CH Global Spin: Beşiktaş, Istanbul

A quick guide to the historical neighborhood and the city’s burgeoning creative scene

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by Karen Day As the home to Istanbul Modern, numerous small galleries, dozens of hip cafes and Kılıç Ali PaŞa Hamamı—a stunning Turkish bathhouse designed by the legendary Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan—Karaköy is undoubtedly Istanbul’s hippest neighborhood. But like most creative urban pockets, this desirable hotspot has started to reach max capacity; what was once the antidote to Taksim and Sultanahmet squares now feels a …

Lower Manhattan’s Best New East Side Bars

From a tiki bar with a view to a subterranean treasure, five new places worth visiting

Even as favor switches from neighborhood to neighborhood, it’s possible to find a good bar just about anywhere in New York City. However, it just so happens that right now a slew of well-designed hotspots with excellent drink options have opened across lower Manhattan’s east side—most within walking distance from one another. Whether you’re looking for a subterranean treasure or an outdoor bar with stunning …

Word of Mouth: Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley

A look at the conveniently located Alpine getaway's more refined, off-snow offerings

by Leora Novick Strategically situated at the fork of Italy, France and Switzerland, Chamonix is no ordinary Alpine retreat. Home to the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924 and situated at the base of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Western Europe, Chamonix quickly established itself as a must-visit destination. From world class skiing to indulgent beauty treatments, this mountainous region brings a certifiable …