Spending time with Clark Kissinger, who has been the manager at Revolution Books for five years, was quite the educational experience. Before he came to the book shop, Clark spent an extensive amount of time as a radical, political activist and journalist standing up against the War in Vietnam in the 1960’s, and helping to organize the first March on Washington. While Revolution sells many books on leftist politics (with sections on topics such as women in the world, Blacks in the US, Latinos in the US, classic communist theory, revolutionary China, atheism and religion), they also have many books in fiction, art and even children’s books. Clark explained that this is because in order to change the world, one needs to see the world, and often the best way to see it is through art and culture. For him, the bookshop is not just about selling books. Revolution acts as an important alternate viewpoint - a portal for people to see another way the world could be.
The shop is not-for-profit, and is run completely on a volunteer basis, with a board of "radical thinkers." There are no paid employees and anyone is welcome to come in and volunteer. The store also welcomes interns, often who have come from difficult life backgrounds and need a bit of learning experience in the working world. But, like many small bookstores today, even with all their wonderful volunteers and interns, Revolution is struggling. They are currently in a battle to raise enough money to renew their lease, and have had several noteworthy authors - Edwidge Danticat, Walter Mosley, among others - come to speak and lend a bit of support. Clark admits that it might be easier to do an online business, but he sees having a physical space as vitally important for nurturing New York’s community of progressive thinkers. He also feels strongly about staying in the Chelsea area where the shop has always been.
No matter what one's political beliefs may be, Revolution Books is a special place with a well-curated selection. We do not think that there is anything else quite like it on a Manhattan side street.
Alessandra and Mario De Benedetti had never been in the restaurant business. She was a law professor and he was in finance - both living in Italy. When a passion burns inside you, however, and a desire to live in NYC is so strong, why not change careers and pursue your dream? This is exactly what the dynamic duo chose to do. Working alongside Elizabeth Roberts, architect extraordinaire, the team created a space built for dramatic floral arrangements and an enchanting atmosphere for dining. Alessandra combined her love of flowers by integrating them into the restaurant's splendid cocktails, specialty dishes and magnificent displays. In 2019, their dream finally became a reality as they opened the doors of Il Florista on West 26th Street.Manhattan Sideways is thrilled to be working alongside Simon and his team at Locasaur. Finally, there is a platform that invites both small businesses and customers to seamlessly connect with one another making their shopping, eating or drinking experience that much more meaningful.Il Fiorista uses Locasaur - to engage personally with their regulars. Join their community here to message directly with their team, reserve a bar seat for happy hour, and plan for a next evening out, surrounded by flowers.
Crossroads Trading Company now has almost thirty locations around the United States, but even in Manhattan they keep their original relaxed Bay Area vibe. The company began in Berkeley in 1991 and has since become a hub for recycling both men and women's clothing with the goal of helping the environment and working to eliminate waste. Locals are welcome to come in and sell their gently used garments for cash or credit...and while there, hopefully browse for something
If one were to close their eyes and walk into Hill Country, there is no doubt that in an instant they would know what kind of food was being prepared. At Hill Country, they take their barbecue very seriously. The food is prepared in their very own custom meat-smoking room, and everything is done in the style of Central Texas barbecue. The atmosphere is kitschy and relaxed, with live American music most nights of the week.
When Ashley Van Goehring, Hotel Giraffe’s director of sales and marketing, led me up to the rooftop bar as part of a tour of the entire building, I did not expect to find such a quiet nook. Despite being in the middle of the busy Flatiron district, the patio’s height and warm red brick border meant that the sky-high courtyard is reasonably silent. It is also beautiful: every inch appeared to be carefully designed with hanging plants, potted shrubs, and striped deck furniture that hinted at the hotel’s name. There is even a metallic giraffe statue in the corner, named after owner, Henry Kallan's granddaughter, Jesse.The seasonal rooftop does not remain quiet at night. Though the garden is only open to guests during the day, at night it turns into a cocktail bar, run by Bread and Tulips, the restaurant attached to Hotel Giraffe. The tucked-away space is also attached to the hotel’s private event room, which has a little roof terrace of its own. Ashley told us that the room had been used as Big’s apartment in the Sex and the City movie, and pointed out the little details that can be seen in some of the film scenes. The small attached patio shows just as much care and attention to detail as the larger rooftop bar, with potted flowers and warm, giraffe-inspired colors. Staring out at the sunny view, Ashley turned to me and said, “It’s nice to be reminded that this city is not just the place where I live. It’s a magical place.”
Whenever Rebecca, a member of the Manhattan Sideways team, asked her glamorous college roommate from Arizona where she had bought whatever fabulous item of clothing she was wearing, the answer was always the same...Buffalo Exchange. Founded in 1974 by Kerstin Block in Arizona, it was one of the first used clothing shops to open in the country. The store offers its patrons a place to buy, sell, or trade second-hand garments so that they can find a new life in someone else's wardrobe. Today, Kerstin continues to run her company with the help of her daughter, Rebecca, and they have expanded to forty-seven stores nationwide. The company has maintained its funky, fun vibe and reasonable prices even as it has grown so large.