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This week we’re sharing the Best Restaurants for a Group, highlighting all the newest & coolest gallery shows, and introducing you to our cool new friend: Chloe Berlin. 

Culture Corner


New York’s coziest gallery is now open. Christopher Cawley’s new space, “Aladdin’s cave of objects” as he calls it, is full of pieces that have a story. The works only have one rule to get into the gallery’s mix: they all bring joy. Discover the trove on Fridays & Saturdays from 10am-6pm at 75 East Broadway, #231 in Chinatown, or otherwise by appointment. 


In honor of International Women’s History Month, floral studio, Jura, is raising funds for the Andreev Foundation. The foundation supports women in Ukrainian towns and cities that were formerly occupied by Russian soldiers by sending in mobile teams of psychologists and providing trauma support and raising awareness.

Please join us in raising funds by snagging one of Jura’s gorgeous bouqs or by making a donation here. Pick up from Clinton Hill or Veselka in the East Village next Tuesday & Wednesday!

LOOK (at design)

Do you choose your natural wine by the label? Are you obsessed with fun packaging? Have you ever thought about a career in graphic design? Shillington Education is having an open day at their New York campus to give you a taste of what it’s like to study design. With options to study 3 months full time, 9 months part time or online - check out allll the study options. Secure your free spot on Saturday 15 April here :) 

LOOK (at art)

Debora Koo at Tchotchke Gallery

New at BK gallery, Tchotchke, is North Carolina-based Debora Koo’s debut New York solo exhibition, entitled: With Sugar on Top.

Through sweet depictions of the artist’s most notable pregnancy cravings, a humorous side of fast-approaching parenthood is depicted in this new body of work. Created during the height of her prenatal cravings, the artist inadvertently depicts a culinary throughline between her current phase of life and that of her childhood. Head to 311 Graham Ave to see the show now until April 22nd :) 

Head Hi Annual Lamp Show

It’s that time of year again…Fort Greene coffee/book shop, Head Hi, is debuting its fourth annual Lamp Show in the cafe. This annual tradition is a special presentation of unique lamps selected through an international open call encouraging collective participation and experimentation with light, design, and materials. 

The lamps featured in this year's edition were made by professional industrial designers and first time Lampers from all over the world including the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Sweden. On view at 146 Flushing Ave until April 3rd!

Lamp Shown: Alayna Wiley, ANIMATE OBJECTS, homeland lantern. quirky i.


What if we told you that if you wore that old Met’s hat hanging in your closet, you could unlock a world of $FREE.99$ events at iconic NYC institutions? WELL, tomorrow is your lucky day! (Amazin’ Day to be exact)! Throw on your Met’s gear tomorrow, March 25th to the following spots to join in on free admission:


  • Brooklyn Museum - starting at 11am (the first 500 Mets gear wearers get free admission!)

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art - starting at 10am (Mets gear wearers get free admission!)

  • The Met Cloisters - starting at 10am (Mets gear wearers get free admission!) 

  • Brooklyn Steel - starting at 7pm (the first 25 Mets gear wearers get free admission to shows!) 

  • Racket NYC - starting at 7pm (the first 25 Mets gear wearers get free admission to shows!) 

  • Terminal 5 - starting at 7pm (the first 25 Mets gear wearers get free admission to shows!) 

  • Webster Hall - starting at 7pm (the first 25 Mets gear wearers get free admission to shows!) 

Best Restaurants for a Group 

One of the questions we get most often from friends & readers is “Where can I host a birthday dinner with 8 of my bffs” we decided to answer this burning Q with a very special Best Of article. Introducing, “Best Restaurants for a Group”. 


Cool Friends: Chloe Berlin

Meet Chloe, a Greenpoint-based artist whose work is rooted in the idea of rewilding the human spirit. Chloe Berlin Studio is multidisciplinary in craft & offers private and public installation, set design, botanical styling & playful workshops. We love how her works range from her petit floral “mini moments” sculptures using dried flowers, to large-scale botanical arrangements using unique stem combinations & color palettes. We caught up with Chloe to hear how she got her start as an artist and how the city is inspiring her now. 

How did you begin your career as an artist? 

I grew up in a very creative household. From a young age, I tried everything I could get my hands on from painting and drawing to ceramics, but none of it ever spoke to me. I often felt tired and impatient in the search for an outlet. I knew I was inherently creative and loved art but I couldn’t find my voice, so I stopped looking for it. 

Soon after that, I fought a battle with a debilitating chronic illness that completely changed my life and in turn, my perspective. Eventually, I was lucky enough to heal and then felt as though I was given a second chance to live the way that I wanted to and not in the way I thought I should. From there on out, I promised myself to only commit my time to things that made me feel truly good. This meant saying goodbye to bad habits, unhealthy relationships, the traditional 9-5, and jumping head first into flowers, the thing that always gave me so much joy.

My process is rooted in curiosity and observation. I love to take elements of the natural world – balancing both life and death – and reinvent them with the human touch. To me, it’s an emotional, non-verbal conversation I can have with the natural world. Through these expressions, we can learn about life and how we can think about our organic surroundings, knowing that our resources are beautiful, bewildering and fleeting. 

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

It can be so isolating being an artist, wherever you are. But this city has an intangible feeling of interconnectedness where everyone’s creative spirit feeds off of one another. When meeting another creative, it's rarely a surface level encounter. Within the first five minutes, we’ve somehow covered both of our life stories, obstacles we’ve faced, why we do what we do and what is inspiring us right now. It’s wonderful to skip the pleasantries and go straight to the real stuff. We all have different journeys and mediums but it's very comforting to know that you're not alone on this non-traditional, non-linear path. 

What's inspiring you right now? 

Nature at large will always be my first muse, especially those little in-between moments that so many of us miss in our daily lives. The way the sand bunches up by the shore line or how the sun hits a single blade of grass blowing in the wind. How do you take what is already so beautiful and put it in people’s faces so they have no other choice but to look at it? Something else I’ve been thinking about alot lately is how we can live in harmony with nature in a large city like this – moving with the breeze and growing with the bulbs. This is a guiding light in everything that I do. 

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