The New York Earth Room

If you’re looking for an unusual destination, stop by The New York Earth Room at 141 Wooster Street.

Created by American artist Walter De Maria back in 1977, the exhibit is composed of a 3,600 square foot gallery that contains 22 inches of dirt. The dirt weighs approximately 280,000 pounds.

Interestingly, the exhibit is valued at around a million dollars. The dirt itself requires regular maintenance by a caretaker, who both rakes and waters the dirt.

The gallery is free to visit, and is open from Wednesday to Sunday, 12-6.

Luxury Watches Available in Soho

enjoy a fine watch

Watches of Switzerland, a major UK watch dealer, opened its flagship American store in Soho, New York last month. The store offers Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, IWC, Cartier, Hublot, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Girard-Perregaux, and Ulysse Nardin.

However, Watches of Switzerland is no ordinary store. The Soho store stretches over  80,000 square feet and includes 2 floors. The entrance level is divided into sections by watch brand so that if you know what brand you want, you can go directly to that section of the store.

The bottom floor has a relaxing and enjoyable ambience. There is a cocktail bar which is hosted by the famous cocktail lounge Death & Co. You can also browse the bookshop and library with its biographies and coffee table books. In addition, famous artists’ works are displayed on the walls and if you see something that you like you can buy it and make it your own.

Watches of Switzerland understands that an upscale store is going to attract upscale clients – and that those buyers will want to be treated in a certain way. It’s a treat to visit and to shop there.  

An Amazing Museum

An Artist’s Tools Are The Entire Universe

The Donald Judd Museum is an amazing museum. It’s not like other museums that mainly display wall paintings, sculptures, and artifacts in plexiglass encased booths. The museum, which is housed in Donald Judd’s 5 story home here in Soho, explores his architecture, his use of space in interior design, furniture design, paintings, sculptures as well as his collection of other famous artists’ works.

Although Judd’s home, a five floor cast iron building, was recently renovated at a cost of  23 million dollars, the layout of the furniture and artworks is almost exactly the same as when Judd lived there.

Judd felt that, not only do the artworks need to be seen, but that the spacing around them contributes to the artworks’ sense of presence and to the viewers’ appreciation. He arranged each floor for a specific use and the design of the space between objects was very important to him. The second floor of his home was the eating area, the third flood was his work area, the fourth floor was his living room area and the fifth floor was his sleeping area.

Donald Judd was considered one of the most important and innovative artists of his time, living from 1928 to 1994.

I would recommend reading up on Donald Judd before going. It will give you a better insight into this great artist’s mind. The museum is located at 101 Spring Street in Soho and the tours are given by practicing artists.

I was simply fascinated by this museum. It increased my appreciation for artistic potential in the simple things of everyday life. I hope that you enjoy the experience.

Mediterranean Dining And Atmosphere In New York City?



If you love Mediterranean cuisine and atmosphere, then you will really enjoy Pera Soho restaurant. Pera Soho’s culinary style includes both Mediterranean cooking and Middle Eastern cuisine. The food is always tasty. My favorite dish is the baby lamb chops and my wife loves the stuffed eggplant and the Mediterranean atmosphere.

Pera Soho is one of those restaurants which successfully combine Eastern Mediterranean flavors and atmosphere with New York City dining customs and expectations. The restaurant has an unique design layout including indoor and outdoor garden dining which I particularly like. In addition, there is a winter terrace so that you can enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather. In season, there is open rooftop dining with a 180-degree view of the Manhattan skyline. There are also separate dining areas for private groups.

Pera Soho’s atmosphere is one of celebrations, large and small, warm, comfortable and lively, just like the Mediterranean itself.

Upcoming events include a sumptuous, 3 course, Christmas Eve dinner and New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31st. What a good way to start the New year!


Creative Cupcakes

Visit the Little Cupcake Bakeshop in Soho for a taste of childhood.

The bakery, which is known for celebrity sightings, offers several unique cupcakes. Remember enjoying the Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake ice cream bars? Try the Good Humor Cake—it’s just like the ice cream, only in cake form.

If you’re craving chocolate, the Brooklyn Blackout’s for you. Named one of the best chocolate cakes in America by Food and Wine Magazine, this moist cake is frosted with two different kinds of chocolate icing.

Of course, what’s cake without coffee? Coffee lovers can enjoy espresso and other caffeinated drinks at the bakery.

Up and Coming Fashion Designer in SoHo

A local kid recently got some amazing press in the New York Times about his fashion design success. Peter Wenger is only 16, but this home-schooled kid is lighting up SoHo with his fashion finesse. He was part of a children’s tournament on Chopped when he was 12 and now he’s setting his sights on fashion.

As Peter’s mom said, “Because I’m an entrepreneur and my husband is an investor, it’s in the air for Peter. He meets these young founders and sees that everything possible.” Since 2013, he’s been working with Morgane Press, a “fashion mentor.”

He had his own show in SoHo at the same time as New York Fashion week, and he definitely appears to be one to watch.

Invite-Only Tech Club Coming to the Meatpacking District

This is cool news for the Meatpacking District. Betaworks Studios is opening an invite-only club this spring that is supposed to help to promote connections between venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and others in the tech industry. When talking to Business Insider, Betaworks founder and CEO John Borthwich said, “In the startup community, we’re seeing an isolation among builders and an inability to connect with one another. With Betaworks Studios, we’re creating a physical space to open up the best of Betaworks to a larger community.”

 

He explained that he envisions it functioning like the lobby of a tech conference. As he explained, “The inspiration is that there’s a lot of people who pay high ticket prices to go to a conference to find that what’s happening in the lobby is often times the best thing there.”

How will it work? Prospective members will apply through the Betawork site and, if they are accepted, will pay $2400 a year to be a member.

Blade Hairclub – The Place To Be

If you haven’t heard of Blade Hairclub in SoHo, it’s high time that you did. It’s a hair salon that also has a bar downstairs so you can hang out a bit longer after your haircut (or throw back a few shots before it if you get your cut done if you’re the nervous type). There is always something interesting happening here and it’s certainly the place to be and be seen. Check it out. You can thank us later.

Composting for a Better World

Sometimes, saving the environment feels like too much work. But it doesn’t have to be. There are many very simple ways that you can help to reduce the waste that is filling landfills like the West Lake landfill around the country.

Believe it or not, one great idea is composting. Take your plant and kitchen waste and turn it into amazing food for your garden or animals. When you peel a cucumber or a banana, when you crack an egg or when you have leftover food, put it together in a composting area. You’ll really be reducing what goes into the landfills and you’ll be helping your garden or animals to grow!

This may sound funny, but buying rechargeable batteries really can make a difference. You’ll be keeping all of those disposable batteries out of landfills and you’ll keep the chemicals in the batteries from leaking and causing problems. Rechargeable batteries make a huge difference.

Watch Out for Tanya Taylor’s Pop-Up Shop

New York-based designer Tanya Taylor will soon have a three-month pop-up shop in tandem with the Council of Fashion Designers of America and sponsored by Cadillac. Taylor is a designer worth watching and wearing.

Four years ago, she launched her own clothing line and her designs are anything but boring. As she said during a recent interview at Saks Fifth Avenue, “In different seasons I have to play with layering and texture and do colors in moment rather than in the summer where everything is fresh and colorful.”

When describing her collection, Taylor said there is a “laissez faire attitude in this collection, a lot of playful details that feel light hearted and energetic.”

Taylor has had a great customer in First Lady Michelle Obama who wore one of her fall ’16 dresses to the final White House holiday party last month. She was invited, as well, to the bash.

Interestingly, Taylor’s designs are inspired by her painting. For her most recent collection, she traveled to Capri and Cuba where she painted and was then inspired for her clothing line.