... smultronställen in New York

Fashion designer and artist, Monika Knutsson, shares her favorite spots in New York ... from the best vintage clothing in Bk to brunch at the noted Pastis.  

  • Monika Knutsson at a recent opening reception of "Glided Lace" in New York.
  • 1. De Vera Objects.
    Be prepared to enter a beautiful world of curiosa and jewelry. The designer, Frederico de Vera, creates remarkably beautiful jewelry from vintage pieces. He skillfully places these with antique prints and carved hands and feet (and many other interesting objects). I love walking into this store and experience pure delight!
    26 East 81st St. (close to Madison).

  • Everyone from Andy Warhol to Arthur Miller stayed there, Bob Dylan wrote it into his lyrics and Sid Vicious allegedly killed Nancy Spungen in one of the bathrooms. Chelsea Hotel is a legend. Photo: Corbis
  • 2. Malin Landaeus.
    It is an amazing selection of top quality designer vintage clothing that is displayed in color schemes. It is a very inspiring place and attract lots of designers and other people in the fashion world. Malin is a very talented Swedish stylist, who also offers home made cookies and tea on Saturdays.
    155 North 6th St. (at Bedford Ave.), Brooklyn

  • Biking along the Hudson river
  • 3. Chelsea Hotel.
    I stayed here several times before I moved to New York three years ago. I loved the history of the hotel, the art in the large staircase and meeting the people that lived there permanently. I know that the hotel is being renovated and I am hoping they will keep some of the great ambiance and that it will not turn into a mass market hotel.
    222 West 23rd St., Chelsea

  • This French Bistro Pastice is located in Manhattan’s creative and fashionable neighborhood, the Meatpacking district. Jay Z and Beyonce are frequent guests when they are in town.
  • 4. Bicycling along the Hudson River.
    On a Sunday morning, I bicycle down from the Upper West Side along the Hudson to Tribeca, were I meet friends for brunch at Pastis. I can place the bicycle outside by the table. Being on a bicycle riding along the river gives you a great sense of freedom.

  • 5. Silver Moon Bakery.
    This is a neighborhood bakery that is as close as it gets to Parisian bakeries. The owner, Judith Norell, lives in the neighborhood. Try their sour cherry tarte (crusty dough, almond paste and sour cherries). Yum!
    2740 Broadway (105th St.)

  • 6. Opening Ceremony.
    They are unique in featuring young new designers from around the world (including Swedish Acne, Fjällräven and Velour). Creativity at its best! It is always fun to visit this store.
    35 Howard St. (close to Canal).

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