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When I moved across the country to Brooklyn, I first subletted my friend Ami's apartment while she was traveling for three months in South America. Because of the timing, we didn't see each other before she left. She'd mailed me the keys, and I'd promised to PayPal her the rent each month. I'd never seen pictures of the apartment and I knew nothing about Crown Heights. I figured, at worst, it was only three...
Sharlene’s is a place where people fall in love. Not because it’s special or romantic or impressive in any way—it's none of those things. Not quite a dive, but definitely not fancy—Sharlene's is one of those bars that’s just a bar. There's none of the pretense that comes with either grit or class. It's just one big darkly lighted room with medium priced beers, basic cocktails and hot pretzels for $3. People go there...
In a lengthy and decadent life of bar-going (I’ve been over 21 for a while now, though the best bouncers know to still ask for ID), I’ve had a string of favorite spots. Like an adored song played repeatedly until it can be tolerated no more, these bars were my go-tos—if I was going out, I was going to them. After all, good, reliable, conveniently located bars can be better than a boyfriend or...
My relationship with 4th Down started like most of my relationships have—with a crush on a boy. After a night of drinking and watching a game with a friend at 4th Down, I ended up flirting with the bartender before getting on the G train home alone; the next morning I found a message from him on Facebook. My relationship with Paul quickly became one that can feel impossible to find—prolonged casual sex, with no...

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