Jessica Silvester

  1. The Best BetIt was at a dinner party back in 2011 that San Francisco entrepreneur Mike Del Ponte got fed up with his Brita pitcher and decided to dream up a […]
  2. Best Bet: Property Metallic SackThe ecofriendly bags are tear-resistant and have a washable exterior.
  3. The Best BetNew Yorkers find endless ways to artfully conceal their clutter: storage ottomans, six-drawer platform beds, underused ovens. Another option: th […]
  4. New StuffThis self-standing Sbyke ($149 at gives pint-size X Games aspirants (ages 5 and up) the feel of a skateboard and the added stability […]
  5. New StuffNo, the price of this 32-ounce carafe—made of mouth-blown, hand-etched glass—isn’t a typo ($10 at Ikea, 1 Beard St., at Hallack St., Red Hook; 8 […]
  6. Stuffed to PerfectionBuild a dream stocking with these sure-to-please goodies.
  7. The Everything Guide to KidsHow to keep your pint-size guests happy, fed, and under control.
  8. Playing the StandardsA discerning caterer can reimagine even the most basic of entrées. Here, a few inventive takes on beef, chicken, fish, and veggie dishes.
  9. Dessert in 3-DRuffled, rice-papered, coconut-flaked, and other highly textured cakes make for an intriguing—and scrumptious—grand finale.
  10. Best Bet: JoAnn Berman’s Chrome ChairHand-screened leather upholstery with layers of rich colors and graphics.
  11. New StuffThese steel ottomans (from $100 each at are woven with cotton scraps from Indian sari factories.
  12. Go-Go GadgetsThough it went on to become a proto-Skymall, Hammacher Schlemmer originally launched in 1848 as a Bowery hardware store. To mark its 165th anniv […]
  13. The Best BetDecades before there were #localdesigners, there was JoAnn Berman: a Bronx native who rose to prominence making up-cycled clothing for Patricia […]
  14. The Gown Designer“Try on things you’re convinced won’t work. What you think you like least is often what looks the best.”
  15. Blurred LinesWatercolor invitations that make a splash right out of the gate.
  16. Best Bet: Pigeon Toe BirdfeederIt suspends from sturdy, terrace-friendly cotton rope.
  17. High LusterThe recession and soaring gold prices may have put a damper on the city’s jewelry scene, but it is brightening of late.
  18. White PartyEskimo-rose centerpieces, calla-lily bouquets, and other wintry takes on the classics.
  19. best bets
    Best Bet: Alexander Calder JewelrySalon 94 will offer for sale a record 37 necklaces, earrings, and brooches from the American modernist.
  20. The Best BetAlexander Calder’s jewelry creations—which make up only about a tenth of the late sculptor’s 15,000-work oeuvre—are considered something of a wh […]
  21. New StuffIndianapolis-bred designer Taylor McKenzie-Veal modeled this six-foot dyed-American-ash coatrack ($600 at after the […]
  22. Bulking UpGant Rugger’s brasserie-­inspired Brooklyn outpost and the new Todd Snyder + Champion Nolita store open.
  23. Best Bet: Joshua Vogul’s Kitchen ToolsSculpted from solid maple and cherrywood. 
  24. New StuffA wire frame and removable cushions make this lightweight sofa ($4,469 at Herman Miller, 1177 Sixth Ave., nr. 45th St.; 212-753-3022) easy to ma […]
  25. Best Bet: AM Antibacterial MisterSpritz and rub away your device’s germs in one fell swoop.
  26. Happy HomeThe ever-expanding Jonathan Adler empire—encompassing his signature ceramics, whimsical doodads, colorful home furnishings, and, most recently, […]
  27. New StuffFind travel accessories like monogrammed bags and this roll-up leather backgammon set ($249) at Clare Vivier’s new shop (239 Elizabeth St., nr. […]
  28. The Best BetDespite the alarming stats—like how a New York pigeon is ten times more hygienic than the surface of your phone—it’s hard to get excited about t […]
  29. The Best BetDewi van de Klomp’s soft cabinets, Rent the Runway opens at Henri Bendel, and more new stuff in stores.
  30. New StuffNever go ungroomed thanks to Brooklyn Heights entrepreneur Heather Burkman, whose laser-cut combs ($10 each at are roughly the size […]
  31. Titans of IndustryA preview of the 40 or so local furniture and home-décor designers appearing at the Factory Floor pop-up.
  32. Renter’s InsuranceTo vet the look and feel of an item on Rent the Runway— the Netflix of designer dresses—you can click 360-degree product views and chat with a […]
  33. Best Bet: Core’s Silicone Kitchen Mini-ToolsScrape out jars, spread condiments, and frost cupcakes with Core’s inch-wide bamboo-and-silicone mini-tools.
  34. In the RawFans of Juniper Ridge can stock up on grooming products at the brand’s first New York pop-up, running October 10 through December 21.
  35. New StuffThe lacquered legs and oak top of Steuart Padwick’s hinged dining table ($1,275 at double over, converting it into a slender consol […]
  36. Best Bet: S7 Floor LampsThe fourteen-foot tube can shape-shift from a straight line to a figure eight.
  37. New StuffA gardening tool inspired the “backrest” of British designer Faye Toogood’s stark solid-ash Spade chair ($1,175 at Matter, 405 Broome St., nr. L […]
  38. Zzz-spokeSleepy Jones, the previously web-only line, is moving into a temporary space from October 4 through the end of December.
  39. Leather HeadsLong before motorcycle jackets ruled the runways, they lined the Lower East Side storefront of brothers Irving and Jack Schott, who started craf […]
  40. The Best BetNicolas Pichelin’s S7 floor lamp, Schott NYC opens in Nolita, and more new stuff in New York stores.
  41. Best Bet: Strand Floating DrawersSweater and underwear drawers elevated to an art form.
  42. New StuffThis stainless-steel, pizza-paddle-inspired cheese board ($55, including knife, at Items of Interest, 60 Fifth Ave., nr. St. Marks Ave., Park Sl […]
  43. Kiddie CoutureFrom September 27 to 29, Yazmin Flores of Little Vida is taking her drop-down menu of luxury boy, girl, and baby designers to a pop-up shop.
  44. Now Smell ThisA slew of Brooklyn’s burgeoning craft-fragrance-makers can be found under one roof at the newly opened ­Twisted Lily.
  45. The Best BetThose getting their fall wardrobes in order will find a worthy investment in designer Shay Alkalay, who has elevated sweater and underwear drawe […]
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    Best Bet: Joseph Joseph’s Prep & Serve ColanderPerfect for those confined to a New York kitchen.
  47. New StuffServe olives, almonds, and other noshes in these plastic hexagon plates ($8 for an attached set of three at
  48. Collector’s EditionsFor the Strand Book Store’s first-ever pop-up, the literary institution has unloaded an array of rare vintage tomes.
  49. The Best BetSome may doubt the need for a dual-purpose colander and bowl—really, how hard is it to strain your pasta in the former and transfer it to the la […]
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    Best Bet: Bridge Paper Shredder For those looking to disappear the occasional hard-copy bill, canceled check, and other identity-thief bait
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