Showing posts with label New York. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New York. Show all posts

Thursday, September 25, 2014

#2617 Disposable Camera Portraits Feat. Stella Maxwell, Nat Wolff, Tiesto, et al

Stella Maxwell on the corner of Houston and Lafayette Streets, SoHo.

Like I mentioned the other day, I shot two full cameras' worth of photographs over the course of New York Fashion Week; you've seen the first, now here's about two thirds of the second, featuring a bunch of portraits of people I like, love, am obsessed with, am intrigued by, or just found interesting in the moment. No more words are required, just take a look.

Friday, July 4, 2014

#2566 The Thing About Being A Party Promoter

So back in 2011 when I first moved to New York, I started hanging out with party promoters a bit, and I knew that it was skeezy and sleazy and a little like aiding in prostitution, but I did it anyway because it ensured that I could always get into the parties I wanted to go to, and that I never had to pay for anything, and that I'd even get dinners at five star restaurants for free every now and again so long as I was accompanied by a sufficient amount of female models. It was one of those weird things where you know you're not that cool with what you're doing but you do it anyway because the perks outweigh the negatives and it was always easy to make jokes about it, because, you know, like all things in life, if you can laugh about it, it's not as bad!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

#2565 Pretty In Pink

I live in Alphabet City which is east of the East Village, and it's one of those neighbourhoods that you wouldn't think twice about walking around in now, but apparently just 20 years ago, New Yorkers used to have a formula for the Avenues that denoted their danger levels: Avenue A: Adventurous; Avenue B: Beware; Avenue C: Crazy; Avenue D: Dead. These days, Avenues A, B, and C are almost entirely gentrified and filled with restaurants and bars and stores, and Avenue D is pretty much exactly as it always was, with liquor stores, dollar shops, and greasy takeaway spots with steel bars separating the diners from the employees. I live on Avenue D. It's not a particularly attractive street, so most of the time if I'm shooting outfit posts I go down to 7th Street between Avenues C and D because it's the nicest block in my vicinity by about 8000%. Yesterday I was shooting this white pants and watermelon T-shirt combo because, you know, #prettyinpink, and this guy named Walter came up and started talking to us.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

#2562 The Top 10 Things To See And Do In New York City — Summer 2014 Edition

Loitering outside La Colombe with Dierdre Reimold, Jenny Albright, and Ljubo Golic.

Anon asks: Hey Isaac! Great blog. You must get asked this on the regular, but I'm heading to New York in a couple of days - any chance of an updated summer edition of your NYC guide? Thanks!

1. I have to start with Black Market, because it's the place I go most often in New York. It's a bar on the corner of 7th Street and Avenue A in Alphabet City and it's my favorite place to sit around for like four hours and be surrounded by the same crew of people every night of the week. Everybody from Macauley Culkin to Alexa Chung to Johnny Marr from The Smiths turn up, and it's just fun and noisy and completely unpretentious in a way that I like. Plus the cheeseburger is one of the best you'll ever try. And the bartenders and waiters are all sexy as hell. Just go. You'll see what I mean.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

#2490 Good Question — How to talk to a boy if you're shy, how to rent an apartment in New York with no guarantor, and more!

Photo: Haw-lin (If anybody can translate this for me, I will love you forever.)

Anon asks: So I see this boy around tech a little bit. We don't really talk (we used to work together for a short period, but still didn't talk much then), we say hi, he does his cute little eyebrow hello thing and that's it. How do I find out if he likes me? (Note: I am a particularly shy, awkward girl who struggles to form sentences even when talking to normal people, let alone cute boys.)

Can I be honest for a second? I think it's difficult to begin any form of relationship if you're not willing to talk to the other person. You have two choices: Grow a pair and go and talk to him, or don't, and forget about it. I get that you're shy, but don't be. You're wasting your time struggling to form sentences to cute boys. Here's the universal truth: Everybody loves attention, and males, in particular, love female attention. So next time you see him and he does his cute little eyebrow hello thing, ask him a question. Say you were about to go for a coffee and ask if he wants to come. Talk to him. See if he's worthy of your affections. Maybe he'll like you, maybe he won't. But I promise you this: If you don't, you'll never know.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

#2464 Good Question — What are the best bang-for-your-buck neighbourhoods outside Manhattan?

Anon asks: Moving to NYC. Work is in Manhattan but obviously won't be able to afford it. What other areas near Manhattan would you recommend?

Hey gidday, mate. I think if you're moving to New York, you need to have a realistic idea about how much it's really going to cost to live here, and how you want your NYC life to look. New York is an extremely stressful, crazy busy, and often emotionally exhausting place to live day to day. If you're anything like everybody else I know, you'll end up drinking 10 times more often than you've ever drunk before, sleeping three-five hours less every night, and spending far more money than you ever imagined was possible. The reason I mention all this is to then ask the question: Do you really want to have to go home to a crappy house (or inconvenient location) at the end of the day?

Monday, December 23, 2013

#2446 Good Question — What's the coolest stuff to see and do on a holiday to New York?

The Quality Mending Co. Photo: Katherine Lowe

END QUOTE asks: Looks like I'll be finally making it to NYC in Feb — I know you've posted your "stuff to do in NYC" list like 20 times, but what's that link again? It also looks like I'll be there for the last couple days of NYFW — is there anything I can check out without any credentials? Thanks! I like you!

Hey gidday mate! I have answered this question about 20 times, but the reason I keep coming back to it over and over again is because my favourite spots in the city change every couple of months. See below for my definitive list as of right now. As for NYFW, check Modem Online to get the addresses of all the major shows, go stand outside and see if you have any luck getting in!

Friday, December 20, 2013

#2444 White Men Can't Jump

Photos: Matt Rubin

Remember a couple of months ago I mentioned that I'd gotten the opportunity to custom design a pair of Nike Le Bron 11s? They arrived. Like I said at the time, these bad boys are so high-tech they resemble Transformers for your feet; and so obviously I attempted to replicate Optimus Prime in my creation. Some of the other colourways you'll see online are craaaaazy futuristic, but I wanted to go back to basics and make a pair that resembled the Vandals I used to rock on the regular when I was a gangsta (in clothing alone) back in 2003. And here they are. I test drove them for the first time yesterday on a visit to my favourite friendly neighbourhood sandwich shop — Animals, inside The Wayland — on the corner of 9th Street and Avenue C in Alphabet City. If you're a fan of meaty, juice-dripping-on-your-fingers, overstuffed sandwiches, then this is most definitely the place for you. The interiors resemble a farmyard kitchen, the main man Eddie is a denim-head and a nice guy to boot, and the pulled bacon variety comes crammed with everything from avocado to cabbage to baked beans. So good. More photos of the shoes (and that sandwich), below.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

#2409 Good Question — Los Angeles VS New York City?

Hanging at the Ermenegildo Zegna store opening party with my mates Jim Parsons and Ashika Pratt.

Hi Isaac. I'm looking to move to the US at some stage next year, hopefully to work in the film or fashion industry — or somewhere in between. I'm just trying to decide between LA and NY. From your experience, what are the pros and cons of each, in terms of living/working/affordability/potential for success, etc? Cheers!

Hey gidday mate. Good call on moving to the States, it is a whole lot of fun over here. I've got some pretty strong opinions about New York and Los Angeles after living in the first city for a couple of years, and spending a few months in the second along the way. Full disclosure: I am definitely a bigger fan of New York, but I can see the attraction of living in LA, so I've tried to be as objective in the Pros and Cons list below.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

#2394 Good Question — How do I Network in New York?

Members of the male species becoming friends. Photo: Sartorial Doctrine

Hi Isaac, do you have tips on networking in NYC? Thanks!

Yo yo. I feel like New York is the easiest place in the world to network because people here are so unbelievably open. It's one of those situations where everybody has come from somewhere else, so everybody remembers that they needed a leg up when they first arrived, and they're usually quite happy to pay it forward.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

#2388 Good Question — What Should I do on a Trip to NYC this Winter?

Carson Street Clothiers, on Crosby St. Photo: SUPERDANGER

Hey Isaac, I'm thinking of heading to NYC for Christmas this year. I know you've done a Likes List but I was hoping on getting some advice on not-the-norm wintery things to do around that time? Also, what's a (just) under-21 to do for nightlife in the big apple?

Heyo, it's about time I updated my favourite-things-to-do-in-NYC list, so here goes (FYI, this will include under and over 21 activities)...

1. Eat dinner at Westville East on Ave A at 11th Street — order the Greek Salad with a hot dog on the side, and either the Apple or Peanut Butter Cream Pie for dessert.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

#2383 Good Question — How Do I Rent an Apartment in New York City?

Thom Browne's apartment in the West Village. Photo: Architectural Digest

Hi Isaac! Please help me. I will be moving out of my dorm and into a one bedroom apartment (with no roommates) preferably downtown like the Lower East Side or East Village. I have a couple of questions: 1. I'm looking for an apartment without a broker, any good websites other than Craigslist? 2. If I want to move into an apartment by August, when should I start searching for an apartment? 3. I saw your post on costs of living in NYC, any other info I should know about moving?

Hi there! You, my friend, are obviously one of the privileged few who can afford to live by yourself in one of the most covetable neighbourhoods in New York City, so consider yourself lucky. All my friends who live in this area — and who didn't want to go through brokers — found their apartments on No Fee Rentals, and I've just had a quick look and they have a ton of East Village apartments right now in amazing spots (like East 5th Street between A and B, East 7th between 2nd and 3rd, and St Marks between 1st and A).

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

#2301 Homophobia is alive and well and living in Alphabet City

You know when pretentious asses talk about the 'Real New York' and how much everything's changed and how this city used to be so much grittier back in the day? Well they can shut up, because I had my first true OG New York experience on Sunday night, and it was not a good time. I was walking to my apartment from the bus stop, staring at my phone and minding my own business, when a gangsta guy came up to me, slapped my phone out of my hand and started screaming at me and calling me a faggot. He was 35-40 years old and had about eight friends with him. As a committed practitioner of the non-violent arts (aka he who turns and runs away lives to fight another day), I chose not to engage him in conversation or fisticuffs, instead, I picked up my phone and carried on walking, acting as if nothing had happened. He followed me for a few steps and kept screaming at me for a bit, then got bored and walked back to his friends. I was fecking terrified. It's so easy to forget that this is an enormous city with untold amounts of crazies and that I live on a block where someone was shot and killed two weeks ago. Don't get lulled into a false sense of security, it's a jungle out there. Can't we all just be friends!?


Friday, May 10, 2013

#2284 Good Question – How Much Does it Cost to Live in New York?

Anon asks:  Hey Isaac, I'm not sure if you've answered this already, but why did you move to New York and how old were you? Could you please outline the living expenses involved for someone wishing to do the same? Also, what would you do if you don't know a single person there? Thanks!

Yo! I wrote a fairly extensive post about how and why I moved to New York last year, check it out here. But in a nutshell, I landed in the city two years ago, when I was 27. I'd gotten to the point where I didn't think I could grow much more in New Zealand, and I was travelling to Milan, Paris and New York for the shows every season, which, as you can imagine, was an enormous expense when you're flying out from Auckland. There was this huge online menswear movement happening in New York at the time, so I figured that the only way to get better at this job was to be surrounded by the guys who were doing it best.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

#2241 Good Question – How's life in New York?

Cara Delevingne*. Photo:
Grant asks: What's it like living in New York?

You know, you could ask me this question twice a year for the next 20 years and I imagine my answer would be different each time. Right now, things are settling down after a period of transition – I moved out of my Williamsburg apartment at the beginning of the month and into a fifth floor walk up in Alphabet City with a flight attendant named Daniel. He is two things: extremely sweet and never home. My previous New York life revolved around a crowded (often filthy) apartment filled with models, lazy afternoons at a pub named The Woods, tonnes of good looking, well dressed Williamsburgers – none of whom seem to have a job, yet constantly complain about the gentrification of Brooklyn, and a feeling of great annoyance whenever I had to make the trek into Manhattan. I am now one of those despicable gentrifiers on the Easternmost point of Manhattan, in a neighbourhood of Puerto Ricans, projects and supermarkets that don't sell granola. And it's exactly one mile from two different subway lines, which means I'm now a daily bus rider. FYI: Buses are filled with crazies.

Monday, February 11, 2013

#2295 The Emperor's New Clothes

What's better than running around the freezing streets in your undies in the midst of Nemo the snowstorm? Convincing three of your mates to come along for the ride. As Mark Twain once said, "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." That may be so, but they sure do have a lot more fun in the process. This is #THATREALNYFWSTREETSTYLE Part Two, starring Jenny Albright, Olivia Fleming and Ashika Pratt. Special thanks to Evan Tetreault for the photos, Amy Odell for appreciating my initial efforts, the gurlzzz, and those lovely Puerto Rican men (not pictured) for all their kind words of encouragement. Holla.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

#2294 Nemo Storm Warning NYC

What storm? Fashion Week goes on. Observe the fabulous streetstyle above and below. Don't you worry about it ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

#2286 Apartment Hunting New York

I'm not a procrastinator, but I do have a habit of sitting back and waiting for whatever-I-hope-is-going-to-happen to happen. That's fine when it's something small like breakfast and you can count on your girlfriend to bring you a bagel on her way over to your house, but not so good when it's something bigger like searching out, applying for and eventually being accepted into a new apartment. Welcome to my world. This past month, I've had a gotta-get-out-of-my-house deadline of January the 31st. My room was advertised on Craigslist and within a day of interviews it was filled. I went on a few apartment hunting missions, journeyed up to Harlem a couple of times, saw some great but fecking expensive places in the Lower East Side and a few awful places in Murray Hill, attempted to wrangle my cousin into being my guarantor, failed, and didn't really find anything suitable anyway, and then I quit.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

#2263 That unbelievably awkward moment when...

Andrej Pejic backstage at Jean Paul Gaultier F/W 2011/12. Photo: Katherine Lowe
You go up to Andrej Pejic in a club and tap him on the shoulder, he turns around and you're all like: "Andrej! How's it going man? Long time no see!" Blank stare. "It's Isaac! Isaac from New Zealand!" Prolonged blank staring, coupled with disdainful wrinkling of nose. "You don't remember me?" Head shake. "You know me! Isaac from New Zealand!" Hateful narrowing of the eyes. "My name is not Andrej," he says. Only he is actually a she. No joke, this happened to me last night. Definitely not my finest work. (In my defense, she was the most extreme doppelganger you've ever seen. Still insanity-level awkward.)


Friday, November 2, 2012

#2258 Return to Oz

You know what's weird? Walking around Lower Manhattan and being the only person on the footpath. So it was this afternoon when my friends and I bit the bullet and undertook the unpleasant task of clearing our mate Jenny's fridge – you cannot even imagine the stench. This is day four of the power outages, and it seems as though everyone's just packed up and left. It's devastating when you think of the business owners losing all that money; but so so good when you discover an abandoned digger on the side of the road (see below).