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Aug ,2014

Revolutionary Fare – A Revolutionary Food Event (Sat)
This foodie event outside the Old Stone House in Park Slope’s Washington Park will feature a food and cocktail tasting event with Colonial inspired dishes by top Brooklyn restaurants. $45.…

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Sunday, August 24, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Battle of Brooklyn Day at Green-Wood

Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn

A full 238 years ago the Battle of Brooklyn turned up the soil on land that is now a part of Green-Wood Cemetery. Fought in 1776, it was the first battle to occur after Americans signed the Declaration of Independence. That’s why, more than two centuries later, we still commemorate that day right in this very spot. Actors bring the soldiers and colonists to life starting at 12:30 p.m., and visitors are encouraged to talk with them throughout the day. Then, everyone marches together, along with The Regimental Band of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, to Battle Hill for a ceremony to honor those who fought. Admission is free.…

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Tue 08 2014 , by

Bathtub Gin

The lowdown on modern-day faux speakeasy Bathtub Gin From Thrillist:

“Hoping to invigorate the speakeasy trend by marrying actually good food with actually good drinks with actually good music (!), this dusky imbibery-inside-a-coffee-shop is denoted only by a red light on its nondescript door, which opens to reveal period touches like a tiled tin ceiling, an antique bathtub centerpiece, and possibly ’20s-’30s jazz acts. It’s all the product of a mixology heavyweight from Ireland and a chef from Harry’s Steak, who’re pairing plates of lobster-stuffed ‘shrooms and short rib sliders with libations running from Pimm’s Cups and Dry Martinis, to a light-n-dark rum joint w/ falernum, pineapple juice, and black cardamom called the Melancholy Punch, which certainly won’t leave you dispirited.”

132 9th Ave. (betw. W. 18th St. & W. 19th Street.) New York, NY…

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from Supercompressor:  Cutty Sark’s Prohibition Edition

“Originally launched on the 80th anniversary of the abolishment of Prohibition, this Scotch gives a nod to the style of liquids consumed during the ’20s with the black opaque bottle design and cork seal. Finally, a way to drink a bottle of booze from the twenties without the price tag or chance of botulism.

Cutty Sark’s master blender goes on to say, “This blend is created with exact precision as Captain McCoy himself would approve to celebrate the 80th anniversary of such a significant era.” And, after sipping this 100 proof Scotch for a night, we couldn’t be more excited that it’s not against the law to do so.”…

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Paris Cafe at 119 South Street, one of NYCs older bars/restaurants, was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.  Lower Manhattan endured a lot of Sandy-related destruction, which similarly damaged and forced the closing of most nearby shops and businesses. It remained closed for about a year afterwards, but unlike some business owners who elected to permanently cease business operations in Superstorm-damaged locations, the owner of the Paris cCafe managed to gather money and logistics, completely gut and re-build the destroyed mold-ridden interior, and re-open the restaurant.…

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from the New York Times:

The ninth annual Jazz Age Lawn Party took place last weekend on Governors Island with Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra. Mr. Arenella, founder of the event, paid for it himself at first, and the earliest parties drew a few hundred people. Last weekend, nearly 10,000 attended, many in costume.…

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Sunday, August 24, The NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam, Colonels Row, 10 AM
The Traffic Jam is a spectator-judged vintage Volkswagen car show and picnic. With great views behind a vibrant line-up of nearly 100 Beetles, buses, dune buggies, Things, and other original VW’s circa 1950’s – 1970’s, this car show is a one-of-a-kind event for both the casual spectator and classic VW enthusiast. Because show cars ride a ferry to get to the event, registration is mandatory to secure a spot at the show. Registration opens June 30th. Registration will be first-come, first-served. Car Registration $20.00 and spectators attend for free. Visit

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The Poetry Society of New York presents The Typewriter Project: May 24-September 28, Historic District
The Typewriter Project is a series of site-specific literary installations which encourage users to go analog. The project’s pilot vessel is New York City’s tiniest writing den–just big enough for a seat, a desk, a typewriter, and you! The typewriter booth allows both seasoned scribes and first time typists to come inside and join in a citywide lyrical conversation. Every written entry will be collected, stored, and posted online for users to read, share, and comment upon. Look for the rustic, wooden booth situated on Governors Island with a commanding view of the Statue of Liberty.…

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Civil War & NYC, presented by the New-York Historical Society, Saturdays and Sundays, June 15-September 2, 10 AM to 6:30 PM, Building 18 in Nolan Park
The Civil War and New York City, is presented by the New-York Historical Society in commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the war that divided the nation. The exhibition portrays the complexities that arose in our city during the period of the American Civil War. While there were no battles in New York, the city itself embodied many of the tensions that tore the nation in two. Using photographs, newspapers, and works of art, our Student Historian Teen Leaders have curated a nuanced view of the Civil War showing multiple perspectives and many surprises.…

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From Mental Floss:

10 Elaborate Floor Plans from Pre-World War I New York City Apartments

Image credit:
New York Public Library Digital Gallery

By the mid-1800s, most of New York City’s upper and middle class still lived in private stand-alone homes while apartment life was a feature of the working and lower class. Inspired by multi-residence buildings that were all the rage in Paris, New York developers began introducing the idea of “French flats” to monied Manhattanites around 1870. The idea caught on, and by the turn of the 20th century, about half of the wealthy city residents had opted for apartment-style living.

Eager to attract even more upper class families—especially as laws allowed buildings to grow taller and subways made them more accessible—real estate developers in the first few decades of the 1900s released a series of pamphlets advertising attractive options. The floor plans below are all taken from 1908 and 1910 brochures. But just because they were giving up their mansions didn’t mean these upper and middle class families were ready to forgo luxury. The apartments feature up to a dozen rooms each—although any New York readers will undoubtedly do a double-take at the prices for these swanky digs.

1. The Langham


This 46-apartment building stretched the entire Central Park West block from 73rd to 74th Streets. Facilities for washing, drying and ironing are available on the top floor and accommodations for servants were available in the basement. Rents started at $4500—per year.

2. The Dorilton


There were four apartments per floor in this building, which was located at the intersections of Broadway, Amsterdam Ave and 72nd Street. The entryway was reached via a long driveway and the interior was decorated in the opulent style of Louis XVI. Rents ranged from $1700 to $4000 … again, yearly.

3. The Ansonia


Even though they had the city at their fingertips, residents of the 350 suites at the Ansonia hardly ever had to leave their stunning, French Renaissance-style abode. The hotel-slash-apartment complex also housed food markets, laundry, liquor and cigar stores, florists, a bank, dentists, and physicians.

4. The Apthorp


These first floor apartments at the Apthorp, occupying an entire block on the Upper West Side, were all duplexes situated around a manicured courtyard. The second floor bedrooms were shown on a missing page.

5. The Chatsworth


For families still ambivalent about apartment living, the Chatsworth offered a semi-freestanding mansion, called the “Annex,” that was attached to the main building on just the first floor. Each floor of the Annex was its own 11-room apartment.

5. The Brentmore


Each one of the apartments inside the lavish Central Park-adjacent Brentmore had its own private elevator. As with the Anthorp, the bedrooms for the above residences were all on a second floor page that is missing from the pamphlet.

6. The Barnard


As a beacon of luxury living, the Barnard boasted an array of “modern” accoutrements: telephones in each apartment, mail chutes, clothing dryers, and separate bathrooms for your servants in the basement.

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