Each week, Alexa is rounding up the buzziest fashion drops, hotel openings, restaurant debuts and celeb-studded cultural happenings in NYC. It’s our curated guide to the very best things to see, shop, taste and experience around the city. 

What’s making our luxury list this week? Candace Bushnell spills the T at Café Carlyle, Bloomingdale’s welcomes campers of all ages and the Upper East Side gets its very own outpost of ABCV.

Two New York City legends will collide when Candace Bushnell returns to the Café Carlyle for five nights only (April 23 through April 27) with her one-woman show: “True Tales of Sex, Success and Sex and the City.”

The blonde bombshell — who rose to fame via her tantalizing New York Observer column (which ultimately inspired the now-iconic character of Carrie Bradshaw) — will spill all sorts of tea.

In the show, Bushnell regales a live audience with her personal experiences before, during and after the show that, for many, defined a decade. From $110 per person; 35 E. 76th St.; Rosewood Hotels

A new pop-up space in Bloomingdale’s is channeling all sorts of outdoor vibes, billing itself as a destination for campers to get sorted with all the coolest gear before leaving for the wilds of Maine (or a back yard sleep-over).

The offerings at Camp Bloomingdale’s range from truly practical outdoor gear — like a Coleman stove, cooler and lantern — to camp-inspired ready-to-wear and accessories from the likes of Free City and Vintage Havana.


The iconic retailer is offering fun gift-with-purchase options, including a Crocs customization station (in-store at its NYC 59th Street flagship).

Camp Bloomingdale’s will raise its tents at select stores nationwide as well as online. 1000 Third Ave; Camp Bloomingdale’s

Jean-Georges Vongerichten is a very smart man.

He’s debuted an uptown outpost of ABCV (the chef’s beloved plant-based restaurant) at The Mark Hotel — just as the stress over having a beach-ready body is becoming very real.

The temporary, spring-summer pop-up is in the Upper East Side hotel’s outdoor dining space, which previously housed The Mark Chalet.

Those lucky enough to score a reservation for the current iteration (available 30 days prior on Resy) will enjoy “high vibrational foods, tonics and cocktails” as well as sustainable, artisanal and organic plates, all served under lush cascades of amaranth. 25 E. 77th St.; The Mark Hotel

Last week saw the debut of Bronx Calling: The Sixth AIM Biennial at The Bronx Museum, showcasing the work of 53 emerging artists who’ve completed the museum’s prestigious Artists in the Marketplace Fellowship program in the past four years.

This is the second of two parts (the first was on view from January 26 – March 31, while the current exhibit lasts through June 26), curated by Eileen Jeng Lynch, director of curatorial programs, with a range of works by over two dozen artists.

These vibrant pieces have never been exhibited before and, in many cases, mark the first opportunity for these artists to show their work in an institutional setting. 1040 Grand Concourse; The Bronx Museum

Paul Smith has taken over a corner of Nordstrom NYC’s men’s store, creating a temporary “Clubhouse” decked out in the designer’s cheery color palette.

The fashionable hangout (open through April 30) also offers a selection of cocktails and bites inspired by the brand’s mantra of “classic with a twist.”

Meant to evoke a Paul Smith boutique — albeit on a smaller scale — visitors can shop, dine, and lounge on leather sofas while gazing at a rogue’s gallery-like art wall and paging through books chosen by Sir Smith himself.

Menu highlights include beef tartare and lobster rolls that can be paired with an espresso martini, gimlet, Kentucky mule or non-alcoholic elderflower spritz. 225 W. 57th St.; Nordstrom

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