New York Update

05.08.2015

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| Shirt Dress Topshop | Runners Nike Free Flyknit 5.0 | Sunglasses RayBan Clubmaster | Tote Bag Penneys |

These photos were taken on my first weekend in New York, it’s hard to believe that was almost two months ago. My time over here is going by so fast but I’m enjoying every minute of it. This day was spent wandering around the Brooklyn Flea followed by brunch in the Lower East Side. Walking around exploring all of the different neighborhoods is my favourite way to spend my days. I’ve been building up a collection of my top spots in each area so I’m going to do a spotlight post on a few of them, first up, Lower East Side (LES). Not only is LES one of the best spots for cheap boozing, happy hour everywhere you turn! It also plays host to lots of really nice boutiques and independent stores which are always my favourite discoveries. Here’s a few spots that I love to stop by when I’m wandering around the area.

Lower East Side:

Shop- The Frankie Shop on Stanton Street. Frankie Shop is such a nice little store that I first discovered on Instagram. It’s small, but significant, collection of pieces never dissapoints. Every time I go in they have updated stock and I always find something I love! Last week I bought a pair of Rose Gold Tortoise Shell sunglasses which you can see in my last post. The prices are mostly reasonable with some more expensive pieces thrown in too. Also, make sure to stop by Reformation and Assembly which are both on Ludlow.

Coffee- Whynot Coffee on Orchard St. Whynot is my favourite spot to stop into for an iced coffee. It’s always filled with creative types working on their laptops so sometimes it’s hard to find a table, but the comfy old leather couch always seems to be left unoccupied and is coincidentally my most-loved space to sit. The large wooden table in front is cluttered with both old and new magazines and is where I first discovered VS magazine a really nice large print publication which focuses on film and fashion. Their iced mocha is my drink of choice and they also have delicious fresh baked goods every day. If you can’t get a seat inside, perch yourself on the wooden bench out front and enjoy some people watching while you drink your coffee.

Watch-  Sunshine Cinema. This old school cinema on East Houston is such a nice spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for an evening. They play a mix of independent, foreign and Hollywood films so there is something for everyone. Last week myself and Liadh went to see the Amy documentary which was so emotive and a really intimate portrayal of the late singer’s life and character. If you haven’t seen it yet, go see it, and even better go see it in the Sunshine Cinema! Sunshine Cinema also do midnight screenings of old films every Friday and Saturday night, last Saturday myself and Shane went to see Tim Burton’s 1989 original Batman and it was so good.

Drink- Experimental Cocktail Club on Chrystie St. Ok so it’s a bit of a cheat including this bar because I haven’t actually been yet but I have the best intentions of going! It looks like such a nice spot and the cocktails are meant to be amazing. I’ll definitely be checking it out before I leave so I’ll add in an updated review once I’ve been. The Delancey Rooftop located on Delancey St is like walking up into a little jungle in the middle of the city, they do happy hour during the week from 5-8pm offering $2 off all drinks, make sure to try the frozen cocktails. Hotel Chantelle is another nice rooftop bar but there is limited seating which is reserved for people eating so if you’re just going for drinks you have to stand by the bar which can get a little crowded, but it is a nice bar if you are lucky enough to get a space. There are far too many bars around to choose just one, almost all of them offer happy hour during the evening so it’s a great area to head for if you are looking to drink for cheap.

Eat- Dudley’s on Orchard Street. Myself and a few friends went for lunch in Dudley’s last week and I fell in love with the place, they have a really cute outdoor seating area which is perfect for sunny summer lunches. There’s a nice selection of breakfast and lunch dishes, as well as a pretty tasty looking cocktail list, we unanimously voted for the pitcher of sangria! I’ll definitely be back to Dudley’s before the summer is out, and you should go too! Tai Thai. So technically this is East Village but located on 1st street it’s a stones throw away from LES. This Thai restaurant is cheap and cheerful with really nice staff and delicious Thai food. It’s also byob if you are that way inclined some evening… or afternoon, I won’t judge.

Photography: Liadh Connolly http://liadhconnollyphotography.com/ contact: liadh.connolly@gmail.com