In a day like today, or any day for that matter, find a cozy nook to daydream or do real work surrounded by good people and chill vibes. That’s what we had in mind when we picked these cool coffee shops around Brooklyn. If you’re in NYC or a short ride away, visit them all. If you are far, far away, check them out for some ideas on how to achieve that essential awesomeness created in every single one of them: Matchaful. Bluestone Lane. Toby’s Estate Coffee. Blue Bottle. Variety.
They offer coffee, tea, matcha, sweets & treats, and various house specials. What they have in common is that they provide a delightful comfort zone inviting us all to enjoy life with every breath we take, every sip and every bite.
Summer reading lists are available everywhere. We decided to twist it up a bit.
How about visiting some of the coolest bookstores in NYC and letting them share their picks with us? Every bookstore is a universe on its own. It’s where you go, when you feel down, when you’re bursting with inspiration, it’s the right space when you want to be by yourself with a book or where you want to pick something special for someone special, starting with yourself.
If you haven’t visited Books Are Magic in Cobble Hill, you have to make it happen as soon as possible. It’s a magical place where magic never fades. The Strand is an institution. It’s that first love that never ever dies. powerHouse Arena, in Dumbo, is a powerhouse that never disappoints. Then on a nice summer day, how about a ferry trip to ETG BookCafe in Staten Island? It’ll be a treat you’ll remember. Finally, set a date to check out Turn The Page Again! in Bayside. They’re more than a bookstore and theirs is a commendable mission that needs your attention and support.
Read! Support literature. Support your local bookstore. Visit any and all of the NYC bookstores we have featured here and search for more. Enjoy your summer and let your imagination take flight with all of the books suggested by our favorite NYC bookstores.
This feature is published with a heavy heart in honor of Anthony Bourdain, the original rock staras The Smithsonian once called him. He left this world too early but his memory will live on…
This time around we picked Ann Arbor, MI. Home to the University of MI, which by the way was just named the best public university in the US for the third consecutive year in a row, Ann Arbor is the place to visit for many good reasons, but we have selected some special ideas for you here. June and July in Ann Arbor are party months because of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Good music, talented artists, art lovers and awesome people come together and share life in a celebratory mood, tell stories in music and enjoy other fun activities. There’s something for kids, families, yoga lovers, graffiti aficionados and much more. When you go to Ann Arbor, you plan to visit The Michigan Theater. Built in 1928, this is a 1600 seat historic theater that shows daily contemporary and classic films. Down the street, you have State Theater. It is a newly restored and renovated art deco venue first opened in 1945. If you’re into foreign films, independent films, cool, out of the ordinary productions, this is your place.
Then plan ahead to check out the Ann Arbor Art Center. It is the oldest art organization in MI. At the Art Center, top local and regional artists meet to sell their one-of-a-kind art, to show their art, and to teach art throughout the year.
How about The Blind Pig? But of course. The Blind Pig is a legendary music venue established in 1971 showcasing some of the most wonderful musical acts around while also acting as Ann Arbor’s cultural diary.
Don’t forget about The Ark. The Ark is Michigan’s nonprofit home for folk and roots music. It is a 400-seat club located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor presenting performers ranging from young up-and-comers to classic figures of the folk genre. This is where you come for live music over 300 nights each year in Arbor.
Your next stop should be Crazy Wisdom, a bookstore & tea room going strong since 1982. There you can find a comprehensive selection of books and materials to aid in spiritual journeys. You can also pick a unique gift from a beautiful assortment of items from jewelry to statuary to outstanding incense and crystal assortments. On the second floor, sit and enjoy a cup of tea while listening to local musicians or be part of other interesting community gatherings.
But, what is a good day without a good cop of coffee? Mighty Good Coffee is where you go to get the best cup of joe in Ann Arbor. Mighty Good’s passion for coffee is rooted in the values of its founders: a belief in family traditions, artisanal craft processes, building local community, and fantastic coffee. Check it out…
Ann Arbor, MI, we love you and all the good people that call you home and make you a special place.
High times for summer fun. Summer fun must include summer festivals. Start out with our hometown best, Mostly Mozart Festival at the one and only, Lincoln Center, right here in The Big Apple. Then you can visit charming Charleston to enjoy Spoleto FestivalUSA there. How about a date at Ravinia Festival, right outside of Chicago? Choices range from performances by Chicago Symphony to Diana Ross, Bryan Adams, Mary J. Blige and many more talented stars. In July, you also have the opportunity to attend The Square RootsFestival. 60+ musical acts, four indoor and outdoor stages, gourmet local food, craft beer and family friendly activities so that everyone can join. From Chicago to Jacksonville, OR, for The Britt Music & Arts Festivalwith an opening fun night of “Classics in the Movie”. From reggae to country music to classic rock, folk and comedy - there is something for everyone and then some.
California is always in the list. Go to Santa Cruz for The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America’s longest running festival of new orchestral music. This year’s festival takes audiences around the globe with a series of new works by composers from the US, UK, Canada, Macedonia, Romania, China, Korea, and Sweden. Don't forget about Hattiesburg, MS, for FestivalSouth, offering over 60 art, music theatre, dance, film, food and fun events for every age range and musical taste.
Sing, Dance, Play! That’s what they say at The Lakes Area Music Festival in Brainerd, MN. 150 all-star musicians from the nation's top symphonies and opera companies converge in the lakes country of central Minnesota for performances of chamber music, orchestra, opera, and ballet. Listen to Beethoven, Brahms and music by French composers from the baroque era to impressionism, as well as a world premiere by famed film composer James Newton Howard performed by Seattle Chamber Music Society. From Seattle to Bellingham to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Bellingham Festival of Music. Come to the World’s Most Beautiful Place and hear the World’s Most Beautiful Music, they say. Who can resist an invitation like that? How about a stop at The Bar Harbor Music Festival for an amazing variety of 24 performances ranging from Beethoven to Ellington in one of the loveliest landscapes. Another excellent choice is TheGrand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, at the foothills of the majestic Teton Mountains, attracting classical music pilgrims from around the world. This is an incredibly rich, diverse, and exciting list of Summer Music Festivals in some of the most scenic settings in The good Ole’ U.S.A. to help you make the most of your summer.
Seattle is a city that is easy to fall in love with and we cannot say enough about the beauty we have seen there. Everyone has been so generous in sharing their work and experiences with us. Here are a few glimpses into the life and art that is made and presented in Seattle.