Tennis: The Seafaring Singers

June 23, 2012

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Tennis: The Seafaring Singers by AnneLise Sorensen It’s said that the best way to get to know a person is by living with them. But to really get to know them? Sail the length of the Atlantic Seaboard together, in a small boat, for eight months. That’s what husband-and-wife duo and Tennis band members Alaina […]

Japadog Waddles Into NYC

June 23, 2012

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Japadog Waddles Into NYC by AnneLise Sorensen Japadog, the popular Canadian hot dog chain, waddled into Astor Place this year. Here, the hot dog receives a Japanese makeover, with pungent toppings like seaweed, bonito flakes, fried cabbage, and miso sauce. Equally popular are the “shaked fries,” which are coated with everything from wasabi and curry […]

Frej: Nordic in Brooklyn

April 21, 2012

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Frej: Nordic in Brooklyn by AnneLise Sorensen Most pop-ups have a strong whiff of a marketing ploy. Frej just has a strong whiff of dill and elderflower. This sprightly new Scandinavian pop-up has been quietly turning out nightly dinners, Monday to Wednesday, at Kinfolk Studios in Brooklyn. The cuisine, like a perfectly crafted piece of […]

The Ungovernables in NYC

March 10, 2012

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Artist: Mariana Tellería (Photo by AnneLise Sorensen)

The Ungovernables in NYC by AnneLise Sorensen The Bowery used to be one of the more rebellious addresses in NYC. At the New Museum, it still is. In the 1970s, the Bowery was home to the punk club CBGB, plus more than a few brothels. These days, it’s Whole Foods, with its arugula salad bar […]

Banderas & Almodóvar: The Skin I Live In

October 29, 2011

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The Skin I Live In by AnneLise Sorensen There’s an unspoken rule about celebrities in New York City: When you see them, you ignore them. Or at most, you acknowledge them with a certain bored disdain. That didn’t happen last week with Antonio Banderas. We were invited, along with a group of NY journalists, to […]

Out of this World: David Byrne

October 15, 2011

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Out of this World by AnneLise Sorensen Visitors to the High Line are on top of the world this week. David Byrne of the Talking Heads recently unveiled a new sculpture: a giant, inflatable globe squeezed under the elevated tracks of the High Line park. The name of the piece? “Tight Space.” Our first thoughts? […]

2,753 Chairs

September 18, 2011

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2,753 Chairs by AnneLise Sorensen Bryant Park experienced a first this weekend. Utter silence. It was a week of 9/11 tributes across New York City for the 10th anniversary, but perhaps none was as quietly powerful as 2,753 empty chairs in Bryant Park. The park’s main lawn, usually filled people and laughter and movement, was […]

Yo: Yotel Opens in NYC

June 29, 2011

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Yo: Yotel Opens in NYC by AnneLise Sorensen It’s an airplane, it’s a cruise ship, it’s a hotel! The new Yotel landed last week in New York City near Times Square. Yotel was inspired by the capsule hotels of Japan – and by airplanes. The rooms are called cabins; the front desk is Mission Control; […]

Bivalves & Bourbon: The Dutch in SoHo

May 24, 2011

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Bivalves & Bourbon: The Dutch in SoHo by AnneLise Sorensen “Don’t forget to eat your bivalves” is the cheeky reminder on the menu at The Dutch in SoHo, which opened in May. Oysters highlight the menu, along with bold, made-in-the-USA dishes, at this wood-paneled, bourbon-soaked tavern. Chef and co-owner Andrew Carmellini knows a thing or […]

Adios El Bulli

May 17, 2011

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Adios El Bulli by AnneLise Sorensen Why would the most famous chef in the world close his restaurant at the height of its popularity? The answer to that explains who chef Ferran Adrià is. Adrià’s restaurant El Bulli, in the Catalan town of Roses in the Costa Brava, is shutting down in July. I visited […]

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