Twenty New Yorkers Share Their Favorite NYC Landmarks and Neighborhoods
by Loren Yandoc
1. NATE BERKUS
Interior Designer and Host, The Nate Berkus Show
My favorite place in Manhattan right now is Hudson River Park. It’s the perfect walk along the city... and when I can’t get to the gym, a great spot for a run.
2. JEFFREY CHODOROW
Restaurateur, Tanuki Tavern and Carte Blanche
The Meatpacking District—the only nightlife district for New Yorkers and a great example of how an area that was once the home of hooves and hookers can be transformed into something that’s vital to what makes New York City New York City.
3. JOHN CROCCO
Creative Director, Perry Ellis
The Campbell Apartment (15 Vanderbilt Ave.). A chic little hideaway in Grand Central that’s had several wild incarnations— formerly an opulent office designed after a 13th-century Florentine palace, once a jail and now one of the best places to get a cocktail in Midtown.
4. ERIC DAMAN
Costume Designer, Gossip Girl
Tompkins Square Park. From the fresh local farmers market in the summer to the snowmen and twinkle lights in the winter—it’s a true gem and oasis in the heart of the East Village.
5. SELITA EBANKS
The farmers market in Union Square. You can get the freshest ingredients, and it’s like having your own personal farm in New York City.
6. JEFF HALMOS
Codesigner, Shipley & Halmos
Russ & Daughters (179 E. Houston St.) in the East Village. Deliciousness.
7. LEORA KADISHA
There’s a swing set in a small park on Horatio and Hudson in the West Village that I frequent. It makes for the perfect break from working, shopping or walking.
8. PAUL MARLOW
Cofounder/Designer Loden Dager
The Neue Galerie (1048 Fifth Ave.) on the Upper East Side—one of the most perfect visual and spatial experiences in the city. And they have coffee.
10. LILY RABE
I’m currently obsessed with Frankies 457 (457 Court St., Brooklyn) in Carroll Gardens, particularly the back garden. I can happily lose hours there.
11. AMY ROSENBLUM
Senior Executive Producer, LX.TV New York
Louis Licari in Midtown Manhattan (693 Fifth Ave.) is more than a hair salon for me. It’s a place where I go for comfort, for advice, for friendship, for love—and of course my hair always looks great.
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