New York Fashion Week is about to kick off. A must in the calendar, many from the fashion set will be regular visitors, so Swide finds a different angle to the city. Why not relive the Big Apple like New Yorkers did in the 90s?
New York Guide Fashion Week: Back to the 90’s
The Nineties are living a real renaissance in terms of trends, from the music to the look and the actual fashion- just think of the cover of September Issue of Vogue France being all about Grunge. From exposed belly-buttons to printed parachute trousers, from music to accessories the celebration of the 90’s is in full swing. Swide embraces the nineties trend and wants to take you where the 90’s are still alive and kicking. From clothes to food, from books to exhibitions, here is all you need to do to cure your 1990 nostalgia in NYC.
The Meat Packing District in the 1990s looked like a (dangerous) ghost town: gritty and industrial it was certainly not inviting (see how it looked like). The highlights of the neighborhood are the SEA Thai restaurant… and of course, speaking of 90’s, Pastis, a restaurant which featured a lot in Sex & The City.
Want to go back in time when NYC was rough and run down? Definitely head back to the Community Gardens of the Lower East Side and ask one of the tenants to tell you how NYC looked like in the 80’s and 90’s (you can get an idea here). This social trip is also chance to also enjoy these beautiful gardens, rigorously run by neighbors in these last few days of sunshine. If you are searching for more history, pay a visit to the Tenement Museum, too.
Take a chance to bounce back in the 90’s reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (1999) – Although Chbosky’s iconic coming-of-age novel was published just before the end of the decade, it takes place in the early ’90s. Mixtapes are extremely central to the plot. Other options? Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel (1994) or the iconic Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (1996). And although I am a fan of the recently passed away David Foster Wallace, I’ll admit I never succeeded in finishing reading Infinite Jest (1996), but you might give it a try.
What’s more 90’s than musical? Head to Broadway (Big Fish by Neil Simon is on from September 5th, a must see) or if you are staying a bit longer after the fashion shows don’t miss a chance to visit “A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk” at FIT (on from September 13th) that explores LGBT contributions to sartorial history. For more events click here.
I would never recommend it as a foodie, but we can’t help mentioning it, since Pizza Hut’s Hawaii Pizza was among the most popular foods in the 90’s in United States. Other food junk included Lunchables, Sun Dried Tomatoes. Surprised? They where everywhere in the 90’s. The best place where to buy them today in New York is at Eataly, located in the Flatiron building which is one of the most stunning monuments in Midtown, so take some time to take a look from afar before entering the Italian store. Also hazelnut coffee was very popular: try to ask downstairs from the Friends building – the most representative series of the 90’s – if The Little Owl (where Central Perk would have been) serves some of it.
Pop Rocks were also famous – little frizzy candies that would tickle your palate. You don’t know them? Head to kids’ (and adults, if it’s me we are talking about) heaven: Economy Candy in Lower East Side, a shop which stocks all sorts of candies – including Coffee Heat Bar Crunch, very 90’s too. For a comprehensive outlook on food of that era, check in the 90’s food website.
The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel is a trip back to the 90’s set in one of the most iconic building in the Big Apple. Some rooms of the Hotel Wales really take you back to the TV series that we all watched back then.
Fan of Saved by the Bell and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Stop the nostalgia with Mr. Throwback vintage clothing store in the East Village. Some example? Levi’s acid-wash jean jackets ($65) and unisex Pendleton flannels ($50–$60).
Searching for furniture back from those days? The place to be is Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, West 39th Street between 9th & 10th Avenues, Manhattan, Sat. and Sun., 9am-5pm (weather permitting), here you can get all your mid-century modern items.
Have you been dying for some jumping music, lit-up dance floors, slick deejays, fog machines and laser rays? Well, Culture Club is the place for you. 3 Floors of retro-neon madness will send you back to a time when you were at your best – no matter the decade…
If you are looking to relive the 90s vibes that the music scene of New York embraced, one of the best spots to go to is Blue Note Jazz Club in Greenwich Village.
Maybe it’s not that 90’s, but back then cocktails were huge. So why not head to Apotheke (above), one of the best speak-easy of the city? In Chinatown, this bar was inspired by the history and rise of the apothecary in Europe as well as the artistic influence of absinthe dens in 19th century Paris. . The entire experience from wandering down a hidden street to find the entrance, to tasting the first sip of a specialty cocktail made with exotic herbs and fruits is a must do.
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