The Pandemic Stripped “Third Places” From Our Social Infrastructure

For most, a favorite bar, coffee shop, library, record store, barber shop or market means more than a transaction. These “third places” (home being first and work second) oftentimes provide conversation, connection and community. However, many—if not most—of these places were forced to close or operate at reduced capacity last year and, until PPP Loans arrived, with limited financial support from the government. Some cities …

Head Hi Bookshop + Espresso Bar’s Second Annual Lamp Show

In Fort Greene, Brooklyn, a whimsical celebration of light fixtures

With prices ranging from $8 to $8,000, the selection of fixtures within Head Hi‘s second annual lamp show illuminate a spectrum of creativity, ingenuity and accessibility. This two-part exhibition (running through 20 March) at the hybrid bookshop and espresso bar saw more than 50 open-call submissions from artists and designers who are local and global, amateur and professional, and of all ages. To walk from piece …

Manhattan Speciality Coffee Shop Bird & Branch’s Mission to Restore

Care packages, collections and blends give back to organizations the world over

When Brandon and Faith Lee opened Bird & Branch, an independent speciality coffee shop on Manhattan‘s West 45th Street, they did so with more than the intention to serve locals a stellar cup of coffee or passersby a clever signature drink (though, they have done this with gusto). From day one, in February 2018, they sought out ways to give back to their community and this …