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Best Bets: Week of May 4, 2015

First Look
Cheap and cheery Danish home-goods shop Flying Tiger opens its U.S. flagship on May 16 in the Flatiron District (920 Broadway).


Illustration by Jason Lee  

1. Reading-glasses wall: Including blue polka-dot and simple silver-wire frames (all under $6).
2. Media: Danish pop CDs from the in-house record label, colored earbuds ($7).
3. Party supplies: Graphic paper cups and plates, cake-decorating sets, wigs (all under $5).
4. Entrance: Collections inspired by the season, from kites to cloud-shaped pillows to raindrop-print blankets.
5. Hobbies: Adhesive googly eyes, DIY kits for making origami (under $5).
6. Candle wall: All unscented, with sizes ranging from weighty to slender and colors alternating by season ($5 and under).


2x2: Watering Cans
Nature, nurture.


Reasonable:
Metal:
Haws copper can, $110 at kaufmannmercantile.com.
Plastic: Spring watering can, $24 at gessato.com.


Splurgy:
Metal:
Min watering can, $325 at mjolk.ca.
Plastic: Kiwi can, $58 at Alessi Soho, 130 Greene St.



Illustration by Murphy Lippincott  

He Said, He Said
Tyler Trinh and Jammie Waldron met working at Pottery Barn, moved in together, and just opened their own home-goods shop, Harlem Heirloom (390 Manhattan Ave.; 917-309-1358).

Jammie: Our first product was unscented oatmeal soaps. I learned to make them by watching YouTube. Tyler collects faux taxidermy, which we carry in the store too.
Tyler: This couple out of Pennsylvania paints and glues fabric onto resin animal heads. You choose the animal — bear, T. rex, unicorn — and the fabric, and the bust is custom-made.
Jammie: We have a deer stag in our living room and a crab we found at the beach. Nothing too crazy. I won’t allow it.


Side by Side
Two new art studios — the city’s first outpost of the national Painting With a Twist and Holly’s HeART by Hand, conceived by longtime Greenpointer Holly Fairall — encourage boozing and socializing.


A wine-centric art class at Painting with a Twist.  

Painting with a Twist
228 Smith St., Cobble Hill
The Work: Twenty-five-person classes re-create van Goghs and Matisses in two- or three-hour sessions (from $45).
The Play: A list of red, white, and sparkling wines, and a finger-food counter offering jerk-chicken pizza and mac-’n’-cheese squares.
And for the Kids: Day camp begins in July ($35 per class), with weekly themes like cityscapes and flora and fauna.


Holly’s HeART by Hand class participants.  

Holly’s HeART by Hand
172 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint
The Work: Intimate eight-person sessions like Intro to Watercolors ($50) and hand-building clay classes.
The Play: “Wine & Paint” nights with bread, cheese, and wine from local Greenpoint shops ($30 admission).
And for the Kids: Summer camp starts in July ($400 per week), with “Rock n Roll” art classes, basic cartooning, and claymaking.


IRL
The Alt Citizen zine is now a storefront called Alt Space (41 Montrose Ave.) selling indie music, art prints, and clothing.


The culture blog and biannual print zine that editor-in-chief Nasa Hadizadeh launched in 2012 was filled with Earl Sweatshirt album reviews and Hannibal Buress interviews. Now the publication has inspired a brick-and-mortar emporium with a wall of out-there fashions, including Barbie dresses ($90) from Sext Pixels and an exclusive line of collars ($55 to $350) by Eleen Halvorsen, alongside a gallery space exhibiting local artists like Brian Leo (who counts Sia among his collectors) and a small zine headquarters in back. Other avant-garde artifacts to be found in the colorful storefront are cassettes from Julian Casablancas’s Cult Records ($10) and jockstrap-shaped planters by Heff ($45).



Ask a Shop Clerk
The founders of 448c — a Dumbo shop for oversize hoodies and unisex metal cuff bracelets at 145 Front Street — are 21-year-old Glyn Brown, a fashion designer, and 20-year-old Max Hellerstein, the entrepreneur behind the stoner-friendly Push for Pizza app.

How did you go from pizza app to streetwear store?
Max: After we built Push for Pizza and put out a viral video about it, I wanted to get back to my interest in fashion. I met Glyn randomly on the street when he asked me about a pin I was wearing that I had designed, and we started collaborating. In one month, we did about $30,000 in online sales just off his distressed “HELP” baseball caps.
Glyn: Putting on one of my hats is like putting on a helmet to go out there in the world. I wear the “Battlefield” workers jacket the most ($120). I have tattoos of slashes on my ribs like the ones on the jacket.

*This article has been updated to correct the spelling of Eleen Halvorsen’s name and the pricing for Alt Citizen’s collars and cassettes.


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