How to: New York in a Night

Nobody really knows what goes on at night in NYC…

Despite New York’s current Day after Tomorrow situation, nighttime in that big city is nothing short of inspiring. So picking up where we left off of blubbering on the observation deck of Top of the Rock (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you need to catch up).

6:30 pm: Go backstage at Jason Wu’s show and observe the MAC team’s magic – then shoot the show and wonder if Jason would let you borrow those gloves for no reason at all? NOTE: hyperventilate silently when Karlie Kloss is half a metre away from your face.

7:30 pm: Head up to Lincoln Centre and roam around The Box, appreciating the everyday, sporty appeal Monika Chiang’s collection. Notice Lily Kwong’s new haircut and like it. NOTE: make a mental check to keep an eye out for Monika’s work before next Fashion Week – lady’s going places.

8:00 pm: Get a cab to the Post Office for Theysken’s Theory backstage. NOTE: you will never look that cool in a solo Pink Floyd tee.

9:00pm: Walk back up to Sunglass Hut on 5th Avenue to see the beautiful Georgia May Jagger launch her campaign. Talk to her about her photographic studies and get Polaroid happy with GMJ and Cara. NOTE: Red lighting is really hard to shoot and film in. Cara and GMJ are also besties. Go figure.

10:00 pm: Get the L subway to Williamsburg and walk to Café de La Esquina (La Esqiuna’s more hipster baby) for excellent enchilladas and nachos with Geneva and Sara. NOTE: a lot of fellow Australians chow here. Feel the love.

11:00 pm: Get the subway back to Lower East Side and Google Maps your closest Pinkberry. If it’s not open, walk to 16 Handles on 2nd Avenue. NOTE: This is not optional. Neither are toppings and repeat visits.

12:00 pm: Get a sugar-happy cab ride home and resist a late night burger from across the road, and finally kick off those sneaks. NOTE: You won’t get to bed until 2 in the morning because you have three videos to edit by tomorrow. But it’s all good because strawberries will kick you in the face.

On top of that, never underestimate the intrigue in wandering around the busier parts of Manhattan in the evening. The Empire State Building is perfect to go up at night and both Times Square Madison Ave are all kinds of cinematic magic. It’s true that people don’t really sleep in the beast – crazy lifestyle, but beat it and you’re a guaranteed boss.

In other news, I’m going out for dinner.


Margaret Zhang is a Chinese-Australian photographer, director, stylist and writer based in New York. Since her digital beginnings in the fashion industry in 2009, Margaret has worked with global brands including Chanel, UNIQLO, Swarovski, YEEZY, Clinique, Lexus, Dior, Gucci, Matches and Louis Vuitton in a wide range of capacities both in front of and behind the camera, while completing her Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws at The University of Sydney.
Though regularly featured in print and digital media as a model and personality alike, Margaret’s pho tography, styling, and creative direction has been employed by the likes of Vogue, L’Officiel, Harper’s BAZAAR, NYLON, Marie Claire, Buro24/7, and ELLE internationally. She has been listed in Forbes Asia’s 30Under30 and TimeOut’s 40Under40 lists, and her work has been recognised as shaping the international fashion industry by the Business of Fashion BoF500 Index, and ELLE Magazine’s Best Digital Influencer of The Year Award.




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