READ // The Destroyers by Christopher Bollen

Keep your summer reading streak going with the New York writer’s celebrated third novel. Set against the backdrop of the Aegean Sea, this page-turning thriller’s atmosphere of beautiful people, glamorous destinations, and plot-twisting scandal will have you captivated before a single leaf turns.

SEE // Jordan Casteel: Nights in Harlem

Familiarize yourself with the painter’s deeply personal portraiture at her first solo show, running through October 28 at Casey Kaplan gallery. Capturing the historic New York neighborhood’s black male residents, first through photographs and then broad brushstrokes, the Yale graduate and former artist-in-residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem takes the viewer beyond perception and into intimate human encounters.

ESCAPE // Brushland Eating House

After moving from Brooklyn to Bovina, New York restaurant industry alumni Sohail Zandi and Sara Elbert opened Brushland Eating House in 2014. Sourcing from the Catskills’ community of farmers, the couple serves a soulful menu of dishes, such as a perfectly roasted chicken, hand-rolled pasta, and pork schnitzel. Stay Above or Behind the restaurant for the weekend. It’s an ideal location for exploring the region’s creative boom.

TRY // Ube Ice Cream  

In this Instagram-driven world, colorful food trends reign supreme, and the latest eye-catching eat comes from the ube, a purple yam popular in Filipino cuisine. Our favorite take on this vivid vegetable comes from Soft Swerve, a Lower East Side ice creamery. Try a swirl of their ube soft serve in a black chocolate cone for ultimate likes.

LISTEN // Princess Nokia at Villain

Destiny Nicole Frasqueri, who goes by the stage name Princess Nokia, is ruling New York’s underground scene. Known for her empowered stance and carefree outlook—not to mention her stellar personal style—the Afro-Puerto Rican alternative hip-hip and R&B artist is on her way to mainstream stardom. Catch her show at Villian in Brooklyn on September 29.

WATCH // Transparent  

Jill Soloway’s award-winning family dramedy, tackling themes of identity, sexuality, and acceptance, is back for its fourth season. This fall, the ensemble cast of Judith Light, Amy Landecker, Jay Duplass, Gaby Hoffman, and Jeffrey Tabor heads to Israel to uncover their family history. If you’re new to the series, start streaming the first three seasons on Amazon now to prepare for the September 22 release date.  

EXPERIENCE // Magazzino Italian Art

This year, the Hudson Valley community welcomed Magazzino Italian Art off Route 9 in Cold Spring, New York. Meaning “warehouse” in Italian, Magazzino, which was established by Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu and is directed by Vittorio Calabrese, is dedicated to Post-war and Contemporary Italian art. Beyond the permanent collection and rotating exhibitions, the building itself, originally a computer manufacturing warehouse converted by Spanish architect Miguel Quismondo, is worth the visit. Margherita Stein: Rebel With a Cause, a tribute to the founder of Galleria Christian Stein and pioneer of the Arte Povera movement, is now showing.


Art credits: Giulio Paolini, Amore e Psiche, 1981, photo emulsion on canvas, stretchers, colored fabrics (Left); Mario Merz, Pittore in Africa (Painter in Africa),1984, iron, wire mesh, neon (Right). Courtesy of Magazzino Italian Art, New York. Photograph by Marco Anelli © 2017.