Archive for 06/27/2014

Manhattanville Coffee At Its Namesake?

intellegetsia-coffeeManhattanville Coffee recently opened on 142nd Street and Edgecombe Avenue, Sugar Hill.  Right by its namesake neighborhood – but not quite there – co-owners Rivka Sontag and Jack Gold claim that they “agonized over the name” for a while.  Gold explains why they eventually went with it though:  “’Manhattan’ tells the story of sophistication and ‘ville’ tells the story of a small hometown.  The name could work in any city.”

Anyway the café is doing well, perhaps because of its location – Edgecombe – lacking such eateries.  According to Gold, “the neighborhood was waiting for this.”  It was a project that the couple – who have been working in commercial design business together for a while – fell in love with during a redesign.  According to Gold, “it’s a chill intersection where the view is beautiful.”  Because of how they felt about the place, they figured this would be a perfect place in which to work.

They worked hard on the building, uncovering a column they exposed and cleaned, having a local artist etch a gold leafing window sign, exposing the inside original brick walls.

For those who frequent the café, there are two comfortable leather couches in the front, marble countertops and more.  Intelligentsia Coffee is served with small pastries. Summer popbar ice pops and winter soup will be seasonal.  The goal behind the café is to make a place for “neighbors [to] get to know one another.”  According to one satisfied customer, this has been a long time coming, as he said he has “been waiting for a café like this for 11 years.”  Another customer said “it beats having another deli.”

Clearly Manhattanville – is suited more to this area, than, let’s say, Manhattanville!

Merging the Old with the New in Manhattan

cocktailsFor those looking for custom-made cocktails in the heart of Manhattan, Lantern’s Keep is a great spot.  With its delightful ambiance, nestled in Shimmie Horn’s Iroquois Hotel, this tasteful bar brings together modern Manhattan with old fashioned traditions.  Its philosophy is to figure out what techniques were used to make classic drinks survive through the ages and replicate the method.

In addition, the bar seeks to stick with what happened in the late 19th and early 20th centuries – whereby American hotel bars provided the environment for bartenders to develop their craft and offer customers “luxurious libations” not available in standard bars.  Recalling this tradition, Lantern’s Keep uses top quality ingredients to develop unique concoctions prepared in classic style.

And if one is not so knowledgeable on what cocktail to order, all they have to do is choose a spirit and let the bartender surprise them!

Brightening Up New York City

nanolumens_facade_NYOne very high-tech way of brightening up a city is currently being used in midtown Manhattan.  Large-scale NanoLumens-powered LED stock ticker have arrived and are making New York’s stock tickers look like vintage alarm clocks.

This full-color L-shaped LED measures three feet high and 60 feet wide, rendering it one of New York’s most unique displays.  According to the brains behind the idea, Bill Shiverick (who also installed it), said,

“as far as stock tickers and information displays go, there’s nothing else like this being used in New York City. But now that we’ve shown what a unique NanoLumens DS display can do for the ambience of a retail environment, I doubt it will be the last… the truth is that the branch could have chosen a lower-cost alternative that may have served the purpose. But when we considered all the different variables and strengths of each manufacturer’s technology, NanoLumens was clearly the best choice. … I’ve worked in hundreds of office buildings and corporate headquarters in a dozen of the biggest U.S. cities over the last 11 years, and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Now what remains to be seen is how the midtowners react to it.  Hopefully, “blindingly!”