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New Neighborhood Guides Aim to Please Design-Savvy Visitors

Although New Yorkers may be too cool to admit it, travel guides can be helpful even for locals looking to discover new destinations throughout the city. But sometimes even the most exhaustive travel guides focus too much on the Rockefeller Centers and Central Parks to really get at the city. Enter On the Grid, a new guide website that focuses on calling out buzzy food and drink destinations and longstanding community attractions on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis (h/t

The new website not only looks great, but also has a distinctive flair for the hip, and that might have a little something to do with how the recommendations for each neighborhood are curated by different design studios situated in said neighborhood. The website started with Hyperakt, which compiled a guide to its native Gowanus (where they recommend spots like Four & Twenty Blackbirds alongside Gowanus Print Lab) and has so far grown to cover the East Village, South Street Seaport, and Nolita/Little Italy with some 15 more neighborhood guides due to land throughout the summer. The website will even expand to Los Angeles this summer, says.
· On the Grid [official]
· A Designers' Guide To New York City's Coolest Spots []