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This week we’re sharing restaurant pop ups, highlighting art shows & Oscars viewing parties, and introducing you to our cool new friend: author Amy Fusselman.

Culture Corner


If you know us at here at HQ, you know we love a good dinner party…especially one that combines our love of creative activities AND food. Lottie Gurvis & Liz Chick have teamed up once again (after the success of their first “Seasonal Depression Soirée” dinner party last month) for a more-permanent pop-series.  Stay for Supper is a themed soirée project bringing strangers together through play + food. Grab tickets to their first official day of fun, Fool’s Brunch, here.


Holi at Junoon

Flatiron Indian spot, Junoon, is running a limited-time Holi menu that is as delicious as it looks. The Michelin-starred spot will be serving up a 5-course menu with specials like their Jackfruit Cutlet & Holi Thandai…YUM. Book your resy here to celebrate the colorful holiday from the heart of NYC. 


Photo by Ben Hon

Hanami Market @ Café Kitsune

This Saturday, a curated list of Japanese centered brands will be coming together in NY for a one-day marketplace showcasing the festive atmosphere of Ohanami in Japan.

Presented by the artisanal chocolate brand Deux Cranes, the HANAMI MARKET will celebrate the beauty of spring in Japan with a food and beverage market put on at Café Kitsuné's WV location.

Japanese vendors will be selling everything from rice balls and tea to the Deux Cranes Bento Box featuring a beautiful collection of housemade treats designed to mimic a traditional Japanese bento box. Book ur free tix to the event here! All happening tomorrow from 10a-6p :)


Photo by Victoria Jane


Calling all Sabah fans! The popular NYC-based slide-on shoe brand is unveiling a treasure trove of shoe samples, one-off and limited edition designs, apparel, objects, art, textiles &&& more. It’s all happening at 170 Crosby Street March 9th-12th. See you there?

LOOK (at art)

Jennifer Mills, a Brooklyn-based artist and writer has been releasing a weekly newsletter about her life (we love it) for the past TWENTY ONE YEARS…and the entire archive is on view NOW at the Brick Aux Gallery in East Williamsburg. Jennifer has done many things for many people, and is currently a writer and producer for NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. If you’re as excited as we are, there is an opening night party TONIGHT, to kick off the show with a conversation between Jennifer and cultural critic Maris Kreizman. Jennifer Mills News will be up until March 19 at 628 Metropolitan Avenue.


For the movie buffs out there, Nat’s on Bleecker is hosting an Oscars viewing party on Sunday coinciding with their regular scheduled trivia night. Old Hollywood glamor is the theme of the evening, with a special martini menu and plenty of caviar. The restaurant will screen the awards show on its two TVs and offer a betting pool. Reservations + walk-ins available. 


Live Event Illustrator: xo, Bex Studio by Rebecca Schneider

xo, Bex Studio by Rebecca Schneider is a fashion-driven bespoke art studio based in Manhattan, NYC with clients including Alimentari Flâneur, Essilor Luxottica, Little Words Project, private collectors, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tarin Thomas, and more. 

Signed xo, Bex are works including live-sketching at brand events & personal parties, luxury abstract paintings, and custom illustrated works such as mailers, invitation suites, portrait gifts, and more. 

Follow Bex's art journey on Instagram and click here to contact for a free consultation!

Photo: Tiana Michele Photography

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Cool Friends: Amy Fusselman

Meet Amy, a New York-based writer who has authored five books, including her new novel, “The Means.” We caught up with Amy to hear what she loves about New York, and how winning a contest jump-started her career.

How did you start your career as a writer? 

I’ve been writing since childhood but my identity as an author was jump-started when I won a contest. McSweeney’s was looking to publish a manuscript about electrical engineering on boats and I wrote a proposal that loosely fit the requirements. It’s a memoir about my trying to get pregnant at the time was father was dying. It’s called The Pharmacist’s Mate.   


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

I love that there are so many types of makers in New York. I think there’s more openness to experimentation as a result. It’s easier to take creative risks in New York City because there are just so many other people here doing incredible things. 

I try to take advantage of being here. I am a theater fan and I try to see a lot of different types of theater. I recently saw two amazing puppet shows: Moby Dick and The Immortal Jellyfish Girl. Where else could I do that?  


What's inspiring you right now? 

My partner Frank is the designer behind Horsebeast Bags. He makes them in our living room, so there are always a lot of interesting materials and fabrics in our apartment.  And I am always inspired by our dog, Twix, who often sits next to me on the couch while I write. It’s easy to get really into your head while writing. She helps me stay connected to my heart. 


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