11/21/14 4:35pm

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If “where the sauna party at?” is something you say frequently (or ever) then, first, stop that, and second, we have the answer: Clinton Hill. All-night raging sauna parties featuring DJs, drinking, loud music, and, presumably, a whole lot of dudes in towels and flip-flops are the new scourge of the neighborhood. Oh and the name of the parties? “When in Robe.”Just when you thought you were safe from bros, a whole new genre of bro emerges.

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11/21/14 4:06pm

Got plans tonight? Want some more? Sure you do! Get a head start on your holiday shopping (or just your shopping for yourself) and head over to Erica Weiner’s beautiful Boerum Hill shop (that wallpaper!) where one of our favorite labels, Carleen, is kicking off a more-than-month-long pop-up (November 21-January 1).  (more…)

11/21/14 3:18pm
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photo via Serial

One of the most interesting things about following Serial is that a lot of the action takes place off stage. This isn’t just true in the podcast itself, where all of the crucial events took place over a decade ago and some of the most important characters are never heard from—Jay and the family of the victim, Hae Min Lee, most obviously. A listener often feels like she’s piecing together a mystery with imperfect information from people who don’t really want to participate (this is, of course, also how actual mysteries are solved by actual detectives). This carries over into the real world, too. Many of the most interesting developments in the show take place completely outside of the podcast.  (more…)

11/21/14 2:30pm

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When eco-builder Gennaro Brooks-Church set out to construction something in his Carroll Gardens backyard this summer, he didn’t know it was going to turn out to be a treehouse. Well, he kind of knew. But there was no blueprint, no larger mission. For Brooks-Church, the final shape of the project was far less interesting than the process of building it. “My son has a service, it’s sort of like Netflix but for Legos,” Brooks-Church told me. “When you’re done making it, you take it apart and send it back. And that was like making the treehouse was like. The joy was in the creation. I’m tempted just to take it apart now.”

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11/21/14 2:06pm

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The core of Sixpoint’s portfolio is mostly packaged in six-packs of slender 12-ounce cans, including Resin, a monstrous IIPA that, with its excellent drinkability despite a staggering ABV (9.1), has helped to legitimize the style’s boundless—and, at times, absurd—envelope-pushing by American brewers. While Resin is a mainstay in my refrigerator (especially if a quicker conduit to inebriation is desired), also seducing my palate from the brewery, and not only because of their scarcity, is its crew of limited draft-only beers designed for various haunts in New York City. The Meatball Shop’s Wheatball, Union Pool’s Instant Pentecostal Apostle, and The John Dory Oyster Bar’s namesake oyster stout (brewed with the restaurant’s leftover shells) are all solid and focused recipes developed for them by Sixpoint.

These examples aren’t the city’s only partnerships between breweries and bars or restaurants yielding in a proprietary liquid: Salvation Taco teamed with Greenport Harbor for Devil’s Plaything, an IPA brewed with oranges, limes, dried bitter orange peel, and chiles, while Brooklyn Brewery’s Le Poulet was engineered specifically for The NoMad Hotel’s supernal foie gras-and-black truffle-stuffed roast chicken.

Sixpoint, however, seems to create these unique beers most frequently. Since last month, for example, the Red Hook-neighborhooded operation has unveiled two new one-of-a-kinds.

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11/21/14 12:32pm

NYPD

A 28-year-old man is dead after an NYPD officer shot and killed him in the stairwell of the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York last night. The incident took place late last night, when two officers on patrol encountered the man on the eight floor of the stairs. The unnamed victim was shot in the chest and taken to Brookdale Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Witnesses say that the man was unarmed.

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11/21/14 12:32pm
Stuart Solomon (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Stuart Solomon (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Getting to Aviv isn’t exactly a challenge, but on a cold, windy November day the trek from the L train is just far enough to be a bother. After exiting the Graham stop and heading east, you end up in a warehouse zone. Local attractions include International Trad Company (sic), rusty razor blades scattered on the sidewalk, the smell of paint thinner, a tiny Vietnamese restaurant, and herds of large, hungry cats I do not recommend trying to pet. “What neighborhood is this even?” I asked Stuart Solomon, one of the three organizers of Aviv, Brooklyn’s newest DIY venue that sits on a stretch of Morgan. “It’s actually Greenpoint,” he said. (more…)

11/21/14 11:30am

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Sponsored By Movers, Not Shakers!.

Movers, Not Shakers! has been helping people relocate into, out of, and around New York City since 2002.

Created By BlankSlate

Moving to a new apartment can feel like an exercise in waste. You buy what feels like a metric ton of cardboard boxes, only to throw them all away less than a week later. Fortunately, there’s Movers, Not Shakers!, a moving company designed to make your New York City move greener and more pleasant. The company has been helping New Yorkers move since 2002 and started implementing green initiatives in 2006. Instead of cardboard boxes, Movers, Not Shakers! uses GothamBoxes, reusable bins the company cleans, delivers, and picks up for you. GothamBoxes not only reduce cardboard waste — they also requires no tape to easily pack up a box. And their moving trucks use biodiesel fuel, a clean, renewable and carbon-neutral alternative to petroleum.

The company has grown every year, allowing Movers, Not Shakers! to move into a larger facility. With the extra space, they are now offering green storage options. If you find yourself “between places” for whatever reason, and aren’t ready for a full moving service just yet, you can still rent out the company’s GothamBoxes. Movers, Not Shakers! will be happy to provide bins for you and find a storage solution that works within your budget. Once you’re ready to move, Movers, Not Shakers! will then transport the bins to your new location. It’s a hassle-free, temporary storage option that will also save you anywhere from 25 to 200 pounds of cardboard.

If you’d like to be in touch with Movers, Not Shakers! about their services, including bin rentals and storage space, visit their website or call them at (718) 243-0221.