First Street Garden is an open art space serving the Lower East Side community where emerging artists, architects, community and cultural groups collaborate and create murals reflecting ongoing current activity in our society – whether they are politically motivated or supporting social activism. It is converted from a derelict building so there is a “run-down” feel but it’s a great way for the community to stay engaged and open dialogue surrounding our daily lives. Continue reading “First Street Garden”
I only found out about this artist – CJ Hendry – from my forever-Instagram pen pal. She creates these hyper-realistic, large-scale renderings of luxury objects (think high-end designer bags and expensive shoes) and spends an upward of 200 hours to complete a drawing. Her work can be seen on her website here: http://www.cjhendry.live/.
She had a one-time pop-up art exhibit in Greenpoint, Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Art Studios called House of Color: MONOCHROME. For four days only, viewers can see this seven-room monochromatic exhibit (you were only allowed two minutes in each room). A friend and I went early in the morning, about 15 minutes before the studio opened and we still ended up waiting three hours in line! Continue reading “House of Color: MONOCHROME”
Cha Cha Matcha is probably one of the most popular cafés in the city. A matcha-only café, they serve a variety of year-round and seasonal matcha drinks as well as soft-serve with rotating flavors in addition to their matcha flavor. Sometimes they make latte art and other times they use stencils. They have two locations, one in SoHo and one in Nomad. Continue reading “Cha Cha Matcha”
I’m not a huge pie fan but Four and Twenty Blackbirds definitely converted me. It’s a pie shop located in Gowanus, Brooklyn and they’re famous for their custard pies. I usually don’t eat pies because of the fruit texture – apples get too grainy and berries get too syrupy and sweet. But once I learned they sold custard pies and I tried one, I was completely hooked! Continue reading “Four and Twenty Blackbirds”
Of course one of the NYC staples is the cronut from Dominique Ansel Bakery. When cronuts first came out, queues were so long that people would put ads on Craigslist to get paid to stand in queue. Some people paid up to $40 for two cronuts! This croissant-doughnut hybrid definitely started the hybrid craze – now there are dough-ssants, cruffins, and whatever else you can imagine! Continue reading “Dominique Ansel Bakery”