April 22, 2018
By Noelani Piters
OUR SUSTAINABLE NEW YORK CITY GUIDE IS HERE!
Preserving our environment is an important undertaking, and it can be especially challenging in a big city. Every small step toward a sustainable lifestyle counts, and we’re inspired by cool New York City destinations that are working towards better practices. Celebrate Earth Day in style and plan your next day in the neighborhood with this guide to our favorite sustainable Lower Manhattan staples.
Stay at the Crosby Street Hotel
Once you spot Crosby the cat, Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s twelve-foot bronze sculpture placed just outside the Crosby Street Hotel’s doors, you know you’ve arrived. Come for the hotel’s impressive sustainability — it’s the first LEED Gold Certified hotel in New York State! — stay for the stunning architecture, contemporary art-accented walls and opulent decor. Crosby Street Hotel utilizes 61% of its space for water-efficient greenery, plus the 12th floor boasts a rooftop chicken coop and kitchen garden, where head chef Anthony Paris tends to everything from tomatoes and herbs to melons and blueberries.
Have brunch at Chalk Point Kitchen
Enjoy an intimate meal at Chalk Point Kitchen, the quaint farm-to-table restaurant offering up dynamic dishes like matcha yogurt parfaits, edamame hummus toast, duck confit breakfast wraps and gulf shrimp benedicts. IndieFORK restaurateur Matt Levine and newly appointed executive chef Tomas Curi bring multicultural influences and the best locally sourced, organic products and produce to this modern cuisine. Settle into this SoHo gem for healthy seasonal eats, cozy vintage-inspired touches and an extensive cocktail menu.
Shop sustainably at The RealReal SoHo store
Stop by 80 Wooster St. for an immersive, earth-conscious shopping experience brought to you by the leader in authenticated luxury consignment, yours truly. Shop a curated selection of our designer offerings in person, get a free expert valuation of your pieces and check out our luxury care and repair services. And don’t forget to grab an espresso at our CaféCafé, pick up a bouquet from our in-store florist Fox Fodder Farm and ‘gram a selfie in our backyard patio. Our partner Stella McCartney’s store is also right around the corner, where you can continue doing good just by shopping (plus, redeem your $100 gift card if you’ve consigned a Stella McCartney item with us).
Take a tour at Farm.One
Get educated about local agriculture at Farm.One, a unique indoor farm in Tribeca using cutting-edge technology to reduce the use of energy, water and animal by-products in food production. Farm.One has organically fostered over 150 crop varieties to date, including epazote, anise hyssop and papalo. Try rare herbs, edible flowers and microgreens from around the world, followed by complimentary drinks. Bonus points to those with a green thumb who take a class on indoor farming and hydroponics!
Get pampered at Soho Sanctuary
Seeking some serenity from the busy city vibes? Look no further than this women-only spa to melt away your stress. Soho Sanctuary uses a variety of organic, holistic and all-natural products for their services and treatments, including cult favorites like Dr. Hauschka, Arcona and Mama Mio. Induce an inner calm with a hot stone massage, relax your wandering feet with a lavender luxe pedicure and squeeze in a soothing yoga session at their in-house fitness studio before the day is done.
Go for dinner & drinks at Graffiti Earth
End the day by dazzling your taste buds at Graffiti Earth, chef Jehangir Mehta’s Tribeca-based restaurant. Sustainability is a key focus here; from using unloved produce and sustainably farmed meats to providing furniture and napkins made from renewable materials, Mehta is dedicated to conscious living. Flavors from the chef’s native India are infused with those from all over the world, creating an eclectic menu of vegetable-first dishes. Indulge in garlic coconut soup and chickpea caviar, braised pork buns with apricot chutney and a decadent order of banana ice cream with baked chocolate sauce. Call it a night with their assortment of specialty liqueurs and house infusions.
Shopping and in-person consignment, the CaféCafé, luxury care and repair services & more: learn all about our SoHo store here.
Illustrations by Robert Nicol.