Julia Jamin @ The Society NYC, PHOTOGRAPHY Carin Backoff.
Charming, playful, brash and vulnerable, all at once, she wouldn’t make sense in any other city in the world. The New York girl isn’t so easy to define. You want to see all 300 square miles of this city’s rough beauty through her eyes, always. Faded jeans and soft black leather – she knows the places to eat ’til sunrise, the rooftops to drink on, the underground dance halls that never close.
Her hang? The Soho Grand, set in the heart of downtown Manhattan, offering chic respite. It’s a place where photographer Carin Backoff, a master of moments, captures her own New York muse with rawness and truth, the city as her backdrop. A west coast native, Backoff first picked up a still camera while living in California, before relocating to New York 10 years ago. Early shoots were self-styled – friends became models, suburban streets became studios. Her works can be seen in the Soho Grand’s lobby as part of the art series We Are New York, a collaboration between the hotel and The Academy NY. For a change of pace, the contemporary Team Gallery is a quick five-minute stroll around the corner. Those high ceilings house a crop of emerging local and international artists, but it’s a sighting of gallery owner José Freire that might make your day – his mind is as innovate as the works he showcases.
New York, PHOTOGRAPHY Amie Jones.
While in town we spend our morning hours and well into the afternoon getting lost in the backstreets, one of the few parts of the city still cobblestoned. If the weather turns wild, Film Forum, renowned for its selection of independent flicks, offers refuge, and as day dwindles into night La Esquina is the locals’ choice for chicken tostadas and the very best tequila.
But it’s always good to return ‘home’ to settle in for a nightcap. A few years ago you might have pulled up a stool next to Soho local Lou Reed. Today you’d more likely spy Sofia Coppola as you order your gin martini (wet, with a twist), the seductive notes of Serge Gainsbourg filling the room. As evening takes hold, you can turn down for the night where an uptown view of the Empire State Building is the last you cast your eyes on. Dream big, city girl. New York isn’t going anywhere.