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This week we’re sharing our Best Booze-Free Activities in NYC round-up, highlighting the coolest new restaurants, food pop-ups & dinner parties, and introducing you to our cool new friend: Tasha Muresan of Bloom Bloom Studio.

Culture Corner


Early Yves

Bedstuy is quickly becoming a hotspot for book cafés, and the newest addition to the lineup is Early Yves which opened last weekend. Formerly known as Montage, Early Yves will be celebrating their newest partner boutique bookstore Duende tomorrow April 1 from 1-3pm. Grab a drink, eat some food, and browse a lovingly curated tiny bookstore!

Tomkins Square Bagels 

East Village favorite, Tompkins Square Bagels opened their first location outside of the village this week! On a quiet block off of Union Square, the new shop at 23 E 17th St is the PERFECT spot for a pre-farmers market bite. Stop by nowww, before it gets just as packed as the location on Avenue A…


We love when a new concept leads with a strong idea. Percy’s English Delights, a new English-inspired breakfast pop-up by Will Ryan, makes its debut this weekend with a tight edit of goodies like a Sausage Roll made with Guiness and spices, and a Half-English breakfast sandwich. Pre-order your goodies here for pickup TOMORROW 4/1 at Commune in Bedstuy.


Movie lovers rejoice, Film at Lincoln Center and MoMa are debuting their 52nd edition of New Directors/New Films, running through April 9. Think of this festival as a smaller New York Film Festival; you feel like you are truly bearing witness to the future of film.

This year’s festival will introduce 27 features and 11 shorts, a total of 41 directors to filmgoers in person in theaters at both FLC and MoMA.

Grab tickets at a discounted rate with code DISCOVER52, and see all showtimes here!

Film pictured: Coconut Head Generation, Alain Kassandra

Best Booze-Free Activities 

Guest contributor: Camille Nguyen

Dry January may be long over but if you’re looking to step into spring on the straight and narrow, we’ve got the perfect list for you. Whether you’re in the mood to explore a new craft or hobby like watercolors or quilting, or if you’d like to up your culinary game, or if you’re just looking for a way to de-stress from the daily grind—sans alcohol…this week’s guide has got you covered. 


Cool Friends: Tasha Muresan

Meet Tasha, one of our favorite NYC-based floral designers creating one-of-a-kind bouqs in fun and unique ways. We fell in love with Tasha’s “Bloom Blooms” on Instagram and are constantly inspired by her creations. Read along to hear how florals gave her a new passion.

How did you begin your career as an artist? 

Before flowers I worked in children's book publishing! Towards the end of my time in that career, I felt like I'd hit a dead end and lost any passion or creativity I'd once had. Luckily, right around this time a dear friend of mine was opening a flower shop and needed someone to run it while she focused on her growing floral design studio. "I'll teach you everything you need to know," was all I needed to hear to quit everything and give floral design a shot. This friend, Jackie Hartnett of Extrafloral, changed my life by introducing me to the art and practice of working with flowers. Floristry demands of you a level of attention, awe, and responsiveness that had been missing from my life for a while. Looking back, it's so special to see the many ways in which working with flowers brought me home to myself, so in response, my work is suffused with deep gratitude.

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

I get asked some versions of this a lot! I can only speak to my experience and the artists I've come to know, but I feel there's a generosity in the creative community here that is truly moving and energizing. Whether it's folks being generous with their connections, their time, talents, encouragement ... The support available to you is so palpable here. I also don't feel a sense of competition or a scarcity mindset, even with my fellow florists — we're always there to celebrate one another's successes, share client referrals, and even jump on board to help freelance for each other when someone calls out sick, even when it's our only weekend off! So many amazing work opportunities have come from other creatives speaking my name in a room, and I absolutely do the same whenever I can. Generosity & honest connection are what it's all about.


What's inspiring you right now? 

This winter I had a chance to spend a couple of months traveling up the West Coast, visiting family and friends along the way. There was so much time for leisurely breakfasts, long walks and scenic drives, good conversation, and connection ... I'm still drawing a lot of inspiration from that time. It's amazing what rest & a few golden hours spent staring at the Pacific Ocean will do for you.  


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