It's a downtown world, and we're just living in it. But seriously. When was the last time anything even remotely interesting happened above 14th Street? Look at your life, look at your choices. A picture says a thousand words. And the place a picture was taken? Says even more. From tried and true standbys to soon to be classics, you'll want to take note before stepping out next.

Forever in good company, we tailed our favorite social beings as they posted up at the best spots around town. Haya Maraka, Bergdorf's UAE Ambassador (somebody's got to help those princesses get their Birkins). Alix Verley-Pietrafesa, the fashionable free spirit and gypsy tailor behind Alix of Bohemia. Cyndi Ramirez, cool chick extraordinaire and tastemaker behind Taste the Style. And Nadine Abramcyk, founder of Tenoverten salons and generally all around groovy girl. Our favorite ladies. Our favorite spots. Their future's so bright, they gotta wear shades.


[Photos by Wendy Ploger]