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This week we’re sharing our round-up of the Best Places to Shop Local Designers in NYC, highlighting a WILD amount of pop-ups & fun stuff, and introducing you to a cool new friend: Holly Bynum of Razor Braids.

Culture Corner

COOL NEW THING

New to Bed Stuy is Cafe Bótani - a community plant shop & cafe. We can’t wait to stop by for a cortado & a new plant buddy asap. Open everyday from 8a-6p at 173 Lewis Ave. 

SHOP

This Saturday, Liz Chick is hosting the garage sale of ur small town dreamz. The pop-up, Suburban Dream, will feature a curated end-of-summer park-side pop-up with vintage, ceramics, flowers, tattoos, bites, naturally dyed goods & portraits (all that - yes!) It’s going down at 892 Lorimer Street from 11a-7p.

BIKE

Looking to get active before the swift arrival of Autumn? Cool friend Daniel Emilio Soares is organizing a bike ride with Hudson Wilder, Black Fox Coffee Co, and Vela bikes. Happening this Sunday at 8:30 am in DUMBO, with 10 electric bikes provided by Vela if you don’t have one. RSVP here to join the ride

Biking not your thing but still want to experience a little Alimentari this weekend? Stop by Hudson Wilder Saturday & Sunday for the SURPRISE Alimentari Flaneur 2 year anniversary pop up. 11-6 and 12-5 respectively.
EAT
Great NY Noodletown
New York’s best restaurant is finally back open. Stop by daily from 9am-10pm and don’t forget the Chinese Sausage Fried Rice. Nothing else to say, we just love them.
Daughter Pastry Pop-Up

Brooklyn based baker, Kaitlyn Wong is popping up this Sunday at Crown Heights cafe, Daughter. Kaitlyn will be selling pastries alongside Daughter’s coffee starting at 9am until she sells out !! Stop by to try one of her popular pastry boxes :-)

LOOK (at art)
Calling all museum go-ers! TOMORROW is free museum day! NYC museums (small & big) are opening their doors by offering freeee entry for two all Saturday long. Head here to see the full list of museums in the city offering free tix for Smithsonian Museum Day. Go see some art!  
COOK

Now calling all beer & pretzel lovers! TALEA Beer in Wburg is hosting a fun afternoon of baking with Chris Milazzo as he teaches the basics on how to make ur own baked soft pretz - yummmmm. &&& you’ll be sippin’ TALEA beer while you wait for your pretzels to bake. Sign up here to get baking.

Best Places to Shop Local Designers in NYC

This week we have a v special Best Of article featuring all of the best places to shop local designers in the city. Our guest editor, Calli, is passionate about keeping things local and shopping from all of the amazing artists & creators in NYC. Head to our website to read the full list and get shopping!

BEST PLACES TO SHOP NYC DESIGNERS

Cool Friends: Razor Braids

Meet Hollye Bynum of Razor Braids, our new favorite New York-based indie band. Razor Braids’ music is electric and combines a lot of heart with heavy punk influence. The cherry on top? Razor Braids’ strong commitment to RED. 

How did you start your queer, female & non-binary indentifying indie rock band, Razor Braids?

I created the band in response to my experience in life as a woman. At the time I was really struggling at work and in general with sexism—  walking out of the house sexism was everywhere and I wanted to create a space for myself where I felt safe and could talk about things that are important to me that were of my experience. I wanted to surround myself with like-minded humans. So I started that— it went through a few iterations, but at the end of 2019 we landed with this iteration— Janie, Jilly, Hannah and myself.

 

What's your favorite part about the New York creative community?

I’m originally from Nashville, Janie’s originally from Memphis, Jilly’s from Chicago, and Hannah is from right outside the city. So we were all really fortunate to grow up in creative cities and environments that support creative outlets, but there is nothing like New York. The energy, the level of talent, and the level of competition— it encourages you to really dig in and try to pump out your best material. Also, I think unlike Nashville or even Memphis, the city encourages uniqueness and individuality. Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention historically how special the city is to rock ‘n roll, and it’s cool to be walking the same street that your idols walked and performing at venues that your idols performed at.

 

What's inspiring you right now?

Depression, jk. Truly my bandmates inspire me and just the simple idea that I get to wake up and make music with people that I love and who respect me.  We have fun together and that is the focus. Also the prospect of getting to do bigger and better things— just pushing forward and being on a team. In terms of songwriting, I think a lot of the material right now is hope for things to come, or positive flirtation or a crush. I feel like we talk about vulnerability so much but this time it’s like, okay, bad stuff has happened before, but we’re not gonna let it rob what we have moving forward. We want more and we deserve it.

Hollye Bynum , Janie Peacock, Jilly Karande , Hannah Nichols

 

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