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Film-Music Editor Nic Ratner Won’t Stand For Nickelback at His Bars

From Left: Nic Ratner and Geoff Popler

From Left: Nic Ratner and Geoff Popler

Nic Ratner hates televisions in bars. So much so, in fact, he’s banned them from the three he runs along Second Avenue.

“If there was a television in here right now, even with the sound off, I could be talking with the most beautiful, intelligent, funny girl and a damn ShamWow commercial could come on and I’d be staring at it instead of her, no matter what,” proselytizes Ratner, standing in Shoolbred’s, the Scottish-themed bar where he’s an “honorary partner” (“hiring and firing powers, but I don’t make any money” ), with owner and business associate Robert Morgan. Together the two also own Ninth Ward, Kingston Hall (together with Steve Pyke and Geoff Popler) and a soon to be opened spot on Farringdon Road in London.

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Meet the Williamsburg Warehouse’s Landlord, Whose Home Went Up in Flames

Photo: Inc. Magazine

(Photo courtesy of Inc. Magazine)

When a seven-alarm fire broke out at his Williamsburg storage facility early in the morning of January 31, Norman Brodsky didn’t just lose his office – he also lost his home. Since then, he has spent his days finding a new place to live, replacing clothes and other essentials that were lost to the fire, and assessing the damage.
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