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Natalie Rinn

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Natalie is the former executive editor of Brooklyn Magazine and a freelance writer. Occasionally, she tweets.
Are you running the Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon this weekend? If so, how did you do that! This year’s race sold out in 26 minutes, so exceptionally good on you if you had the fortune of getting a slot. This Saturday morning, you’ll join 27,000 other half marathoners in several starting corrals along the Brooklyn Museum, in preparation to run 13.1 miles around Prospect Park, down Ocean Parkway, and finally to the boardwalk on Coney...
One night in 2013, I was sitting on the A train in Brooklyn, headed to Bed-Stuy to visit a friend. It wasn't late, around 8pm, but only two other men were in the same car. One walked directly toward me and sat down close to my left side. He put his mouth up to my ear and whispered something disgusting and explicit that, partially, I can't remember, but also that I don't want to...
In 2010, I spent my 27th birthday at Elsa, the cocktail bar in the East Village named after the glamorous prohibition-era fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. It had been open just under two years that summer, and felt like an of-the-moment cocktail experience: Clean lines, a limited color palette (predominantly white, from its distinguishing and reclaimed wainscoting throughout), candle lighting, and a large, old sewing machine through which beer on tap was funneled. It managed to be...
Let me know if this sounds familiar: you wake up, go to work, go home, exercise (maybe), cook (maybe), clean up, text with friends, meet them, or cancel on them, because it’s been a long day, and you haven’t had a moment to rest since you first woke up. You go to bed drained, and do it all again, even though you haven't had time to recharge. This is how I feel most of the time, anyway, and...

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