OTR Presents. WRK.

WRK rocks the vintage industrial in a huge way. These guys are amazing scavengers and designers (ok, borderline hoarders) who have a killer brick and mortar shop located, fittingly, across Prince Street from the old brick wall of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Nolita. The unsuspecting retail space lures you in with a concrete front yard full of industrial benches, chairs and containers. Up the steel staircase and inside, they display and sling found objects from crumbling upstate factories to long-forgotten basements in Brooklyn.

  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita. WRK Design. Vintage furniture and curiosities in Nolita.
  • Earnest Sewn @ WRK. Earnest Sewn @ WRK.
  • Earnest Sewn @ WRK. Earnest Sewn @ WRK.
     

You must wander through WRK and check out their superb selection of carefully curated curios for your home or workplace. Vintage furniture, restored objects, repurposed materials, a Spring Break Videodisk…everything in this soulful shop tells a story. Guaranteed, you’ll walk out with something you never knew you wanted – but had to have. And, for the time being, they have an Earnest Sewn pop-up shop adding a nice dose of Paul Bunyan flannel and denim to the vintage industrial mix.

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OTR Presents. In God We Trust.

And the winner of the best gift for the girl-who-has-everything (especially a wicked sense of humor)…IS…A…Sweet Nothing pendant from In God We Trust.  These little rascals will turn the frown upside down on even the most jaded Grinchette. At first glance, the beveled gold heart ornament on a dainty gold chain seems innocent enough.  But on closer inspection of the delicate heart’s engraving, you’re assaulted by a fine, “HOW DO YA DO?!”

in god we trust, sweet nothings, fuck off, brass, gold, pendant, gold chain, nyc, necklace, charms, new york city, jesse shaver, greg mchale, jesse and greg, on the real, on the real ny, realIn God We Trust, our friends. In God We Trust! And, in addition to the above-pictured expletive, they have a shitload of other hysterical pre-engraved phrases on one of these seemingly innocent charms.  Willing & Able, Hot Mess, Blah blah blah, Bless This Mess, Lucky Bitch, Really (Effing) Cute, TAKEN, Crazy Sexy Cool, Wonderbuns, Big Butt and A Smile, One Sick Bitch and NOPE are just a few examples of the PG messages tattooed on these diminutive temperaments of brass. If you want to get more authentic, an extra ten bucks will get you any slogan that’ll fit on the charm. And whether it’s your choice of words or theirs, one thing is for sure…you’ll get a chuckle next time you’re close enough to get a glimpse of these fine and delectable dictums.

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We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Renovate. The Bean Pad.

With the groundwork established and Kevan’s plans to renovate approved, the fun started right away with the demolition. When Kevan was interviewing contractors on-site for the job, one struck him as the most together because he had commented on the fact that another contractor doing work in the building had not properly covered the floors and walls of the elevator and lobby. He assured everyone that his guys would bring and install the necessary protection so Kevan wouldn’t get dinged by the building for damaged floors and walls. That guy got the job.kevan bean, renovate, Jesse shafer, greg mchale, jesse and greg, on the real, nyc travel, nyc restaurants, new york city, manhattan, Brooklyn, tourism, nyc bars, nycWell, guess what happened? On the first day of demo, his workers come in to rip out walls and floors…a huge mess…and they don’t put anything down to protect the elevator or the lobby. Half way through their load-out, the building’s super shows up and understandably flips out that these guys are making a huge mess for him to clean up.kevan bean, renovate, Jesse shafer, greg mchale, jesse and greg, on the real, nyc travel, nyc restaurants, new york city, manhattan, Brooklyn, tourism, nyc bars, nycOut of spite or rage, he shuts the elevator off to the 13th floor (Kevan’s apartment) and calls the president of the condo board to report the mess. The board president then calls Kevan (who is shooting and unavailable) in a blind rage telling him that he is going to be fined and threatening legal action if he doesn’t immediately rectify the situation. Welcome to the building, Kevan! kevan bean, renovate, Jesse shafer, greg mchale, jesse and greg, on the real, nyc travel, nyc restaurants, new york city, manhattan, Brooklyn, tourism, nyc bars, nycAt least these guys swept up after they ripped everything out. Oh, and that’s one day’s work even with the three hours of downtime before they got the elevator turned back on. Thanks guys for the great work, but did you really have to piss off everyone right out of the gate?

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We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

OTR Presents. Le Labo.

If the words cologne, eau de toilette, parfum, extrait and perfume fill you with a sort of olfactory dread, conjuring up choking vapors of Estee Lauder’s Beautiful or Ralph Lauren’s Chaps, then know this my friend, you are not alone. In the world of mass-produced fragrance where every other pseudo celebutard has a signature scent, the road to smelling good often dead ends into a headache. The sense of smell is among our most powerful and can conjure up powerful visceral emotions, both good and bad. I can still recall the fragrance choices of everyone from my fifth grade science teacher to my high school girlfriend, which might explain why I have been decidedly anti-perfume for most of my adult life.le labo, elizabeth street, nolita, fragrance, gift, perfume, soho, nyc, manhattan, jesse shafer, greg mchale, jesse and greg, on the realThat is, until one day not so far back, Lesa came home wearing something altogether different. Earthy. Musky. Natural. Primal. But, not like the cloud hanging over a Dead show. She had stumbled upon Le Labo. Fantastic Le Labo. The store is spare, austere, and slightly mysterious like, well, a laboratory. The shop’s founding master perfumers drafted a “Treatise of Olfactory Resistance” and, believe me, this is a revolution you’ll want get behind. Le Labo staffers formulate each of the shop’s ten fragrances by hand, while you wait. In their arsenal of seductive scents you’ll find heady blends of sandal, delicate rose, fleur d’oranger, bergamote, vetiver, jasmine, and much more. Each fragrance stands alone or can be layered to create your own signature scent. What’s more, the mix masters at Le Labo will personalize an apothecary style label for your perfume.le labo, elizabeth street, nolita, fragrance, gift, perfume, soho, nyc, manhattan, jesse shafer, greg mchale, jesse and greg, on the realAnd just in time for the holidays, they’ve introduced a utilitarian, vintage metal casing that a travel size vial of fragrance tucks into with military precision. And in just five minutes they’ll engrave the canister with your loved one’s monogram. If you do one thing this holiday season, heed this battle call. Drop one of these scent grenades on your significant other and you’ll be making love, not war, indeed.

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We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.

Renovate. The Bean Pad.

Life in New York City presents itself with many rites of passage. Sharing a shoebox apartment with too many people. Being sprayed by a puddle-chasing taxicab on a cold and rainy day. Getting mugged. But there is one that only a few choose to endure. To renovate an apartment. In this crazy town with our co-op and condo boards, managing agents and building inspectors, renovating can be a recipe for fueled-by-rage confrontations with everyone from contractors to ConEd dispatchers.

So our good friend, painter, commercial director, video game character and generally nifty guy,Kevan Bean, is about to jump into this sea of hungry sharks head first. He bought a sweet pad on Bowery a few months ago. The location is among the best, the views are ridiculous and it’s a good space…the only problem here is the vanilla quotient. While good quality, the kitchen is a little boring. The floors are developer specials. One closet is in a weird place and the ones in the master need help. So we’re going to embark on the good Mr. Bean’s journey with him. We’re going to follow along at key stages of what he hopes will be the “manning up” of his character-challenged home. Buckle your tool belts and let’s get going!

This is the oh-so-blah living room and soon-to-be-spruced-up and reconfigured kitchen.

A reverse shot of the living room with sick views looking west over Nolita and Soho. More on those in a different post.The closets are just big empty boxes in the weird hallway that leads to the master bath.Said master bath that is not getting completely re-done, but will be fired up a little with some glass and hardware switches.Next stop…demolition. Can’t wait for that one! We’re hoping next week. Stay tuned.

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Old School.

On Spring Street between Elizabeth and Bowery.

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So many bikes!

We love them. We ride them. But, damn! What a ratty beautiful mess they are along Lafayette Street on a Thursday afternoon.

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Old School. ’76 Monte Carlo.

Spray painted gold on Lafayette Street. Hell to the yes!

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Date Night. Torrisi.

There are so many ways to experience a chef’s talents in this town of extreme culinary diversity. One of my favorites is to book a reservation, sit down, and let the chosen chef bombard your with their talents. Omakase in Japan. Prixe-fixe in France. ”Oh my God!” at Torrisi on Mulberry Street.

Lesa and I booked reservations for the Chef’s Tasting Menu a couple of weeks in advance and our mouths watered heavily as our date neared. I’m going to spare you the blow-by-blow for each course, because you can read about it from actual food writers here, here, and here, but I will tell you that the 22 course culinary journey through the history of New York that unfolded for about three hours after being seated was absolutely phenomenal and, dare I say, fun. Here is a list of each course as presented at the end of the meal.

Every course had a purpose beyond looking good and tasting pretty. The atmosphere is cozy, unpretentious and thoroughly un-modern with a healthy dose of old funk and hip-hop keeping the mood decidedly upbeat. And the service was perfect. Food and wine were never over-described, each course appeared at a perfect clip and everyone working to give each diner the best experience possible seemed to be actually enjoying themselves.  The feast felt real…nothing forced or over thought. It was an amazing experience that should be had by as many as possible. We’ll be headed back for round two as soon as the credit card recovers!

About the Author |
We earn our living selling New York City. The next day is never like the last. The last is never ordinary. We witness all sorts. We listen to the City’s noise. We devour its phenomenal food. On the Real is our documentary. It is your pack of unfiltered New York 100s.