• US@UO: Summer in NYC with UO New York

    Our US@UO series is a behind-the-scenes look at UO culture. Whether we're following the stages of a new store build-out, profiling a cool UO employee, or sharing a roundup of recaps from local events, US@UO takes a look at the real people and real stories happening inside Urban Outfitters.

    From Prospect Park to Coney Island, there’s nothing better than New York in the summer. Read on to learn from some of our UO New York team members about what makes the season so great. 
    Photos by R'el Dade and Marcus Lloyd

    Can you share more about what you do at Urban Outfitters? How long have you worked for UO? 
    Dylan Neuhaus: This September will mark my third year at UO, and my current job title is Senior Team Lead in NYC. This means I pretty much help out in any aspect of the store that needs some more hands on deck. 
    Cara Flaherty: I am the Events & Content Manager at Space Ninety 8, also overseeing events at UO Herald Square. I have been with the company for a very long time: 18 years! My job entails curating and executing events, which range from community workshops and markets with local makers, to partnering with the UO events team on larger scale events like UO Live Music Performances. In addition to events, I also run the social media accounts and website for Space Ninety 8. I love meeting and collaborating with inspiring, creative people and I am lucky that my job allows me to partner with some really talented New Yorkers. 
    Andrew Supnet: I’m the General Merchandising Manager at Herald Square and am hitting my 10 year mark with UO in February. I oversee the Women’s apparel and accessories division so a lot of my time is spent combing through merchandise and making sure product stories are laid out and conceptualized.

    How long have you lived in NY? What’s your neighborhood?
    DN: I grew up in the suburbs just outside of NYC and have always considered it a second home. For the last four or five years I have spent time in countless different neighborhoods across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, and have not really ever settled into one. Currently I am in Bushwick and am loving everything about it—it's pretty much the epicenter of all things cool happening in NYC right now, and it is great to be able to be in the mix.
    CF: I have been in NYC for 13 years and I live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. 
    AS: I originally moved to NY in 2010, but moved to Seattle in 2014 to be the DMM of the Northwest based out of Seattle. I’ve been back in NY for 8 months now and currently live in Allen Ginsberg’s old building in the East Village.

    NY in the summer: what is your #1 favorite thing about the season in the city?
    DN: The early mornings, and the evenings around dusk: the temperature is just right and there's often a breeze—which is perfect for skating. The golden lighting is ideal for shooting photos, especially by the water.
    CF: The energy! Winter can be brutal here, so in the warmer months the city really comes alive. 

    Where do you like to go for a summer day trip?
    DN: In my mind, there are two paths to consider when planning a successful NYC summer day trip: North or East. About two hours north of the city are the Catskills, home to deep woods, waterfalls, swimming holes, camping, hiking, biking, and so on. If you decide to head east, do not stop until you hit “The End.” Montauk is the heart of the summer, and provides a much needed break from the city (while staying clear of the headache-inducing Hamptons). Endless coastline, surf breaks, great local food and beer, and cheap lodging options.
    CF: I love going to the beach, usually the Rockaways or Riis Park. They are accessible via public transportation and there are some great food spots and bars nearby. 
    AS: One of my favorite places is The Cloisters, which is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art focused on Medieval Art at the northern tip of Manhattan. The art is cool, but I really love going there for their rooftop garden overlooking the Hudson.  To escape the heat, I also love Fort Tilden in Queens for some beach vibes off the beaten path.

    What about an in-the-city, only in the summer experience?
    DN: Pack a beach bag and hop on the A Train to Beach 90th Street. There’s really nothing quite like the experience of getting on the subway in the city and getting off to find yourself at a legitimate beach. I have done this over 20 times and it never gets old. 
    CF: Exploring the city’s rooftop bars. Who doesn’t love relaxing with a good cocktail and an amazing view of the city? I love the view from The Standard on the westside, and the Met Museum has a rooftop bar with an absolutely breathtaking view and it is never too crowded.    
    AS: Warm Up is a weekly summer music series at MoMAs PS1, which is an exhibition space and a branch of the Museum of Modern Art. Every year, an artist is selected to construct an elaborate installation that encompasses the courtyard where the party takes place. It’s definitely the place to be for live music and dancing under the sun.

    What are your favorite things to eat and drink in the summer in NY?
    DN: During the summer I do my best to eat local food. Any fruits or vegetables I try to pick up from the Union Square farmer’s market. For drinks, my summer go-tos are waters, whatever beer is cold and on sale at the corner store, and a couple of limes.
    CF: Tacos at Rockaway Taco, Veggie Burgers at Superiority Burger, everything at Smorgasburg, and Odd Fellows Ice cream. For drinks, I like the frozen Mojitos at El Cortez, Belgian beers in the backyard at Spuyten Duyvil, and a fresh coconut from Summers Brooklyn. 
    AS: Shark Eye cocktail from Mother of Pearl; Experimental Ice cream from Ice and Vice; Anything from Smorgasburg in Williamsburg; Lobster rolls at Lobster Joint

    I’m currently listening to / reading / seeing…
    DN: My good friend Drew’s band HOOPS / What Youth Magazine, Issue 14, Cereal Magazine, Volume 11  / seeing lots of live music
    CF: The new Drake album (duh), Classixx, and Reverberation Radio / Lonely Planet’s guide to Peru (I am planning a trip there in September) / seeing free outdoor concerts, like Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Patti Smith 
    AS: Radiohead’s latest album / Role Models by John Waters / seeing Battles at House of Vans

    3 things on my summer “bucket list” this year are…
    DN: Surf more, sleep outside, read
    CF: Take a trip to Coney Island (My friends and I go at least once every summer to ride the Cyclone, drink at Ruby’s Bar, and eat at Nathan’s. Plus, it is the best place to people watch!), explore the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, and go river tubing in Phoenicia 
    AS: Long weekend in Montauk, eating a chicken waffle cone from Brooklyn Star’s Riis Park beach bazaar, riding the Wonder Wheel in Coney Island

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