Best places to buy houseplants (and planters) in NYC-Bring the outdoors inside!

Now that it FINALLY is starting to feel chilly, it's so nice to have some reminder of the outdoors, inside.  Plus, houseplants clean the air, and just make you feel good.

Crest Hardware's Urban Garden Center in Williamsburg, near the Lorimer L Train stop, is fab.  Beside the hardware store, there is a 5,000 square foot garden filled with all sorts of indoor and outdoor plants, soil, pots.  And the staff is knowledgeable and friendly.  So are their store pets-Franklin the pig, or the African grey parrot.  All true!

Crest Urban Garden Center in Williamsburg

Crest Urban Garden Center in Williamsburg

Another must is the Chelsea Garden Center, with locations in both Williamsburg and Red Hook.  An enormous oasis that is sure to have everything you could need for adding beauty and freshness to your apartment.  Unlike Crest Hardware, the Chelsea Garden Center also offers and array of delivery + design services for those who are getting super serious-they even do custom decking, patio, and stone services.  And why not?

Chelsea Garden Center-Williamsburg

Chelsea Garden Center-Williamsburg

Chelsea Garden Center-Red Hook

Chelsea Garden Center-Red Hook

Now that you have your plants, how to pot them?

Here are our favorites indoor house plant pot options:

Gilded Planters from Anthropologie, starting at only $6
Modern, geometric table and hanging planters from CB2 starting at $3.99 on sale
and of course, Etsy, where artisans and creators worldwide make unique ceramic pottery, including one of our favorites-80s inspired looks by TanyaDoody starting at around $35 plus shipping.

Beautiful Gold Planters from Anthropologie.

Beautiful Gold Planters from Anthropologie.

Three places to find peace in New York City after a really crazy week

Wow.  The presidential election...Leonard Cohen...What a seriously heavy, tumultuous, confusing week.

New York City, as we all know, can be an exciting place that feels non-stop.  And it is, in many ways.  But there are plenty of places to breathe, enjoy, relax, and contemplate.

Here are our recommendations for a calming, illuminating November.

 

GROUP MEDITATION

Attend The Big Quiet-"Massive Meditations for Modern People."  These fun events are held in unique venues all over the city - they include music, meditation, delicious food and drinks, and beautiful people.  Organized by  Medi Club, a monthly meditation gathering started by Jesse Isreal, an entrepreneur and regular meditator whose mission is to bring New Yorkers together for an inclusive and energetic series of meditations all over the city.

 

The Big Quiet Meditation Club

The Big Quiet Meditation Club

SOUND AND LIGHT ENVIRONMENT IN TRIBECA

The Dream House is a townhouse-turned-art space in Tribeca, now in its 24th season.  Each exhibit is experimental, interactive, and immersive.  And rumor has it that the rooms are acoustically perfect.  

(This is also a great place for a romantic and impressively different date!)

The Dream House Tribeca

The Dream House Tribeca

LISTEN TO OTHERS

Check out a fabulous talk at the 92nd Street Y.  What a vast array of world-class authors, actors, filmmakers, artists, musicians, scientists and more, giving intimate, informative talks at one of New York City's iconic cultural institutions.  And for very reasonable prices!  For $38 you can check out journalist Bob Woodward and founder of the Washington Speakers Bureau Bernie Swain give a lecture entitled "After the Election, Now What: American's Future, and Lessons of Leadership."  

Yeah, what's next?? That's what we'd like to know.

Bob Woodward + Bernie Swain 92nd Street Y

Bob Woodward + Bernie Swain 92nd Street Y

Where to meet great people and make new friends in New York City

Let's face it.  Moving to New York City and becoming an 'adult' can be very exciting...but one of the challenges is continuing to meet interesting people, in organic ways, and continue to make quality friends when you leave the cocoon of childhood, college, your hometown, etc.

We are here to help!

Check out these awesome opportunities that we've personally tested, and which have our complete seal of approval.

 

SIX DEGREES SOCIETY

Our dear friend Emily Merrill started a brilliant company, (mainly women-centric), but there are also many co-ed events.  She creates evenings that are personal and interesting-every one we've gone too, we've met people that have helped us in our business and lives, and in unexpected ways.  Just last night we met a professional artist/mural painter who is going to paint a beautiful mural for us outside of Darling!  

Emily also hosts fun events like oyster shucking, wine + cheese pairings, headshot photography sessions, SEO workshops...but again, her greatest strength is the quality of people she is able to pull together each and every time.  Go get 'em!

 

Six Degrees Society Co-Ed Networking Party

Six Degrees Society Co-Ed Networking Party

GROUPMUSE

This group is SO. MUCH. UNEXPECTED. FUN.  Most people these days don't generally think of classical music when they think of exciting, new things to try in the city.   Lincoln Center /  NY Philharmonic can seem intimidating or out of reach, or just not your average weekend radar.  But chamber music at its core has always been an intimate and fun way for people to enjoy music in group settings, and in unique spaces.  Groupmuse makes it so easy and special to enjoy this beautiful art form, and also to meet great people (and drink each others' wine-its BYO).  

Basically hosts can sign up for musicians to come into their apartments or workplaces, and the host lets Groupmuse know how many guests can fit.  Groupmuse will send talented musicians and guests, (you can also invite your friends), and then...just let the magic happen!

 

 

Group Muse Chamber Music House Show

Group Muse Chamber Music House Show

COURSE HORSE

Who doesn't want to learn how to make fresh cavatelli, go deep into the art of Japanese joinery, or one of our personal favorites, get wild with  aerial silks.  Trust us, your friends and lovers will be VERY impressed when you are twisting and twirling beautifully, while hanging from a 30" warehouse ceiling in Bushwick....(and your hot, muscular new abs will be thanking you as well).

Cavatelli Pasta Making Class

Cavatelli Pasta Making Class

Aerial Silks Class - Lilli Muehleisen

Aerial Silks Class - Lilli Muehleisen

The best podcasts to listen to while walking around NYC-or anytime/anywhere!

Overwhelmed by all the podcasts out there?  So are we!  

What an amazing genre in that it's a true Wild Wild West free-for-all, but that also makes it difficult to narrow down the overwhelming options.

A friend once said to me "never waste a moment of consciousness" and now when I'm cleaning my apartment or walking around the city, I am reminded of that opportunity to always be learning something new.

Here are Darling's recommendations for learning, laughing, or just letting your mind wander into exciting new territory.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP + BUSINESS:  How I Built This

NPR's new podcast, How I Built This is SO good!!  I'd go as far as to say it's addictive... Host Guy Raz interviews the founders of some of our era's most beloved, ubiquitous companies such as AirBnb, Instagram, Vice, and Clif Bar.  

The listener finds out the truly unique, inspirational, and often unbelievable circumstances under which these companies were founded. Besides being really mind-opening, it also makes you want to get out of your chair as soon as it's over and start the world's next game-changing company.  You can do it!

STORIES OF EVERYDAY LIFE:  Beautiful/Anonymous

Chris Gethard's Beautiful/Anonymous is a beautiful experiment in human interaction.  Sometimes it's wildly successful, other times it falls flat, but that's all part of the fun.  It's almost like Russian Roulette, but nobody dies.  At least not on air.  

Basically, an anonymous caller dials the host, and only the caller can hang up (if they want to), but the host must stay on the call for the full hour.  There is no agenda other than just talking.  That's it.  And whatever comes up is fair game.  Gethard has a knack for going pretty deep, almost like a comedian therapist-but always respectful of the guest.  Often an unexpected journey takes place and it's both terrifying and fascinating to follow along.

CELEBRITY INTERVIEWS:  Here's the Thing

Is there ANYTHING Alec Baldwin can't do well?  Here's the Thing w/ Alec Baldwin. It's not new but it's a classic, good one.  He's smart, hilarious, perceptive and seems to be besties with every famous person in the world.  Listening is like getting to hang out with two of the coolest people ever.  Pure fun, yet also can get a little more gritty and real than you expect.  

DESIGN: 99% Invisible

Ever wonder who invented the shopping mall, and why?  Or who decides that this season's color is "Spearmint"?  Host Roman Mars uncovers these, and countless other, intriguing mysteries in 99% Invisible.  Aptly titled because the theme seems to be all the things we see and use and participate in every day, but aren't always aware of how they came to be.  Mars parts the curtains for us in a charming, entertaining style.

NEWS:  World Story of the Day

Another one from NPR, of course.  World Story of the Day  is the perfect bite size chunk of important, interesting, relevant news and perfect if you only have a few minute walk to the subway or while you're standing in line to pick up your dry cleaning.  In a few short minutes I've been made aware of many stories I'd surely have missed otherwise.  Topics range from local to international news, and can be listened to in rapid fire succession to get caught up.

Lovely walk in NYC, only thing missing is a good podcast!

Lovely walk in NYC, only thing missing is a good podcast!