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Nitrogen Cold Brew? Deconstructed Lattes? Coffee Project Is Not Your Average Joe

Coffee Project's "Project 1:" The Deconstructed Latté. Photo: Anneke Rautenbach

Coffee Project’s “Project 1:” The Deconstructed Latté. Photo: Anneke Rautenbach

It was at Slate Coffee Roasters in Seattle that Chi Sum Ngai first came across the deconstructed latté – a shot of espresso, a shot of steamed milk, followed by the symphony of the latté in full – and was utterly charmed. After completing her barista training in Portland and moving to New York five years ago, she realized that there was a gap in the market – in the East Village, at least – for something similar.

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This Halloween, Why Not Go as a Papier-Mâché Penis?

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James McGann’s handmade Halloween masks. Image: Anneke Rautenbach


Some say the height of fancy dress was when the most famous architects of the New York City skyline came to the annual Beaux-Arts ball dressed up as the buildings they created. Well, local artist James McGann (a.k.a. Maskbread) is giving it a run for its money with his handmade, papier-mâché Halloween masks. In fact, it’s exactly the meticulous attention to detail that went into the homemade Halloween costumes of yore that inspires him. “Everyone spent so much time crafting these beautiful costumes and going out. The whole feeling of that time was something that really spoke to me.”

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This Year’s Lit Crawl: Less Crawling, Still Plenty of Drinking and Thinking

10869798_10152796173054058_1767179570989580661_oAt first glance, PEN America’s Lit Crawl 2015 might look like a family-friendly affair, with innocuous activities like face painting and board games. But take a closer look and it’s got a bit of edge, and not just because of the booziness. This year’s Lit Crawl, on October 21, promises to be a hammed up, carnival-esque affair. Hosted by graphic storyteller Mira Jacob and BuzzFeed Books editor Isaac Fitzgerald (a former “biker-bar employee”, according to the New York Times), how could it not be?

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