Fashion & Beauty

Front row for the eclipse, buzzy East Village bites and other NYC events this week

Each week, Alexa is rounding up the buzziest fashion drops, hotel openings, restaurant debuts and celeb-studded cultural happenings in NYC. It’s our curated guide to the very best things to see, shop, taste and experience around the city. 

What’s making our luxury list this week? A new hot spot from the duo behind East Village restaurant Claud, buzzy fashion brand Batsheva’s Soho storefront debut, and the best spots in the city to catch the upcoming “explosive” solar eclipse.

HAY GIRL: Batsheva opens in Soho

Batsheva Hay (above) lounges in her new granny-chic shop in Soho. Courtesy of the store.

The cool-girl label — which was founded in 2016 by Batsheva Hay in 2016 and catapulted to fame when Vice President Kamala Harris’ stepdaughter, Ella Emhoff, wore one of its dresses to the VP’s inauguration — now has a Soho storefront. The shop is filled with “new pieces made from vintage fabrics, little accessories, and much more” and was designed by architect and design firm Charlap Hyman & Herrero. And oh what a design it is! The intimate space is bursting with color and pattern, with a bright red ceiling, a modern take on an animal print floor and decor that gives grandma vibes in the best possible way. 166 Elizabeth St.; Bathseva


VIEW FINDER: Solar eclipse at The Edge

Where else to watch the eclipse than atop the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere? Courtesy of Related-Oxford

Mark your calendars: on April 8, from about 2:10 p.m. to 4:36 p.m., New Yorkers will be able to see a partial solar eclipse. And if you don’t see it this time, your next chance (from the United States) won’t be until 2044. So make it memorable and head to The Edge — aka the highest outdoor observation deck in the Western Hemisphere. Perched 1,100 feet in the air in the heart of Hudson Yards, it provides breathtaking views of the city (eclipse or no). On the big day, The Edge will provide visitors with solar eclipse glasses and also offer the opportunity to toast the epic occasion with a special cocktail. Something to keep in mind when booking: The maximum viewing in our area — when 90 percent of the sun will be obscured by the moon — is at 3:25 p.m. Tickets from $36; Hudson Yards New York


SCALE UP: Penny raw bar debuts above Claud

Above buzzy restaurant Claud you’ll find seafood counter Penny — along with plenty of walk-in seats. Teddy Wolf

Still trying to score a table at a decent hour at East Village hot spot Claud? Consider pivoting to Penny — same owners, same building. The raw bar and seafood counter (named after co-owner Joshua Pinsky’s grandfather) opened this week, right above its swankier sister. Pinsky has described it as the “more poppin’ casual space of the two.” Best yet, Penny caters to the saunter-in crowd, with a 20-seat bar, 10-seat kitchen counter and a rail overlooking 10th Street (a limited number of reservations will be made available a week in advance). An ever-changing menu ranges from the somewhat expected shrimp cocktail and tuna carpaccio to a Beggar’s Purse with caviar, stuffed squid and broiled oysters. 90 E. 10th St; Penny


AGING WELL: Bode pop-up at Nordstrom

Catch a vintage vibe with Bode’s well-crafted pop-up at The Corner at Nordstrom. Courtesy of the store

Bode fans, rejoice. Your favorite vintage-inspired brand is now available at The Corner at Nordstrom, a new street-level space that will host pop-ups from fashion houses that highlight craftsmanship and artistry. For a few short weeks, the award-winning American luxury label, founded on the Lower East Side by Emily Adams Bode Aujla, will offer an edited selection of womenswear and menswear collections inspired by Aujla’s “maternal family and the formative summer of 1976, which Emily’s mother spent working for an eccentric, 90-year-old woman in her sprawling residence, the Crane Estate.” Through April 7 at Nordstrom, 1776 Broadway; Nordstrom


CLAY DATE: Toshiko Takaezu retrospective at the Noguchi Museum

“Worlds Within” by Toshiko Takaezu is part of the artist’s retrospective at the Noguchi Museum in Queens. Nicholas Knight

Hers may not be a household name, but the late Toshiko Takaezu is considered one of the greatest abstract artists of the 20th century. Born in Hawaii to Japanese parents, Takaezu has developed a devoted following and international renown for her ceramic works, 200 of which are now on display at the Noguchi Museum (through July 28). This posthumous retrospective also features her rarely seen acrylic paintings, weavings and a bronze. 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City; Noguchi


AFRICAN LENS: “The Untold Story” exhibit at the Oculus

Maasai leaders Rokione and Paulo at the opening of “The Untold Story” exhibition on March 8. Courtesy from the artist

The next time you find yourself in the Oculus, perhaps en route to the subway or PATH trains, take a cultural detour to the balcony level to check out “The Untold Story,” an exhibition that “delv[s] into the complex tapestry of Maasai culture, fashion and art” (through April 8). On display: the works of eight international artists (from various backgrounds and working across multiple mediums) inspired by Maasai culture and featuring the Maasai people. All pieces are for sale, with proceeds benefiting humanitarian aid for the Maasai in Tanzania via the organization Humanculture. World Trade Center Oculus, 50 Church St.; Humanculture

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