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What's New

This week we’re sharing 4 cool new things, highlighting gallery shows to see this week(end), and introducing you to a cool new friend: chef Amelie Kang of MáLà Project.

Culture Corner

COOL NEW THING(S)

Still Here New York

Eco-conscious denim brand, Still Here New York, just opened their Nolita location! The new shop, located at 268 Elizabeth, will be serving their colorfully embellished denim & Still Here coffee -- fertilized using leftover materials from the denim production process. The store is open from 11-7p every day except Monday <3

Mission Sandwich Social

A new sammie shop just opened in Williamsburg & we think you should know about it. Chef Brian Tsao is introducing over-the-top saucy subs at Mission Sandwich Social (326 Bedford Ave at South 2nd). Leaning on his fine dining prowess, expect huge subs full of housemade ingredients and unexpected flavor combinations. We’re trying the Bensonhurst & the Peking Turkey on our first visit :-)

Cafe Spaghetti
Long-awaited Cafe Spaghetti is NOW OPEN! Located in the heart of Carroll Gardens at 126 Union St, Chef Salvatore Lamboglia is cheffin’ up bowls & bowls of saucy pastas. Not yet on resy, show up with the hopes to grab a spot in their adorable backyard on a BK Spring day.

(photo via @fullizzi)

Norm’s Pizza

Subs, spaghetti, what’s next...pizza? Actually yes! Norms Pizza, a new slice shop in Park Slope, just opened up on 7th avenue at 12th st. We’re excited to have a classic slice in the new school interiors after a long summer afternoon in Prospect Park.
LOOK (at art)

Mona Chalabi: The Gray-Green Divide at the Brooklyn Museum

Artist, activist & data journalist, Mona Chalabi, is now showing a new piece outsideeeee in the BK Museum’s plaza. This site-specific installation explores environmental justice and climate change, exposing their unequal impacts on Brooklyn communities. In a time of pandemic and rising temperatures, The Gray-Green Divide asks which neighborhoods lack vegetation—and at what cost.

Shapeshifter Gallery Exhibition

Uprise Arts’ latest exhibition, Shapeshifter, is one that we’re super excited about. Visit the gallery at 264 Canal St #4W to view fun, colorful, blobby art (with underlying themes of feminine identity, escapism, and transitory emotions) by artists such as Brooklyn-based Paulina Ho. Shapeshifter will run until May 19th by appointment only - RSVP here!

SHOP

Tianguis (tee•ang•eez) is an online concept & consignment store based in Brooklyn. WELL this weekend they will be I•R•L for shopping in East Williamsburg. Head to 55 Meadow St this Saturday, May 7th to shop Tainguis’ curated collection of goods from local designers, consigned pieces, home decor, and more! 

Cool Friends: Amelie Kang of MáLà Project

Meet Amelie, a member of Forbes’ 30-under-30 and co-founder of MáLà Project: a Sichuan Chinese restaurant with locations in the East Village, Bryant Park and Midtown (with a fourth location on the way!) In order to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month, we caught up with Amelie to hear how she built MáLà Project with friends to become a Michelin Bib Gourmand-recommended place to dine.

How did you start your Chinese restaurant, MáLà Project?
After graduating from The Culinary Institute of America, I moved to New York City and realized that I had a hard time finding my favorite food, Mala Dry Pot, in the epicurious city. After working at China Blue for 9 months as the manager, I partnered up with some friends and decided to open MaLa Project that focuses on dry pot and other sichuan dishes. 

What's your favorite part about the New York creative community?
As long as you are bringing something positive to the table, you can find your place no matter your style, stand, opinion. People are incredibly supportive and open minded. 

What's inspiring you right now?
People are craving for human connections after two years of distance. Creating unique interhuman and community experiences can be very rewarding! 

Follow along:
@malaproject on Instagram
www.malaproject.nyc

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