6 Things New Yorkers Are Talking About Right Now
We’re going outside to warm up, underground to see art and to the airport to relax. Yep, just a standard month in New York. Here’s what currently has the city abuzz.
CBD vs. DOH
Well, that was fast: Just as CBD was starting to pop up at restaurants across town (including entire menus dedicated to the stuff), the NYC Department of Health decided that the hemp derivative is actually a no-no in foods. (We’re having flashbacks to last year’s ban on another trending ingredient, charcoal.) If you’re a CBD fan, you don’t have to worry—the stuff is still totally legal to purchase, just not mixed into your post-workout smoothie or happy-hour negroni.
Airport Lodging, but Make it Chic
Sure, we endure JFK en route to vacations, but we don’t exactly go to the airport for fun. Except now we might, thanks to the forthcoming opening of the TWA Hotel, a gorgeous mid-century–inspired property built around the old TWA terminal (designed by legendary neo-futurist architect Eero Saarinen). Along with the ’60s-esque rooms, expect a restaurant from Jean-Georges Vongerichten, a rooftop pool and a cocktail bar inside an actual vintage plane. Reservations open up tomorrow (yes, Valentine’s Day) for a mid-May soft opening.
IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE
Trudging through slush puddles can really take it out of you. Recharge and warm up at The William Vale’s new Winter Spa, a Scandinavian-inspired outdoor oasis featuring luxe tents equipped with infrared saunas by HigherDOSE. Book a session (starting at $65 for one or $80 for two) and you’ll get 45 minutes in the sauna plus access to plush robes and wellness products. Not into sweating? Opt for a cryo facial ($50). Either way, you’re going to want to grab a cocktail and a snack at the R&R tent afterward.
Something Fishy in Brooklyn
Our love of lox knows no bounds, so we’re pretty much overjoyed that LES institution Russ & Daughters has opened a ginormous new “appetizing factory” in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Along with a shop selling all our faves (smoked fish by the pound, bagels, babka), the 18,000-square-foot space will house a bakery, production kitchens and an event space. Brb, sending out invites to our lox-themed birthday party.
If, like us, you’re one of those New Yorkers who like to stick around and enjoy the emptied-out city in the summer, take note: The MoMA will be closed from June 15 to October 21. The extended hiatus is to make way for a major expansion that will add 40,000 square feet of gallery space. But beyond size, the overhaul marks an exciting (and tbh, overdue) new direction that will showcase more women, artists of color and otherwise underrepresented groups.
The Prettiest Subway Station Ever
Snowstorms or not, spring came early this year—at least on the 6 line. The 28th Street subway station reopened with a series of gorgeous mosaics by artist Nancy Blum, titled “Roaming Underfoot.” The botanical murals are inspired by some of the blooms in nearby Madison Square Park: magnolias, daffodils, camellias, redbuds, hydrangeas and hellebores. Flowers really do make everything better—even commuting.