Every now and then, while cruising around the city, I stumble upon a block that is total unchartered FIRE. For whatever reason, a group of the city's coolest, under-the-radar spots tend to pop up up next to each other. So I say “Look daddy, just hook it up” because The Block Is Hot.



37 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Looking to add some randomness in your apartment? Step into Coming Soon New York, a quirky gallery-esque boutitque serving you "stylish gifts and furniture." Founded by Helena Barquet and Fabiana Faria, both formerly of Chelsea furniture galleries, the eclectic space houses everything from cigarette lighters to chaise lounges. Have a thing for one of a kind pieces? Catch one of the store's quarterly art events for limited edition product installations by featured artists (last month's Psychotic Plants by David Haskell, a series of cacti in custom vases, sold out immediately).


35 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Unmarked and unsigned, this lowbrow sandwich spot is a true underground find, discoverable only to those elitely in-the-know. Slightly disheveled with scarce seating, Cheeky's just has the look of a good sandwich spot. It's always those no-frills joints that surprise you with their delicious combinations. Channeling New Orleans' indulgent home-style fare, menu items include chicken fried biscuits and caramelized apple-topped pork sandwiches.

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37 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

Despite being known for epic style and fashion, shopping in NYC can be tough. If you aren't one of the limited few who can afford exciting designer duds, there are few options other than Zara and H&M. And wearing mainstream bullshit all the time gets boring AF. Thankfully the downtown shopping scene is poppin' with hip boutiques like La Petite Mort that offer inventive clothing and accessories at do-able prices. Specializing in items from emerging designers like Stickybaby, Made in Lieu, and street artist Baron Von Fancy, the shop also carries a funky vintage assortment. 



14 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

The little brother to Fat Radish across the street, this dimly lit oyster bar is the perfect spot to sip on crafted cocktails while enjoying a mix of live blues and vintage records. Cozy up in a back table and try some of Leadbelly's savory small plates, including Organic Beef Sliders and Peeky Toe Crab Gratin (with leeks, aged cheddar, and sherry), or sit by the bar and choose from oysters from both coasts. Don't miss out on the Copper Cup cocktail, a blend of absolut elyx, market fruit & herbs served, of course, in a copper cup.




Whether it’s the sport of soccer itself, the players, or the studs in their postgame suits, there are a few reasons they call the world’s most beloved brand of football “the beautiful game.” And doesn’t it feel like year after year we see a few more games on TV and a few more footballers on the covers of our magazines? Well some city kids caught on to that trend, too. 

Introducing 10s FC, an underground football club that launched its monthly newsletter last week. Embodying the spirit of the number 10 shirt, reserved for the playmaker of the team, 10s FC is a club for those who make shit happen. Each month a newsletter goes out covering style, culture, and politics—inspired by a legendary number 10 and his life off the field.

And oh yeah, they're making products, too, like this 10s FC "PELE" crew sweatshirt. It’s the perfect thing to buy your boyfriend so that you can steal it from him. Want one? They're limited edition so you better hustle. 

Want to know more about 10s? Rumor has it they have a few more things in the works, so head over to 10s FC and sign up.



Photos by Tommy Mendes at The Randolph Brooklyn


Christina (@Manneeni): Zara crop top; Banana Republic white jeans (available here); Vintage sheer jacket; Schutz wedges; Ray Ban sunglasses (available here); Lulu Frost earrings (available here); DEIVIE ring; Loreal nails in Flirt

Kathleen (@KathleenBily): H&M dress; Lulu Frost jewelry (available here);  Prada sunglasses (available here); Schutz sandals; Marc Jacobs bag

Cristina (@CristinaBlairGibson): Antoinette dress; Lulu Frost jewelry (available here); Schutz heels

Sidenote: All the bomb jewelry in this shoot was designed by Kathleen Bily for Lulu Frost!  Get to know this talented babe in her cult chat here


Photos by Jenna Burke @ Cult Factory HQ in Williamsburg, Brooklyn 


Christina (@Manneeni): LOOK 1 - Mara Hoffman swim cover up; Old Navy black bikini top and bottom (available here and here); BCBG beaded sandals; H&M earrings (available in-store); Versace X H&M ring; LOOK 2 - Old Navy rash guard (available here); Old Navy bikini bottoms (available here); SCHUTZ sandals 

Laura Lane (@LauraLane__): LOOK 1 - Mara Hoffman crop top; Forever 21 rainbow swimsuit (available here); Vintage wide-leg pants; Topshop sandals; Bracelets her own (from South Africa and Mexico trips); LOOK 2 - DEIVIE mesh tank; Old Navy black bikini top (available here); Vintage printed pants; Birkenstock sandals (available here)


Photos by Dani Mac in Bushwick, Brooklyn 


Christina (@Manneeni):  Zara dress; H&M earrings; Schutz sandals; DEIVIE clutch; Quay sunglasses (available here)

William (@WilliamScottBlair): Urban Jungle Thrift Shop top; GQ X GAP pants; Lane Bryant sheer top; Helmut Lang boots; Zara bag; Worship sunglasses