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I Tried an IV Treatment That Promised to Shoot Me Up With ‘Indigenous Wisdom’

Owner Stephanie Wang greets a dripper at the new Drip Alchemy Bar (Photo courtesy of The Alchemist's Kitchen/ Nutridrip)

Owner Stephanie Wang greets a dripper at the new Drip Alchemy Bar (Photo courtesy of The Alchemist’s Kitchen/ Nutridrip)

“It’s the age of integration,” explained Ingrid, the in-house herbalist on duty at The Alchemist’s Kitchen.

I would have nodded agreeably if there wasn’t a large needle jammed into my arm, delivering a pinkish-orange liquid straight into my veins by way of a plastic tube. It’s safe to say that I was probably one of the first people to shoot up on the corner of First and First since Mars Bar was torn down there years ago. But I wasn’t mainlining China White– I was undergoing the Drip Alchemy Experience, a “nutrient-rich journey” currently on offer at The Alchemist’s Kitchen, which opened in February on the ground floor of the sleek condo building that replaced Mars Bar.

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Fire Shutters Caracas Arepa Bar; Limited Edition Soup Dumplings

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

No one was hurt in a fire that broke out at Caracas Arepa Bar in the East Village, but the business will remain closed for the foreseeable future. [EV Grieve]

As part of the Essex Crossing development, plans for a 25-story, 263-unit mixed-use building on Broome Street were submitted yesterday. [The Real Deal]

Beginning in November, a Delancey Street space owned by Samy Mafar will become a temporary gallery for “lowbrow” artists. [Bowery Boogie]

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Polka Your Way Over to These Stein-tastic Oktoberfest Celebrations

(Photo: Courtesy of Gavin Thomas)

(Photo: Gavin Thomas)

It’s late September, which, counterintuitively, means it’s time for Oktoberfest! Here are some great places to don your lederhosen, slug a gallon of lager, and sing along with traditional German drinking songs (or just make rhythmic guttural noises and act like you know the words).

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Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Fest Will Be a Glugapalooza

(Credit: Village Voice Brooklyn Pour)

(Credit: Village Voice Brooklyn Pour)

Forgot to book your ticket to Munich for Oktoberfest this year? You can still get your beer fix this Saturday at the Village Voice‘s Brooklyn Pour beer festival. Dozens of breweries will gather at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint for one of the biggest beer tasting events of the fall. Represent the five boroughs by slugging beers from local favorites like Flagship, Big Alice, Rockaway Brewing Co., and Other Half, and compare New York’s best to the wares of national players like Allagash, Victory, and Sierra Nevada. Or get snickered at by the craft beer cognoscenti by sipping on macrobrews like Singha, Guinness, and Kronenbourg 1664.

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Shooting the Hallucinogenic Honey Harvesters of Nepal

Igor (Photo: Michael James Murray).

Igor Kropotov (Photo: Michael James Murray).

About halfway through Vice’s video about the hallucinogenic-honey harvesters of Nepal, correspondent Abdullah Saeed, dressed in a beekeeper suit, complains to the camera: “There’s bees everywhere. As soon as we got to the top of the hill our camera guy Billy [Voermann] got stuck in the back, so I know he probably hates holding that camera right now.” 

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K2 Bust in Brooklyn; Bushwick Affordable Housing Up For Grabs

Two men were arrested Thursday in connection with 30K+ packets of K2 (synthetic marijuana) that were discovered at a Brooklyn storage unit. [DNA Info]

A report released by Mayor de Blasio’s office states that the number of cyclist deaths rose 25 percent in the 12 months that ended this June 30. [Gothamist]

According to a local real estate firm, between July and August 2016, Bushwick rent prices for studio apartments climbed an average of 10 percent. [Bushwick Daily] Keep Reading »

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At Rough Trade’s New Listening Room, Spin Vinyl Without Annoying the Neighbors

The listening room. (Photo courtesy of Sonos)

The listening room. (Photo courtesy of Sonos)

In what’s pretty much a music nerd’s dream come true, AirBnB is offering the chance to stay overnight at Rough Trade. If you’re envisioning Night at the Museum with vinyl records instead of Teddy Roosevelt and Sacagawea, don’t worry, it’s not that sketchy (unless you want it to be, to each their own), and it’s safe to say Ben Stiller won’t be there.

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Watch These Two Warhol Films Before Jared Leto Ruins Andy For Everyone

From Brillo Box (3¢ off) .

From Brillo Box (3¢ off) .

Sorry, but after David Bowie played Andy Warhol in Basquiat, does anyone else need to take a crack at Andy? Jared Leto thinks so. He’s producing and starring in a film that Terence Winter (of HBO’s Vinyl) will adapt from Victor Bockris’s 1989 book Warhol: The Biography. This is probably the most horrific news since Jason Segel announced he was playing David Foster Wallace. But whereas all it took to pull off DFW was a bandana and some mumbling about 15 minutes of fame, Andy is going to be trickier. Sure, there’ll be mumbling about fame, but as Vulture notes it’s also going to take 40 wigs and a mummified human foot. Needless to say, you’re going to want to soak in some real Warhol before Jared Leto ruins him for all of us. Luckily, you’ll soon have two golden opportunities.

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JEFF Bros. and Three Other Shows Not to Miss This Week

(Flyer via Aviv)

(Flyer via Aviv)

Dream Crusher, NAH, Girlpusher, Tony Seltzer, Hounds
Wednesday September 21, 8 pm at Aviv: $10

It’s just about time to start gathering your crew for the last stretch at Aviv as we know it. The venue is closing at the end of October and fingers crossed they find a new space, but until then me and you and everyone else who does the Brooklyn DIY thing should get it in while we still can.

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