New York’s Cultural Hotspots Curated By Devine Blacksher
New York’s Cultural Hotspots Curated By Devine BlacksherDevine Blacksher
We’ve partnered with Squarespace to highlight the businesses that are changing the cultural fabric of four key cities: from London to New York via Paris and Berlin. Here, we have Devine Blacksher on her favourite cultural spaces in New York.
Devine Blacksher is a journalist who, through her work, aims to uplift the Black community. As a journalist and editor, she’s written for a plethora of high-profile New York-based titles, such as The Strategist, and worked at The Cut in the role of Associate Fashion Editor. She’s currently the Senior Fashion Editor at Essence and aside from her editorial work, she’s the co-founder of the community-based initiative To Many More, which curates experiences for communities of colour. She’s also a guide for Hike Clerb, an intersectional women’s outdoors club centring BIPOC.
It’s an exciting time to be in New York, Blacksher points out to us, as there’s a wide spectrum of independent and grassroots initiatives launching in the city that has a reputation for, well, never sleeping. “A lot of people are seeking spaces,” she says, “whether new or old that are niche.” Advising travellers and seasoned New Yorkers alike to take the bus instead of the subway to see the city, Blacksher is a community-focused creative who’s proud to be a part of New York’s scene. It’s one that’s thriving and ever-growing. Below are her highlights in the city.
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“I love the fusion of community and food Sugar Hill Creamery offers. The story behind the brand and the stories being told at each location provide you with more context about the community you’re living in. I’d recommend ordering the mint ice cream or the non-dairy chocolate ice cream.”More Info
“If you’re into music and want to go to an OG spot in town, A1 Records is the spot. A lot of DJ legends have frequented the East Village staple. The team that works there is also super helpful and serious about the music. My tip would be to look up at the ceiling and just take your time going through the selection of music.”More Info
“If you’re into smelling good and looking for a cool NYC experience, then you should definitely check out Kismet located in a basement in lower Manhattan. I love this spot because they have tonnes of essential oils to experiment with if you’re seeking to develop your own fragrance with them. If not, the core fragrances they offer will satisfy you just as much. Kismet’s merch would be a great souvenir to take home to a friend or to keep for yourself.”More Info