What's New

This week we’re highlighting a fun new gallery show, sharing our Prospect Heights neighborhood guide and introducing you to our cool new friend: Anna Gordon of The Good Batch.

Culture Corner


You may have felt the waves over the last few weeks, BUT Gjelina - an LA standby - just opened the doors to their new location in NoHo. We’re spreading the word with cautious excitement over here at coolstuff HQ…could an LA pizzeria be good? Is it traitorous to be interested in trying it out? I guess we’ll just have to find out for our collective selves…

LOOK (at art)

New Year, new art! We’re currently excited to view Julia Chiang’s exhibition, Salt On Our Skin, at Nicola Vassell Gallery in Chelsea. The show features Chiang’s colorful works which explore the borders, both real and imagined, of the Chinese-American experience. Salt On Our Skin will be available to see now through February 25th at 138 10th Avenue.


Lunar New Year is upon us this Sunday! We encourage you to try and support an East Asian-owned business (you can find some in our Chinatown guide here, but there are plenty across the city!)  

Another way to celebrate is to honor and explore a traditional Chinese tea experience with Tea Drunk at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA.) On February 9th, Shunan Teng (founder of Tea Drunk) will present top teas of China followed by a guided tour of the museum by director, Neil Wu-Gibbs. You can get tickets ($25) right here!


It’s time for another Head-Hi Lamp Show - a favorite quirky Brooklyn tradition. In case you aren’t familiar, the Lamp Show is an open-call art show where artists, designers, collectors, creators, craftspeople of all levels are encouraged to submit a lamp to be on display from March 4-April 8 at the Head Hi shop in the Navy Yard. Head (Hi) here to get alll the deetz about submission if you’re interested in helping Brooklyn GLOW!

Neighborhood Guide:
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

Prospect Heights, a neighborhood that takes all the best parts of Park Slope, Crown Heights, and Clinton Hill, then shakes them all together. From the culinary wonderland of Vanderbilt Ave to the entrance to Prospect Park, this small slice of Brooklyn has a lot to offer. We’ve put together a hit list of our favorites (get ready for a lot of dining options) for the next time you take a winter’s stroll down Flatbush.

Read the Prospect Heights Guide

Cool Friends: Anna Gordon
Chef & founder of The Good Batch

Meet Anna, founder of The Good Batch - a baked goods brand and bakery based out of her super-cute Clinton Hill shop. We caught up with Anna to hear how a small stroopwafel stand grew to a bakeshop and wholesale bakery over the last decade. PS - the sweets are fantastic AND the savory cheddar scone is maybe the best scone we have ever had. 

How did you start your Brooklyn based bakery, The Good Batch?

I began the company in 2010 by selling hand-pressed stroopwafels at the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene. My biggest goal at that point was to sell cookies to people that weren’t my friends and family, so I was elated to be doing that! From there, I slowly expanded my offerings, grew a team, got better at business, and in 2014 we built out our headquarter kitchen and bakeshop in Clinton Hill. We’re still going strong in this space!


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

Ah, I really thrive as a little fish in this big NYC sea of creative individuals. I love seeing what others create, both inside and outside of the food industry. Design, art, music, dance— I find it all so inspiring. In NYC, branding and marketing is sometimes just as important as the product you’re making, and I’m very fascinated by that component of business. All of this fuels my own creative process. I’m a very ambitious person by nature, so living and working in this fast-paced, constantly evolving environment really suits me.


What's inspiring you right now?

I’m currently inspired by bringing unexpected flavors and textures into cookies, brought in from the savory palate, and talking to people from different cultural backgrounds than my own. I’m also excited to play with some collaborations this year with other chefs, just as a way to have fun and shake up my routine a bit. On a personal note, I’m committed to visiting more museums and galleries this year, as that always seems to turn my creative dial.


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