My Perfect Weekend: Michael Casarella

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  • Photograph: Alvina Lai

    Michael Casarella, 30
    Fashion-design company CEO
    East Village

  • Photograph: Marc Fiorito

    “I recently started rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders(575 DeGraw St at Third Ave, Gowanus, Brooklyn; 347-834-9066, brooklynboulders.com). It plays with your adrenaline a bit—if you’re 25 feet up and your hand slips, your primal instincts kick in and make you fear for your life, even though you’re strapped in and totally fine.”

  • Photograph: Jen Snow/Russ & Daughters

    Russ & Daughters (179 E Houston between Allen and Orchard Sts; 212-475-4880, russanddaughters.com) is a Jewish appetizer place on the Lower East Side. I go for the Super Heebster sandwich with whitefish salad and wasabi flying-fish roe. It’s around 11 bucks but it’s good.”

  • Photograph: Lars Klove/New York City Bicycle Share

    “I’ve been taking the Citi Bikes (citibikenyc.com) out around the East River Park. I feel like it’s tough sometimes to be able to enjoy the outdoors in New York, so you’ve just got to jump on those opportunities to be outside.”

  • “One of my favorite places in New York is this bar called Moto (394 Broadway at Hooper St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-599-6895, cafe-moto.com). It’s a kind of moody, weird corner spot that’s really well decorated with, like, anachronistic junk. It’s a cool place to hang out and get wine. I’m kind of stuck on Malbec at the moment.”

Photograph: Alvina Lai

Michael Casarella, 30
Fashion-design company CEO
East Village

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