitely worthy of your attention. Most notable is the bar’s posh interior with a vibe completely free of pretension. Open just 6 months, the bar offers a tiny menu of nouveau American fare (e.g., caviar, potato chips, broccoli rillettes with peekytoe crab) that is very well done and a perfect compliment to the excellent cocktails. Your truly enjoyed a Kensington Fix (Gin, Amaro CioCiaro, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup) but Weather Up also offers cocktails of the bespoke variety. Just give your bartender a bit of direction and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
All images via NYMag Grubstreet.
Weather Up Tribeca
159 Duane St (between West Broadway & Hudson St)
New York, NY 10013
23/02/2011 § 4 Comments
I live in lower Manhattan, which can be on the quiet side as far as nightlife goes. Finding classy places to knock back a few, that aren’t completely dead after the happy hour rush, can be a bit of a task — but you are in luck! I was recently introduced to a gem of a bar that I wanted to share with you, in case you ever found yourself in my neck of the woods. And if you are, I expect an invite.
Stone Street, in Lower Manhattan, is a short cobblestone street lined with landmark buildings, bars and restaurants. In the summer months the street is filled with benches and tables for open-air drinking and dining. Stone Street is not a destination I frequent, as it tends to be a bit touristy and all the bars are virtually the same tavern — and sometimes a girl wants something a bit classier than a pub.
Vintry Wine & Whiskey is an excellent alternative. A small sliver of a room with a beautiful wooden bar and interesting woodwork, Vintry feels rustic, refined and cozy. Open for about a year and a half, the bar offers — you guessed it — only wine and whiskey. If you’re worried you might be limited in your options, please rest assured — they have 80 wines on taste (not to mention the 300+ they have by the bottle) and 100 different whiskies. Aside from their wine and cocktails, Vintry also has a small plates and cheese menu — a good move, because when this lass gets into her cups, food is an essential supplement.
Yours truly enjoyed a Gingerade (Jameson 12 yr old irish whiskey, muddled ginger, Peychaud’s bitters, fresh lemon & ginger ale) and sampled a few cheeses and the toasted almonds. As you would expect at a bar as specialized as Vintry, the staff is quite knowledgeable — if you wander in with no idea what you would like to have, they will ask a few questions and soon you will be thoroughly enjoying a new wine you’ve never even heard of. My only qualm with Vintry would be that the noise level can be a bit high when the room is crowded, making it difficult for a group of three or larger to have a conversation without raising their voices.
In the mood for wine or whiskey? I’d recommend Vintry. You might even see me there.
Vintry Wine & Whiskey
57 Stone Street
New York, NY 10004