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48 hours in New York

 

Our tips for an unforgettable stay in the Big Apple during Frieze Art Fair.

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Constantly chasing the new and thirsting for glamour and gossip, New York buzzes in May with all the razzle dazzle of gallery openings and power lunches accompanying the Frieze Art Fair. It’s the perfect moment to rediscover the city!

This month a creative frenzy will sweep over the Big Apple, with fans of contemporary art descending in droves between 14 and 17 May on Randall’s Island for the Frieze Art Fair. More than 190 galleries will be exhibiting their masterpieces alongside in situ installations by rising stars, and there’ll also be a new section, Spotlight, concentrating on 20th-century artists, particularly those who were active after the 1960s. Furthermore, the MoMA is inaugurating a major retrospective of Yoko Ono’s work, and there’s plenty to see in the commercial galleries too: David Zwirner will be showing works by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama until June, while Frenchman Emmanuel Perrotin will unveil an impressive installation by the masters of the genre, Elmgreen & Dragset. The duo will also be showing on the High Line, next to which visitors will find the new Whitney Museum which opens on 1 May. While only a privileged few can attend the annual lunch put on by collector Peter Brant and his wife Stephanie Seymour to inaugurate the new hang at their contemporary-art foundation in Connecticut, the rest of us can visit it by appointment.

 

by Constance Breton

10.00 am: European breakfast

At Sant Ambrœus in Madison Avenue, leaning on the bar, you won’t fail to spot beautiful uptown girls and the big boys of the art world: Larry Gagosian is there every day at the same table, the first on the left as you go in.

www.santambroeus.com

Courtesy of Sant Ambroeus

4.00 pm: cult fashion

Dover Street Market offers an infallible selection, like the last Nike x Sacai capsule collection. Pharrell Williams swears by it.

newyork.doverstreetmarket.com

Courtesy of Dover Street Market New York

10.30 pm: trendy dinner

Dirty French, the restaurant at the Ludlow Hotel, is the meeting spot for hip arty types looking for simple French-style cooking.

www.dirtyfrench.com

Courtesy of Dirty French Restaurant

 

2.00 am: splendour and voluptuousness

Boasting a collection of over 350 contemporary artworks by major names, the Park Hyatt New York occupies the city’s tallest residential tower to date. The view over Central Park is breath-taking.

www.newyork.park.hyatt.com

Courtesy of Park Hyatt New York

1.00 pm: canteen to the stars

When spring arrives, the sunny terrace of Bar Pitti welcomes the likes of Beyoncé, Bar Refaeli, Heidi Klum, Vito Schnabel, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kanye West for a plate of pasta and pesto washed down with a glass of chianti.

268 Sixth Avenue (Bleeker Street) New York. 

 

 

1.00 pm: canteen to the stars

When spring arrives, the sunny terrace of Bar Pitti welcomes the likes of Beyoncé, Bar Refaeli, Heidi Klum, Vito Schnabel, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kanye West for a plate of pasta and pesto washed down with a glass of chianti.

268 Sixth Avenue (Bleeker Street) New York.

www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/the-carlyle-new-york/dining/bemelmans-bar

Courtesy of The Carlyle, Rosewood Hotel

13 h 00 : fast and fusion

Mission Chinese Food est le repaire des foodies pressés ouvert par le jeune chef star Danny Bowien. Et à deux pas, le même concept fusion, version mexicaine.

www.mcfny.com, www.missioncantinany.com

© Andrew Rowat

 

19 h 00 : performance théâtrale

Avec Sleep No More, pièce de théâtre “immersif”, on plonge, muni d’un masque blanc, dans l’univers de Macbeth dans un hôtel au cœur de Chelsea. Les acteurs surgissent ici et là.

www.sleepnomorenyc.com

Courtesy of Sleep No More NYC

 

 

12.00 am: night owl

The Baby Grand is New York’s new hip club, with décor that’s kitsch comme il faut, a good old rock sound and Paul Sevigny – brother of actress Chloë – at the turntables every Wednesday.

www.babygrandnyc.com

Courtesy of Baby Grand

 

 

11 h 00 : downtown Whitney

Le Whitney Museum rouvre ses portes en plein cœur du Meatpacking, dans un building flambant neuf de Renzo Piano. Il pend la crémaillère début mai avec une rétrospective dédiée à l’artiste star américain Frank Stella.

www.whitney.org

Courtesy of Timothy Schenck

3.00 pm: cabinet of curiosities

After perusing the sumptuous objects at De Vera, take a little tour in the poetic, charming “bric-à-brac chic” world of John Derian.

www.johnderian.com, www.deveraobjects.com

Courtesy of John Derian

 

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