New York

Style meister Nick Wooster, who has called the Big Ap­ple home on and off for the bet­ter part of 32 years, shares a few of his favourite haunts

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ure, it’s ex­pen­sive and the weather sucks, but I’m so grate­ful to have New York as a home base. No two days in New York are alike, which is why I like my life here. I get up a good three hours be­fore I need to be out the door. I like to smoke, read the paper, watch TV, do email and so­cial me­dia, and take my time be­fore I go out. Get­ting dressed is the fastest part of my day—30 min­utes. Ev­ery­thing hap­pens the minute I walk out the door—i could run into friends, have 10 ap­point­ments. By the end of the day, I’m su­per happy to be home.

New York has changed. It used to be that every­body could live in Man­hat­tan, but in the past 15 or so years it has be­come that most kids move to Brook­lyn. Now Brook­lyn is just as ex­pen­sive as Man­hat­tan, so you sort of have two New Yorks. They’re both fine, but I know Man­hat­tan the best.

I live in the West Vil­lage. I like eat­ing at the Beatrice Inn (an up­scale chophouse) on West 12th Street. For Tus­can fare, I go to Il Canti­nori on East 10th Street or I Sodi on Christo­pher Street. I also like Mo­randi, a rus­tic trat­to­ria on Waverly Place that of­fers al fresco dining.

I go to the Equinox gym just down the street from my house, and Jack’s Stir Brew Cof­fee and Joe Cof­fee, which are in the area. I get my man­i­cure at Think Pink Nails, and Geno’s Bar­be­ria is right be­hind my apart­ment. My whole life is right here in the West Vil­lage.

I’m a ter­ri­ble packer, which means I al­ways take too much when I travel. I think about where I’m go­ing to be, what the cli­mate is, what the oc­ca­sions are, if I need to dress up, if I can be ca­sual when I go to work at the fac­tory. Ob­vi­ously, I don’t need the same clothes that I need dur­ing Fash­ion Week in Paris or Mi­lan. I try to have stacks of white and blue shirts, ex­tra sun­glasses and socks.

Peo­ple are al­ways ask­ing me about ho­tels in New York. It re­ally de­pends on how much you want to spend. Re­cently I’ve had friends stay at The No­mad, The Bow­ery, Crosby Street, The Stan­dard. When it comes to things to see, I al­ways rec­om­mend the gal­leries in West Chelsea. And there’s the new Whit­ney museum there, too. Grab The New Yorker and see what ex­hi­bi­tions are on.

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