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Bé Bếp and Kim Anh After Dark Remixed

Thursday, February 29, 6-10pm

We’re teaming up with incredible chef Phoebe Tran, founder of Bé Bếp, and New York-based DJ and producer Kim Anh, a staple of the queer dance music underground for over a decade, to present a night of cuisine and listening on the occasion of Kim Anh’s newest album release, ‘After Dark EP’ launched by her very own Can U Not Talk Records and available for sale at the event. This event is co-produced by artist and designer Tina Snow Le.


Food available from 6-9pm

Listening session starts at 8:30pm

RSVP Required

See you there!

Available Works Book Fair

February 9 - 11, 2024

Available Works is a fair for books—and more. Join us and over 30 vendors from February 9-11 at 161 Water Street in NYC.

Opening Party: 2/9, 6-9pm

Book Fair: 2/10-2/11, 12-6pm

Hope to see you there!

Book Clubbing at Nightmoves

Sunday, January 28, 9pm-2am


Head Hi is proud to present Book Clubbing the party! Our fifth year anniversary celebration at Nightmoves was so much fun that we're going back for more! Sunday, January 28. 9pm - 2am. Free. 21+


As many of you know, Head Hi is not your typical book shop. Music is an integral part of the Head Hi community and our contemporary book events are notable for both the publications we discuss as well as the incredible diversity of guests that join us. What we create are very memorable and, perhaps, transformative communal experiences. We're serious folks that love art and design publications, but we also like to throw parties and celebrate! So why not combine the two into a new type of experience! 


Come discover Book Clubbing. M:sco Disco will take us on a musical journey joined by guest DJ JSoultrain. Bring that HHi-Energy & good vibes. Explore the cozy reading nook. Meet a Book Babe. Grab a delicious drink from the friendly bartender. Please no phones and no talking on the dancefloor, be in the moment with the music. Enjoy one of the best sound systems in NYC.


See you there, we're going Book Clubbing!


Let's Talk About Retreat

Wednesday, January 24, 6-8pm


Landscapes of Retreat are portraits of climate adaptation. Retreat is found in the land that is left behind as settlement patterns shift due to a changing climate. The term landscape refers to the earth animated by the aliveness of creatures and organisms, and the term retreat suggests that human patterns are not fixed but might also be enlivened. Taken together, the stories in this book suggest that communities are more likely to adapt to change when the landscape is appreciated, so that retreat can be valued. The results cutacross history, fieldwork, citizenship, and geography in order to rethink and rework “change” as a means toward shared climate futures.


Participating in the discussion:


Head Hi Reading Materials Pop-Up

Assembly New York

Sunday, January 21, 2-7pm


Head Hi is pleased to announce our next Reading Materials pop-up in Manhattan at Assembly New York in the Lower East Side Sunday, January 21st 2-7pm.


Founded in 2008, Assembly New York has been a destination, forward thinking retail environment and eponymous modern fashion collection for men, women & everyone. They focus on international independent or rare designers who maintain an emphasis on craft and design as an ethos, regardless of trend. Their approach resonates with what Head Hi does in our selection of reading materials and we’re super excited to invite you to our happening with them next week.


Thanks to Ale, Greg & the Assembly team for opening their doors (and hearts) to us. We’re looking forward to this, see you there!


Head Hi Offsite - 2023 Holiday Markets

December 10 - 17

Join us across the city as we pop up at various holiday markets initiated by independent businesses. Great gifts and amazing people involved. We will have books and wares at all. See images above for dates, times and locations. Happy holidays to all!


Books, Records, HiFi

Saturday, December 9, 4-8pm


We’re thrilled to invite you to this fun event with some of our favorite Brooklyn record shops: SECOND HAND RECORDS in Bushwick, RECORD CITY in Lefferts Gardens & 360 RECORD SHOP in Red Hook. They’re bringing a special vinyl selection for sale & will be spinning tunes on our Klipsch sound system 4-8pm.

Plus, we'll have a fabulous selection of HHi books & other surprise objects will be for sale. Whether you’re new or an expert collector we sure have something for everyone! Come discover 4 amazing shops in one place, music is going to be pumpin, drinks will be served & our bodies will be grooving to the beat. 

Shop Brooklyn Smalls is our initiative to highlight other wonderful small businesses in Brooklyn that provide a space for culture, music & much needed connection with others IRL. Alternative spaces such as ours (book shops & record stores) are fundamental part of our city vibrancy, but it is extremely hard to keep open in NYC due to the increasing cost of rent, shipping, taxes, and all sorts of bills… forget about profitability! When you shop local, you’re supporting our community, you’re a patron of the arts, music & culture. You help us continue keep our doors open inspiring many people. Thank you!


New York Architecture + Design Book Club

Friday, December 8, 6-8pm


Head Hi at Second Hand Records

November 25, 3-7pm


On Saturday, Nov. 25, we’ll be at our friend’s cool space Secondhand Records, a Bushwick based record store. We'll be selling books, serving cozy drinks & spinning records on their fabulous Hi-Fi sound system. Come discover another great small business with lots of new releases & classics on vinyl. Books & records, one cannot have enough!

This is a two part series, next week is part two, stay tuned.

Head Hi 5 Year Anniversary!

November 19, 7pm - Late


Yes, we made it through another year, and we want to celebrate with all of you! Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 19. We will be at Nightmoves (Williamsburg) with a great DJ line-up including Head Hi fam members Butter, PK.KID, Dirtyfinger, Shawn Dub, Sasha Crush, & M:sco Disco on a Hi-Fi sound system & fun dance floor.




LITT Magazine Launch

November 11, 3-5pm

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We are excited to host the launch of the inaugural issue of LITT Magazine. Conceived and created in Callicoon, New York, made by amigas Mariana Barrera Pieck and Anais La Rocca, and designed and art directed by Pablo Delcan, this biannual literary magazine highlights the work of writers and artists based in the upstate region.


Come by to get your copy, grab a drink, and celebrate on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 3-5pm. See you there.

Giovanna Silva: Three Cities, Three Books (& A Film)

November 1, 6-8pm


We have long followed the work of photographer Giovanna Silva, an Italian photographer and bibliophile, and are pleased to present an evening program featuring three of her latest architectural photography books on three Italian cities:


Silva will present three titles from her journeys through Italy:

City, I Listen to Your Heart – Milan;

Black Coffee No Sugar. Genoa;

and the newly released Napoli


Join us for this special evening, get your books signed by Giovanna and catch the New York premier of Desertions, a short documentary film of an American road trip with renowned Italian designer Enzo Mari. Wednesday, Nov. 1, 6-8pm. Film will start at 7:30pm.

Field Guide to the Future

Emerging Ecologies Book Launch + Talk

Wednesday, October 25, 6:30pm


Join us for a discussion on architecture's ecological histories, presents, and possible futures, as well as the launch of Emerging Ecologies: Architecture and the Rise of Environmentalism, the newly published book and catalog by authors and curators Carson Chan and Matthew Wagstaffe made to accompany the first expansive survey of the history of environmental thinking in architecture currently at the Museum of Modern Art.


Participating in the discussion:

Carson Chan, Director of the Emilio Ambasz Institute, MoMA

Matthew Wagstaffe, Research Assistant at the Emilio Ambasz Institute, MoMA

Co-hosted by Head Hi and New York Review of Architecure

Head Hi Book Kiosk at the

2023 Architecture & Design Film Festival

October 12-14


The Head Hi Book Kiosk is back again for this year's Architecture & Design Film Festival from October 12-14! Join us at Angelika Cinemas in the East Village for one of our favorite annual events. We made a special selection of books based on this year's film topics including artificial forests, Soviet bus stops, countryside architecture, 1960's Italy, Women architects, health buildings and much, much more. 


Learn more about the Head Hi Book Kiosk here and click below to check out the films. Use code HEADHI upon check out for a discount : )

Gui Marcondes Photo Book Launch

Wed Oct 12, 6-8pm


I know I exist because you imagine me explores the idea of the dissolution of the self and the collective unconscious. The atmospheric narrative invokes the experience of a transitional event. It is about life in the afterglow of a world that no longer exists—a last glimpse fading away from your vision, distorted through the lens of the media-scape that immerses us. The book has two main influences: post-war Japanese photography and late 70's post-punk culture. In both cases, they are a reaction to traumatic events.


Gui Marcondes is a visual artist from Brazil, living between New York and São Paulo. I know I exist because you imagine me is published by Nearest Truth Editions.

Brotherland Book Launch

Thursday, October 5, 6-8pm


Brotherland, a new photography book by Ben Sklar, is an examination of masculinity and male relationships through the lens of an isolated group of men living in an unidentified location. The subjective documentary style of the work asks viewers to question the ideals, traditions and framework of raising boys in the United States. It holds up a critical mirror to what defines a man asking for self awareness and reflection. In correspondence with the physicality of the imagery, viewers must physically re-orient the book from horizontal to vertical while engaging. The work includes 16 essays and 35 duotone photographs bound with a double clove-hitch tied cord. Each book has its own unique hand screen printed 4-flap canvas case showing a wave under full moonlight and is supported with a printed hard backing board.


Sklar has photographed for the New York Times and been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, He has recently expanded his practice into hand painting, bookmaking, gallery exhibitions, creative writing, apparel making, motion filming, and mixed media work. He will graduate from the University of Hartford international low residency Masters of Fine Art program in 2024. 

Join us for the launch, get your book signed, and check out a corresponding series of prints!

Temperatures Contemporary Ceramics

Magazine Launch

Wednesday, Oct 4, 6-8pm


Let's celebrate the latest issue of TEMPERATURES, a contemporary ceramics magazine and occasional publication about artists using clay. TEMPERATURES Vol. 3 features Espalier, a series of ceramic works made by Rocio Olivares in 2021. Designed to resemble a seed catalog, this publication reimagines her work as part of a multi-level-marketing scheme, a social phenomenon that was very visible to her in Santiago during the pandemic lockdowns.

New York Architecture + Design Book Club

Saturday, September 23, 3-5pm


Together Apart Book Launch

Saturday, September 16, 4-6pm

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Together Apart Book Launch

by the Ritsch Sisters

Saturday September 16, 4-6pm

Published by POOL publishing, Berlin.


Join us to celebrate this gorgeous book, meet the photographers Anna + Maria Ritsch, and get your book signed! A special limited edition of photo prints from the publication will also be shown and available for sale.


Together Apart is an ongoing series of new photography that reflects the ever-changing nature of our society. The Ritsch sisters started working together while living apart, Anna in New York and Maria in Vienna. The essence of the series lies in the development of a method that revolves around duality and dialogue showing intimate portrayals of the experience of photographing together despite being physically separated. Their shared upbringing forms the foundation of their collaborative photographic and artistic practice unveiling the layers of their interconnected lives, visually narrating tales of growth, introspection, sisterhood, conscious and subconscious connections, intuition and gender dynamics.


We’re looking forward to seeing you all at Head Hi as we resume our cultural programs with this fantastic book-launch exhibition!

Listening Session - Open Decks

Saturday, August 26, 12-5pm


BYOVinyl records and play 3 songs on our beautiful vintage Klipsch La Scala speakers in celebration of Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary.

Jazz, Funk, Soul, Reggae, Latin rhythms, R&B, Electronic, Afrobeat or whatever rarities you may find in your record collection that traces to the invention of Hip Hop
back in the 70s in the Bronx, NYC 🎶🔊🗽

Delicious Churros freshly made on site 3-5pm. Yes yes yo… let’s have a p-a-r-ty!

Head Hi is NY’s only indie bookshop / gallery specialized in art, design & architecture books with a Hi-Fi sound system + a espresso bar. Come join us!
This Listening Session is a moment to share music we love, feel the energy of what we hear & let the vibrations run through our bodies. It’s not a DJ set, anyone can participate, no beat-matching or mixing is required, just put the needle on the record and let it playyy…

Head Hi Book Kiosk at NADA FORELAND

July 21-23, 2023, 11am-6pm

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For all our upstate friends and followers, catch us July 21-23 at this year’s expanded edition of NADA Foreland located in Catskill, NY which will feature over 40 participating galleries and over 60 exhibiting artists in a collaborative exhibition cascading through the historic building and waterfront; a community market featuring books by yours truly, art objects and more; a selection of premier food by Lil Debs Oasis (a Head Hi fave), and beverage vendors across our sprawling waterfront lawn; and robust series of live music, discussions, guided tours, and other performances throughout the weekend. Click button below for more info and full schedule of events.


an evening of short surf films, food, drinks & DJs

July 15, 6-11pm


We're pleased to announce Summer Shorts as part of the Head Hi Summer 2023 season of cultural programming and are excited to bring it back to the Rockaways (where Head Hi began in an un-used garage space in 2017). Join us for an evening of short surf films, food, drinks & DJs at the Arverne Cinema, a wonderful outdoor space by the Jamaica Bay, in Rockaway Queens, NYC.

The independent films we selected showcase the raddest surfing by the best and stylish free-riders of our time including: In Search of Balance by Alex Partick, México; The Rolling East by Benjamin Potter, US; Natural High by Jack Coleman, Australia + US; and A New Wave by Sandra Winther Denmark + South Africa.

Click below for more info on the films, tickets, djs, location and food. Sea you there!

Universal Lessons Weekender at Glen Falls House

June 30 - July 2, 2023


We'll be selling books at another year of Good Room's 'Summer Of Joy' at their sister hotel in the Catskills, Glen Falls House! This is a magical weekend of nature, poolside chilling and music curated by Love Injection and Musclecars. The event is free to attend, however you can help support the featured Djs by picking up a suggested donation ticket here. Rooms are very limited and you can only reserve via this link.


This year's Universal Lessons weekender will feature:

~ 3 nights of parties in the tavern: Friday BDA with Toribio & Photay, Saturday Coloring Lessons with Musclecars, Sunday Universal Love with Love Injection

~ Daytime poolside sets by Beewack, Butter, Dope Jams, Honey Bun, Lovie, Marco Weibel, Sweet Kicks, Peer Pressure

~ Books and wares by Head Hi!!

~ Records by The Mixtape Shop

~ Merch and more

Sounds of Sunshine

in Celebration of the 2023 Summer Solstice

June 21, 6-10pm


Join the 2023 Summer Solstice celebration with Head Hi at Ace Hotel Brooklyn. Sounds of Sunshine provided by Hyanna, DJ Bianca and Mösco Disco mixing beats that will make us all shake and sweat as we’ll be dancing closer to the sun.

For this shiny occasion, we invite guests to wear yellow, white or gold​.

PUBLIC ACCESS Exhibition for NYCxDesign

May 18 - June 3, 2023


Furnishing Utopia returns to NYCxDesign this May, 2023 to pose a foundational question to the design world:  How can we expand our creative practices through acts of care and empathy?  This debut installment of ‘PUBLIC ACCESS’ features works from 37 international designers, from 19 cities, 12 countries exploring ways in which design can inspire communal acts of sharing.  The resulting work is an evolving array of offerings designed and built in situ - some sharing community resources, some connecting with nature, or others igniting a sense of wonderment.  All respond to their unique locations with an invitation for the public to engage freely. 

The two-part exhibition of PUBLIC ACCESS will be showcased at two distinct locations by the Brooklyn Navy Yard neighborhood. Head Hi is the first location where we will serve as the hub showing all 37 PUBLIC ACCESS projects photo-documented in their chosen environment from various parts of the world. The visual exhibit will be displayed alongside reference materials and open source instructions, as well as a curation of related books for viewers to congregate and take part in engaging programming of talks and events.  The second location is the Naval Cemetery Landscape in Brooklyn Navy Yard, a 200-year-old historical site that serves as a sacred grove and a memorial meadow for public use. 

Accompanying the exhibition, we are hosting two events with curator Jean Lee (Ladies & Gentlemen Studio). Click below for more info and to sign up. See you there!

Apartamento + Misha Kahn Book Launch

Saturday, May 13, 3-5pm 



Apartamento Magazine & Head Hi are delighted to present an exhibition of works by artist Misha Kahn who’s featured in the new issue of the magazine & has a new book out!


Following on from his expo at Milan Design Week, Misha has made a limited edition of dust jackets to be shown back home in New York City, and to continue celebrating his brand-new book, Casually Sauntering the Perimeter of Now! This collection experiments with even more techniques and materials-casting, carving, sewing, and welding, to create dust jackets in resin, wood, fabric, metal, and more.

Join us this Saturday for drinks, music by Head Hi, lots of goodies, books and the exclusive opportunity to get your hands on a Misha sculpture! May 13th 3-5pm.

A selection of books & publications by Apartamento will be available exclusively at HHi, perfect to build your collection!

New York Architecture + Design Book Club

Saturday, May 6, 3-5pm



Opening Celebration

Saturday, March 4, 6-9pm


Dope from Hope Fundraiser

Tuesday, Feb 7, 7-9pm


Join us for the New York Dope From Hope Book Kickstarter Campaign launch event.


Dope from Hope is a collection of influential cult audio papers authored by Paul W. Klipsch dating back to 1960. The name refers to the town of Hope, Arkansas where Paul lived, founded the company, and where the Klipsch Heritage family of speakers are still produced today. We are setting out to independently publish the first-ever full collection in book form exclusively via Kickstarter.

This edition of the Dope From Hope book will only be available for preorder on Kickstarter from January 31 through March 2, 2023.

These papers, originally intended for insiders like dealers and Klipsch-owners, deserve a wider audience. PWK’s honest, plain language and sharp wit will be inspiring to the next generation of audio enthusiasts. For the well acquainted, these historic documents scanned in high resolution in all of their original glory make a must-have for the Klipsch fans collection.

The campaign is being run by Barbie Bertisch and Paul Raffaele, founders of Love Injection Fanzine & Records, DJs, producers, audio enthusiasts, and archivists residing in New York City. The project wouldn’t be possible without the guidance and support of Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy and the Klipsch Museum of Audio History, especially Jim Hunter, Matt Sommers, Richard Groves, Travis Williamson and the Museum board.  

Digesting Metabolism Book Conversation

Thursday, Feb 2 6:30pm


Come celebrate and learn more about the new book Digesting Metabolism: Artificial Land in Japan 1954–2202. We are hosting a book talk on Thursday February 2 at 6:30pm with New York Review of Architecture in person at the shop in Brooklyn and on zoom. Please join author Casey Mack, and discussants Ken Oshima, Daniel Abramson and Nader Vossoughian to discuss artificial land, flexibility, housing, polyvalency, obsolescence and metabolism in Japan. 

“Artificial land,” a term first coined by Le Corbusier, is one of those pivotal concepts in architecture known by just about nobody. Long buried by the term “megastructure” that it inspired, artificial land joins the individual and collective, envisioning housing as stacked platforms of plots for building freestanding homes of all variety.