Hot Summer Night

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In the streets, at the height of summer there is an unmistakable languor. The nighttime is the right time. Life begins again after dark.  In the words of Allen Toussaint, “Night people, hanging out. Looking at each other. Waiting for something to happen.” Repeat.
Photographer Brian Goodwin captured the lingering moment on location at Hotel Americano and Zaragoza Deli Grocery. Laura Ling and Liza Ard of Williamsburg lend beauty to the frame as we all enjoy a night on the town.
Artist Tobias Rehberger’s aesthetically pleasing installation at Hotel Americano is a re-creation of his local haunt in Frankfurt. The artist remained faithful to the proportions of the bar but added black and white stripes for visual punch. We closed out the installation’s five week run with the bartender’s signature Skywalker cocktail; Vodka, St Germain, Champagne, and cucumber garnish.
From this underground drinking den, we crossed town to feast on tacos at Zaragoza Deli Grocery. This one of a kind bodega located in the rapidly changing Lower East Side, just south of 14th St. on Avenue A. Zaragoza is a family run operation with Pompeyo and Maria Martinez behind the counter cooking and their son, Ruben, hosting the tight but colorful space. One can feel a shift of time and place around you as the candles burn in a makeshift shrine. You are transported to northern Mexico in the 1980’s, taste the authenticity. Everyone is made to feel welcome.

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