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NEW YORK CITIZEN HIP: Rachel Shechtman

Rachel Shechtman’s progressive new retail concept is keeping New York entertained story after story. Her monthly-changing concept shop, STORY, brings editorial to life with a makeover every four to eight weeks, dedicating the merchandise within to reflect its latest theme. When she isn’t bringing her latest issue to life, you’ll find her lunching, entertaining, and attracting new inspiration in various Manhattan hoods. Sarah Ryan Hecht

SHOP: SHINOLA
177 Franklin Street / 1 917 728 3000
Neighborhood: TriBeCa
I am obsessed with Shinola watches and leather goods. The best part: everything is Made in America. Their Tribeca outpost also features the Smile Café. Coffee + shopping, what else could you ask for?

SHOP: SELIMA OPTIQUE
59 Wooster Street / 1 212 343 9490
Neighborhood: SoHo
I’ve been a fan of Selima’s for years. The Wooster Street flagship is a treasure trove for both new and vintage eyewear.

EAT + DRINK: MARY’S FISH CAMP
64 Charles Street / 1 646 486 2185
Neighborhood: West Village
While Mary’s has been around for years I never get tired of going for steamers and Tecate. Inside tip: go for lunch and skip the wait!

EAT + DRINK: EN JAPANESE BRASSERIE
435 Hudson Street / 1 212 647 9196
Neighborhood: West Village
This is my go-to dinner spot in the city for both entertaining a large group or casual dining with friends. The sake tasting menu is a definite must!

SEE: MANHATTAN THEATER CLUB
261 West 47th Street / 1 212 239 6200
Neighborhood: Midtown
I’m on the Young Patrons Board of MTC and am constantly impressed with production after production. They are a consistent source of amazing plays from both leading and emerging American playwrights.

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