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Last Day of Disco: Crawling Brooklyn’s Bars Hours Before the Shutdown

Skinny Dennis bartender Ben Mann (right) alongside regular Ed Fordham, 3/16/20 at 5pm in Williamsburg.

There’s been a few “last nights of normal” this past week: the night the national emergency was declaredthe last night of church services, and on Monday, the last night of regular bar and food service. And it was a brief one. Every bar I visited on Monday was observing the 8pm statewide closing and regulars came in for less-than-social-distanced drinks before what would’ve been the biggest drinking day of the year. More →

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Pop-Up Exhibit Shines a Red Light On the State of Sex Work

In Greenwich Village this week, a sex workers pop-up exhibition is attracting attention. Bondage rope draped loosely from the ceiling along with objects like high heels, dildos, and leather belts represent sex workers’ collective memory and the ritual of letting go. Three rows of red umbrellas attached to the ceiling symbolize resistance to oppression and discrimination around the world.  More →

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Need a Reusable Bag? A Free Tote For Every Type

With a single-use plastic bag ban in effect as of this month, carryout bags will soon be long gone. Reusable tote bags are coming right to the rescue, which is probably a good thing: they’re environmentally friendly and fashion-forward. And unlike those 5-cent paper bags, you don’t even need to buy one, since you can get many of them via subscriptions and purchases. Whether you’re a foodie or a fashionista, we’ve got you covered with this list of fashionable freebies. More →

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An Ambitious Newcomer Brings Cuban-Asian Food and Music to East Williamsburg

(Photos: Hoa P Nguyen)

Everyone wants to design the most Instagrammable restaurant. But the team behind Aura Cocina & Bar wants you to put your phone down and appreciate the surroundings when visiting Aura Cocina & Bar. Tucked in the corner of a former warehouse complex, the new Cuban-Asian fusion restaurant sets out to bring a bit of vintage Havana to East Williamsburg.  More →

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This Baker Makes Dog Portraits That Your Pup Can Wolf Down

Instagram-famous chiweenie, Tuna, celebrates his birthday with Anna Scala’s portrait dog cake in 2018. (Photo via @tunameltsmyheart)

Baking cakes for dogs was not Anna Scala’s initial call into the world of niche desserts. She started with erotic cookies. Her artistic passion drove her to create things that other people would not normally do and Pornolicious Cookies, the short-lived business that preceded Dog Cakes for Dogs, was the creative outlet she had been searching for. More →