SEGD x NYC: Places to Go and Things to See [Your Xlab Checklist]

You know, we know, and your boss knows that half (?) the fun of attending Xlab 2015is HELLO, being in New York in early November! And with the Xlab theme of Transforming Experience, we’re not going to recommend the same-old, same-old tourist spots and eateries. Here’s your new New York X-list.

We huddled with SEGD’s New York Chapter chairs—Anna Sharpof Two Twelve, Rachel Einsidlerof Airspace, and Anthony Ferraraof DesignConcernUS—to get their latest recommendations on where to eat, drink, socialize, shop, and get your culture on. They told us where to go! (and we’re passing it along to you).

Culture: Move over, Empire State.

  • Big Onion Walking Tours(Touristy? Yes. Absolutely fascinating and always fun and thought-provoking? Yes! Even New Yorkers love them.) 
  • Tenement Museum New York City(If you want to really understand the history of NYC, visit this preserved 1863 tenement building on the Lower East Side.) 
  • Whitney Museum of American Art(The newly opened, $422 million Renzo-Piano designed building in the Meatpacking District feels like an extension of the High Line.)
  • High Line(If you haven't yet experienced this linear urban park, move it to the top of your list.)
  • One World Observatory(New view from the top, at One World Trade Center)
  • New Museum of Contemporary Art(A stunning contemporary art space on the Bowery, Lower East Side)

Shopping: The best places to spend your time and money.

  • Story(a great Chelsea boutique that changes its look and merchandise every 4 to 8 weeks)
  • NoLita (forever-trendy neighborhood with narrow streets, sidewalk cafes and eateries, and eclectic boutiques…a fine place to spend an afternoon or morning)
  • Chelsea Market(The great neighborhood market and urban food court that attracts people from all over the globe, it's housed in the former National Biscuit Company factory complex where the Oreo cookie was invented and produced.) 
  • Brooklyn Flea (Treasure hunts every weekend!)
  • ABC Carpet & Home(posh home décor store)
  • Brookfield Place(Pelli Clarke Pelli's reinvented World Financial Center in downtown Manhattan, with Hudson Eats food venues and world-class shopping and cultural programming) 

Food: Clearly they were hungry when they made the list (now we are too!)

  • Co.(Did you know the word "Company's" Latin roots refer to the phrase “with bread”? They know that at Co., a popular Chelsea eatery known for its heavenly crust. Near the SVA Theatre) 
  • Billy’s Bakery(another Chelsea favorite; delicious cupcakes and dessert) 
  • Tipsy Parson(no need to leave Chelsea: Southern comfort food from a chef named Ty-Lör Boring?) 
  • Corner Bistro(West Greenwich Village bar serving down-and-dirty burgers)
  • Ootoya Chelsea(Japanese)
  • Otto Pizzeria(pizza in New York, yes! Good for groups)
  • Pok Pok("unbelievable Thai, worth the trek to Brooklyn”)
  • Peking Duck House(Chinese, good for groups)
  • 2nd Avenue Deli(What’s a trip to New York without a meal at a real kosher deli?)
  • Dough(You may roll your eyes when you hear the term "artisanal doughnuts." But you'll be a believer when you get a bite of the hibiscus, chocolate salted caramel, or tropical chili flavors. Now in Brooklyn and Manhattan.)

You may have noticed that many of our picks are in Chelsea or nearby. What a coincidence! Xlab 2015 on Thursday, Nov. 5, is at the beautiful SVA Theatre in Chelsea. We'll see you there!

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