Gotham - - Letter -

Septem­ber in New York must be my fa­vorite month! We’ve just fin­ished pub­lish­ing weekly is­sues of Hamp­tons mag­a­zine, and I and many of our readers re­turn to New York City to re­dis­cover it once again. If you’ve not yet been to The Grill and The Pool, the al­ready iconic new restau­rants from Ma­jor Food Group, you’re miss­ing out. The for­mer Four Sea­sons spa­ces have been trans­formed with a breath­tak­ing raw veg­etable bar—the In­sta­gram-wor­thy fea­ture in a room with in­cred­i­ble blooms and a menu that nails the per­fect lunch salad and steak din­ner for two. The place re­tains the old-world luxury New York­ers love so much.

It doesn’t get cooler than vi­sion­ary hote­lier Ian Schrager. In this is­sue, we talk with him about ev­ery­thing from his new book, Stu­dio 54, to his open­ing the Pub­lic ho­tel on Chrystie Street and team­ing with Jean-ge­orges Von­gerichten on its restau­rants and bars—pub­lic Kitchen, Bow­ery Gar­den, Louis, and Diego. But while we’re swoon­ing in Nolita, let’s not for­get Brooklyn. We take you on a guided tour of all that’s new and note­wor­thy in that bor­ough, in­clud­ing Soho House, the 1 Ho­tel Brooklyn Bridge, and that mecca of food­ies, Dekalb Mar­ket Hall—all per­fect fall des­ti­na­tions.

But the best thing about Septem­ber in New York is the big fash­ion mo­ments. We’ll give you the scoop on Raf Si­mons tak­ing the helm at Calvin Klein; take a first look at the Web­ster, a multi­brand superstore with Mi­ami roots; toast Dior’s 70th an­niver­sary; show you how to keep it cozy and chic on a trip to Aspen; and un­veil new Madi­son Av­enue flag­ships from Tom Ford, Stella Mccart­ney, and Ba­len­ci­aga. In the mean­time, the just-launched Gucci home col­lec­tion wows us with color and prints, while the brand de­buts a new fra­grance and con­tin­ues its col­lab­o­ra­tive art project, Gucci 4 Rooms.

As Fash­ion Week be­gins, so much is hap­pen­ing in our city: Be sure to see Rodin at the Met and Pina Bausch at BAM, check out Blank Out at The Ar­mory, ex­plore the Pub­lic Theater’s 50th-an­niver­sary sea­son, and book that popup din­ner on Gov­er­nors Is­land while you still can!

left to right and top to bot­tom: With Gotham’s pub­lisher Lynn Scotti, cel­e­brat­ing cover star Noah Syn­der­gaard; talk­ing to my mate Brian Mcgrory about his new busi­ness ven­ture, BMG Hos­pi­tal­ity Con­sult­ing; toast­ing model Elet­tra Wei­d­mann on her re­cent...

SA­MAN­THA YANKS Fol­low me on In­sta­gram and Twit­ter at @Sa­man­thayanks and @gothammag

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