Great News For SSPNY's Nolita Residents: The Best New Gelato Spot in Town, A.B. Biagi, is Right There on Elizabeth Street 

SSPNY Gets the Best New Gelato Spot in Town, A.B. Biagi, Right Here on Elizabeth Street!

SSPNY tries a lighter, fluffier, frozen gelato concoction at A.B. Biagi, for a new modified gelato from creator Antionio Barros Biagi at his namesake parlor in Nolita, right across the street from us and worth a visit no matter where you live in NYC.

If you could pick the ideal sorts of places to open in your neighborhood, what would they be? Good restaurants suitable for lots of different occasions, certainly, as well as a few solid local bars. A big grocery store like Whole Foods within a couple of blocks is always a plus, and it's important to have a couple of cafes where you can sit and work or chat or just chill for as long as you like while sipping coffee. Throw in a bunch of culture, some interesting boutiques, lots of good-looking neighbors, and ready access to public transportation, and you've got... well, you've got Nolita. In fact, the only thing missing from this part of town was a truly world-class ice cream parlor. Which, as of this summer and the opening of A.B. Biagi, is missing no more.

SSPNY's neighbor Biagi offers a core group of flavors everyday that all taste amazing, refreshing, and exactly like the flavor they are supposed to. However, due to a small kitchen Biagi's can only produce about 8 gelatos and 2 sorbets at a time, rotating a few specials flavors each day to keep things interesting.  
A.B. Biagi is the creation of Antonio Barros Biagi, who grew up with his big Italian family in the countryside of Brazil, where ex-pats had to modify their traditional gelato recipes somewhat, to take the tropical environment (the fruit, the moisture, the heat) into account. The result is a lighter, even slightly fluffy frozen concoction that they would have made back home. Whatever: the stuff that Biagi's scooping at his pretty little namesake parlor is awesome. Worth a visit no matter where you live in the city; worth a visit a few times a week if you live right across the street in Nolita. 
 
A.B. Biagi's is located in Nolita on Elizabeth Street between Houston and Price, open every Tuesday through Sunday from 2 to 10pm, and offering a noteworthy coffee program at parlor/cafe.
I've been to A.B. Biagi a couple of times and, because I'm partial to double scoops and Biagi's generous with his samples, have managed to try at least a dozen different flavors. All of them, every single one, have been excellent: intense, refreshing, and what I call honest, in that they taste like the thing they're supposed taste like--chocolate, hazelnut, strawberry, pistachio, acai, peanut butter, whatever--not just "cold and sweet". The small kitchen limits Biagi to about eight gelatos and two sorbets at a time, so while there's a core group of flavors here every day, there are also a few rotating specials to keep things fresh. And so it was that Nolita became the perfect NYC neighborhood.
 
 
A.B. Biagi is located on Elizabeth Street between Houston and Prince and is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Biagi also has a noteworthy coffee program at his tiny parlor/cafe. For more information, click here.  

Great Art, Cool Books, Comfy Chairs: The Best Group Show of the Season is Summer Reading at The Hole 

SSPNY Checks Out the Best Group Show of the Season, Summer Reading at the Hole, for Great Art, Cool Books, and Comfy Chairs!

SSPNY checks out the new Summer Reading exhibition at The Hole for tons of engaging art in a variety of mediums for a kind of interactive installation!

Now THIS is how you do a group show. Start with a theme... not too hokey, but not too abstruse, or metaphysical, either. Then gather together lots of engaging art that hits on chosen theme in interesting ways (either explicitly or tangentially), and preferably in a variety of both mediums and basic aesthetic styles. Finally, trick out your whole gallery so that the place becomes a kind of interactive installation tying the whole thing together, And that is exactly what you'll find at the delightful Summer Reading exhibition at The Hole gallery on Bowery, just a few few blocks away from SSPNY's Elizabeth Street buildings. 

SSPNY loves Harland Miller's "Penguin Classic", Death: What's in it for me?, as we explore all manners of printed materials, with an ensemble of 37 terrific artists.   
 
The theme of The Hole's Summer Reading is, obviously, reading, though it's also about our relationship with all manner of printed material. The Hole's crack curators have assembled some terrific artists--37 in all!--many of whom, in addition to being super creative, are also quite funny. I like most everything at Summer Reading, but a list of absolute favorites would include both David Shrigley pieces; Harland Miller's fantastic "Penguin Classic", Death: What's In It For Me?; Hollie Chastain's precious, collage-y book covers; Long Bin Chen's amazing "great author" busts made entirely of stacked up magazines; and Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber's vast Library, featuring hilariously horrible books like A Magic Pumpkin Makes a Magic Pie, This Is What I Care About: Vol. 2, and I'm Still Not Very Happy.   
 
SSPNY enjoys the show at The Hole, which was put together with help from Printed Matter, powerHouse books and Bright Lyons. 
 
But it's what The Hole has done to the entire space that, at least for this book-lover, elevates Summer Reading into something sublime. Calling upon
friends, stores like Chelsea's Printed Matter and DUMBO's powerHouse books, and raiding their own home libraries, the curators of Summer Reading have filled the gallery with some 5,000 actual books, shelved on the walls surrounding the art, and available for anyone to pull down, take a seat, and read. Novels, art and photography books, zines: as you can imagine if you know anything about The Hole, there's a pretty cool collection of titles here at the "reading room". And it's not like they slacked off in the furniture department either! The chairs are all on loan from Brooklyn's Bright Lyons, and they are comfy as can be. 
 
SSPNY loves the Summer Reading show for its non-hokey theme and variety of mediums!
 
The Summer Reading show at The Hole through August 24. The Hole is located on Bowery between Houston and Bleecker, and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m.  For more info, see here.
   
SSPNY hopes to see you at the Summer Reading show at The Hole, located on Bowery between Houston and Bleecker, showing Tuesday-Saturday noon-7 PM until August 24th.



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