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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.
For a very long time, if someone asked who my favorite celebrity was, I wouldn’t have an answer. To me, a celebrity was an empty vessel whose personality I knew nothing about. How could I form an attachment to a vessel? At least, that’s how I felt about celebrities until I became aware of Chloë Sevigny. Her personality on a screen felt notably authentic; not like she was Chloë Sevigny acting, but like she was actually Chloë...
We live in New York City, so access to nature and open space is a bid deal. We spend all of our time with our heads down, avoiding other people, and largely ignoring our surroundings, because what's in front of us is a jumble of concrete and bricks—i.e. what's in front of us is largely not that beautiful. So when beauty in the form of trees and grass and undulating hills and water does...
Here are two things that are currently true: Brooklyn residents have a lot of pent up frustration about our political climate, and punching—and kicking, and jabbing—(inanimate!) things is fun. That is why kickboxing, in addition to being an exceptionally enjoyable workout, as it engages just about every muscle in the body, also does wonders for our holistic health. Take advantage of the current popularity of the sport, and visit any one of these martial...
New York City is not as dirty and rough around the edges as it once was, but it is still not what anyone would call a clean place. Often, nowhere is this more on display than inside the New York City Subway, where tracks, for many people, appear to be large garbage cans, and walls, stairs, and floors crumble or are covered in layers of filth. But this spring, three stations on the R line in...

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