Zoë Williams
Zoë Williams - New York

Zoë Williams creates needle felt sculptures based on spirits, sacred creatures, and dreams. Her work is concerned with the intersection of the (inner) realm of the collective unconscious and the (outer) kingdom of nature. She lives and works in New York City. Portrait photo by Walt Cessna.

Caffe Vita (Cafe)

New York by Zoë Williams

This outpost of Seattle coffee is an excellent place to get your morning cappuccino, afternoon macchiato, or just some beans to take home. I lived in Seattle for 6 years before moving to New York and at first I was afraid the coffee here wouldn’t measure up, but lucky for me there are plenty of great places. Picking a favorite wasn’t easy!

Address
Caffe Vita | 124 Ludlow St | New York

Village Yokocho (Restaurant)

New York by Zoë Williams

Tucked away on the second floor, it’s easy to forget you’re in the middle of Manhattan. Order the Ika geso (squid legs) and the nankotsu (chicken cartilage), my personal favorites. You might notice people waiting around a nondescript door inside the restaurant; this is actually the entrance to the speakeasy bar Angel’s Share.

Address
Village Yokocho | 8 Stuyvesant St | New York

American Museum of Natural History (Museum)

New York by Zoë Williams

I can’t get enough of the dioramas, but my favorite parts of the AMNH are the Halls of Meteorites and Minerals. There are some beautiful specimens here, and best of all you can actually lay your hands on the 4.5-billion-year-old Cape York Meteorite.

Address
American Museum of Natural History | Central Park West | New York

Pouring Ribbons (Bar)

New York by Zoë Williams

Make sure you know the size of your party when you arrive, or the formidable looking bouncer may give you a hard time at the door (they prefer no standing inside, all parties must be seated), but once you’re in, the drinks are fantastic and the staff is friendly and accommodating. In addition to cocktails, Pouring Ribbons features an impressive selection of Chartreuse.

Address
Pouring Ribbons | 225 Avenue B | New York

Japas 27 (Restaurant) (karaoke)

New York by Zoë Williams

This is a double favorite of mine because downstairs it’s kaitenzushi (conveyor belt sushi) and upstairs it’s karaoke! The fish is fresh and the song selection is good, but this place really shines during happy hour, when you can get 2 hrs of all-you-can-drink karaoke in a private booth for about $20 per person. Great way to spend a Sunday night on a long weekend!

Address
Japas 27 | 366 3rd Ave | New York

Dead Horse Bay (Bay)

New York by Zoë Williams

Dead Horse Bay is about an hour and a half from lower Manhattan by public transit, but well worth the journey. There is so much glass on the beach that the waves make a soft tinkling sound as they roll in. It’s a scavenger’s dream, and glass isn’t the only thing you’ll find here. There are still plenty of horse bones to remind you where the place gets its name.

Address
Dead Horse Bay | Brooklyn, 11234 | New York

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