Pretty Ricky’s Channels the Spirit of the Lower East Side

From its luminous neon sign to its beer club tasting program, new vitality on an iconic NYC corner

Depending on when (if ever) you’ve passed through the intersection of Rivington and Ludlow, you may have blurry memories of the beloved Spitzer’s Corner or the short-lived Grunhaus. Pretty Ricky’s now occupies this shifting spot—and with the might of Paradise Hospitality Group behind it, one can expect the bar to stick around like other neighborhood legends. The recently formed hospitality group stakes claim to two …

Freemans Sporting Club Cherishes Its Status as a Neighborhood Store

Inside the soul of the brand with its designer, Nikko Lencek-Inagaki

Nikko Lencek-Inagaki’s affection for the NYC-based Freemans Sporting Club predates assuming the role of Designer there. “One of my favorite things about this store, about this brand, when I first started was that it really fleshed out a lifestyle, but in kind of an unusual way. It wasn’t necessarily candles and dress shoes,” he explains. “It was these sort of strange objects—these enormous camping thermoses …

Ray’s Embraces the Value of the Dive Bar

NYC nightlife and dining veterans open doors on an easy-to-love space

To swing by spots previously developed by NYC dive bar Ray’s all-star team might make one wonder how they ended up partnering on this particular watering hole. Much attention has gone to the involvement of actor Justin Theroux, but the others involved (including Jon Neidich, Taavo Somer, and Carlos Quirarte) have developed some of the most exciting and design-forward hospitality ventures in the city. From …