By Donald Gilpin

Portrait by Kelly Campbell

An excited crowd was packed into the basement of Labyrinth Books on Nassau Street on a Monday evening in late March. More than 250, standing-room only, a wide variety of ages and backgrounds, chatted, consulted their smartphones, browsed through books laid out on shelves and tables around the room. more


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Master the art of the pocket square with A.C. Phillips’ newest book.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Images Courtesy Thames & Hudson

Le Croissant, The Guido Puff, The Peak…



The pocket square is making a comeback.

This elegant accessory is often worn in bright, contrasting colors to a men’s tie. Urban Agenda Magazine has selected our top pocket square patterns below, which make the perfect gift for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 19. more

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Friday, June 3

ALL DAY A Taste of Greece 46th Annual Greek Festival at St. John the Theologian, 353 East Clinton Ave., Tenafly.

6-10PM Norwood Carnival, 200 Summit St., Norwood, NJ.


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Bee3 Extendable Sun Canopy | bloomingdale’s

The Bugaboo Bee3 extendable sun canopy is UPF 50+ with adjustable coverage from the sun.



Photo Credit: John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

In honor of John F. Kennedy’s 99th birthday anniversary, Urban Agenda Magazine remembers the former President and New Englander’s classic summer style. From white oxford shirts to trainers and aviators, JFK’s impact on men’s fashion continues to endure.



By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Like the diamonds she uses in her timeless designs, Yanina Fleysher is equal parts elegance and strength. As the founder and owner of Yanina and Company in Cedar Grove and Basking Ridge, Fleysher is one of New Jersey’s premiere jewelers. But before her baubles attracted the likes of Caroline Manzo and Kim Kardashian, Fleysher was catering to a far more humble crowd. more


If Phil Mickelson’s had trouble with these holes, we can only imagine how we’d look teeing off at these challenging spots on NJ golf courses

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Urban Agenda highlights some of the toughest spots to tee off in New Jersey.



Black cats and broken mirrors. Friday the 13th asks you to embrace your dark side.


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#PlutoFlyBy – Alexis Duque – Sphere

#TheDress, #BlackLivesMatter, #iLookLikeAnEngineer, #NotOneMore

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

10 of the year’s most memorable hashtags become art in this upcoming exhibit at Caelum Gallery, NYC 

For the active social media user, these hashtags require little to no explanation. That’s because they are partnered with millions of images and posts from around the world that say more than we could’ve imagined. more

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Telephone Wire Plate | Shoptiques

Traditional Zulu work and it is made from coils of telephone wire wrapped around a solid metal core, to define its shape. It has a modern twist to its make with the infusion of bright colour patterns. The intricacy in the design makes this basket so precious due to the long production days involved in its design. No two pieces are the same. Designs may vary, making each individual piece that much more unique.



Thank your Mom for all she’s done with one of these thoughtful gifts. 



WantedDesign to highlight some of the best international designers and manufacturers during NYCxDESIGN 2016

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

WantedDesign is coming back for its 6th Edition during NYCxDESIGN, NYC’s annual celebration of the design in its five boroughs. Founded in 2011 by Odile Hainut and Claire Pijoulat, WantedDesign is “a platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the international creative community with its marquee events during NYCXDESIGN” (May 3-17).  more


These watches offer practicality and a splash of style.



Now until April 20, Presented by the Wall Street Journal

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Madison Avenue is home to New York City’s most extravagant stores and fashion-forward retailers. This is particularly true when it comes to the thoroughfare’s selection of watches. Now until April 20, 2016, Madison Avenue invites watch connoisseurs and collectors to celebrate the industry’s finest timepieces at its 6th Annual Madison Avenue Watch Week (MAWW).


Isaac Mizrahi, 2015.

Isaac Mizrahi, 2015

Check out the Museum’s major exhibit and events focused on the fashion celebrity

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Brooklyn-native Isaac Mizrahi is known for his eponymous fashion lines, but his larger-than-life personality has stolen the hearts of those in the fashion world and beyond. A true renaissance man, Mizrahi is a designer, media personality, author, creative director of Xcel Brands, and most recently, the focus of a major exhibit at The Jewish Museum between Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street in NYC. more



Give your bookshelf a face lift with these gorgeous editions of your favorite literary classics.



Protect your new phone and look stylish with these iPhone cases and accessories. 



Now that spring has arrived, there is no excuse not to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Whether you’re running, walking, biking or surfing, exercising outdoors is a great stress reliever. These products will help to track your workouts and progress, allowing you to keep a helpful record and to stay accountable of your daily fitness. Simply click on each product image to purchase.  more


Dress-up your spring wardrobe with dark florals from adidas and L.K. Bennett London. 

Simply click on each product image to purchase! more


This St. Patrick’s Day, let the luck of the Irish influence your fashion and decor selections. Simply click on the images seen below to purchase. 



Shop unique products for your favorite pooch.  more


The architectural designs of Amale Andraos embrace nature

By Ilene Dube

Getting kids to eat, and like, their vegetables isn’t usually the work of an architect, but for Amale Andraos, who is working on her second design for the Edible Schoolyard Project in New York, there is a connection between designing buildings and “the artistic and aesthetic dimensions of food.” Teaching the next generation about both is a big part of what she does. Named one of the 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016, Amale Andraos, 42, the new dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, has taught architecture at Princeton, Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania and American University in Beirut. more

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Interviews by Lynn Adams Smith

The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade and has pledged to gradually increase rates in the future. We invited a group of senior banking executives to answer the same six questions concerning how rate hikes will impact consumers, savers, corporations, and local economic growth. more

“In God we trust; everyone else, bring data.”

By Ilene Dube

These words, from former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, continue to be a guiding maxim for Rachel Haot, who was New York City’s Chief Digital Officer from 2011 to 2013.

These days, as Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Secretary of Technology for New York State, Haot’s role is to develop digital products, programs and policy. Her team has re-launched the official state website,, its first overhaul in 15 years, and she is committed to making government more accessible to better serve all citizens, regardless of income, age, ability or language.  more

By Ingrid W. Reed

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg concluded his unprecedented 12 years of governing New York City, his record was assessed in the local and national media, and by organizations that agreed and disagreed with his performance in office as well as in the political campaigns of his would-be successors. In spite of epithets like “Nanny-in-Chief,” the ultimate consensus was that he instituted modern management, safeguarded the health of the City’s inhabitants, initiated long-range plans to protect its environment, upgraded performance of schools, reformed transportation policies to include pedestrians and bicyclists, and invested in the arts for the public good. more

Interview by Lynn Adams Smith

As Police Commissioner, you spearheaded the modernization of the New York City Police Department and created a counter-terrorism operation. How many planned terrorist attacks did your team avert, and are other urban cities adopting your model for a counter-terrorism operation?

In 2002, we created a counter terrorism bureau, the first and only one of its kind at the municipal level. To better assess threats coming from overseas, we established an overseas intelligence liaison program, in which we stationed NYPD detectives in eleven foreign cities, such as London, Tel Aviv, Toronto, and Amman. But unlike federal intelligence offices overseas, the NYPD’s detectives are embedded with each country’s police forces, which affords them access and ability to respond quickly.  more

By Ellen Gilbert // Photography by Tom Grimes

“I’m flattered,” Esther Dyson says quietly when asked how it feels to be referred to by names like “queen of the internet,” “digital visionary,” or “innovation evangelist par excellence.” In a list of “Famous Real-life People Named ‘Esther’” her name appears next to Queen Esther and the competitive swimmer/movie star, Esther Williams. A tenacious pursuer of new causes and a swimmer who steadfastly hits the pool every day no matter where she is, citing this trio of Esthers in the same entry has a certain unintended logic. more