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WHAT’S NEW
This week we’re sharing a new coolstuff.nyc Neighborhood Guide, highlighting (socially distanced) holiday markets, and introducing you to a cool new friend: Grace Miceli.

CULTURE CORNER

LOOK
Sure, sure, so we know we just did a whole Best Of article on outdoor art last week, but one of our favorite small businesses, Coming Soon, has a brand new mural by artist Brianne Garcia. If you’re out in Dimes Square doing some last-minute holiday shopping, be sure to check it out on the side of their new space on Orchard st.

SHOP
Swing by our neighborhood favorite, Park Life BK, for a (Socially Distant) Holiday Market on Saturday, December 12th & Sunday, December 13th from 3-7 pm each day. Don’t forget to enjoy their loaded nachos and mulled wine while you shop for your (small biz) holiday gifts from local NYC vendors!

Looking for moooore holiday markets? BK based Lolo & Friends is having a holiday pop up shop in collab with Susan Alexandra (peep our coolfriend interview with Susan here!) this Friday-Sunday 11am-6pm. Head to 61 Bergen St this weekend in Boerum Hill for candles and jewelry and everything else your friends will love. 

WATCH
Okay, we are biased to our sweet Park Slope, but another one of our faves in the neighborhood, Pasta Louise, is debuting a weekly outdoor screening series of best-of-the-best Christmas movies paired with their best-of-the-best pasta. Make sure to follow them on IG or check their website here to stay in the loop and be the first to snag their Wednesday night tickets. (PS- make sure to add burrata to your pasta when you go!)

COOLSTUFF NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE: Bushwick, Brooklyn

There’s almost nowhere in New York that’s as diverse as Bushwick. Within a three-block radius, you might find vendors selling amazing tamales, a fantastic cup of coffee, or a new spray-painted mural that wasn’t there yesterday. We love Bushwick and called it home for a few years so this guide is...dense! Read about all our favorite spots in the heart of Brooklyn here → → →  

COOL FRIENDS: Grace Miceli

Meet Grace, AKA @artbabygirl — a Brooklyn illustrator and animator whose work has graced the pages of The New Yorker, and the screens of every sad indie kid watching Soccer Mommy music videos. Her work has been featured at MoMA, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, NADA Miami, Tate Modern, SXSW, and this newsletter. 

How did your career as an illustrator begin?
It was a slow build-I started posting drawings on Tumblr at the end of college. I liked the medium because I could buy printer paper and crayola markers at the pharmacy for like $10 and they would last me months. I scanned everything I drew and posted it online and over the years due to luck and generous internet friends and drawing daily because I was really bored and sad-my audience grew. I’ve made lots of mistakes (working for free!) but learned tons and developed my style slowly and found my voice over time. I’ve often been really afraid to share my work but I still put it out there anyways and I think that has helped me so much. You need to be enthusiastic and hopeful about your work if you expect anyone else to be. 

What's your favorite part about the New York creative community?
I feel grateful to have found peers who have become both friends and mentors. I try to remember that there’s room enough for everyone and we don’t have to compete-it’s really nice to see that reflected around me. Also just transparency and vulnerability about the fact that working as an artist is awesome but challenging and still like a real and challenging job-it’s not as glamorous as it may seem. 

What's inspiring you right now?
I’ll be real with you-I don’t feel that inspired right now when it comes to creating art. And I think there’s power in accepting that and not getting mad about it. It’s been really hard to be productive during the pandemic and that is okay and normal. I try to return to the things that calm me down like journaling, watching movies I loved as a teen, Tara Brach meditations and reading fiction (anything about tumultuous female friendships is preferred) because I know that inspiration definitely won’t come if my anxiety is in charge. 

Follow along:

www.gracemiceli.com
@artbabygirl on Instagram

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Morning coffee run in Brooklyn, NY

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