Archive for October, 2011
Looking for a bit of nostalgia in the nostalgia capital of the world? You need look no farther than a cozy little shop in the East Village called Amarcord Vintage Fashion.
Owners Patti Bordoni and Marco Liotta hail from the fashion center of the world, Italy, the main focus of their seasonal travels in search of the perfect vintage goods from the 1940s to the 1980s with which to stock their shop.
Specializing in handbags, watches, jewelry, shoes and other vintage women’s items and accessories, Amarcord opened its doors in 2000.
New York Magazine and The Village Voice showered kudos on Bordoni and Liotta, voting Amarcord Vintage Fashion the “best vintage store” almost immediately upon their opening eleven years ago, as well as last year on the occasion of their tenth anniversary.
Stop by Amarcord and pick up some Gucci, YSL and Alaia from days gone by and indulge in a little nostalgia yourself.
Just off of Seventh Avenue on West Fourth Street is a fantastic little place to bring your dog to bring out the best in him.
This unique shop is known as Dog Photography of New York. Here Garry Gross, the renowned New York photographer, specializes in taking museum quality portraits of your favorite four legged friend. Gross will capture the special, unique bond between owner and pet, bringing to consciousness the incredible communication which exists between man and beast in this very special relationship.
If you love your dog’s face, Dog Photography of New York is the place to go to express this special love.
For more information contact Garry Gross at 212-807-7141.
New York Times restaurant critics said about Extra Virgin that it is “a little gem of a restaurant with cooking consistently good and the young staff attractive and efficient.”
Come to the West 4th Street location at the corner of Perry Street and experience for yourself what all the excitement is about.
The focus of the cuisine is Mediterranean, specializing in creative and adventurous menus in a comfortable but exciting dining room. Of special note is that each night the restaurant offers changing varieties of extra virgin olive oils from across the globe to create an amazing taste journey.
For more information call 212-691-9359.
Smalls Jazz Club was founded in 1993 by Mitch Borden, a jazz impresario. The original space was an unfinished basement, but the primitive venue did not hinder Smalls from developing into a late-night gathering place for jazz musicians from a gamut of generations. Many of today’s most well-known jazz artists began their careers in Smalls.
During the financial downturn which befell New York after September 11th Smalls was forced to close. Ownership of the space changed hands, but not for long. In 2007 Spike Wilner and Lee Kostrinsky joined the original owner Mitch Borden to renovate and recapture the original “freewheeling and bohemian vibe.”
This Thursday night at Smalls Jazz Club you will hear the great piano sounds of the Spike Wilner Duo, with Ned Goold accompanying on tenor sax. The show begins at 7:30pm, continuing until 9:45pm.
If you care to stick around, at 10pm the Jack Walrath Group will be taking over the stage. Walrath is a trumpeter, and he brings with him Abraham Burton on tenor sax, Orrin Evans piano, Boris Kozlov playing bass, and Donald Edwards on drums. Josh Evans will take the stage at 1am until closing for Smalls’ after hours and Jam Session.
For more information don’t hesitate to check out Smalls’ website and then go to 183 West 10th Street in Greenwich Village and experience for yourself what has been called “New York’s Cutting Edge Jazz Club.”
When you are in the mood for the freshest home-baked breads, cakes, cookies and pastries, stop in to the Magnolia Bakery in the heart of the West Village.
Magnolia first opened in 1996, and since then has developed a reputation for producing the best, old-fashioned baked treats. Located at 401 Bleecker Street on the corner of West 11th Street, Magnolia Bakery is a family owned enterprise which prides itself on baking everything on the premises, from scratch, with the best ingredients, the way grandma used to make it.
Magnolia is not just about eating either. The Bakery will donate 50 cents for every Pink Ribbon Cupcake that is purchased during October to the Breast Cancer
In 2007 ownership of Magnolia changed hands when Steve Abrams, an experienced restaurateur, took over the shop, and along with his wife and daughter, began to grow the business. Now Magnolia Bakery is composed of seven branches, four in New York, one in Los Angeles, one in Dubai, and a new branch in Chicago.
Go visit and see what makes Magnolia Bakery so special.
Near Lafayette Street on Great Jones Street, at number 9, is a wonderful little night spot called the Ace of Clubs. This underground, dimly lit space with worn wooden floors and an authentic attitude appears to have captured the raw vitality of the heyday of rock and the birthplace of punk.
Yet this apparent sleaze joint has been lifted a notch or two by the clients the Ace of Clubs is trying to attract. Using wine and single-malt whiskey as the enticement, a classier patronage is clearly longed for, and acquired.
Expect to hear some old style rock on most nights, with an occasional tip of the hat to country sounds. There are also comedy nights and drama evenings where the excitement of encountering something new and promising pervades the atmosphere. The Ace of Clubs is worth a visit, you may need a calendar when you emerge to check you are still in the 21st century and haven’t been transported back to a crazier time.
The Barnes and Noble Bookstore hosts events in their Greenwich Village location every Thursday, and often other days during the week as well.
This coming Thursday, October 6th, stop by for “Nook Night” at 7pm. This recurring class teaches participants how to use their e-reader, including how to download books, magazines, newspapers, side-load content, send e-mail, surf the web, and more.
On Friday, October 7th stop by the bookstore for “Open Mic Night with Stu Richards. Participants bring their own original poetry, music, or just their own thoughts, and share. Presenters should arrive at 7pm to sign up for their turn at the microphone.
An author even is scheduled for Tuesday, October 18th when Michael Uslan, author of The Boy Who Loved Batman will discuss his funny heartwarming and enlightening book.