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New and Noteworthy: October 2022

by habituallychic

10 . 01 . 22

I waited all summer for September to arrive and I can’t believe it’s already over. Time flies when you are having fun! New York is back and even better than our pre-pandemic days. There are new restaurant and store openings, premiers and parties happening all over town. There are also so many television shows filming that you can’t go but a few blocks without running into a crew. That also means the traffic is back which has taken getting used to again but it’s worth it to have the city vibrant and full of energy.

I’ve rounded up some of the new places opening in NYC and the new shows and films that should be on your radar, as well as some of the best books coming out this fall, and a few fashion and beauty items you definitely need too.

Happy October!



This photo doesn’t do the new 53,000 square-foot Tin Building justice as all. The old Fulton Fish Market space is now home to a huge marketplace offering a variety of fresh, artisanal, locally sourced goods and rare ingredients curated by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Think Eataly but chicer with six full-service restaurants, six fast-casual spots, four bars, and a lot of retail shopping options including a flower stand. I have not been down yet but I think it would be fun to take the East River Ferry to Wall Street to explore the Tin Building and the South Street Seaport.

While downtown has much better dining option, the uptown is getting some chic new places. Casa Cruz just opened their newest outpost in a stunning beaux-arts townhouse on 61st Street, between Park and Madison Avenues. Comprised of five floors, the space includes bars and dining rooms, special event spaces, and a rooftop terrace available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktails. Casa Cruz already hosted a dinner for Chanel and has become the place to see and be seen on the Upper East Side.

L’Ami Pierre is a new French fast good bakery, cafe, and to go spot at 149 West 51st from the same people who brought Ladurée to NYC. A photo of their delicious looking croissants makes me almost wish I still worked in midtown. I really hope they open another location uptown.

I’m embarrassed to say that for as long as I have lived in New York, I had never been to Café Carlyle until a few weeks ago. I loved it so much that I’m going back again next week because their jazz cabaret dinner and a show is my new favorite thing to do in the city. I saw Peter Cincotti (that’s my photos above) but Michael Feinstein and Rita Wilson will be performing soon. I also hear they have some great people lined up for the holidays too. Christmas at The Carlyle Hotel is one of the most magical experiences. Definitely book a table the next time you are in New York.

New York is the proud new home of a 20,000 square foot Hermès store at 706 Madison Avenue. The new space now houses men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, furniture and homewares under one roof. The men’s and women’s store were previously across the street from each other. Three existing buildings on Madison Avenue and East 63rd Street were joined by Parisian architecture firm RDAI, led by award-winning architect Denis Montel, who designed them as a union of “New York dynamism and Parisian elegance,” according to Hermès. It opens to the public on Monday, October 3rd so get ready to shop till you drop or until your credit card gets cut off. Whichever comes first will be worth it.

I’ve posted about the new KRB store in my Instagram Stories but I can’t remember if I’ve posted it about it on the blog. I’m excited because the new space at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 73rd Street is now on my walk to the Park so I stop in more often. It’s filled with antiques, new pieces, artwork, accessories, lamps, and more. Much of it is brightly colored to add a little punch to your interiors.

I’ve been a fan of The Serpent Queen on Starz since it began a few weeks ago so I’m glad more people are catching on to the greatness of this series. It flips between an older Catherine de Medici telling the story of her life and the young Catherine de Medici arriving in France to marry the Henry, Duke of Orléans. There is the usual court drama especially from her husband’s mistress Diane de Poitiers but it’s told in such a fun and fresh way with the younger Catherine breaking the fourth wall to address the audience. They do take a few liberties with the timeline but everything that happens is based on real events. It airs on the Starz channel on Sunday nights and is also available on the Starz app.

Mark your calendar for the new series Dangerous Liaisons that will debut on Starz on November 6th too.

The Empress on Netflix is a historical drama series about young Sissi who falls in love with Emperor Franz Joseph and becomes Empress of Austria. You might know some of this story for the famous movies of Sissi played by a young Romy Schneider. It’s very sumptuous series filled with beautiful costumes and interiors. You can watch in German with subtitles or dubbed in English.

Keep an eye out for Corsage which is a film starring Vicky Krieps as Sissi after 40 as she faces a future of strict ceremonies and royal duties. In this one, Empress Elisabeth of Austria rebels against her public image and comes up with a plan to protect her legacy. The trailer looks like a lush fever dream period film. It will be released on December 23, 2022.

I had a ticket to see The Good House during the Tribeca Film Festival but gave it away because I ended up staying longer in the Hamptons. I’m glad that it’s now out in theaters because I love Sigourney Weaver who plays a New England realtor who ignites long-buried emotions and family secrets when she rekindles a romance with her old high school flame played by Kevin Kline. It won’t be streaming until October 20, 2022.

I feel like like The Luckiest Girl Alive starring Mila Kunis will either be amazing or terrible when it debuts on Netflix on October 7. The movie is about a writer’s perfectly crafted New York City life that starts to unravel when a true-crime documentary forces her to confront her harrowing high school history. The traile looks good but we’ll see next week.

Tár is a new film debiting on October 7 starring Cate Blanchett as “renowned musician Lydia Tár as she is days away from recording the symphony that will elevate her career. When all elements seem to conspire against her, Lydia’s adopted daughter Petra becomes an integral emotional support for her struggling mother.” The intense trailer makes me wish I could have gotten tickets to see it during the NYFF.

Miss Scarlett and the Duke was one of my favorite shows that I watched during the pandemic in 2020. It’s a “will they or won’t they” series with witty banter and great chemistry between Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips), an unmarried woman who takes on the challenge of running her late father’s detective agency, which would be unthinkable for a respectable Victorian lady, and Detective Inspector William Wellington of Scotland Yard, known as “The Duke” (Stewart Martin). As the pair butt heads, they also begin to tackle the crimes and mysteries of Victorian London together. Season Two debuts on Masterpiece PBS on October 16 and Season Three will follow soon enough on January 8, 2023. If you haven’t seen season one, you can catch up by watching it on PBS. It’s worth watching alone for the scene where The Duke takes off his shirt!

The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England exhibition opens to the public at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on October 10, 2022 but member previews begin earlier. “The Tudor courts were truly cosmopolitan, boasting the work of Florentine sculptors, German painters, Flemish weavers, and Europe’s best armorers, goldsmiths, and printers, while also contributing to the emergence of a distinctly English style. This exhibition will trace the transformation of the arts in Tudor England through more than 100 objects—including iconic portraits, spectacular tapestries, manuscripts, sculpture, and armor—from both The Met collection and international lenders.” It runs through January 8, 2023.

Soon after, Edward Hopper’s New York opens at The Whitney Museum on October 19, 2022. The exhibition “will take a comprehensive look at Hopper’s life and work through his city pictures, from his early impressions of New York in sketches, prints, and illustrations, to his late paintings, in which the city served as a backdrop for his evocative distillations of urban experience. Drawing from the Whitney’s extensive holdings by the artist and amplified by key loans, the exhibition will bring together many of Hopper’s iconic city pictures as well as several lesser-known yet critically important examples.” It runs through March 5, 2023.  

The Guggenheim exhibition Alex Katz: Gathering will be “staged in the city where Katz has lived and worked his entire life, and prepared with the close collaboration of the artist, this retrospective will fill the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright rotunda. Encompassing paintings, oil sketches, collages, drawings, prints, and freestanding “cutout” works, the exhibition will begin with the artist’s intimate sketches of riders on the New York City subway from the late 1940s and will culminate in the rapturous, immersive landscapes that have dominated his output in recent years.” It opens October 21, 2022 and runs through February 20, 2023.

Karl Lagerfeld called Stephen Sills home the “the chicest house in America” which makes me excited to get his new book Stephen Sills: A Vision for Design that will be released on October 18, 2022. This book is an in-depth look at several of Sills’s most recent projects, stunning homes located in New York City, the West Coast of Florida, the Hamptons, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as well as Sills’s own residences.

Deeda Blair is my life idol so I was excited to receive an advance online copy of her new book Deeda Blair: Food, Flowers, & Fantasy that will be released on October 25, 2022. It’s just as chic and elegant as Deeda herself and I love that recipes and table settings are included as well. I can’t wait to get my hands on a hard copy and hopefully have it signed by Deeda herself this month.

Jennifer Aniston has been in New York this week filming exterior scenes for The Morning Show. I posted a lot of her outfits in my Instagram Stories and the Favorite Daughter Valentina Jeans she wore were a huge hit with my followers who scooped them up. They are mostly sold out of sizes now but the brand has many other wonderful pieces for fall that you should definitely considering buying like this Phoebe Blazer. You can find more sizes of the Valentina Jeans here.

My friend Heidi Wynne has just extended her special sale just for HC readers. Until midnight on Sunday, October 2, 2022 you can save 15% on her entire website so you can pick up some wool sweaters and cashmere scarves for this colder weather. The discount is automatically applied at checkout. That’s her sweater and scarf above.

Another sweater you need is this Oversized Cashmere Sweater that looks like it could be an expensive sweater from The Row. In reality it’s much more reasonably priced but just as thick and luxurious. The one I ordered just arrived and it’s the perfect sweater for apple picking and leaf peeping but it is also nice enough to wear to the office. Don’t snooze on this one.

Saks Fifth Avenue is currently running their Friends and Family offer of 25% off new arrivals and 15% off beauty. You should definitely stock up on Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream before the discount ends on October 3, 2022. It’s my favorite face cream that keeps my skin soft and supple all year long. It’s available in two sizes in case you want to try a smaller size first but I promise you won’t be disappointed.