In cooperation with Selected Femme & Vagabond
This urban vibe and the district’s industrial charm were among the main reasons why I really wanted to shoot the new collection of Selected Femme and Vagabond in Willimasburg and Bushwick. Somehow I felt the areas are just a perfect match for the collection, witch is also very edgy, with lots of black and solid (denim) textiles. It’s coo, strong, and the opposite of playful. Right up my alley, in other words. That said, you can interpret the collection in a variety of ways: cool, sexy, classic. 3 aspects of fashion, 3 aspects of Masha.
Passend dazu habe ich auch meine Schuhe von Vagabond gewählt: edgy, besonders, aber eben auch so bequem, dass ich problemlos einen längeren Spaziergang durch die einzelnen Viertel von NYC wagen konnte – und das ganz ohne Blasen!
That said, not that long ago Williamsburg wasn’t all that popular. Legend has it that you needed to offer taxi drivers quite a substantial tip for them to drive you over Williamsburg bridge. But then the former worker’s district (with low rents, vacant industry lots and little tourism) took the standard route towards becoming a district of artists and a hub for the ‘scene’. This is what you notice today, as soon as you enter Williamsburg. Unlike other districts in Manhattan, Bushwick and Williamsburg seem rather untouched by tourism. They remain popular hang-out areas for genuine New Yorkers, and a great spot to connect with the real people of the city. In other words, still an insider tip.
If you really want to get a taste of Williamsburg, take a walk through the district. The streets are packed with young people, often hanging out in front of café’s and studios, and it’s super easy to strike up a conversation. People tend to be open minded about sharing their knowledge about the places to be. On top of it, the area is super photogenic with all its murals and graffitis. Walking around is a great way to get a feel for th ethnic and cultural diversity of the area. If you enjoy walking longer distances, you should definitely check out sunset at Grand Ferry Park with a view on the skyline. Cheesy, but absolutely unforgettable.
Beacon’s Closet And of course there’s also shopping. If you’re conscious of your budget and enjoy vintage styles, pay a visit to the famous Beacon’s Closet. You’ll find extremely well curated second hand and vintage items which you usually won’t be able to find on flea-markets. This one’s for all the bargain hunters among you.
House of Yes
This is THE place for al culture buffs among you! House of yes is a cultural hub in which collaboration between creatives from all areas is celebrated like in few other places I know. Pictorial arts, dance, nightlife, food and many others merge to a genuine New York experience that you definitely shouldn’t miss!
Queen of Falafel And once you’re in the area, you should DEFINITELY treat yourself to a snack from Queen of Falafel. I’m sure you think you know what falafel tastes like – but these guys will teach you a thing or two, and you’ll love it. I, for my part, love the mix of mediterranean and oriental cuisine these guys serve. And the best thing: 10 percent of all profits are donated for good causes. Essential!