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BIG CITY, COOL DREAMS BY MARY SNIATKOWSKI

Words: Mary Sniatkowski
Photos: Dan Snyder
Mary Sniatkowski is a writer and marketing specialist living in New York City. Read about Mary's New York journey, and how she is discovering herself while exploring a new city.

After growing up in Vermont -- a place that only seemed cool once I left -- I did the coolest thing a person can do, I moved to New York City. I mean, come on. It’s a place filled with the cheat codes to cool; an afternoon at the Met, an evening on Manhattan’s most “urban-renewed” piers, drinks at the finest bars! Hell, anyone that lives outside New York would be impressed that I could visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree on a weekday (something I would never do). But, once I got here, I realized it’s cool to be in New York, but it’s not so easy to BE cool in New York. The Met gets 7 million visitors a year, urban renewal is superficial as fuck and, as it turns out, we all read the same “Coolest Bars in New York” article. This early revelation forced me to realize that I needed to put in more effort than paying an amount I’m too embarrassed to disclose for a room that did not even have four real walls.

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Cool, as both a doctrine and a virtue, is something I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about. The revolving door of coolness, just as quick to allow entry as it is to dismiss, is entrancing. The irony that my obsession is decidedly uncool is something that’s not lost on me. It’s alright though, pining after cool has always been an insular struggle, well except for now.

My endeavour to cool in New York has led me to many discoveries. Walking the Brooklyn Bridge gets relaxing two thirds of the way in from the Manhattan side, any L Train Vintage is usually a nightmare but the one in Prospect Park has probably had the fewest Tik Toks made about it, Williamsburg is nice for a day and don’t disclose the places you think are cool on the internet. New York is about discovery anyway. Sometimes the random book store you spot from the street happens to sell hand-painted tote bags it describes unironically as “spiritually essential”. As far as I’m concerned, any object atheistically described as spiritually essential is cool. Beyond the financiers, the wall streeters, the broadway hopefuls, this kind of wackiness is just as integral to the city’s identity.

With Covid came the dormancy of the city’s wackiest corners. New York will forever be associated with big industry, but for the cracks in it’s facade to be filled, it needs the living, breathing in between. As the tide of vibrancy has pulled away from the city’s shores, it’s beached some of the places that mattered most to New York’s ecosystem. What it’s also done however, is revealed the frivolity of cool. The Pavlovian anxiety born from cosmic uncertainty has pushed my obsession to the furthest corners of cognition. In spite of this, I know the hum of New York isn’t completely gone, it’s resiliency gives me hope that when I can blissfully return to my pursuit of cool the city will 'be ready for me.

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NY BY BRYNN WALLNER

Brynn Wallner is a creative director, painter, producer and freelance writer based out of New York City. Here are some of her paintings portraying how New York feels to her.

"Could the city have been my first true love? I grew up just across the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey and started my freshman year of high school in downtown Manhattan. Commuting was kind of a bitch, but emerging from the subway every morning was like, oh my god, the energy. I'm in New York. After school I would meander around the city, avoiding homework in favor of aimless, dreamy walks, listening to music burned on CDs by new friends and crushes. Lou Reed... one fine morning she put on a New York station, she couldn't belieeeeve what she heard at all. The Virgin Mega Store in Union Square, tiny hidden streets in the West Village, my best friend's dark loft on Walker Street, the American Apparel on Broadway. All these places I spent wasting time when it wasn't time wasted at all. It was a love affair, a New York education!"

-Brynn Wallner      

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MAY PLAYLIST + MOOD

Here's May - the trees are really starting to turn a new leaf; spring time is officially here. Time to pull out the picnic blankets and find a shady spot with friends - happy park season.

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PHOTO WALK IN FT. GREENE PARK

JOIN US ON A PHOTO WALK IN FORT GREENE PARK WITH LONG TIME FRIEND AND MODEL, AMBROSE.

The sun is out and the weather is nice, a perfect time to be in Ft Greene. Here's park in all its early spring glory. 

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INTERVIEW WITH BLACKBIRD SPYPLANE

BLACKBIRD SPYPLANE IS A SUBSTACK (www.blackbirdspyplane.com), WRITTEN BY JOURNALIST JONAH WEINER AND DESIGN SCOUT ERIN WYLIE FOCUSED ON "UNBEATABLE RECON" INTO STYLE AND CULTURE. READ DAN'S INTERVIEW ABOUT THE DESIGN AND ORIGINS OF OUR SEASONAL CARDIGANS.

A few weeks ago, after we shouted out some flannels from NYC’s Corridor, that brand’s head designer & founder, Dan Snyder, hit us up to recommend a COOL book about fractals and ALSO to see if we wanted to SpyBless our “unbeatable readers” with some dope SS21 Corridor pieces — for instance, he asked, did we want to lavish the SpyFamily with a couple of his excellent new cardigans??

Our reply … was “O let’s do it.”

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“We've been working with this women's collective in Peru for the past few years and these have been in the works for over a year,” Dan said. “The flower cardigans are hand crocheted and take about 80 hours per sweater… First each flower is crocheted, and then all knitted together… The yarn is really nice too - it's a mercerized pima cotton which has a beautiful color.”

The floral motifs are perfect for swaggily camouflaging yrself at a BOTANIC GARDEN… (extra props if you accessorize with one of Story Mfg.’s floral-crochet scarves.)

We got Dan on the phone for more intel. “I was in Peru a year and a half ago and started seeing them use this mercerized cotton, which has this great vibrancy,” he said. “At the time I was listening to a lot of Beatles records, and my eye caught on this vest Paul wore during Magical Mystery Tour — it’s a similar hand-crocheted deal. I showed the workshop a picture, and we developed a stitch and played around with different yarns. It’s called a double rice stitch and it’s used a lot in Japanese knitwear. We combined that yarn with the Magical Mystery Tour thing, mocked up three colors, and boom.

“So those are made through a workshop run by this lady Eunice, and I’m on WhatsApp with her every day. I like working with small operations because you can f*ck around, you don’t have to produce huge orders. Then across town in Lima there’s this guy Froilan, who does a lot of space-dyeing.

“I wanted to use it for a cardigan, to get a kind of Missoni effect, but less precise.”

We R hooking up the Classified SpyFriends with 2 cardigans — one of the floral joints & one of the space-dye joints — toss yr name in the BBSP virtual bucket hat between now & Saturday May 1:

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If yr in NYC Dan recommends that you 1) go check out the Alice Neel show at the Met and 2) go check out the water lily pond at the Bronx Botanical Garden and he also recommends the novel Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo, “about an experience I don’t know anything about, the Afro-Caribbean experience of London — she writes from this place that’s incredibly complete, where every character is beautiful and horrible, just a realistic portrait of how people are.”

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NY REBIRTH WITH COBEY ARNER

COBEY ARNER IS A PHOTOGRAPHER, MUSICIAN IN THE BAND REBOUNDER, AND GENERAL MAN ABOUT TOWN. HE LIVES IN THE LOWER EAST SIDE.

"It's primetime to start living again and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Here is New York, depicted in thirteen images, across three boroughs and three seasons. Always here to offer a warm hug or at least a polite head nod."

-CA      

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SUN PAINTED HOUSES

 

Corridor SS21 Sun Painted Houses combines the ideas of how nature interacts with man made materials, handm knitting, finishing and natural dyes. Designer, Dan Snyder, focused on replicating nature and natural practices. The concepts, colors and themes are derived from natural motifs and hand finishes, Better Homes and Gardens Magazines from 1994-1996, the Fibonacci sequence and feeling relaxed and contented in one’s body.

 

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Here comes April - with its sun showers, early rising tulips and one month further from 2020. Spring, the refresh, the rebirth - the time to put away coats, throw away clutter, and begin to shed the previous year.

 

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We are back in Brooklyn and happy to announce the opening of our Fort Greene location. ⁠⁠
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We are located directly across from the park's entrance because wanted the shop to feel like a natural extension of the park. After a weekend stroll, and lunch at Walter's; come see us at 165 Dekalb Ave.⁠⁠
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Our store hours are from Monday - Saturday 11 AM - 7 PM EST. Sunday 12PM - 6PM EST.

Here is our February playlist - music for moving through blustery snowdrifts as winter envelopes NYC - crisp air on a quiet city evening.
 
 

 

AT HOME WITH JONNY RIBEIRO

I think that the quarantine has made us all look at the walls, furnishings and dusty corners of our apartments a little bit more. I mean, we've been home and mostly just that. So it's no surprise that home goods sales and interior design are booming. I think that it's particularly important to city dwellers because there's no space to play and we want what little space we have to be perfect. 

I don't quite remember how I came to know Jonny Ribeiro (IG: choloclown), but I was immediately drawn to his intrinsic use of color and blending of southwestern, Americana, and primitivist styles into something unique, organic and beautiful. So we asked to shoot Jonny in a few looks in his gorgeous apartment as inspiration for our homes.

Luckily, we had been trying to find a project for  Mikael Kennedy to shoot and these guys were already friends, so the stars aligned and here are the snaps.
 


Things are finally getting chilly in NY. Here are some tracks for brisk walks and keeping your spirit high during Covid Winter #2. Click below for our January 2021 playlist.

I figured that I should do a post about the Indigo Waffle Plaid. It's a beautiful shirt but our typical pictures really don't do it justice. So we made some room and tried our best to capture what it looks like in real life, and styled it with a few simple looks.


 

 

We left Brooklyn to spend an afternoon in Cold Spring and enjoyed the best of an upstate road trip: antiquing, coffee and a leisurely walk, and a short hike. Here’s a few snaps from our day and there’s a video to come. In Cold Spring, we highly recommend the Foundry Cafe, if you like sandwiches with sprouts and Doug’s Pretty Good Pub. Last thing, Newburgh is a short drive away and the Newburgh Vintage Emporium is worth a look.

 

 

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Rebounder is a NYC born indie pop/alternative band started by producer and writer Dylan Chenfeld and his brother Noah Chenfeld, along with Cobey Arner and Zack Kantor. We dressed up the guys in full Corridor gear for a new video collaboration - shot in the warmer months and saved until now for some late summer feels before the impending blizzard.


 

 

 

 

Joining our LA store comes our LA collection. It's a small collection but I think that it fits well for the LA winter with lightweight cotton sweaters and knit polos - warmer but not too warm. The yarns are all italian and the natural polo is made of linen/cotton blend. We worked with the brilliant Dana Veraldi to tell the story of how we envision folks live in the clothes and modeled by Mickey of White Arrows.

 

 

 
 
 

  

Prospect Park is one of those places that you can go to 100 times and still find something new. That's what happened to me with the Vale of Cashmere.

It's a relatively large area which I had somehow completely missed for years. It's split into two: one for picnicking around hi English park style hedges and the bottom, a lush, vibrant lagoon area with birds and color everywhere. So we decided to do a small shoot over there with Callan and Ambrose, and enjoy a beautiful afternoon. 


 

 

The world is still spinning, right? He's some music and some pictures so you stop clicking refresh and get outside.


We're open in Platform (Culver City) in LA. I spent the week out there driving between Home Depot, the garden shop and various flea markets. I found a lot to love at the Long Beach Flea and the Mart Collective in Venice - I highly recommend both them and if you like the store, then you'll love the fleas. We hope to see you there.