Manhattan Memos – Giving Thanks

I was born on November 24th in Vienna, Austria. I was in such a hurry to join the world that I opened my eyes in the ambulance en route to the hospital. At the time I was born, my parents were factory workers who had migrated to Austria from Istanbul, Turkey. When I was six years old, we moved back to Istanbul. There, I spent my childhood playing amid Byzantine walls, ancient Roman churches and Ottoman mosques. In this historic city, I grew up to become a photojournalist. Eight years later, in 2002, I decided it was time to leave the old empire behind and set foot in a brave new world. That world was New York City.

 New York gave me the chance to create my life through art. I wanted to create moments, ideas, and ways to change the world. So I set out to do just that. Getting access to galleries and stores where I could display my photography proved difficult, if not impossible. So I found another – and arguably better – way to reach the eyes and ears of New Yorkers: I hit the streets. I showcased my work in front of museums, at art fairs, on the streets of Soho, and anywhere else where I could prop up a stand and chat up a crowd. Four years later, Studio Manhattan was born.

 My goal is, and has always been, to create art and designs that enhance people’s lives. Making art out of everyday products is my way of creating, communicating, and bringing the world a little bit closer together.

 As we approach the season of giving, I would like to give thanks to those who brought me – and Studio Manhattan – to this point.

 I wish everybody a prosperous and peaceful holiday season.

-Ayhan

Holiday Market Madness

Hi Friends!

Since we last spoke, we’ve stuffed our faces with autumn’s favorite foods: mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cornbread, green beans, pumpkin pie, and, of course, turkey. Now, with Thanksgiving feasting officially at an end, we’re taking on Christmas! Although we still have another month to go before it’s socially acceptable to indulge in yule-time gluttony, nothing is stopping us from immediately strapping on our gift-giving gear and diving into a sea of stocking stuffers. So if you’re anything like us, and desperate to drink the Christmas Kool-aid, we can help. Whether you’re uptown, midtown or downtown, we’ve got boutiques stuffed with solutions to all your seasonal shopping needs. Below, we present you with an overview.

Bryant Park (through Jan. 6th)

Monday–Friday: 10am–8pm, Saturday: 10am–9pm, Sunday: 10am–6pm

Columbus Circle (through Dec. 24th)

Monday – Saturday: 10:00am to 8:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am to 7:00pm

Union Square (through Dec. 24th)

Monday – Friday: 11:00am to 8:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am to 8:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am to 7:00pm

Sandy and the Seaport

A few shots of the devastation wreaked on the Seaport by Sandy. Our store survived, but others were not so lucky. In the aftermath of this horrific hurricane, our thoughts and well-wishes go out to all those lives and livelihoods were affected. Our Seaport and Bryant Park stores will, hopefully, be up and running tomorrow. We will keep you posted. For now, New York remains in our hearts, prayers, and products.