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Battle of Prohibition Cocktails. NYC Top Cocktail Mixologists Face Off! Join the Party!

We’re taking over an entire lower east side hot spot Casa Mezcal for this party.


86 Orchard St

Caza Mezcal

New York, NY 10002

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Bring your best 1920s look! Dressing up is encouraged.

Last call to celebrate Summer and it’s your last chance to get in on the most epic summer event in New York City. For one last hurray to summer, we’re highlighting a must see event: a Speakeasy style bartender battle thrown by Postcard, your way to uncover NYC in a new way. It’s New York’s sizzling app that shows you all the hottest venues and events around you, live…

PLEASE NOTE: While it is a free event, and you don’t need to buy any tickets (you do need to rsvp), we are currently closing in on the exciting new version of Postcard app and would value your feedback.

Please note that you do need to have Free Postcard app installed to join in this event. This will be main part of your admission ticket, you will show postcard app on your phone. (you can install the app for free at itunes)

Here are the 2 steps you will need to do before the event:

For Iphone: Install postcard app (it’s free, get it here). Now just RSVP on Eventbrite, and you are ready for the party!

For Android: If you don’t have iphone, bring a friend (who needs to follow step 1) who does and you both get in! (make sure to rsvp either you or your friend)


Which mixologist will make the better Prohibition cocktail?

Try them both and be the judge.

The Postcard app has been a leading source of all the best nightlife spots since their launch this July, and they’re sending off summer in style. Already the app has been used by top influencers, instagrammers, and even celebrities in NYC. If you haven’t tried it yet, you definitely should.


“My friends and I like to go where the people are and the app always shows us exactly where to go to have the best night out”

– Tamara Zhukova, NYC Fashion Model (in the photo above)

The Prohibition era was full of fun and revelry, the roaring twenties, flapper girls, post war partying, and of course, secret drinking at speakeasies aka “juice joints”. So it’s not surprising that today’s cocktails get their heaviest influence from this era, and liquors like gin, rye, and scotch have made a comeback in a big way.

This event’s two featured liquors, gin and scotch, have a special Prohibition history behind them.


Both were touted as industrial alcohols. Bootleggers with chemists on staff would strip away the denaturant (the dangerous stuff) in industrial high school lab ethanol, add colors and spices, and label it as premium European scotch or gin. Lucky for us, at this event we get to enjoy the real deal with all the fun, wild, and creative flavors that made these cocktails great!…

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Vanishing New York, the book, was officially released this past Tuesday, after having been available for pre-order. However, assorted independent book shops in the New York area are scheduling book-launch events at their individual locations.

From Vanishing New York, the blog:

You can also get a copy at the launch party this Thursday night at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, or next Thursday night at the Brooklyn launch party at powerHouse Arena. For a full list of book events, click here.

In the meantime, check out two exclusive excerpts: the East Village chapter at Longreads and the tourism chapter at Vice.


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When: Wed., July 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm

In honor of the 2017 New York State Centennial of Women’s Suffrage, Humanities New York invites you to converse with a panel of women from the fields of journalism, history and community organizing to look back on the history of women’s rights and discuss what’s next.

Our panelists are Tamika Mallory, one of the co-chairs of last January’s Women’s March; Jessa Crispin, author of Why I Am Not a Feminist; Kim Phillips-Fein, Associate Professor of American History at New York University; and Sarah Seidman, historian and curator at the Museum of the City of New York. Jia Tolentino of The New Yorker will moderate. Presented in Partnership with the National Park Service and the Museum of the City of New York.

Complimentary refreshments prior to the event.

Presented in partnership with National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy and the Museum of the City of New York.

Federal Hall
26 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005



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Local historians will lead a lecture–World War I Centennial commemorating World War I in America on  Saturday at 2 at the Staten Island Museum, Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terr., Bldg. A. This program is supported by the Library of America. Refreshments will be served. Lecture is Free with Museum Admission. For info, visit http://www.statenislandmuseum.org/calendar-programs/world-war-i-centennial-lecture

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From Off The Grid:

In the late 19th and early 20th Century, the East Village and Lower East Side were home to a substantial German immigrant community.  As a result, this area became known as Kleindeutschland, or “Little Germany.”  Eventually the German community moved north to the Upper East Side and elsewhere, spurred on by the General Slocum Disaster, demographic changes stemming from large-scale Jewish immigration to the area, and the stigma during and after World War I attached to German identity.  Remnants of Kleindeutschland can still been seen today in many of the buildings in the East Village, and below we have compiled a list of some past posts that have touched on the history of this neighborhood.

In addition to these posts, tomorrow night Daytonian in Manhattan will be presenting on Kleindeutschland at the 6th Street Community Center at 6:30pm.  This program is free and open to the public, but you must register here.

Ottendorfer Library Landmark Designation

Walking East 7th Street: Decatur Place to Kleindeutschland

Remembering the General Slocum Tragedy

Landmarks50: Germania Fire Insurance Company Bowery Building

The Synagogues of East 6th Street

Looking Up: The Stuyvesant Polyclinic

Immigration and the Village

The Libraries of Greenwich Village and the East Village

Looking Up: East Village Target Practice

Germania Theatre Then & Now

From Singing to Sofas: The History of the Burger-Klein Building

Brunswick Apotheke, Englehardt & Huber, Kiehl’s Since 1851

The Busts of Little Germany

Landmark Designation of the Ottendorfer Library 1st Floor Interior


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You Can Forage from the Floating Food Forest That’s Heading to NYC


Wyatt Marshall

Restaurants in even the biggest of megalopolises often tout their relationships with tiny idyllic farms, proudly telling you how they work directly with a farmer to bring you fresh fruit and vegetables from Eden—while outside the restaurant’s front door rats and pigeons preside over a kingdom of decay.

For the city-bound resident, fresh produce is almost always delivered through an intermediary. It’s often expensive, too. This summer, though, New Yorkers will have the chance to get in touch with nature and their food when a “floating food forest” moors at various spots around the city. The floating platform full of fruit and vegetable plants, dubbed Swale, is inviting the public aboard to forage for free food.

Swale is part public art and part public service, pushing sustainability in a variety of ways and hoping to challenge the idea that fresh food is a luxury. Its platform is made from repurposed shipping containers from the Port of NY/NJ, and many of the plants are perennials, so perhaps the barge will be around for longer than just the summer. The Swale project will also release a cookbook to help people use what they harvest.

“The question we really want to ask [is] almost utopian: What if healthy, fresh food could be a free public service and not just an expensive commodity?” Mary Mattingly, an NYC artist and Yale fellow who came up with the concept for Swale, told Tech Insider.

Swale will make its debut on June 28, and is currently slated to open at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Visitors will get to wander the barge and harvest food from any of more than 80 species of herbs, trees, and flowers. Among those that will be available for picking are chard, arugula, basil, thyme, bok choy, ramps, ginger, and blueberries.

Mattingly is working with local schools, gardeners, and organizations to pull off the endeavor; when it’s finished, you might see what looks like a weird, moving island on the Hudson or East River. If you do, head for it—a public park that you can eat is the best kind of public park. (And take your reusable grocery bag, as you probably don’t want to be the guy with plastic bags.)


This idea goes back to the pre-industrial idea of the commons, land that is common property upon which anyone in the area could graze livestock or harvest plant matter. This was largely lost to practical use through “scientific farming” and the “enclosure” movement which went through western European society during the 18th and early 19th century, reducing previously subsisting peasants to pauperism, and subjecting them to arrest for vagrancy, until the industrial revolution and factory jobs (at least in part) “solved” the problem.

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Kill City: Lower East Side Squatters 1992-2000, with Ash Thayer, a photographer and multimedia visual artist.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
This illustrated lecture features extensive photography of the legendary squatting community in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.…

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