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If you were ever a teenage dirtbag, you’ve probably spent some time thinking about Amsterdam, the city in the Netherlands where all sorts of drug and sex things that are illegal in America are perfectly legal (more or less). Probably, you’ve been dreaming about its coffeeshops—those places where you can buy and consume marijuana. However, the actual best places to check out are smartshops, tiny boutiques that sell not just grams of pot, but mushrooms,...
The modern dating scene, or lack thereof, has caused changes in our mating rituals. As society has progressively adapted to swiping romance from a screen, replacing prior courtship rituals with quick hookups, many have turned to dating apps which are often little more than cesspools for lurkers scoping out their next prospect. So what are hopeful singles vying for a substantial relationship—or even just one good date—supposed to do? Enter: Sebastian Yap, an Amsterdam-based freelance product developer, who wants to help you find a...
Last month, on a quaint street in Cobble Hill, a new store opened to almost no fanfare. Inside, around forty sleek bicycles are displayed neatly in rows on neon yellow stands. The bikes are mostly white, black, and grey, but one beams with the stars and stripes. There's a rack of helmets nearby, and a large potted plant on the counter. "Actually, we are in stealth mode," says Taco Carlier, the co-founder of the Dutch...
There’s something about Frank Muytjens’ building on the North Brooklyn waterfront—it looks just like it’s about to untie itself and slowly slip out into the East River. With the mass of an old steamer ship, and a perfect berth just in from the shore, the historic former food warehouse brings to mind the great shipping cities of the Old World—London, or Amsterdam—rather than the luxury shorefronts of the New. On a cool, rainy summer afternoon,...

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