Laurel Pantin – My New York

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PRISM is all about travelling the world: unearthing treasures in places you think you know and exploring the lesser known. We connect with industry thought leaders, and ask them to share their city’s secrets. Laurel Pantin, Editorial Director of The Coveteur knows how to travel: before returning to New York Laurel travelled the world, contributing to titles including Conde Nast Traveler, Glamour, Refinery 29 and Harper’s Bazaar on fashion, travel and art. Read on for her take on New York.

3 places that define the spirit of New York? Central Park, Bergdorf Goodman, and Katz’s Deli – all super New York!


Central Park. Photo Credit: Kathleen Dolmatch

How does your work shape your experience New York? As an editor, I run around the city constantly, so it’s really important that I know the subways. In any given day of appointments I can be in Soho, TriBeCa, Chelsea, Flatiron, then up to Midtown, then Upper East Side, before coming back to my office.

For someone visiting for a day, what’s your must-do? The Metropolitan Museum is a can’t miss. It figures in to so much New York lore, and it’s just the most beautiful, inspiring place. Go for at least two hours with no plan, and just wander around. It’s really amazing. After that, wander through Central Park. I think an ideal day in New York is spent without a plan – but maybe that’s just because my life is so highly scheduled!


Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo Credit: @fattycawatty

For a moment’s peace in your city head to… The West Side Highway. From the lower tip of Manhattan the views of the Statue of Liberty are great, and it’s so nice to be on the water.

For art inspiration head to… David Zwirner Gallery or The Cooper Hewitt museum. The Cooper Hewitt’s building alone, an old Upper East Side mansion, is really inspiring.


David Zwirner Gallery. Photo Credit: Jason Schmidt

What the thing, person or place that most inspires you about your city? I love that there are so many different types of people in New York, and everyone experiences it differently, but together. It can be a sort of lonely place to live if you let it become that, but if you can appreciate how many people are sharing the experience of living here, it’s really amazing.


Best restaurant? 
Perry Street, Sant Ambroeus, or Daddy-O for bar food.

Best café? Il Buco Alimentari has my favorite lunch. Everything is delicious!

Where to shop? Bergdorf Goodman for a very special splurge, Opening Ceremony, Fivestory, or Creatures of Comfort for something cool, Harris Levy for the most beautiful linens, and The Future Perfect for something really special for your home.


Opening Ceremony New York Store. Photo Credit: openingceremony.us

Where to party? Er… My party days are behind me, but for drinks I love Temple Bar or Arthur’s Tavern. Both are very special, weird places. Temple Bar is sort of old school strange – it reminds me of Twin Peaks. Arthur’s is fun and wild, it’s been around since the 1930’s in the West Village and they have great live music every night. It’s the best for an unpretentious, pure fun night.

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And lastly… Tell us your best travel adventure to date? Namibia! I went to Namibia last Christmas and it’s my favourite place I’ve ever been. The Skeleton Coast is really special to me, my fiancé and I got engaged there. Also St Petersburg was incredible. The palaces and museums are literally beyond belief over-the-top.


Laurel in Namibia. Photo Credit: Instagram @lapantin

For more from Laurel head to The Coveteur for her work, and Instagram for her life! For more New York tips check out artist Quentin Jones’ PRISM city guide.