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This week we’re sharing weekend plans in Fort Greene, highlighting an arts & crafts workshop, and introducing you to our cool new friend: Rashad Rastam.

Culture Corner



The newest addition to a historically great block of Bushwick is Eyval – a modern Persian restaurant with a focus on kebabs and a soul filled with cocktails. There’s something very exciting going on, and what better time to get in on it than NOW, with Nowruz (Persian New Year) happening monday ;-) Now go forth, and eat to your heart’s content! 

Brewer's Row

There are a handful of new places opening soon on Park Slope’s 7th avenue, and the latest is Brewer’s Row - a beer bar and bottle shop with great vibes. On a recent afternoon, we picked out a few drinks to carry out with great service and were charmed by a soccer match on television. It's a good place to feel like you’re in Europe!  

Verge Sushi

Sushi lovers rejoice…Greenpoint’s newest spot, Verge, is now open. Head over to 159 Franklin St. for rolls & oysters & moooooore in a modern space. If you go…let us know what you got?

Hearts & Crafts 

This Sunday, a VERY fun workshop from Art Gurl & 99 Angels is happening in the East Village. Hearts & Crafts will have arts and crafts stations, glitter tattoss, tacos, AND unlimited topo chico! The best part is that general admission begins at $17 (and includes food & drinks) with the option to upgrade to receive a custom design by 99 Angels. RSVP, tickets, and more info are all here on eventbrite.

Studio Rein @ Kordal Studio 

Fort Greene fave, Kordal Studio, is teaming up with Studio Rien to turn the shop into a flower garden this Saturday. There will be vase & hand tied arrangements and flowers by the stem to make your own bouquets from 8:30a-2p :) You can pre-order your flowers or come straight to the shop, say hi, drink some flower tea and enjoy a sweet treat while you shop.

Ice Cream & Wine Tasting @ Caleta 

Not to go all “euro trend report,” but Natural Wine & Ice Cream is now a big thing in Paris. According to us, Caleta is the best (and only?) place in New York to pair these two great things. Luckily for all of us, Caleta is hosting an intimate evening of natural wine and ice cream tastings on March 29th, with tickets available on Resy NOW. Get those tix quick, because we know they will go faster than you can scream for ice cream.

99 @ Rhodora 

After you’ve shopped til you dropped at the Kordal Studio pop up, walk 15 paces to the corner to enjoy the Cafe 99 pop-up at Rhodora. If you aren’t already obsessed with 99’s instagram-trending fresh cream cakes, allow us to paint a picture: Strawberry Milk Mousse Cake, Boba Milk Tea Profiteroles, and MORE! Stop by Rhodora Saturday or Sunday from 11-1pm to get in on the F U N! 


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Cool Friends: Rashad Rastam

Meet Rashad, a podcast host, founder of a creative studio, and a musician (he also designs merch, takes fantastic photos, and wheatpastes posters around the city.) Aptly named, his show, “Wear Many Hats,” is a weekly look into some of the coolest creative multi-taskers around. We caught up with Rashad to hear how he got his hands into so many fields, and how he might have more cool friends than us…

You have many projects between your podcast, your creative design studio, and your music. How did you come to wear so many hats?

My previous creative director I’ve worked with told me I wore many hats after giving the studio 5-panel hats I designed through my creative studio, Dahsar, as gifts. I went home that day not knowing what that meant, so I googled Wear Many Hats and it said it's an idiom. Then I googled, what's an idiom? Then I thought, am I an idiot? True story. I kept the name Wear Many Hats in my back pocket for a long time but didn’t know what I wanted to do with it. 

In Philly, people would say I wore many hats when I had to bounce around from being a menswear buyer to curating art shows so I brought that same energy to NYC. Music was what I always wanted to do, from writing lyrics at a young age and playing guitar, but I never told anyone that. Combination of making hats in the studio at the time and writing music for my band, Smog Cutter, in the same space led me to start a podcast. 

Listening to music and talk radio growing up in Philadelphia (from KCRW, WKDU, Y100, Q102, to today's NTS) naturally led me to be curious about the podcast medium as well. The podcast is an exploration of collaboration — featuring friends and creatives all over the world, collaborating on a theme song with my Philly homie Zach Sewall (aka Grave Goods), working with my good friends, Nikko Gary and Christian Schwartz, to create posters, merch, and the feel for the podcast. So, when it came to choosing a name for the podcast, looking at my tendency and the featured people, the name Wear Many Hats (WMH) was perfect.       


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

You can be creative in any field you choose! I used to work in service, and all my colleagues I became friends with did something outside of service. I once worked at a bakery with Jane Pain and she told me that after work she was going to interview Genesis P-Orridge (RIP) and take 35mm photos of them. I used to work at a coffee shop with Naoko De Oliveira and now she is one of the best florists in NYC with Kabuki.NY. 

As an ice breaker, I used to say I never go above 14th street before everyone said that for real. But, I actually always go above 14th street because that's where I am scouting all the walls that need to be wheatpasted for all commercial art ads, fabrics for clothing, and creative production for Dahsar.


What’s inspiring you right now? 

All my friends are killing it. I started writing a list but realized I would leave so many people out. (Although, if you check out the Wear Many Hats podcast, available on all platforms and at, you can see over 100 episodes of people that have been on. ;)) Those and counting are my true inspirations.

People ask how I find people to feature on my podcast. They are people I’ve crossed paths with whether it be online, other podcasts, pop-ups, parties, dinners, friends of friends, word of mouth or my travels.  

My best ideas come from baths, going to King Spa, upstate NY, Homecoming Coffee, Innercity Raiders, Commercial Type, matcha, Lichen NYC, and the gym. Okay, so I made a list.


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