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10 Indispensable Newsletters For New Yorkers

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Updated: 9 February 2017
New York City is a highly saturated hub of creativity and news, where it pays to be digitally connected and in the know. Enter: thoughtfully and personally curated newsletters. These emails open up intellectual spaces for contemplation and discussion. The content can range from the most circulated news of the day (or the week); personal interests such as music playlists or book reviews; or inspiring doodles that spur you to act.

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Image Courtesy of Now I Know

Now I Know

Now I Know is written by Dan Lewis; it is a daily newsletter that presents only one piece of information, a curious and unique fact that Lewis has personally researched and learned. The essence and format of the subscription is personal, and it allows the reader to pay full attention to what is presented. It’s short, witty, and arrives early. Read it while brewing coffee or eating breakfast; it seamlessly ties into your morning ritual and packs a creative punch for the rest of the day.

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Image Courtesy of The Podcast Broadcast

The Podcast Broadcast

The Podcast Broadcast is a weekly publication that shares the latest and most addicting podcasts, with topics ranging from linguistics to pop culture. Brittany Jezouit is a cool woman, as written by i-D magazine; her interests include storytelling, curating content, and, of course, podcasts. Download recommended podcasts the night before with the Stitcher app; it will be a much more pleasant commute than, let’s say, nodding off while standing in a crowded N train.Image Courtesy of Nextdraft

Image Courtesy of Nextdraft

Image Courtesy of Nextdraft

NextDraft

NextDraft’s Dave Pell organizes ‘the day’s most fascinating news.’ Just as his head logo suggests, Pell flies through different websites to obtain a bird’s eye view of the most circulated information. He then chooses the ten pieces he found were the most interesting. If you need help moving the creative juices of your mind, look no further; Pell offers news on politics, science, lifestyle, and the trivial if not amusing ‘bottom of the news.’ He provides a small summary of each story prior to the link, just in case there isn’t enough time to skim through an average of 5-7 pages per news piece.

Wall_Food_10124 | © Michael Stern/Flickr

Wall_Food_10124 | © Michael Stern/Flickr

Eater

Brunch, lunch, and dinner—Eater has them covered. With copious dining options lining down the blocks and new ones constantly cropping up, Eater offers reliable reviews on the best restaurants for your price range and neighborhood. This newsletter is sent every evening, and it works similarly to an RSS feed since it provides the website’s latest updates. Not only does Eater have heat maps and listicles of the hottest restaurants, it also shares news about the New York food world.

Business of Fashion

For the fabulous (or all New Yorkers): Business of Fashion fuses the best kind of aesthetic content: style and substance. ‘The Daily Digest’ compiles the latest news on fashion technology, ideology, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

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Unti-tled

Unti-tled features the most current exhibitions in New York City. The art historian inside of you will appreciate the spotlight these curators shine on contemporary and subversive art.

many fish doodle | © Empress of Blandings/Flickr

many fish doodle | © Empress of Blandings/Flickr

Doodlers Anonymous

Doodlers Anonymous (DA) elevates the concept of a doodle. Managed by OKAT and Hugo Seijas, DA publishes personal artistic creations as well as community outreach illustrations. This art is whimsical in the medium on which it is produced—be that the back of a napkin, the walls, or on a torn receipt—but it is serious in its talent and craft. The website has created a subculture of creative passion, connected by a common interest and need to draw.

REDEF

REDEF takes pride in gathering and organizing information from major industries: media, fashion, sports, music, and technology. Subscribe to any or all of these email subscriptions to receive a hand-curated selection of news from Jason Hirschhorn. At the beginning of every newsletter, there is a different impactful block quote, and at the end of every newsletter, he slips in his own unchanging quote: ‘REDEF is dedicated to my mother, who nurtured and encouraged my interest in everything and slightly regrets the day she taught me to always ask ‘why?’

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Image Courtesy of Ann Friedman

The Ann Friedman Weekly

The Ann Friedman Weekly is like a Willy Wonka bar with a golden ticket inside. Friedman includes her own publications as well as links to what she’s been reading the past week. This newsletter is perfect for someone who doesn’t need daily recaps of the news. The Ann Friedman Weekly is cool, intimate, and feminist; it gets deep with pop culture, from its pink hyperlinks to the nuances of its commentary. If none of these factors are enticing enough, this weekly newsletter also comes with GIFs.

Holy book | © Pedro Ribeiro Simões/Flickr

Holy book | © Pedro Ribeiro Simões/Flickr

Bookmarks

Dog-eared pages and miles of bookshelves: The Guardian’s Bookmarks newsletter contains political book news, reviews, community discussions, and popular articles. It also contains links to multimedia content such as podcasts, music, and videos. Book lovers, never be without a good read.