26. Ratking, 19, 20 and 32
They’ve been called New York’s Odd Future, but while the Harlem-based trio (who play in Brooklyn enough for it to make sense to include them here) juxtaposed slippery rhymes with warped beats and punked-up energy on last year’s Wiki93 EP, their follow-up single “100” pulls more from bass-heavy, golden-era 90s hip-hop—a time that two-thirds of the band were barely alive for—than any on-trend Odd Future-Death Grips genre bashing. We assume both tactics will come to a head on the spitfires’ full-length debut next year via trusted tastemakers XL Recordings, making them one of the city’s most promising contenders.
27. Ivy Thompson, 26
Too often in fashion, “sustainable design” can be an unfortunate oxymoron, a conception Ivy Thompson hopes to obliterate. The textured, geometric, and deceptively simple designs she produces as Visantine (originally launched as a collaboration with local artist and designer Maria Piessis) are all produced and sourced in New York, which is no small feat when you consider all the far-reaching elements that go into any design. “I like indulging in a few simple details and translating them throughout the collection,” says Thompson, who also recently helped put together an exhibition of locally produced design at Brooklyn Fireproof. As a seller at the Hester Street Market and recent winner for “Best in Show” at Lower East Side Runway, it’s safe to say that Thompson’s recent decision to scrap her day job was a smart one.
28. Pete Entner, 27
Chef/Owner of PeteZaaz
Pete Entner’s envelope-pushing pies may be prime fodder for blog posts, trend pieces, and “Best Of” awards, but the Marine Park-native’s sole mission is making gourmet food affordable and accessible to everyone. Entner has also begun to expand his influence, both next door in the site of the former Glass Shop, where he’s slowly adding fun new food items to the established menu of pastries and coffee, and as far away as Houston, working with a silent partner to launch a skillet-baked pizza business. Which is cool, as long as Texas understands that this dyed-in-the-wool Brooklyn boy is just on loan.