Louis Cheslaw

Former Associate Editor, the Strategist

Louis Cheslaw is a former associate editor at the Strategist. He co-edited the Strategist print section and wrote about a summer of drama in Washington Square Park.

  1. ask a cool person
    What Are the Best Men’s White Sneakers?“When you think of all the eras of menswear, a basic white sneaker remains something you simply must own.”
  2. podcasts
    How This Jungian Life Made Carl Jung Cool AgainThe podcast’s psychoanalyst hosts are listening. So is everyone else, it seems.
  3. best in class
    The 6 Very Best Beach Carts and WagonsFor carrying both towels and toddlers.
  4. vulture lists
    The Best Books of 2022Yes, this list features more than one book set in a postapocalyptic world, but have you looked around lately?
  5. my week with
    My Week With an (Artificially) Moth-Eaten Shirt Designed for RunnersA holey cotton shirt, put to the test at Equinox, Prospect Park, and the Chelsea Piers Gym in Boerum Hill.
  6. look book
    The Look Book Goes to a Crypto ConferenceAfter enduring a rocky few weeks, enthusiasts gathered at Benzinga’s “Future of Crypto” event to take stock.
  7. strategist hive mind
    63 Holiday Shopping TipsHoliday-related proclamations and well-sourced recommendations from the Strategist’s staff and contributors.
  8. the strategist holiday catalogue
    102 Carefully Selected, Unusually Special Gifts Over $200Including a persimmon-colored Ton33, Greenpoint-milled matcha, and murano-glass gelato spoons.
  9. the strategist holiday catalogue
    I’ve Been Giving This Gift Since 1982Seven highly discerning New Yorkers on their go-tos.
  10. the strategist holiday catalogue
    105 Carefully Selected, Unusually Special Gifts Under $200Including a Dickensian nightgown, some Wall Street–inspired bedding, and three bonnets.
  11. the strategist holiday catalogue
    113 Carefully Selected, Unusually Special Gifts Under $50Including tinned eel, Elizabethan cuffs, and a borosilicate honey dipper.
  12. scene report
    The Democrats’ Election Night Party in Chinatown Was Actually Fun“NY Dems get down! Put that on the record!”
  13. brick and mortar
    There Are So Many Good New Stores in New YorkOver the last few months, there’s been an influx of especially-excellent spots.
  14. look book
    The Look Book Goes to We Met IRLWe talked to singles at the speed-dating series for people of color, whose tickets tend to sell out minutes after they go live.
  15. look book
    The Look Book Goes to KCONDevoted fans waited for hours outside Terminal 5 to be among the first to attend the only New York stop on this year’s K-pop-oriented KCON USA Tour.
  16. still swiping
    A Mini Tinder Time CapsuleA decade of ghosting, emojis, and urban legends.
  17. strategist hive mind
    71 Summer Shopping TipsAn accumulation of proclamations and well-sourced recommendations from the Strategist staff.
  18. look book
    The Look Book Goes to an NYPD Boxing MatchOn a recent Friday night in Flushing, Smoker Talk convened for its first NYC indoor boxing event since COVID.
  19. look book
    The Look Book Goes to Herbert Von King ParkOn the first 70-degree day of the year, we joined sunbathers at the century-old Brooklyn park and community space.
  20. best of new york
    The Best Homeware Stores in New YorkAffordable vintage furniture, Japanese gifts, Brimfield-quality quilts, and more.
  21. best of new york
    The Best Storage Units in New YorkFor the most space for the least money, a few cases of wine, inherited minks, and more.
  22. best of new york 2021
    The Best Therapists in New YorkWe asked 31 notable New Yorkers about their therapists and are publishing their referrals in their own words.
  23. look book
    The Look Book Goes to New York City’s Only CasinoWe spoke to regulars on a recent Thursday night at Resorts World in Queens.
  24. corner shop
    A Freaky Lamp Show in Fort GreeneLight-up socks, blenders with bulbs, and a banana pendant.
  25. look book
    The Look Book Goes to New York Fashion WeekWe chatted with guests at Collina Strada’s show at the Angelika.
  26. look book
    The Look Book Goes to a Lunar New Year DinnerHundreds of people visited House of Joy, a recently renovated Chinatown banquet hall, to eat shumai, roast duck, and chicken feet.
  27. look book
    The Look Book Goes to a Union Square Ski-Bus PickupOn a recent freezing Friday, winter-sports enthusiasts lined up to take the OvRride bus to Mountain Creek and Hunter Mountain for the day.
  28. recommended by experts
    How to Travel and Commute Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak, According to ExpertsYes, you should wear a mask.
  29. look book
    The Look Book Goes to a Staten Island Shipping DockLongshoremen of the ILA Local 920 union took a break from 18-hour shifts to tell us about the supply chain and winter accidents.
  30. ask a cool person
    The Best (Stylish) Protective Masks, According to People With Good TasteWith picks from Jamaal Bowman, Nicky Hilton, and more.
  31. this thing’s incredible
    The Best Thing I Bought This Year Is My ‘Secret Second Suitcase’“I can easily fit two pairs of shoes as well as a week’s worth of underwear, socks, and thin shirts, relieving a ton of pressure on my suitcase.”
  32. look book
    The Look Book Goes to the Rink at Rockefeller CenterWe chatted with tourists and season-pass holders on a Sunday afternoon.
  33. ask a cool person
    What Are the Best Men’s Sweaters?From cardigans to turtlenecks to a crewneck sustainably made of baby yak wool that one outdoorsman says is the ideal sweater for chopping wood.
  34. celebrity shopping
    What Mickey Drexler Can’t Live Without“To this day, when I check into a hotel, the bellmen always say, ‘I love your luggage.’”
  35. best bets
    The Best Gifts at 12 Newly Opened NYC StoresIncluding hand-caught razor clams, a burrito-shaped bicycle bags, a Sex and the City hat, and more.
  36. look book
    The Look Book Goes to a Knicks-Lakers GameCelebrity guests and multi-decade season-ticket holders alike mingled in the floor seats during a 106-100 home win at a sold-out MSG.
  37. ask a cool person
    What’s the Best Men’s Loungewear?“Like good bedding, it keeps you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s warm.”
  38. look book
    The Look Book Goes to Disco TehranAbout 1,000 people showed up for the Iran-inspired club night and fund-raiser’s final party before it heads out on a tour of Europe and South America.
  39. look book
    The Look Book Goes to a South Slope Open HouseSeventy-plus interested buyers came to check out the $1.7 million three-bedroom, three-bath duplex.
  40. recommended by experts
    Everything You Need for a Power Outage, According to ExpertsWe talked to city officials and preppers to find everything you need to build a blackout kit.
  41. travel
    The Catskills Are Suddenly Lousy With High-End HotelsThe Borscht Belt has entered its expensive phase.
  42. look book
    The Look Book Goes to an Animal-Blessing CeremonyAt the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights, pet owners brought their animals for an annual blessing.
  43. look book
    The Look Book Goes to Chess in the ParkAt the tournament, which is held yearly near Bethesda Fountain, more than 700 children (and a few adults) faced off over six rounds of rapid chess.
  44. look book
    The Look Book Goes to the Obama PortraitsDuring a preview party at the Brooklyn Museum, guests got an early look at Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald’s presidential portraits.
  45. small-business stories
    The Lower East Side Tailor to the SceneClients have generally found Ramon Tailor through word of mouth. Now — suddenly — there are lines out the door for his custom pants.
  46. look book
    The Look Book Goes to MargaritavilleWe chatted with guests at the newly opened outpost of the hotel chain, which sits right between the Times Square subway station and Port Authority.
  47. look book
    The Look Book Goes to a Cricket Match in Van Cortlandt ParkPlayers from India, Australia, Jamaica, and elsewhere faced off.
  48. travel
    The Specific Torture That Is Procuring a Passport Right NowThe pandemic has thrown the process of renewing or getting a passport into disarray.
  49. recommended by experts
    Everything You Need to Work From Home, According to People Who Do It EverydayIncluding essentials like desks and chairs as well as less obvious things that foster productivity in an office of one.
  50. look book
    The Look Book Goes to Miramar Yacht ClubMembers and guests watched (and raced in) a weekend regatta at the 77-year-old Sheepshead Bay club.
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