red|guide Tipps: New York
EAT in New York: Harlow
Some of the most sough-after tables are to be found in New York. And since the beginning of 2013 the city got even hotter: Richie Notar and Jim Pallotta have opened the Harlow on East 56th Street. Richie - who was born in Queens - knows what the New Yorkers want. He began his career as a busboy in Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell's Studio 54 where he skinned potatoes and chopped onions on a daily basis. This changed when he became chef and from that point on worked in the city's top restaurants. At Nobu he was appointed General Manager. Eventually he became Managing Partner. In 2011 he founded his own gastro group and hired Meyer Davis Studio for his first own business, the restaurant/salon/café project named Harlow in Midtown Manhattan. His designers created an oyster-shaped marble bar and an ivy wall in the winter garden. In the reception area you'll spot an original Andy Warhol and the dining tables are lighted by chandeliers from the 30s. What a hot spot!
SHOP in New York: Abc Carpet & Home
In the six-storied furniture store on Broadway 888 the carpets pile up on the wooden floor, the glasses are densely packed in metal racks - everything in high rooms and under large chandeliers. In between: couples strolling around with their personal shopper searching for the perfect mirror for the loft or the organic bed linen for the bedroom. Yuppies on the hunt for a new couch or moneyed grey-haired ladies on a stroll through the tableware-department. In the branch on the opposite side of the street on Broadway 881: carpets of every kind and size on three floors. Old or new, design or antique. The deeper the buyer probes into the store, the more favourable the carpet gets. In the basement there's a constant clearance sale. Abc Carpet & Home has devoted itself with its products to sustainability. Special icons make the buyer aware of the source of the material and the way of manufacturing. Not to be neglected: the Abc Kitchen, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's new restaurant in the mega furniture store.
STAY in New York: High Line Hotel
You won't find Harry Potter or any wizards flying on their brooms in the recently opened The High Line Hotel in New York. Although some students in flowing capes would fit right into this Gothic building in Chelsea: built in 1895, original lead glass windows, pine tree floors and open fires. The furniture in the hotel - which used to be a seminary dorm - is way more comfortable than the one from the wizard's college described in J.K. Rowling's novels. The High Line park is right in front of the door and the galleries in Chelsea are a stone's throw away. While the hotel might seem to stem from a bygone era (vintage furniture, antique carpets, art hanging at the walls), you'll find lots of modern gimmicks from the 21st century: check-in via iPad, coffee by Intelligentsia from Chicago and the 300 square metre Hoffman Hall which is used for runway shows, photo shoots, weddings and cocktail receptions. But a magical flair remains: while standing in front of the two metres high fireplace in the wood-panelled room which used to be the cafeteria, it almost seems like a more mature and styled version of Harry Potter could turn the corner any second.
SEE in New York: Whitney Museum
At the moment the following artists are still exhibited in the Whitney Museum of American Art in Marcel Breuer's building on Madison Avenue: Alexander Calder, Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, Keith Haring, Man Ray, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol - the great American artists. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who is a sculptor herself as well as a patron of the arts, has created a space in New York for art from the 20th and 21st century with the establishment of the museum in 1930. In these days, she exhibited 700 art pieces from her private collection. By now, the number of pieces has grown to a total of more than 18,000. In the near future, she moves into the Meatpacking district. The foundation for the new museum area, designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano, is laid in 2011. From 2015 on the house will welcome its guests in Gansevoort Street between West Street and High Line. But until this day has come, Calder, Haring and Co can be seen on Madison Avenue. Entrance is 18 dollar.