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Kalkutta's Favorite Street

Orchard Street in NYC

Photography by Ball & Albanese


Kalkutta has come a long way from the Kolkata, India, orphanage from which she was adopted at 4 months old and brought to the U.S. While the 29-year-old brainy “Bollywood Barbie” (a nickname given to her by a friend) got her start in divey Lower East Side bars, she’s now a Sony/ATV-signed musician and DJ known for spinning ’90s girl groups on The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live. Last year, she wrote “New Americana” for pop singer Halsey. The song made the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was featured on The Voice. “It was weird watching Pharrell [Williams] and Miley [Cyrus] coach lyrics I wrote while sitting on the fire escape of my apartment on Orchard and Broome,” Kalkutta says. “ ‘New Americana’ is very much about my experience on the LES.” 

La Petite Mort
“Explosion of throwback ’90s apparel like T-shirts from Janet Jackson’s tours, overpriced California Raisins sweatshirts, Starter jackets. Amazing little vintage shop.”

Russ & Daughters Cafe
“Absolute bagel royalty with a really proper New York bagel and lox. I get mine with chives in the cream cheese.”

“Wild amount of attractive Australian people in this restaurant. I lived above it, so I’d roll out of bed and go to their take-out coffee window wearing my purple Monsters, Inc. pajamas.”

Top Hops Beer Shop
“Hipsterish place where you can buy beer. Part of me hates myself for loving superartisanal-whatever beer. My favorite? Delirium Tremens in the gray bottle with pink elephants.”

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