WGSN picks the coolest places to hang during NYFW

It’s nearly time for New York Fashion Week. To kick it off we’ve rounded up the coolest activities (some fashion related, some not, and complete with a shoutout for foodies) for you to go check out. Have fun, stay cool…


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Get your matcha fix at..


373 Broome St / 1 646 895-9484

Neighbourhood: Lower Manhattan

Beat the early September heat by cooling off with matcha. The Japanese green tea leaves infused drink has 100 times more antioxidants than regular tea and is sure to keep you feeling your best this fashion week. This totally Instagram-worthy location will look perfect on your feed.



Relive the Olympics fashion glory at…


Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy / 1 718 638 5000

Neighbourhood: Prospect Heights

Yes the Olympics have happened but you still need your activewear fix. Happily the Brooklyn Museum and Opening Ceremony have come to your rescue. OC has launched a pop-up retail space this summer that will be around until January 2017, designed like a boxing ring and selling a capsule collection complete with baseball caps, classic logo tees and souvenir pins. It’s all in celebratiion of the museums current exhibition “Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History 1843 to the Present.”


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Take a break from the chaos at….


7 LUDLOW STREET / 1 212 660 0312

Neighbourhood: Chinatown

Located in Lower Manhattan, the Metrograph showcases your favourite seasoned films in a vintage 1920’s themed theatre. Classic Madonna movies bring that perfect #throwback style and fun, to your otherwise stressful fashion show schedule.



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Not to be confused with a Pokémon stop…


120 4th Avenue / 1 212 933 0971

Neighbourhood: Union Square

The PokeSpot is a Hawaiian dish based around chopped raw fish- and it’s all the craze this summer (we wrote about it here). Stop by the new location in Union Square for your new health kick.



Grab a specialty coffee at


8 Wilson Avenue / 1 347 295 3161

Neighbourhood: Bushwick

Sip specialty coffee drinks with carefully sourced, seasonal coffee beans. You can also snack on bialys from Roberta’s, cookies from Baked and pastries from Bien Cuit.


Shop by Bedstuy for


343 Tompkins Avenue / 1 718 484 8484

Neighourhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant

Located in Bedstuy, an emerging Brooklyn neighbourhood, Sincerely, Tommy is a concept shop focused on emerging lifestyle and womenswear brands that hail from Brooklyn and across the globe. There is also a coffee counter serving local fair trade coffee from Grumpy as well as Colson pastries.



Make a pit stop at…


14th Street, Union Square Subway Station

Neighbourhood: Flatiron/Union Square

The New Stand is a new retail concept located in the Union Square Subway station near the L train. The store works in correspondence with a free app, also named The New Stand, and is stocked with a selected assortment of merchandise. Be sure to download the app and become a member of The New Stand to receive discounts on products available in store. At the shop you can find a curated selection of stationary, magazines and greeting cards.




Snap an instagram at


110 Forsyth Street

Neighbourhood: Lower East Side

This new eatery looks like an art gallery meets retro diner; the colourful space is decorated with pegboard walls, neon art as well as pops of pink and cerulean blue. The restaurant has a smaller yet appealing menu with fair that combines Parisian and Swedish cuisine with Portuguese twists. Grab a kiwi and pineapple açaí bowl or their avo hash featuring a poached egg with avocado purée and tomato confit on top of a potato waffle.


Buy some records at


172 Forsyth Street / 1 347 903 7792

Neighbourhood: Lower East Side

Commend is your newest LES destination for books, records and incense. There’s also a small selection of clothing, pillows and plants. The shop mindfully selects its items and considers itself a community space meant to support local artists and craftspeople. The shop operates as “a place to praise and blaze” where people can connect, communicate and commend.


Take in an analog oasis at


349 West 12th Street / 1 646 517 2948

Neighbourhood: West Village

Caroline Ventura, jewellery designer behind BRVTVS, and her husband Michael, CEO of design strategy firm, Sub Rosa, recently opened this ‘analog oasis.’ Calliope stocks contemporary and mid-century items for the home, books, and art made by global artisans.


Order a burger and milkshake at


248 West 14th Street / 1 212 675 7236

Neighbourhood: Meatpacking District/Chelsea

Black Tap, known for its experimental burger creations opened two locations last year, one in SoHo and the most recent in Meatpacking District. Some of these creations include a chorizo-patty Mexican burger and a pizza burger with red sauce. Black Tap is also gaining street cred for its large and artfully designed milkshakes, which are redefining classic desserts.


Dance the night away at


85 Avenue A / 1 212 673 1775

Neighbourhood: East Village

The team behind Williamsburg mainstay Baby’s All Right recently opened this new hip East Village bar. Featuring indie tunes, experimental music and well-priced drinks, Elvis Guesthouse is designed as if Elvis has opened a bar in Katmandu during the 1970s.


Have a nightcap at


40 Market Street

Neighbourhood: Lower East Side

Hidden within Chinatown is the new LES it bar, Mr. Fong’s. While the bar is unmarked, inside you will find colourful artwork, a jukebox and booths perfect for group seating. The menu features Asian-inspired aperitifs and Chinese bar bites.


Sleepover at


171 Ludlow Street / 1 212 237 1776

Neighbourhood: Lower East Side

Hotel Indigo has also opened a Manhattan location, nestled into the Lower East Side. Check out its custom mural by graffiti artist Lee Quiñones, dine at hip restaurant, Mr. Purple, or take in the amazing views of New York on its roof.

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