City Image by Jeanne Grey; QuangNhat Deconstructed Mixed Media Long Vest; a similar sweater to one pictured is Nan Seo's Cashmere Cross Sweater
In our fourth Uncoverd City Guide issue we focused on arts and events that stretch our perceptions of society and self with performances and talks from the likes of multidisciplinary artist Rashad Newsome, author Walter Isaacson and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson discussing Leonardo da Vinci's genius. Then we shift gears by offering up restaurants that allow us to retreat inward; they feel like intimate, familiar places or gatherings with friends...like (our chosen) home. Finally, we suggest a couple places to pick up thoughtful gifts besides items Uncoverd with Us.
ARTS & EVENTS
Artists Studio - Rashaad Newsome | Park Avenue Armory | November 7, 2017
Taking place inside the Veterans Room, which opened in 1881, Artists Studio is a series of performances that feature a diverse mix of: contemporary classical, performance art, and improvisational jazz. This series is known to test the limits of the space and pushes each of these art forms in new directions.
Rashaad Newsome, a multidisciplinary artist whose practice revolves around how images used in media and popular culture present distorted notions of power and status, will premiere Running at Park Avenue Armory. Running focuses on the musicology term for a singer’s improvised embellishment and which spans a variety of musical genres from the 19th century until today. Newsome’s performance features three vocalists performing an original score composed by the artists, and which incorporates samples of vocal runs by the likes of Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye, B.B. King, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and more.
You can purchase tickets here.
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Walter Isaacson in Conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson on Leonardo da Vinci | 92nd Y | November 2, 2017
92nd Y is one of the richest, most diverse sources when it comes to cultural events in the city. On November 2, it will host New York Times bestselling, award-winning author Walter Isaacson (author of Steve Jobs) in conversation with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium, discussing Leonardo da Vinci, the subject of Isaacson’s highly anticipated new book.
Based on thousands of pages from da Vinci’s notebooks and with new discoveries about his life and work, Isaacson shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills such as careful observation, passionate curiosity, and a playful imagination, all which we can use to improve ourselves.
You can learn more about the event and purchase tickets here.
John Cale: The Velvet Underground & Nico (Programs A & B) | Brooklyn Academy of Music | November 16-18, 2017
John Cale returns to BAM for a 3-night celebration of his life and art. For the first two nights, he will be accompanied members of the Wordless Music Orchestra and special guests to perform, fifty years after its release, The Velvet Underground & Nico, the album that charted the course of underground music for generations to follow. The final evening will be a celebration of Cale’s 75 years, backed again by the Wordless Music Orchestra and Chorus as they perform selections from his legendary career.
You can learn more and purchase tickets here.
Hemlock | 65 Rivington St.
Hemlock is one of our favorite recent finds.
Located in the Lower East Side on a block that seems like it's just home to a few trash cans and a small bodega, Hemlock maintains a tranquil, uplifting presence. The entire restaurant is smaller than a studio apartment, but they have somehow managed to create an intimate yet welcoming, serene, and airy atmosphere inside. With its open kitchen right in front of a short bar with only 5-6 seats and no more than 6-7 tables in total, dining at Hemlock feels like attending a dinner party at a close friend's house.
Most dishes are vegetarian, with a few entree options for the carnivores out there, and prepared with utmost simplicity, elevation, and preciseness. A must-try from the menu is the grilled mission figs, which is served with toasted fig leaf cream, and is genuinely unlike anything we've tasted before.
Hemlock is the embodiment of an iconic New York spot in many ways, and we can't wait to return.
At first glance, Via Carota seems like it might be a generic Italian restaurant, mostly because of how oddly large it is amidst tinier, more intimate restaurants in the neighborhood, but we are happy to report that it is anything but.
The restaurant is quite busy during weeknights, especially if it is nice out, but nothing feels rowdy or uncomfortable. If anything, it feels like joining a large dinner party hosted by a friend of a friend. The staff is friendly without being overbearing and make you feel like you're in the company of the warmest New Yorkers you possibly could find.
If that's not enough to persuade you to try Via Carota, the food most certainly should be. The grilled sea bream is the best fish dish we've had in New York. It's the simplest way you can enjoy fish—olive oil, lemon, and salt—and therefore the most respectful to the animal on your plate.
There's something very special about restaurants that can make you feel things and Via Carota is one of them. Its beauty lies in its simplicity and effortlessness.
RedFarm | 529 Hudson St.
We’ll start by saying that what RedFarm looks like on the outside has nothing to do with what's on the inside. Looking in from the street, it seems to be a farm-to-table restaurant with items like avo toast or scrambled eggs on their trendy brunch menu. In reality, it's an Asian restaurant known for its dumplings.
There's a large communal table in the center of the room so you get to sit pretty snugly with the people next you. It's a cute little place with exposed brick walls and small flower pots hanging from the ceiling above the table, so it feels like you're eating at your grandmother's house somewhere upstate, while for some reason, surrounded by thirty other people.
In case you visit RedFarm for brunch, the BBQ’d duck omelette with tomato rice & mushrooms, the steamed lobster dumplings, and chicken dumpling with truffle oil (smellsay again) are worth a try.
Wild Son | 53 Little W. 12th St.
Having opened their doors last summer, The Wild Son is a little haven tucked away on Little W 12th street, right under the High Line and only a block away from the west side highway. It bears a small, handwritten-looking green neon sign on the small white door, and walking in, you immediately feel like you've entered a void through to another city. Portland maybe, or perhaps, Seattle.
The walls are filled with small frames of hand-drawn illustrations of what looks like pages of a children's book (Alice in Wonderland, perhaps?), with small plants hanging from the ceiling and walls, and others sitting on each of the six or seven small tables. This is a tiny restaurant, but one that feels intimate and warm instead of cramped and claustrophobic.
The menu is heavy on vegetable-based dishes, but there are several seafood options, along with one or two red meat items. We tried the raw walnut pate (served with crudite and toast), fried wild black rice, roasted carrots, and fingerling potatoes. Everything was absolutely delicious and more than enough to satisfy two very hungry diners.
We were there on a Thursday night, and the room became completely full by the end of our meal. Perhaps consider arriving on the earlier side (around 7pm) if you're thinking of making a reservation anytime soon.
192 Books opened its doors in 2003. It is a small, incredibly well-curated bookstore covering subjects from art and photography, film, poetry, music, biography, natural history, science, current affairs, children’s books, to works in translation, and more.In addition to its identity as a bookstore, 192 also serves as an event and exhibition space, hosting readings by distinguished writers and artists, and a weekly story hour for children every Wednesday morning.
If you live in New York, chances are, you have been to McNally Jackson, an independent bookstore located on Prince Street, at one point or another. If not, you have at least heard of it. And if you have a thing for highly curated stores with stationary items, home goods, and small pieces of furniture, you have probably also visited one of the McNally Jackson Goods for the Study stores.
The McNally Jackson Store, which we are featuring here, is the newest addition to the family and is a store solely dedicated to pens, pencils, markers, highlighters, and writing accessories. The store, located just a block away from the main bookstore in SoHo, is lined with two walls, both filled with shelves of tiny glass jars, each filled with tens of pens of varying colors, sizes, lengths, and ink. It is like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, but for pens instead of candy (although the pens certainly look like candy at first glance).
There is a large drawing table in the center of the room with a large white sheet of paper for visitors to test the pens on, and you can easily spend a half hour in there as you try to choose between what feels like a gazillion options. Don’t say we haven’t warned you.