Rooftop View of Lower Manhattan
What T+L spotted from the roof of Lower Manhattan’s New Museum, nerve center of a resurgent Bowery.
1. Nolita: At Uncle Boons (7 Spring St.; $$$), home-style Thai dishes from two Per Se veterans include charred blowfish tails.
2. Nolita: At Mother’s Ruin (18 Spring Street), we order a Banana Hammock cocktail with rum, vanilla, and, yes, banana.
3. Civic Center: Looking for a pied-à-terre? The top floors of the 100-year-old Woolworth Building go on sale in 2014, including the penthouse in the copper cupola—estimated at $24 million.
4. Financial District: You’ll be able to take a 60-second elevator ride to the 100th-floor observatory at One World Trade Center when it opens in 2015.
5. Tribeca: Move over, SoulCycle. Aqua NY (78 Franklin St.) is taking spinning to water—call it biking with a splash.
6. Tribeca: An antidote to the summer heat? The lantern-lit pool at Greenwich Hotel, now open to the public when you book a spa treatment.
7. Soho: Style-conscious men find slim-fit blazers by Ian Velardi and sneakers from Our Legacy at Carson Street Clothiers (63 Crosby St.).
8. Bowery: Once upon a time in this former YMCA: Mark Rothko painted a series of murals and writer William S. Burroughs entertained Mick Jagger and Lou Reed in the “bunker.”
9. Lower East Side: The Art Production Fund and the New Museum are brightening the neighborhood with “After Hours 2: Murals on the Bowery,” paintings on closed shop shutters.
This striking home for downtown's contemporary art hub—led by savvy director Lisa Phillips—made a splashy debut in December 2007, thanks to its extraordinary lopsided, seven-story building designed by Japanese duo Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa from acclaimed architectural firm SANAA. The space's boxy interior may appear less awe-inspiring than the exterior's sophisticated riff on a child's set of unbalanced building blocks, but the upside is that it won't detract from the raft of temporary shows that will cycle through here every four months. (Expect highly conceptual, head-scratching installations from unheard-of artists, as is the museum's mission.)
Admission: Adults $16, seniors $14, Thursdays 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. pay what you wish. Closed Mon. and Tues.