Row NYC Making you feel brand new featured

Running a hotel in a city that never sleeps might sound like a bad idea. But firstly, it’s only a catchphrase people. And secondly, there’s a new breed of hotels that are harnassing rather than fighting the raw energy of the city – without sacrificing even one of your forty winks.

Since opening towards the start of 2014, Row NYC is a front-runner is this regard and as part of a…

Locust Projects A plague upon your gallery

Unsure as to the distinction between a gallery and a project space? In a nutshell: Galleries try and sell what they show, project spaces are in it solely for art. Not-for-profit Locust is of the latter ilk, and is all about power to the people. And free entry.

By their own admission they’re dedicated to (proceed with caution, abstract buzzphrase alert) ‘providing contemporary visual artists’ with ‘the freedom to experiment with new ideas’. Translation: They’re giving young artistic guns the chance to throw some crazier-than-usual shit at the walls and see what sticks. The results, while occasionally bemusing, tend to be pretty exciting.

Past throwers have included LA-based Karl Haendel, who created a cacophony of flitting city structures on the walls with automatically advancing slide projectors, and Jillian Mayer, who set up playpark swings in front of a giant cinematic projection. If you’re game for a visit, try and rock up on an exhibition opening night — the drinks flow, there’s live music, and plenty of peacocking more-cultured-than-thou types to poke fun at.

Copperbox Incognito culinary atelier

A not-so-secret secret dining club, Copperbox’s glowing reputation is getting a little too large and spreading a little too fast for it to remain incognito in Miami’s underground dining scene. It’s also pretty recognisable from the outside—that name ain’t metaphorical people. Beyond that burnished copper facade, though, the vibe gets a little more hush and a lot more swish. The small, sporadically-lit space is dotted with original photography, funky glass vases with flowers spilling out and a lengthy leather banquette. Food-wise, this ‘Culinary Atelier’ is the workshop of chef Gabriela Machado and her close-knit crew of staff, who conceive a multi-course menu every month. Dishes such as the beef carpaccio with mushrooms or a foie gras crème brulee are accompanied by complementing wines, with palate cleansers served in-between to make certain that you’ll be savoring that ‘secret’ flavor.

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