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What's New

This week we’re sharing lots of cool new things, telling you why you should take a Brooklyn staycation, and introducing you to a cool new friend: ceramicist, Helen Levi.

Culture Corner

COOL NEW THING(S)

Bungee Space

Bungee Space, a new art book store & gallery on the Lower East Side, opened quietly earlier this year & we’re really excited about it. An expansion of the Bejing-based POSTPOST, the space on 13 Stanton St looks like it’s filled with curiosities & we can’t wait to check it out.

PDA Slice Shop

Park Slope’s Pizza spot, P.D.A (Public Display of Affection), is expanding in 2022 and opening up a slice shop in Midtown East! All of you midtown-ers should be VERY excited. Head to the grand opening on Sat, Jan 8 on the corner of 53rd and Lex. Expect slices, ‘za rolls, Detroit pizza & bevvys - from 5-9p!

Yu and Me Books

OMG. The first female Asian-American NYC based bookstore is now open right in our very own Chinatown at 44 Mulberry. Yu and Me’s owner, Lucy, curated a selection of books featuring immigrant voices & stories from the community. Go stop by and support the new shop &&& grab some coffee or wine while you’re there!

Via Della Scrofa

A little Italian grocer just opened up in the East Village at 60 east 4th Street. The new alimentari, Via Della Scrofa, is owned by the lovely people that ran the Italian spot, Via Della Pace, which sadly burnt down in Feb 2020. This small grocery opened while they work on re-opening their restaurant…and it will not disappoint in the variety of specialized and authentic Italian goodies. Stop by for pasta, hot paninis, and lots of panettone.

LOOK
If you want to get your outdoor sculpture fix without driving up to Storm King, artist Rose DeSiano has a recent installation right in Prospect Park. Head to the Bartel-Pritchard entrance until May to check out the interactive & reflective piece!

SHOP

Gem Winter Sale
Our Lower East Side fave, Gem, is hosting their second annual Winter Sale this Sunday 12-5p. The sale will feature lots of antiques, hot cider & bouqs!

 

Brooklyn Pop-Up Holiday Markets
More park news for all you Brooklyn ppl! Brooklyn Pop-Up is…popping up…all across BK for mini holiday markets where you can easily shop small and snag some last min gifties! Check out their booth locations (BK Commons, BK Museum, Fort Greene Park & Prospect Park) and dates here!   

STAYCAY: This is your sign to have a Brooklyn stay-cation

Winter is basically here and if you’re anything like us, you’re dying to leave the 300 square feet you call home. With new variant scares and local businesses to support, maybe it’s best to just stay in the city…with a new perspective. Thanks to the Ace Hotel, we got a chance to check out the new Brooklyn outpost and plan the perfect Boerum Hill staycation! Read it all over on our site here.
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Cool Friends: Helen Levi

Meet Helen, a Queens-based ceramicist who is perhaps best known for her swirled clay tableware. We’ve been fans of Helen’s work for years and we're so so excited when she was able to contribute to this lil ol’ newsletter. AND GUESS WHAT – if you’re still looking for a last minute gift for the holidays, Helen is having her final studio sale of the year TOMORROW, December 18th. Swing by 562 Grandview ave from 12-3 (and don’t forget to bring a mask & a tote bag).

How did you begin your career as a ceramicist?

I have been a hobby potter since I was a kid. When I graduated college I was trying to be a photographer but teaching ceramics part time. I took over for my childhood teacher for a few months full time while she was on maternity leave, and that was the first time I was in the groove running a studio, and I really loved it. I still had a lot to learn, but when I got the chance to sell my work at one store, something clicked for me that I really wanted to pursue that. I started in a shared studio with 30 other potters, and slowly worked my way up to have my own studio, and then into a bigger space. I've been in Ridgewood for the last 2 years and hope I stay here a long time.

 

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

I love how unexpected industry and production can be in this city: going to a brass caster that's in a nondescript midtown high rise, a floor above a dentist and below a silk trimmings distributor. I grew up in NYC but I get to continually find new corners of the city when I go visit a colleague's studio, or look for a producer for a new project. What's brand new to me has been working hard in the city for a long time, and I love that experience of discovery.

 

What's inspiring you right now?

The concept of time! Becoming a mom and learning how to make do with less time has been an interesting design challenge. This means pushing myself to conceptualize styles that my assistants might be able to execute without me, or streamlining an existing design to make it more efficient. It's really hard but also really satisfying. 

 

Follow along:
www.helenlevi.com
@helen_levi on Instagram

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