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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...
On a recent Sunday evening I found myself perched at the marble bar in Tørst, sipping a delicate stout infused with Guatamalan coffee and chatting with a friend who recently moved to Greenpoint. It was her first time at the craft beer haven and she was admiring the way the marble harmoniously works with the reclaimed wood arranged in a herringbone pattern in various shades of brown. I pointed out the twenty-one taps that...
Truth: Greenpoint has transformed dramatically in far less than a decade. Today, artists who decamped to Brooklyn's northern-most neighborhood in the 90s to escape Manhattan rents have been joined by, well, much of Manhattan. And high rises. And popped collars. And yet! If a place ever had a spiritual core, it might be Greenpoint. Authentically Polish on one end, artist- and creative-heavy on the other, these are the populations that still suffuse Greenpoint with its...
Walking into a new cocktail bar in your neighborhood is often one of the more confusing experiences you can have. The lighting is dim, the music is eerie and strange, and the menu is a long, thoughtful list of words, strung together in an improbable sequence. "Would I drink a Handsome Alvarado or is that some new band I don't know about that I should?" you wonder to yourself as you scan the menu...

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