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We arrived at Mark Winkel’s DUMBO studio just as night was falling — he insisted that evening is when his space comes to life, and he was correct. The entryway was glowing, and huge cartoonish flower-shaped lights suspended from the ceiling set the mood. Across the room, a stage set with twinkling lights looked ready to host, well, just about anything. Mark’s rescue cat from Puerto Rico inadvertently played the piano for us at one moment, and later, we talked Mark into taking a spin on the swing hanging from the ceiling. At once homey and performative, this space was designed to excite and inspire.
Mark is an events producer, and his home has been the setting for many of his unusual parties. But it’s never been only about spectacle. Mark is much more interested in creating environments where people feel encouraged to have intimate conversations — which is just what we had over an Old Fashioned spiked with maple syrup.
Read on for the recipe and to learn about Mark’s inspirations, events, and thoughts about how New Yorkers should see more of the sun.