My ideal day in New York: Architectural Digest’s Amy Astley ( News New York )

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My work week is so tightly scheduled, packed with business trips, lunches, events, meetings with designers and the AD team. So my dream is a day where I’m only on foot – no planes, subway trains, taxis or Ubers. My family and I are lucky enough to live in Tribeca, where we bought our house over 20 years ago. The neighborhood is so fascinating to me with all its old industrial buildings. I lived in the area as a kid in the late 1970s, when it wasn’t even called Tribeca and he still worked in the shipping yards, so I saw it change with my own eyes. On the weekends, I like to stay put.

core work

I’m not a breakfast person – it’s usually just yoghurt and a cup of black tea for me. (I never drink coffee.) So he went to Pilate, a recent exile. I started exercising during the pandemic and it has helped my mind and body so much, taking the place of physical therapy to keep my spine happy and strong. My neighborhood studio is Real Pilates on Duane Street, whose founder, Alycea Ungaro, goes super classic: they talk about Joe all the time — as in Joseph Pilates. This is what Joe said. . . Joe said. . .Victoria is my teacher but all the teachers are excellent. I would go every day if I could.

Lunch with friends

Cook chicken on a bed of beans and pulses in a bowl at New York's Houseman restaurant

Roast chicken at Houseman’s. . .

A bar at Houseman's, with tables and chairs in the front

. . . where Astley will sit with friends at the bar if he can’t get a reservation

My friend Baldwin Ned, whom I knew from the North Fork of Long Island, is a chef and owner of Houseman in Greenwich Street. He opened the restaurant in 2015 (he had been the chef de cuisine at Prune, a beloved NYC establishment that closed in 2020) and kept it going throughout Covid, with dining and food delivery flying on a roll. Paterfamilias is a cozy, neighborhood place with a great vibe and great food. The roast chicken is heavenly. The dishes are amazing (my go-to, when it’s on the menu, is Nicoise.) They rarely eat red meat, but their burger is the best in town. If you’re going to eat one burger a year, do that. Ned is a creative soul — he studied sculpture at Yale — and Houseman draws a lot of artistic people. I like to meet my Tribeca friends like the interior designer Ken Fulcon or Yvonne Force Villareal and her husband Leo, both true pillars in the art world. If we cannot take a reservation, we will sit in the market.


A Sara Beltrán placed a diamond ring painted in black enamel between two clam shells

Sara Beltrán creations include this diamond ring in black selection © Dezso by Sara Beltrán

Diamond and sapphire rings, earrings and a necklace set around seashells and coral on display at Dezso by Sara Beltrán.

The work of the jeweler is greatly influenced by the sea and nature © Dezso by Sara Beltrán (2)

Right next door is Dezso, the new jewelry store of another long-time friend, Sara Beltrán, which opened during New York Fashion Week in September. He has a loyal cult following and I’ve worn his pieces since I was the editor of Teen Vogue when we first met. Never take the rings off me Dezso. Her work is very bohemian luxury incorporating beautiful materials – she is particularly inspired by nature and the sea. It’s a total beachcomber. Now he also creates very special household items using crystals and stones. Sara also sells a curated collection of amazing vintage pieces she has discovered on her travels. It’s a very sad environment, the best place to explore and dream about Sarah’s creations, which I collect.

Gallery hopping around

Mickey Mackintosh chair, 1981, Wendy Maruyama and Georgie Girl chair and trousers, 1968, Pamela Weir-Quiton: two pieces from the R & Company exhibition Born Too Tall: California Women Designers, Postwar to Postmodern.

Mickey Mackintosh chair, 1981, Wendy Maruyama and Georgie Girl chair and trench coat, 1968, by Pamela Weir-Quiton: two pieces from the R & Company exhibition Born Too Tall: California Women Designers, Postwar to Postmodern © Joe Kramm. Company R & Company

Two modernist chairs and an urn sit on a platform under modernist lighting at Galerie56

Galerie56 showcases the best design of the 20th-century © Olympia Shannon

I could never have imagined, as a kid in Tribeca, that the gallery space would be the most exciting in the city — especially for design. There are long-standing fixtures such as Espasso and R & Co., which now span two incredible spaces. (She’s especially excited about her showcase of female California designers.) And there are so many new arrivals — from Cristina Grajales, whose program is as fearless and energetic as ever, to TRNK NYC, who are spotting emerging talents. Architect extraordinaire Lee Mindel, who is in the AD100 Hall of Fame, has just opened Galerie56, an incredible exhibition for 20th century design in the so-called Jenga Building on Leonard Street. And there are too many fine galleries to name, although I have the most daring new design space at Pace Gallery, 125 Newberry, the brainchild of Arne Glimcher, in the hood.

Breakfast at a local restaurant

Caesar salad with salmon in Estancia 460, knife and fork to the left

Caesar salad with salmon at Estancia 460 . .

Front of Estancia 460. In front is a cobbled street

. . . a Tribeca eatery that is a firm favorite of the Astley family

I try to support the old school restaurants that have always been in the neighborhood. Estancia 460 is my family’s favorite. The food is affordable and yummy. I always eat Caesar salad with salmon. Margaritas of Naples are my two daughters. They make a great Aperol spritz. It’s perfect for dining outside, where people can bring their dogs and watch them walk down Greenwich Street. From lunch we could grab a drink at the closing of the new Hotel Barrière Fouquet, designed by the talented Martin Brudnizki. And we always walk along the Hudson River. Sometimes we’ll turn right at the water and head toward Little Island, or else we’ll turn left and head down the tide deck at Pier 26. I love New York — and I especially love pedestrians.

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