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Brooklyn native Carmelo Anthony, better known as “Melo” to his friends and family, is a 6-time NBA All-Star and NCAA Champion. Beginning his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets, Melo returned to his hometown to join the legendary New York Knicks. Read Article

Josh Spear

When Josh isn’t collecting passport stamps he is being sought out for his fresh perspective and no-holds-barred style of consulting on everything from design and gadgets to digital strategy and global trends. Read Article

Craig Kanarick

Craig Kanarick is a entrepreneur, designer and artist living in Manhattan. His latest company, New York Mouth, is an online store for indie food – small-batch, artisanal and handcrafted products from small independent producers in and around the New York Area. Read Article

Evan Orensten

Evan Orensten is the Executive Editor and Co-Founder of Cool Hunting, a digital publication that reports on innovation and creativity. He’s also the Managing Partner of Largetail, a digital advertising network and services firm. Read Article

Ben Clymer

“I often wonder what my life would’ve been like had I not moved to New York after college. I consider New York a partner in my business – without which I would not be where I am today (wherever that is – I think it’s a good place).” Read Article

Kevin P. Ryan

Kevin P. Ryan is the Founder and CEO of Gilt Groupe, an innovative e-commerce company offering highly coveted products and experiences at insider prices. Read Article

Neil Blumenthal

Neil loves helping people see. He and three friends launched Warby Parker, a transformative eyewear brand sold through www.warbyparker.com for a fraction of the price of comparable quality glasses. Read Article

Jeff Staple

With his hands in just about everything, Jeff Ng aka Jeff Staple has masterfully created an entire world of communicating through design. Read Article

Noreen MacDonald

Noreen MacDonald, A.J.P. Flagship Manager of IWC New York, has enjoyed an exciting journey in the land of timepieces and fine jewelry. Having started out her jewelry career at Harry Winston, she has worked in many aspects of luxury retail on both Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue with such brands as Tiffany & Co./Patek Philippe, DiModolo Milano and Trade Show Network. Read Article

Michael Williams

People say that after ten years of living in the city, you can legitimately call yourself a real New Yorker. Well, I’ve been here for eleven years, and while I’ve put in the time, I don’t think I’ve quite earned the badge just yet. New York is an incredibly vibrant and diverse place, but it is also a city that takes some time to get to know. Read Article

Globetrotter New York City

Dan Rubinstein

No matter how far I travel, I always view New York as the ultimate spot for all things creative.

Text — Dan Rubinstein Photos — Dan Rubinstein Date — 3 May, 2012

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Dan Rubinstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Surface, a bi-monthly international design magazine. He is also a freelance consultant and curator. His series of public programs at New York’s Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), “The Home Front: American Design Now,” recently completed its second year.

“No matter how far I travel, I always view New York as the ultimate spot for all things creative. After a decade covering design, I’ve found that it’s hard to beat the diversity of venues, talents, experiences, and destinations that make this city a capital for everything from fashion and furniture to art and architecture. In the end, it’s a city driven by passion. After all, few people I meet were born in the five boroughs. People move here from all over the country—and the world—to follow their dreams. It sounds cliché, I know, but it’s really true. Being able to take advantage of all this energy and output is the real advantage to living here, or even just visiting.”

VAN ALEN BOOKS

“Bookstores may be dying across the country, but in Manhattan, we still have many specialty ones. They not only cater to die-hard readers and collectors—from leftist-literature buffs to sheet-music fanatics—but also provide a gathering point for new ideas and niche communities. My favorite is, of course, Van Alen Books, a design and architecture haven (run by the non-profit Van Alen Institute that promotes public architecture) that was recently redesigned by local firm LOT-EK.”

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—30 West 22nd Street

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TEL AMERICANO

“This is the first American hotel by the Mexican hospitality powerhouse Grupo Habita. It’s a small spot by Gotham standards, tucked into the Chelsea art district. It’s cleanly designed by Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos, and is a lovely respite from the rash of over-designed spots the city has introduced lately. Word to the wise: the restaurant has bloody marys that are, in my opinion, required drinking for any guest.”

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—518 West 27th Street

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PROJECT NO. 8

“When a fashion boutique tries to make itself more than just a shop but a force in the industry—by commissioning unique products, finding obscure gems, and so on—it usually falls flat. But not Project No. 8. It has multiple locations, but I mostly gravitate to its menswear shop in the Lower East Side. The ever-evolving, curated selection of wonderful clothing and accessories makes even a jaded editor like myself take careful notice of every item each time I visit.”

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—22 W. 29th Street

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MATTER

“Finding great local design can be tough. In Soho, glamorous foreign brands dominate the scene. Matter rises above the rest, carrying outré brands from abroad, as well as its own products by top-notch American talents with a line called Mattermade. The proprietor, Jamie Gray, is somewhat of a local design godfather. He puts his money where his mouth is and fosters some of our best local designers, such as Lindsey Adelman, Stephen Burks, and Paul Loebach.”

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—405 Broome Street

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Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony

Brooklyn native Carmelo Anthony, better known as “Melo” to his friends and family, is a 6-time NBA All-Star and NCAA Champion. Beginning his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets, Melo returned to his hometown to join the legendary New York Knicks. Read Article

Josh Spear

When Josh isn’t collecting passport stamps he is being sought out for his fresh perspective and no-holds-barred style of consulting on everything from design and gadgets to digital strategy and global trends. Read Article

Craig Kanarick

Craig Kanarick is a entrepreneur, designer and artist living in Manhattan. His latest company, New York Mouth, is an online store for indie food – small-batch, artisanal and handcrafted products from small independent producers in and around the New York Area. Read Article

Evan Orensten

Evan Orensten is the Executive Editor and Co-Founder of Cool Hunting, a digital publication that reports on innovation and creativity. He’s also the Managing Partner of Largetail, a digital advertising network and services firm. Read Article

Ben Clymer

“I often wonder what my life would’ve been like had I not moved to New York after college. I consider New York a partner in my business – without which I would not be where I am today (wherever that is – I think it’s a good place).” Read Article

Kevin P. Ryan

Kevin P. Ryan is the Founder and CEO of Gilt Groupe, an innovative e-commerce company offering highly coveted products and experiences at insider prices. Read Article

Neil Blumenthal

Neil loves helping people see. He and three friends launched Warby Parker, a transformative eyewear brand sold through www.warbyparker.com for a fraction of the price of comparable quality glasses. Read Article

Jeff Staple

With his hands in just about everything, Jeff Ng aka Jeff Staple has masterfully created an entire world of communicating through design. Read Article

Noreen MacDonald

Noreen MacDonald, A.J.P. Flagship Manager of IWC New York, has enjoyed an exciting journey in the land of timepieces and fine jewelry. Having started out her jewelry career at Harry Winston, she has worked in many aspects of luxury retail on both Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue with such brands as Tiffany & Co./Patek Philippe, DiModolo Milano and Trade Show Network. Read Article

Michael Williams

People say that after ten years of living in the city, you can legitimately call yourself a real New Yorker. Well, I’ve been here for eleven years, and while I’ve put in the time, I don’t think I’ve quite earned the badge just yet. New York is an incredibly vibrant and diverse place, but it is also a city that takes some time to get to know. Read Article