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Five local favorites recognized by Food & Wine


Five local spots on both sides of the river were featured in Food & Wine's Cincinnati City Guide.
 
  • The menu at Carabello Coffee's Analog Coffee Bar has eight different brewing methods on it, and is the place for coffee geeks.
  • Artichoke, located across the street from Findlay Market, is stocked with every cooking gadget you'll ever need.
  • Longfellow is known for its cocktail menu, but there's also a small bites menu that leaves customers wanting more. 
  • Chef Ryan Santos' new restaurant Please is known for its ambitious and tasty dishes.
  • Downtown's 21c is more than just a hotel — it's an art gallery too. 
Read more about Food & Wine's top Cincy stops here.
 

Cincinnati named the most hipster city in the country


Hipster trends are popping up all over the place: craft coffee, craft beer, local art galleries, etc. Cincinnati has a plethora of all of these, and was recently recognized by Jetsetter.com as the most hipster city in America.

Cincinnati has 19th-century and Art Deco architecture, historic breweries and European-style neighborhoods. But we're also experiencing a cultural revival, with buzzy storefronts, boutique hotels, standout restaurants and hip bars cropping up all over the city. Jetsetter highlighted Over-the-Rhine, which is in the midst of an $80 million revitalization, has cool shops like MiCA 12/V, local art galleries and cafes.

Holtman’s Donuts has taken the city by storm, topping its donuts with maple bacon, cereal or coconut. The Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center is the first freestanding American museum designed by a woman (none other than Zaha Hadid), and it's full of cutting-edge photography, film and performance art; and downtown's 21c Museum Hotel features a free contemporary art gallery, rooftop bar and restaurant.

Read about the other six hipster cities here.
 

21c Cincinnati named top hotel in Midwest by Condé Nast Traveler


Condé Nast Traveler recently announced its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, recognizing 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati as one of the best in the world. Each of 21c Museum Hotels’ seven properties received high honors, with 21c Cincinnati landing at the no. 5 spot on the Top Hotels in the Midwest list.

Five other 21c Museum Hotels were named as Top Hotels in the South, including 21c Lexington (No. 6), 21c Nashville (No. 15), 21c Louisville (No. 17), 21c Durham (No. 22) and 21c Bentonville (No. 37). The rankings are based on the quality of rooms, service, food and dining, location and overall design.

More than 300,000 readers submitted millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments, voting on a record-breaking 7,320 hotels and resorts, 610 cities, 225 islands, 468 cruise ships, 158 airlines and 195 airports.

For more information about the awards, click here.
 


Music Hall renovations set the stage for NYC's Geffen Hall


The New York Philharmonic's performance space, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, is in desperate need of renovations. But it just scrapped a $500 million gut renovation, unlike Cincinnati's Music Hall, which just underwent a $135 million renovation.

On Oct. 6, Music Hall reopened with much pomp and circumstance. The two-year renovation paid off — patrons are now "closer to the music," as the CSO's Louis Langrée put it.

Read the New York Times' article about how Cincy is leading the way for Geffen Hall's proposed transformation.

You can read our full Cincy Sets the Stage series about Music Hall's renovation here
 

Dent Schoolhouse lands on Buzzfeed's scariest list


It's almost Halloween, and in honor of that spookiest of holidays, Buzzfeed has rounded up its top 13 scariest haunted houses in the country, and Cincinnati's own Dent Schoolhouse made the list. 

Housed in an old school (opened in 1894), the Dent Schoolhouse plays on that by leading you through the school's dark history, which centers around the tale of Charlie the janitor who killed students. (It's rumored that even without the haunted house, the Dent Schoolhouse is actually haunted.)

If you want to get the pants scared off of you this month, purchase tickets for the Dent Schoolhouse.

 

BLINK: by the numbers


This past weekend, nearly one million people descended on Over-the-Rhine and downtown for the first ever BLINK Cincinnati. The four-day art and light festival covered 20 city blocks and incorporated local and international talent. 

Here are some of the big numbers:
 
  • More than 2,500 people participated in Thursday's BLINK Future City Spectacular light parade; about 100,000 people attended the parade
  • Twenty-two projection mappings and 35 light-based art installations were strategically placed from Findlay Market to The Banks
  • Eight new murals were painted by international artists
  • Thirty entertainers performed throughout the weekend on six stages
  • 500 volunteers worked to make BLINK possible
  • More than 100 artists participated in the festival, with 60 from the region
  • About 27,000 rides were taken on the Cincinnati Bell Connector
To see photos from BLINK, search #blinkcincinnati on Instagram.
 

 


DAAP connection pays off for UCLA professor


Casey Reas, professor of design media arts at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, has roots in Cincinnati: he's a graduate of UC's DAAP. His DAAP connections have landed him work with The National, an alt-rock band. 

Reas met The National's bassist, Scott Devendorf, and singer Matt Berninger when they were all graphic design students at DAAP — he even played drums for them, once upon a time.

The National just released its seventh album, "Sleep Well Beast," and Reas helped create four music videos for songs on the album. He used an open-source programming language called Processing, which he helped co-create, to make the videos.

Along with music videos, Reas' work has been exhibited in art galleries and projected onto buildings all over the globe.

To read more about Reas' process for creating The National's music videos, click here.
 

OTR named one of five Great Neighborhoods by the APA


Last week, the American Planning Association named Over-the-Rhine one of five Great Neighborhoods on its annual Great Places in America list. The list marks the kick-off for the APA’s National Community Planning Month celebration.

Like much of the city, OTR has undergone huge changes in the past 15 years, and it's now considered one of Cincinnati’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Planning efforts showcase the historic nature of OTR and will help preserve the neighborhood’s legacy.

As part of the distinction, Mayor John Cranley declared Oct. 4 “Over-the-Rhine ‘Great Neighborhood’ Day” in Cincinnati.

Through continued public-private partnerships and the ongoing support of the community’s residents, developers have been able to restore historic buildings like Memorial Hall, Music Hall and the former St. Paul's Evangelical Church (now home to Taft's Ale House); create community gathering spaces like Washington Park and Ziegler Park; and create new housing options all over OTR.

Along with OTR, APA also recognized Seward in Minneapolis; the Heart of Missoula; Uptown Greenwood, SC; and Pearl in San Antonio.

Click here to read more about APA's Great Places in America. 
 


Cincinnati is the coolest in the Midwest


We don't need to be told that Cincinnati is a cool place to live, but the website Only in Your State recently rounded up all of the reasons why.

Things that make the Queen City so cool are:

  • The growth in Over-the-Rhine
  • Its growing food scene
  • How it celebrates the arts
  • The craft beer
  • Its efforts to preserve historic landmarks
  • The riverfront views
  • The parks
  • Fiona
  • Its celebrations

To read more, click here.
 


The numbers don't lie: Cincinnatians know how to have a good time


According to a recent study from WalletHub, Cincinnati is the 13th most fun of the top 150 largest U.S. cities. The study examined 58 key metrics, including the number of fitness centers per capita to movie costs to the average open hours of breweries.

Here's how Cincinnati ranked in a few of these categories:
 
  • No. 9: Park playgrounds per capita
  • No. 15: Bar accessibility (have you been to Over-the-Rhine lately?)
  • No. 20: Festivals per capita (Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, Taste of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic, etc.)
  • No. 22: Restaurants per capita
  • No. 24: Average beer price (about $5 a pint)
  • No. 26: Fitness centers per capita
  • No 33: Number of attractions (Findlay Market, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Reds, Bengals, etc.)
  • No. 40: Parkland acres per capita
  • No. 61: Dance clubs per capita
  • No. 75: Movie costs
The full report is available here
 

Cincinnati Art Museum to showcase collection of work by Iris van Herpen


In October, Dutch fasion designer Iris van Herpen will bring a touring exhibition of her work to the Cincinnati Art Museum. The show, Transforming Fashion, originated at the Groninger Museum in the Netherlands in 2012.

Van Herpen is known for her unique designs and interest in the natural sciences. She uses unexpected materials and 3D printing to create her rare, "strangely gorgeous garments."

Examples of van Herpen's work include a minidress that resembles a stylized skeleton that was 3D-printed with a white synthetic polymer and the “moon dress” of 2013-14: a doughnut-shaped garment whose iridescent black resin surface is textured and cratered.

You can read more about van Herpen here; keep tabs on her upcoming exhibition at the CAM.


 

Covington named the best small town in Kentucky


Covington was recently named the best small town in the state of Kentucky by Thrillist. 

With a population of just over 40,000, Covington is often referred to as Cincinnati's little sister, but it has a charm and a claim to fame all its own. It has a multitude of local restaurants, whiskey bars and small businesses. It's home to 12 historic districts and more redeveloped buildings than you can count. To top it off, Covington hosts a number of yearly festivals, including the Mainstrasse Oktoberfest.

Click here to read more about the best small towns in the U.S.

 

NYT spends 36 hours in the Queen City


The New York Times recently spent 36 hours in Cincinnati, and boy, were they impressed.

Highligts include the Contemporary Arts Center, 21C's bar, dinner at Sotto, Cincy Red Bike, the views from the Purple People Bridge, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Findlay Market, the streetcar, beer from Rhinegeist and Taft's Ale House, Salazar, Music Hall, Ensemble Theater, the new Cincinnati Shakespeare Company theater, Sundry and Vice, Revel OTR, Maplewood Kitchen and Bar and the Queen City Underground Tour.

Check out your hometown from the NYT's perspective, and you just might discover something new!
 

Vote for your favorite Cincinnati attraction for USA Today's top 10


Five Cincinnati attractions are on the short list for USA Today's 10 Best Reader's Choice. The top 10 spots will be chosen by readers via online vote.

The Cincinnati attractions that are up for the award are the Cincinnati Museum Center (which is open during construction), Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Smale Riverfront Park and Spring Grove Cemetery

Cedar Point is currently in the no. 1 spot.

You can vote once per day until noon on Aug. 28. The 10 winning attractions, chosen by your vote, will be announced on Sept. 1.
 

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati lands on September's must-do list


Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is undoubtedly the largest Oktoberfest celebration outside of Germany, which earned it a spot on Travel + Leisure's must-do list for September.
 

The three-day celebration showcases an abundance of German heritage, beer and food. Lederhosen and polka music arrest the senses, and thousands descend on downtown to experience a culture that's still going strong in the area.

Oktoberfest features over 200 different German dishes and steins filled to the brim with traditional German beer. There are also a few can't-miss events over the weekend, including the Running of the Winers, the Beer Stein Race, the Beer Barrel Roll and the World's Largest Chicken Dance.

Check out other September events around the country here
 

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