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Making Snowflakes: An Exploration into Rarity, Beer Quality and Industry Authenticity

This Is Why I'm Drunk


We find ourselves in a unique time as beer lovers. Everything and anything is available to us. Whatever we want, whenever we want it.

With a record number of breweries nationwide, more than 5,000 businesses are creating a vast array of styles and flavor experiences, often nearby where we live. According to the Brewers Association, roughly three-quarters of drinking-age adults in the U.S. live within 10 miles of a brewery.

The flip side of this freedom of choice is the natural competition that comes with it. Keeping an IPA on tap is important to satiate American drinkers’ love for all things lupulin, but today’s brewery faces challenges presented by all the other entrants into the industry, roughly two a day. Finding a niche, or, at least, creating one, is a pivotal part of the business, whether it’s as a brewery as a whole or simply providing novel…

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Free NYC Adventures for People Who Don’t Want to Go Outside [March 24-26]

Mary in Manhattan

It’s hard to stay inside for free in NYC, but I found a few ways just for you:

Friday 3/24 Saturday 3/25 Sunday 3/26
Free weekly comedy at HiFi bar in the East Village – 7:30 p.m. X X
Free Bollywood concert at Carnegie Hall! X X
X 9:00 p.m. Planet Earth II showing at Videology in BK. X
X Women in Comics Con! 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. X
X Enjoy a day of mindfulness, in the middle of Manhattan! 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. X
X Eat and shop simultaneously at all Smorgasburg/Brooklyn Flea locations! The Winter Market is opened. Continued
X X Swing Dance in Washington Square Park 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
X X Greek Independence Day Parade 1:30 p.m. up 5th ave.
X X Macy’s Carnival themed flower show starts today Goes through April 9th.
X X Free Calypso night at The Standard.

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The Sixth Window – Rachel Abbott

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Crime Fiction 5*s Crime Fiction

I have followed this series since first discovering it soon after becoming a kindle owner back in 2010 and have eagerly awaited each new book ever since. Rachel Abbott creates believable scenarios which touch on the important, and gritty subjects, that we might like to close our eyes to but never forgets that what the reader wants is a cracking good story. Better still her lead detective, the handsome and caring DCI Tom Douglas, creates an attractive backdrop, well, in my mind anyway.

In The Sixth Window Natalie Grey finds something disturbing on her partner’s laptop which throws her into a panic. So much so that she wants to scoop up her daughter Scarlett and take her to a place of safety. But part of her can’t believe that what she’s seen is true. After all she’s known Ed Cooper since she was a teenager, all through…

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A Road Story


I was walking out of a temple

To a line of beggars

And street vendors

Commotion and cars


Knocking on doors

Climbing on cars

A little girl

With big brown eyes

And a tattered skirt

Wearing a necklace of beads

She picked up

From a strage alley


Begs for some money

To pay the man

To avoid getting hurt

At night

She targets one car

And begs

Her brown eyes

Do no magic this time

And the car does not stop

She keeps banging

On windows

Ambitious little girl


They don’t stop

She quickly runs to the red Audi

Unaware of another car

Speeding in her direction


Someone yells

And the motion comes to rest

As she plunges back out

From the depth of death

She doesn’t understand what has happened

And walks away to her friend who sells balloons

I am left thinking…

What effect…

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Top Cocktails at New York City Speakeasies

Mary in Manhattan

Speakeasies are what single-handedly make New York City so cool. Yes, the cocktails are expensive (let’s call them upwards of $14), but they’re strong and they make you feel like a boss when you drink them in the dimly lit bar with your butt in a plush leather chair, looking up at an old-timey portrait of someone from the Prohibition era. Here are the top cocktails I’ve tried at New York City speakeasies:

Printing Press at the Up&Up Bar: This cocktail is a twist on an old-fashioned, with an extra layer of fruity flavor. (Old Overholt Rye, Amontillado Sherry, Cointreau Noir, Apricot Eau-de-Vie, Demerara, and Angostura & Orange Bitters)

speakeasy NYCThe Dirty Rascal at The Back Room: Extra bonus here because cocktails are served in tea cups. SO CLANDESTINE. (Tequila, ginger, grapefruit juice, lime juice, soda, red chili) 

King of Cool at The Django: Located downstairs at the Roxy Hotel in…

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