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The Need for an NYC Nightlife DON

The Need for an NYC Nightlife DON

Last month, New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill to create a director of nightlife. The aptly acronymed DON will oversee the Office of Nightlife with the express purpose of promoting growth of “jobs and wages in the music industry,” according to the mayor. This is an “office that’s really going to […]

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Here’s Why the Drinking Age Is 21 in Every State

Here’s Why the Drinking Age Is 21 in Every State

Turning 21 in America is a rite of passage. It represents the day when finally, after so many years of illegally sipping from alcoholic beverages, a citizen can legally order a drink. But why the seemingly arbitrary age of 21? Is there some magical transformation that happens to the human body after a person has been […]

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Were Bootleggers Released When Prohibition Ended?

Were Bootleggers Released When Prohibition Ended?

In 2012, Americans were surprised to see the first legalization of recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington. In the years that followed, a handful of states followed suit, including Alaska and Oregon, in 2014. And on Nov. 8, California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts all voted in favor of legalized use, sale, and consumption of […]

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Why You Couldn’t See a Liquor Ad on TV For Half of the 20th Century

Why You Couldn’t See a Liquor Ad on TV For Half of the 20th Century

Picture this: It’s a weeknight evening after a long day at work. You come home, order some take-out, and fall back onto the couch for some late-night entertainment. The commercial break begins and a Bud Light advertisement appears, followed by a Jim Beam commercial. You think nothing of it — they’re just promotional ads. But one […]

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