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Joseph Grado, the founder of Sunset-Park based high-end audio manufacturer Grado Laboratories, passed away on Friday at his South Carolina home, the company announced on its website. He was aged 90. The second-generation Italian-American founded Grado Laboratories in 1953 in the space formerly occupied by his father's fruit store. It's remained in the same building for 62 years. We've previously written about Grado's headphones—which are the best you can buy at their price point—but the company...
Oh, dads. Whether they're being portrayed as bumbling sitcom idiots or unintentionally starting ironic trends, dads simply just can't catch a break. Not only does Mother's Day come first, but it also tends to be a lot more of a big whoop—there are brunch deals and flower sales all over the city. But Father's Day? Eh. But you, good sons and daughters of Brooklyn, shall rise above the unappreciative masses. This year, forgo the usual...
  No. 2 Grado Labs Your pickles are locally sourced. Why not your headphones, too?   On an R train to Sunset Park, I look around and count eight people wearing headphones. Six of them—three men and three women, ranging in age from roughly 16 to 65—are using Apple’s ubiquitous white earbuds. The other two—men in their 20s, I’d say—are using the much more expensive but similarly common Beats headphones, or Beats by Dre, as I guess they’re officially,...

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