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This week we’re introducing our new venture “Coolstuff Concierge”, highlighting the coolest pop ups to go to this weekend and introducing you to our cool new friend: Emma Chozick of Thingtesting. 

Culture Corner


A new shop & cafe recently hit the streets of Wburg and we can’t wait to stop by. Natoora calls themselves a “food system revolution” and they are just that in their new brick & mortar. The shop highlights small farmers with seasonal produce, small batch dry goods & deli items from Natoora’s in-house chef. Stop by 93 S 6th Street & stock up on Chocolate Persimmons and Green Citrus.


One of coolstuff’s favorite small maker markets, Little Big Market, is posting up at 101 Steuben Street TOMORROW from 12-4. There will be live airbrushing, and chain-stitching, many yummies treats &&& more. Stop by!


Cool Friend Susan Alexandra is hosting the szn’s cutest event. The Susan Alexandra Halloween Dog Costume Parade is happening this Sunday outside of the shop on 33 Orchard (so cute!) Doggie parents, sign up here & bring ur pups in costume to win pet prizessss! PS - PetPlate will be there handing out freeee treats for your doggos :)


Disregard what you’ve heard about Summer, Autumn is wine season, and we have two cool Natural Wine fairs that are great ways to kick things off next weekend.

Karakterre – November 5

Karakterre, the leading natural wine festival focusing on the region of Austria and Central and East Europe is coming to Rockefeller Center! From 11:30-6pm, over 50 natural winemakers will be available for tasting at 45 Rockefeller Center. Tickets are available here for $55.

Viniesta – November 8

Coming to the Ace Hotel Brooklyn, Selections de la Vina will be hosting a Spanish Food & Natural Wine fair, bringing together some of the region's foremost natural wine and food producers on November 8th for a day of eating and tasting. Advance tickets are available here for $50 (they will run you $70 at the door.)


Ah…the age old weekend question, “where should I meet friends for brunch?!?!” While the question is one that is asked from a place of good fortune, the answer is no less simple. The options are typically

A. somewhere with too many “influencers”

B. have a line out the door

C. serve food that is just fine

If you’ve made it this far into the brunch diatribe, you are now rewarded with our new-ish brunch pick in NYC: OSTUDIO in Bushwick.

OSTUDIO is a multi-use space: part restaurant, part ceramics studio, and all vibes. Brunch launched just last weekend and is centered around the Asian-American heritage and comfort foods of Chef Greg Wong (formerly of Estela and Mission Chinese.) Stop by from 11:30am-3:30pm every Saturday for brunch, or Monday-Saturday from 5:30pm-10:30pm for dinner at OSTUDIO at night.


Cool friend, Tanya Bush & her collaborator Aliza, are at it again with another issue of Cake Zine. The second issue, Wicked Cake, is avail for pre-order nowwww & includes a wide range of original recipes, essays etc on the dark side of desserts. Coolstuff fave, Sohla El-Waylly weighs in with a recipe for her take on the classic Death by Chocolate cake: a many layered monstrosity of cocoa meringue and chocolate cake, covered in dangerous chocolate shards. Grab ur copy now for shipping in early November :)

LOOK (at art)

The BK based artist Ursula von Rydingsvard—who turned 80 this year(!!!)—just opened up a new exhibition at Galerie Lelong & Co. in Chelsea. Ursula’s show, LUBA, features new large-scale sculptures and drawings by the artist. The exhibition will be running through December 17th Tuesday to Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm 

Go see the show & check out her permanent sculptures right here in NY: Ona outside the Barclays Center, and Luba and For Paul at Storm King Art Center

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Cool Friends: Emma Chozick

Meet Emma, the community and curation lead for cult-review platform, Thingtesting. At coolstuff, we love keeping our eye out for what’s new and what’s next, and lucky for us, Emma does this FULL TIME! We caught up with Emma to learn a little bit about what she’s got her eye on, and what is inspiring her right now.

What do you look for in the brands you curate at Thingtesting? 

I have my eye on brands at the intersection of good design, innovation, and functionality. A brand I’ve always admired for this is Alessi, whose designs are both playful and practical, and more recent launches include Tulip, Reframed, Yucca Fins, and Lepet.

We add new brands to Thingtesting’s directory each week, some are sourced by me and our team, and many are submitted by our community. I’ve never resonated with the idea of selling something just for the sake of it. We have an overconsumption problem and as consumers, we have far too many options– it can be overwhelming. My curation (and Thingtesting as a whole) has a strong focus on brands that are building from a new perspective.

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

The curiosity and openness. People really push themselves to learn and experience new things and as a result, I think it helps the collective to grow.

What's inspiring you right now?

Lots of traveling! I was in Copenhagen in May, spent six weeks in Barcelona over the summer, and next week I’m going to Portugal with my friends at Poolsuite.

I’m also feeling very inspired by my new apartment in Miami’s MIMO district, my shared board with my friend Marty called “Emma’s Hopes & Dreams”, chairs always, my friend Jeanne’s photography and creative direction, the Passer*by* discord, and my parents and their mid-century home in Connecticut where I grew up <3.

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Emma’s Thingtesting profile

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