We took a weekend off and headed for the city that never sleeps to brush
up on our ABCs: art, boutiques and cocktails.
Stay at the wallet-friendly and Jetson-esque Pod
Hotel, formerly the Pickwick Arms, in Midtown East. What the place
lacks in space it makes up for in style, with muralled walls, mod
bedspreads, sleek stainless steel fixtures and iPod docking stations in
all the rooms. The perfect crash pad for those who would rather spend
their cash in the nearby theatre district and on Fifth Avenue. From $149
per night. Pod Hotel, 230 E 51st St., New York, 1-800-874-0074, www.thepodhotel.com.
Hop on the F and head to Brooklyn to shop Smith
Street where sweet stores abound. Within blocks of each other we found
unique boutiques Epaulet, Bird and Dear Fieldbinder stocked with the
likes of labels Christopher Deane, Loeffler Randall and Lorick. Then
check out Flight 001, a jet setters dream come true, for the choicest
city guides and a stylish luggage set (for that new wardrobe, naturally).
Smith Street is brimming with toothsome
eateries, so stay in the Cobble Hill hood. For a well-made cocktail and
gourmet pub fare, saunter into the Clover
Club. The pressed tin ceiling, dimly lit lanterns and dark mahogany
bar straight out of the 1890s gingerly marry the moods of laid-back bar
and well-to-do gentlemens club. Our mouth has yet to stop watering from
the French Cowboy cocktail of gin, elderflower and lemon we downed and
lamb burger garnished in goat cheese we devoured. Clover Club, 210 Smith
St., Brooklyn, 718-855-7939, www.cloverclubny.com.
The Big Apple is a breeding ground for burgeoning
artists, so hit up the Wooster
Collective website pre-trip for details on upcoming underground arts
events and where to locate the latest and greatest street art like the
recent pop-up animatronics exhibit in Greenwich Village attributed to
the infamous Banksy. www.woostercollective.com