HatheadsJanuary 1, 2007 By: Carrie Watson American Salon
Max Brenner Chocolate by the Bald Man in Union Square is a treasure trove of sweet treats and delicacies. Think of a surreal Willy Wonka world with chocolate flowing pipes and the "bald man" icon in rich shades of brown, mocha and dark chocolate. There's a gift shop, a café and a soda fountain.
The 82-year-old Gramercy Park Hotel on Lexington Avenue has been transformed by Ian Schrager (the genius behind hipster hotels like NYC's Royalton and Miami's Delano). Artist Julian Schnabel's influence can be seen throughout, most notably in the lobby and the Rose Bar. With more than 180 rooms, the hotel mixes Moroccan, medieval and modern touches. The result: pure Bohemia in the heart of Manhattan.
Korres on Spring Street between Wooster and West Broadway is an emporium of natural products with a history dating back to the first homeopathic pharmacy in Athens, Greece. The brainchild of Greek pharmacist George Korres, the 1,100-square-foot shop boasts a range of silicone-free beauty items, skin care potions, cosmetics and other bath and beauty products with nourishing ingredients like watercress and sunflower oil.