Pregnancy is hard. Contemplating parenthood is hard. Understanding the weight of world and choosing to bring a child into it is confusing. And it’s just the start.

When you’re pregnant, unknowns and hypotheticals constantly run through your mind. As someone who got pregnant right after a miscarriage, my first trimester was riddled with irrational fears. Pregnancy, to me, has been like walking in the dark — you have no idea what could be lurking around the next corner. People are constantly telling you what’s best for you and your growing fetus, but nothing feels concrete. Every fleeting baby kick is a reassurance that the tiny human inside you is safe, protected. But it’s also a reminder that they won’t always be. Pretty soon, my baby will be…

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I’d been contemplating parenthood for a while. I was never the type of person that always knew they wanted kids. As a child I only played with baby dolls because I liked changing their outfits. A classic self-centered hedonism characterized my early to mid-20s; I was occupied by career, love and squeezing the most out of whatever time was left over. But suddenly, around my 27th birthday in 2018, the idea of growing a human inside of me started to just… make sense. From then on I couldn’t get it out of my mind.

I waxed philosophical with the guidance…

Graffiti outside of a construction site saying “No justice no peace X”
Graffiti outside of a construction site saying “No justice no peace X”

I awoke on my day off determined to write something. Anything. Over a cup of burnt coffee I wracked my brain trying to think of what I had to contribute to our societal discourse in this moment. Every day we face fresh tragedies, injustices, sources of collective pain. In my mind, frustration, anger, sadness, helplessness and fear layer into an unsavory cake. It can be difficult to think clearly.

I decided to spend time reading others’ words before putting my own metaphorical pen to metaphorical paper. I got to work browsing Twitter and Medium for essays to read, opening each…

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I have always been immensely, cruelly tough on myself. Not in a cute Sad Girl way. And certainly not in an ambitious, I-just-know-I’m-destined-for-success kind of way either. Think more irrational, messy, anxiety-fueled.

I begin almost every single day filled with dread. I chip away at it gradually, hour by hour — through distractions, bouts of productivity, a hint of exercise and quality time with my husband — until I feel some semblance of normalcy and contentedness. …

There is certainly no shortage of ambitious, passionate and energized New Yorkers, but it’s rare to encounter someone who directs as much of their time and energy toward making a positive impact as Bronx native Noel Quiñones. Equal parts award-winning spoken word artist and local activist, Noel’s work is fueled by a connection to his home borough and an exploration of his Afro-Boricua heritage.

When I say Puerto Rico I mean an opening in the skin
where gold turns green under my scalp. …

We first wrote about the shop when it was preparing to open. Now, it’s a thriving local business offering eco-friendly goods to an enthusiastic community. We revisited the store and founder Katerina Bogatireva to learn how things are going and what’s coming up.

What has the Bushwick community’s response been to the store?

It’s been very warm and welcoming — it feels like a very tight knit community. Every person that walks through the door has been an inspiration to me and I constantly learn from my customers. It’s been tremendous fun getting to know them.

The annual NY Design Week exhibit challenges industry conventions by melding art, design, craft and comedy


New York Design Week is an annual city-wide gathering of brands, designers, engineers, craftspeople, and artists across industries. It’s a massive meeting of the minds that encompasses panel discussions and lectures, exhibits and trade shows, parties and workshops, held everywhere from independent galleries to the Javits Center. While it is a fertile ground for interdisciplinary discussion, however, Design Week is primarily catered to entities that design commercially viable products. JONALDDUDD, launched in 2015 by artists Lydia Cambron and Chris Held, sprouted from a desire to create space for a wider representation of independent creative perspectives within Design Week.

Each year…

Through an organic, interdisciplinary approach, Maya’s work comments on gender and racial inequalities that pervade Indian society. She employs tangible real-world materials to convey thoroughly researched ideas that poke holes in unquestioned, but question-worthy, notions.

Photo by Nicole Stoddard

About fifty miles from the famed Taj Mahal lies the lesser known North Indian city of Firozabad. Romanticized as the “City of Glass”, it’s the largest producer of women’s glass bangles in the country. It also happens to be located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, which has the highest incidence of crimes against women in India. When artist Maya Jay Varadaraj discovered these two seemingly disparate facts, she set out to connect the dots.

In her project Khandayati (in Sanskrit, “to break”), Maya holds a microscope to the custom of Indian brides wearing glass bangles to preserve their husbands’…

Photo: Jason Wong

Not because I can’t have them.

Things, they stress me out.

They create decisions and distractions I don’t think I need. Even the things that hold sentimental value burden me daily. Books are not things, but even those I lend and give and swap and share, because I can’t own knowing nor do I want to try.

I have little interest in the magic of tidying up, I just don’t want to be weighed down.

Thinking about things —wanting them, acquiring them, having them, storing them, tossing them— can dampen a good day and turn an okay day bad. I’m no minimalist; my existence is filled with indulgences of all kinds…

For J.P. Dimalanta, pizza is more than just grab-and-go sustenance — it’s a connection to his roots

Once in a while I come across a food influencer’s painstakingly curated, hyper-edited, calculated caption-filled Instagram feed, and I just have to turn up my nose. It irks me to see such an emphasis on how food looks over its origins and cultural context and the chefs who make it. (If I see a towering milkshake topped with an inedible quantity of rainbow-colored confections on your feed, I may assume you don’t actually enjoy eating.) It’s rare to encounter someone who has such a genuine love of food that they build their entire lifestyle around the pursuit of a deeper…

Lyka Sethi

Tired in Los Angeles. (Previously: Berkeley, NYC and Mainz, Germany)

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