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Date three, maybe four. I'm standing on his New York City-sized balcony, swimming in a borrowed bathrobe that is plush and cocaine white in my memory but was probably more like navy blue and in need of a wash. We're passing a joint back and forth through the open door: him inside searching for something on his laptop, me outside wondering where we'll be a year from now. (Hint: not together.) When he finds what...
“Everything you guys flush—we’re happy to receive it,” Plant Superintendent Zainool Ali told a seated crowd of about 100 people on Saturday. This was at the fourth annual Valentine’s Day tours of Greenpoint’s Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant: three sessions of 100+ people each, of all ages and backgrounds, united by their interest in the way our city processes our poop. Romantic, right? For some, it actually was kind of romantic, like Patty Reid, who...
The next time someone complains to you about fragile state of the publishing industry, tell them this: There's a magazine in Brooklyn that has been putting out 250 to 300 book reviews every month to an eager audience of subscribers, the kind of readers who, according to the publisher, "typically consume ten to forty books a month." For more than thirty years, RT Book Reviews, formerly Romantic Times, has been steadily taking stock of the vast world of...
If there's one time of year during which you can be unabashedly romantic—like, drinks-by-a-fireplace-linking-arms-while-you-sip-your-drinks-and-stare-into-each-other's-eyes romantic—this is it. And while, really, there's nothing wrong with seeking out a little romance at any time of year (or, anyway, there's nothing more wrong with it), the best part about visiting romantic bars at this time of year is not just because of Valentine's Day. Rather, the occasion of Valentine's Day is totally incidental to the fact that going...

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