the NEW YORK list: the favorites

Where you’ll find me in New York City and all of my favorite things to do:

COFFEE

  • Bluestone Lane in Bryant Park
  • Ludlow Coffee Supply in the Lower East Side
  • Happy Bones in Nolita
  • Toby’s Estate in West Village
  • La Colombe in TriBeCa
  • Stumptown Coffee in Greenwich Village
  • Variety Coffee Roasters in Williamsburg
  • Mud in East Village 
  • Merriweather in West Village
  • La Mercerie Cafe in SoHo

BARS

  • The Dead Poet in the Upper West Side
  • The Brooklyn Barge in Greenpoint
  • Better Days in the Lower East Side
  • No Fun in the Lower East Side
  • The Ides in Williamsburg
  • The Bar Downstairs in Bryant Park
  • The Top of the Standard in Meatpacking
  • Little Branch in West Village
  • The Four-Faced Liar in West Village
  • Boat Basin Café in the Upper West Side
  • The Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel
  • The Public Rooftop in the Lower East Side
  • Sweet & Vicious in Nolita
  • Blue Ribbon in West Village 
  • The Happiest Hour in West Village

FOOD

  • Nobu Fifty Seven in Midtown
  • Lafayette in NoHo
  • Sweet Chick in the Lower East Side
  • Blackseed Bagels in Nolita
  • Benny’s Burritos in West Village
  • Emmett’s in Greenwich Village
  • Caliente Cab in West Village 
  • Jack’s Wife Freda in West Village
  • KAZUNORI in NoMad
  • Seamore’s in Chelsea
  • Cotenna in West Village
  • Joseph Leonard in West Village
  • Café Frida in the Upper West Side
  • Balthazar in SoHo
  • Bar Primi in NoHo
  • The Spotted Pig in West Village
  • Anatalia in Midtown East
  • Rintintin in Nolita
  • The Mercer Kitchen in SoHo
  • Lovely Day in Nolita
  • Freeman’s in the Lower East Side
  • Cafe Cluny in West Village
  • Treathouse in the Upper West Side
  • Morgensten’s in the Lower East Side
  • Levain in the Upper West Side

SHOWS

  • Dear Evan Hansen
  • SpongeBob Squarepants
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • Once On This Island
  • Mean Girls
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • My Fair Lady
  • Come From Away
  • Wicked

SHOPPING

  • Rag & Bone
  • Baldwin
  • Club Monaco
  • Saint Laurent
  • APC
  • The Arrivals
  • Barney’s NY
  • Marine Layer
  • The Kooples
  • Gentle Monster
  • All Saints
  • Warm

TOURISM

  • The Guggenheim in the Upper East Side
  • The Whitney in Meatpacking
  • Jane’s Carousel in DUMBO
  • SoulCycle in NoHo
  • MoMA in Midtown
  • Terminal 5 in Midtown
  • The High Line in Chelsea
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Upper East Side
  • Central Park in Manhattan
  • Riverside Park in the Upper West Side
  • Grand Central in Midtown
  • Top of the Rock in Midtown

Don’t spread the word too much. Keep these favorites on the down low.

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the FILM list: 2017

With a newly minted MoviePass, I’ve basically seen a movie a day for the past week. While I’ll never put butter on my popcorn, I do love seeing great, new films on the big screen. Here we go…a list of my favorite films in the year of Animojis.

Personal Shopper – Haunting, chilling, and Kristen Stewart’s strongest performance to date.

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Dunkirk – I’m not too keen of the script, but the technical precision and cinematography of the film are stellar. Especially on an IMAX screen with a large Mr. Pibb Extra in hand.

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The Disaster Artist – You’ll laugh and think “what the f@&%am I watching,” yet leave inspired and in awe of the narrative crafted based off such a strange film.

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Phantom Thread – Ten minutes in, you are entranced by the lucious orchestration. 2 hours later you are left mesmerized and confused, questioning of whom or of what is the actual phantom thread.

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mother! – It’s assaulting and horrifying, but so so brilliant.

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I, Tonya – A wonderful surprise that feels like Juno‘s distant cousin. Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, and Allison Janney lead this indie-gem to the Olympics twice.

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The Florida Project – The tale of Mooney, a 6-year old growing up in a motel outside of Disney World. It’s a prismacolor dream with free ice cream for all.

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Frances McDormand gives the performance of a lifetime accompanied by Peter Dinklage, Lucas Hedges, Woody Harrelson, and Sam Rockwell.

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Lady Bird – Easily one of my new favorite films. Greta Gerwig crafts cinematic gold with an ensemble that will bring you to tears, make you chuckle, and dream – even in a setting like Sacramento.

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Call Me By Your Name – From those final credits to the picturesque countryside of Crema, Italy, Call Me By Your Name ties with Lady Bird for my favorite film of the year.

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the ALBUM list: 2017

The albums of the year that blew my laptop speakers filled with the lyrics I’ll get engraved on a Moleskine or two.

GALLERY by A R I Z O N A // The ultimate soundtrack of any car ride down the PCH or through the Taos Ski Valley. The Best Tracks: Oceans Away, Cross My Mind, Feed the Beast.

American Teen by Khalid // While he may run around a stage for a performance, Khalid shines when it’s just him and the music. The Best Tracks: Let’s Go, Another Sad Love Song.

reputation by Taylor Swift // It’s no 1989, but reputation keeps Swift in the spotlight with whiskey on ice and infectious melodies for those stadium shows  (praise be, Mr. Antonoff). The Best Tracks: Delicate, King of My Heart, Call It What You Want.

Relaxer by Alt-J // Eight stellar tracks of Alt-J’s moody, alternative blues. In what feels like a departure from their last album, Relaxer plays like Marfa, Texas. Once you hear it, you get it. The Best Tracks: House of the Rising Sun, 3WW.

Freudian by Daniel Caesar // A sonic dream. The Best Tracks: Best Part, We Find Love, Blessed.

Blue Lips by Tove Lo // Split into two parts, Blue Lips is some of her best work to date. Raw and not afraid to be real, Tove Lo pulls you in and doesn’t let you get off her electro-pop ride. The Best Tracks: 9th of october, strangers, cycles.

CTRL by SZA // If general admission tickets re-selling at $300+ doesn’t explain why CTRL is on this list, I don’t know what will. An incredible debut effort turned complete critical darling. The Best Tracks: Supermodel, Drew Barrymore, 20 Something.

I see you by The xx // The kind of album that makes you fall in love with music all over again. The Best Tracks: A Violent Noise, Naive, On Hold.

Lust for Life by Lana Del Rey // “To be young and in love” with Del Rey’s latest LP. It’s Ultraviolence meets Born To Die with some Honeymoon flair. The Best Tracks: White Mustang, In My Feelings, Tomorrow Never Came.

Melodrama by Lorde // Quite possibly, my favorite album of all time. It aches and it soars. A listen from start-to-finish may end in all rollercoasters of emotion, but Lorde captures what it means to love, to lose and to attempt to figure out what’s next in 11 brilliant tracks. The Best Tracks: Hard Feelings, Supercut, Perfect Places.

the TV list: 2017

The television, I truly couldn’t stop talking about this year. Binge it all away…

Big Little Lies (HBO) – With a killer soundtrack this award-winning miniseries is pure brilliance. Even after watching this one three times, you still get lost in those Monterey waves.

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13 Reasons Why (Netflix) – A gut-wrenching and heart-breaking, important watch. The page-to-screen adaption finds more to explore in each of the 13 episodes.

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The Leftovers (HBO) – The series conclusion, which aired this past Spring, had me tearing up in the final episode AND I DO NOT CRY. #ugh #this #show.

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Insecure (HBO) – Season 2 brings the laughs, the tears, oodles of SZA, and plenty of those “SAY WHAT?!” moments. It’s a quick binge that has me eagerly awaiting Season 3.

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The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu) – PRAISE BE.

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Game of Thrones (HBO) – White Walkers, that LAST Theon scene, and it finally snows! Season 7’s art direction is off The WALL.

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Siesta Key (MTV) – All the drama. Also, their music budget has to be $$$$$$$$.

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Six Feet Under (HBO) – A summer binge that had me hooked after one episode and pulling for Team Brenda until the very end.

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The Deuce (HBO) – Thank god there are no scary Elmo’s in this show centered around Times Square. Gyllenhaal and Franco lead this ensemble show into the new age.

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This Is Us (NBC) – The hype is real.

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The Crown (Netflix) – Princess Margaret drives some of the best episodes of television ever created. While Season 2 is more episodic than the first, the cinematography is simply entrancing.

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Casual (Hulu) – A gem. A wonder. It’s a sans Kardshaian look at LA.

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the SONG list: 2017

Dude, I love these songs. THIS is also the longest SONG list yet, so get ready.

INSTRUCTIONS: Please listen to this list with headphones, in order from start-to-finish. Available on both Apple Music and Spotify because 2017 is almost over.

Delicate by Taylor Swift // It’s genius. It’s pop perfection. TRY not to love that mini-drop.

I Dare You by The xx // As I turned 23, I danced to this one as the sun set on a perfect New York night at Forest Hills Stadium.

Don’t Delete the Kisses by Wolf Alice // Too good to play in an Urban Outfitters.

Prom by SZA // Off one of my favorite albums of the year, this song is just so. damn. good.

Right Now by HAIM // Happy Haimukkah. These sisters better be at Coachella 2018.

Wallowa Lake Monster by Sufjan Stevens // ugh! the MAGIC of this track.

New Rules by Dua Lipa // Such a jam and it had the BEST music video of the year.

Palace by Sam Smith // *insert me dancing at 1:00AM through Central Park to this one*

Heroin by Lana Del Rey // Gloomy, mood, and rad.

May I Have This Dance [feat. Chance the Rapper] by Francis and the Lights // MAY I HAVE THIS DANCE?!

New York by St. Vincent // Tear-filled cab rides and over-priced lattes.

9th of october by Tove Lo // Always caught singing along to this song…on the treadmill…at the gym.

Shot Down by Khalid // Really, any track off Khalid’s entire debut album would make this list, but I wanted to keep it vibe-y.

Bored by Billie Eilish // ugh!! part two. I could totally paint watercolors and listen to this one all day long.

House of the Rising Sun by alt-J // The soundtrack to my life as a senior citizen, waking up on a beach in Hawaii every day.

Turn Out the Lights by Julien Baker // That electric guitar and THAT CHORUS.

Hopeless (feat. Cashmere Cat) by Halsey // The end of Hopeless Fountain Kingdom (her sophomore debut) soars away from any inclination of a sophomore slump.

Supercut by Lorde // The heart and soul of why Melodrama is my favorite album of the year.

The Cure by Lady Gaga // The happiest song known to mankind.

Une barque sur l’océan from Miroirs by Andre Laplante // The 7-minute track from Call Me By Your Name takes you away to the Northern Italian countryside.

Listen to the SONG list: 2017 on Apple Music and Spotify.

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the LIFE list: winter 2017

Oh, hey! It’s nice to be back. So WHAT has been UP (since I’ve been MIA since the SONG list: september)?! Read this list to find out.

  1. Have you heard of Billie Eilish? She’s basically the best thing to happen to 2017. Her tender vocals, sonic beats, and witty production have been on repeat since October. Eilish will rule 2018, so make sure you check her out.
  2. I’ve been taking a break from social media. #WHY?! Since I’ve been working in the digital/social space full-time, a dude can need a break. I mean does everyone really need to see me at another coffee shop? Does the world really need to see the moments I share with my closest friends?! To be honest, I’m not quite SURE. What has this break taught me? Just being present is a lot more rewarding than likes and comments.
  3. The zucchini chips at Rintintin are out of this world. So is Spongebob Squarepants: the Musical.
  4. I’m reading the GREATEST, most spell-binding novel right now by Hanya Yanagihara. A Little Life, tells the story of four men coming into their own after moving to New York City post-college. It’s over 700 pages and I actually can’t put it down.
  5. @Charzweber is drinking black coffee with raw sugar this winter. Either at a local La Colombe or at my favorite diner by Lincoln Center.
  6. Tove Lo’s Blue Lips weaves together what I loved about “Habits” with a dark fusion of synths. The hooks are catchy as ever. I’ll run to this album on Sunday mornings from start to finish.
  7. Earlier this fall, I moved from the Upper Upper West Side to the heart of the Upper West Side. And I LOVE IT. Walking by the Natural History Museum every morning to work, Book Culture on Columbus, SUPER restaurants, and cupping at a place across from my apartment makes my new place a 10/10.
  8. Everything about the orange zest pancakes at Nickel & Diner.
  9. Like always, I’m watching quite a lot of Television. What’s streaming on my Apple TV right now? This Is Us, The Crown, Curb Your Enthusiasm, High Maintenance, Shameless, and Keeping Up.
  10. The bottom line: I’m working a lot (but I LOVE what I do), I’m still drinking a lot of coffee, I’m reading, I’m exploring, and I’m still learning every day. ALSO, we can’t forget it’s the most wonderful time of the year: Oscar Season. As of 12/19, Lady Bird is my favorite film of the year. But, let’s not forget my Netflix cameo in Gaga: Five Foot Two…

the SONG list: september 2017

Huzzah! A new song list! As the seasons change, so does my vocabulary. “Huzzah” may be here to stay until winter and I simply will not stop playing these songs on repeat.

 

Bike Dream by Rostam // Think the Juno soundtrack hanging out with Vampire Weekend. It’s the kind of song that would play in the opener for a really rad movie about skateboarding in Los Angeles.

Echo Saw You by Kaleida // From the first note, Kaleida entrances you. It’s haunting, Bjork-ian and reminisces like a Florence Welsh ballad.

Homemade Dynamite (Remix) [feat. Khalid, Post Malone & SZA] by Lorde // CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW GOOD THE SZA VERSE IS?! Also, Post Malone. But mostly, SZA.

Younger Now by Miley Cyrus //  With her new album out at the end of the month, Cyrus proves herself once again. The music video is also simply brilliant.

Best Part (feat. H.E.R.) by Daniel Caesar // Ugh. This. Song. Has. Me. Feeling. All. The. Feels.

 

Sylvester Stallone by Angus & Julia Stone // It’s no Big Jet Plane, but the closing track off the duo’s new LP is one love song, I’ll be playing all year long.

Poet (In Studio) by Bibi Bourelly // ICYMI: Bibi Bourelly is the real deal. Chills. Tears. Who needs a hug?

The Kids by Charlotte Cardin // I had the chance to hear some of her new music earlier this summer and it’s time to put Miss Cardin on your radar. She’s the next big thing.

Lust for Life (feat. The Weeknd) [BloodPop® Remix] by Lana Del Rey // Bloodpop, Lana and the Weeknd really do make everything better. One last summer remix for those end of Summer blues.

Dusk Till Dawn (feat. Sia) by ZAYN // Eons better than his solo debut, Zayn teams up with Sia for this belter of a track.

Mistakes by Tove Styrke // Kind of silly, but 100% fun. What’s life without a few mistakes??? Like should I have had two bagels this morning? *insert that emoji of the dude with both of his hands raised*

Hear the SONG list: september 2017 on Apple Music.

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the NEW YORK list: the essentials

Am I a New Yorker yet? Of course not. I still have a few more years to go before I can redeem that title. But with 355 days of living in this city, it truly has become my home. I now know where not to go! *Apologies in advance if my early NY lists were a little surface level* However, I do promise that I’ll never take you to Chelsea Market. So the ESSENTIAL things I’ve learned (with some local gems to explore) in list formation are below. “Unleash the beast” as Darren Arnofsky said before traumatizing me with mother!

  1. The coffee scene is DIFFERENT. I dreamed of wonderful, huge coffee shops filled with inspiration. But with limited seating and no Wi-Fi, you’ll find me hidden away at Le Pain. Oh, how I love their huge tables. Yet for “good-make-your-bones-vibrate” coffee, swing by Happy Bones.
  2. Apartment hunting is 1,000 times easier when you live in the city. StreetEasy‘s push notifications will also become your best friend. My #1 tip: pick your neighborhood, be willing to sacrifice washing machines, and if you like it, put down that deposit.
  3. Truly anything can happen when you step out your door each morning.
  4. Book Culture is actual heaven.
  5. Even when you could totally take the subway, jump into a cab every so often. Nothing is better than giving your feet a break, staring up at the skyscrapers and clearing your head. Cue some good music too.
  6. I can’t believe I’m giving you my secrets. But my favorite restaurants right now are Cotenna, Emmett’s, Joseph Leonard, Kazunori and Café Frida. For dessert, Treathouse.
  7. My guilty pleasures: buying new jeans (probably at The Kooples), watching Siesta Key and SoulCycle. So, even in 355 days, not everything has changed.
  8. Avoid Midtown like the Plague. Unless you are seeing a show or doing that thing where you get a paycheck every few weeks, run away.
  9. The escalator at the Public Hotel is a neon-dream. Their rooftop and warehouse space create quite the spectacle.
  10. One of the first places I discovered in NY and a place I stumbled upon last Friday night is Better Days. This low-key hot spot is the perfect place to unwind, feel like a rockstar and meet some new friends. If I told you where it was, what would be the fun in that 😉

Always say yes. Rent a Citi bike. Put yourself out there. Find confidence in everything you do. Just don’t let NY change you.

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the NEW YORK list: summer in the city

WELL, It’s SUMMER in New York City. And it has been pretty, pretty cool (lifestyle and temperature wise). 10 things on my mind related to summer in the city (and somewhat not related) below. List formation, here we GO:

  1. Back on a dark day in May, I woke up at 4:00 AM to scathing heat. 2 fans made no difference. A cold shower and 12 hours later, I found my new best friend at Lowe’s. God bless the AIR CONDITONERs of the city. *Who would have guessed Lowe’s would show up on tLoC?!* 
  2. God bless HAIM.
  3. Caliente Cab. The Facebook viral video with the GIANT margaritas was a LIE, but it’s my new favorite spot. Just don’t be that person taking a picture of the giant margarita over the patio. Eat enchiladas for days.
  4. People in New York LOVE the Hamptons. AND YES, I’m totally hoping to be one of those people who go every weekend one day. Yet, NO ONE is HERE on the WEEKENDS now. Sooooo…Explore that CITY. Heck, DATE the CITY if you feel so inclined.
  5. I really like living in the Upper West Side. Sure, I sometimes feel like an old man reading in Riverside Park, BUT have you seen the tree-lined STREETS?!
  6. I’m adding “GIF Wizard” to my resume. That and “taco connoisseur.” I’m undecided on “music video enthusiast.” Please let me know your thoughts.
  7. YOGA, man. Who would have thought?! Sure, I’m tumbling over and I have no clue what a chaturanga is or does, but I’m learning. And I like sleeping on the floor.
  8. It hit me about 6 weeks ago, but this list maker LOVES new york.
  9. I just went to TAOS, NEW MEXICO!!! I’ll make a list soon…A sneak peek: TAOS knows how to make mouth-watering french fries. Spoiler: “the TRIP list: TAOS” is basically “the FRENCH FRIES list.” Muhahaha.
  10. I’m still learning a lot about life. And that’s COMPLETELY okay. At the end of the day, the best part about summer has been sharing stories with new and old friends over drinks, dinner, and/or dessert on many sidewalk patios. OR on that Brooklyn Barge (low key the coolest place to hang all summer long).

 

the TREND list: summer 2017

The HEAT is rising in New York City. Music is stellar. Life is swell. Can you pass the guacamole? What’s running through my head + the things I believe in. List formation, let’s go:

Melodrama // I was skeptical if 11 tracks could surpass Pure Heroine, but Lorde over-delivered. Her second LP is pure brilliance. It’s a tragedy, a celebration of self-discovery, AND the BEST RECORD of THE YEAR. Hear it here.

Barry’s Bootcamp // You’ll crawl out of the class, but feel like a ROCKSTAR.

The Leftovers // Arguably, the best show I’ve ever seen. It’s a cathartic exploration of the meaning of life. With just three seasons, it’s a relaxed summer binge. Also, the cast is BRILLIANT.

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Aviator Nation // The WORLD’s comfiest HOODIE. SLASH of course, I’m also just trying to bring more California vibes to NY.

My Sneaker Secret // HOW ON EARTH do you keep WHITE shoes clean in New York? Muhahaha…I know the secret 😜 Want to know how?! Lysol Wipes. Yep, those things you use to clean your kitchen, turn your dirty kicks into true Superstars.

Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett // Bring it to the beach. Or take it on the train. It’s the perfect read with a cold brew in hand.

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Sunshine // Thanks to one of my fellow co-workers, I discovered this APP. Every morning it will light up your phone and let you know how to dress for the weather. Download it here.

THIS iPhone CASE // Saving my life, one day at a time.

The Handmaid’s Tale // I’m still asking myself “WHAT just HAPPENED?!” at that season finale. I’d describe the show as a crossover between 1984, Westworld, Mr. Robot, and Nip/Tuck. Mid-season the show gets a little too exploratory, but the final two episodes are jarring. Praise be.

Sweetgreen // Blessed be their Harvest Bowls.