Brian and my husband Jens rely on J. Crew for their wardrobe essentials. The brand’s well-crafted men's line is often inspired by workwear or military clothing but in fashionable cuts and interesting colors. Their Ludlow suits and sportcoats have been particularly important, changing American menswear by offering tailored fits and very high-end fabrics at off-the-rack prices, making suits cool again for the urban creative class.
The Liquor Store branch in Tribeca is a unique, very hip iteration of their brand. Conceived and designed by Andy Spade, formerly of Jack Spade, it is an amalgam of a general store and a chic boutique located in the ruins of what had been one of Tribeca’s very coolest bars. Brian has nostalgic feelings for the place as he spent way too many very late hours in the space in its earlier incarnation.
Tribeca citizens are proud of the movie stars that live among them, but the savvy visitor is also likely to spot a familiar location as well. None in this neighborhood are more popular than Hook & Ladder 8, site of the beloved Ghostbusters headquarters. We assure you that it is safe to visit, as no paranormal phenomena have been observed for several years!
Another fun photo op, particularly if you are here with kids, is the trash bag teddy bear sculpture by South Korean artist Gimhongsok in Tribeca Park.
Your friends at New York Notes are very particular about their coffee — we drink way too much of it so it ought to be good. When I bring home beans for my own Italian espresso machine, they're invariably from La Columbe Torrefaction. Look for their NYC locations in Tribeca, Soho, Noho and Hudson Square.