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Repealing NYC’s 91-Year-Old Cabaret Law Is a First Step, Not the End of an Error

Repealing NYC’s 91-Year-Old Cabaret Law Is a First Step, Not the End of an Error

Crowds were dancing in the streets Tuesday as NYC lifted a 91-year-old law that prevented dancing in most bars, lounges, restaurants, and nightclubs. Revelers saw this as a victory of the young and woke over the forces of old and evil. The law seemed racist when it was first launched in 1926 and used against […]

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Can Better Bars Save Hotels From Airbnb?

Can Better Bars Save Hotels From Airbnb?

“Airbnb is a mortal threat to the U.S. hotel industry.” This dramatic proclamation was delivered by legendary American entrepreneur, hotelier, and real estate developer Ian Schrager, the mind behind both Studio 54 and our current boutique hotel boom, in a piece for the WSJ online. Schrager, promoting his newly unveiled NYC property Public, counsels that […]

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Cocktails With Pumpkin Spice Flavors Are (Obviously) Delicious

Cocktails With Pumpkin Spice Flavors Are (Obviously) Delicious

Not even cocktails are immune to the power of pumpkin spice. As cooler temperatures arrive for much of the U.S., this season’s beverages are transitioning away from bright, summery flavors like mint and citrus. Now bolder, boozier drinks with earthy and woodsy undertones, orange citrus, and baking spice are headlining cocktail bars coast to coast.

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A Glimmer of Hope for Manhattan’s Near-Extinct Club Scene

A Glimmer of Hope for Manhattan’s Near-Extinct Club Scene

It was 4:00 a.m. the Sunday night before the Columbus/Indigenous Peoples’ holiday. A crowd of about 600 was cavorting to techno/house music from legendary DJ Jonathan Peters at Analog, a no-frills Brooklyn club with a great sound system. For 15 years, Jonathan Peters deejayed on average four gigs a week and had a seven-year residency […]

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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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Can One Man Change the Way an Entire City Thinks About Wine?

Can One Man Change the Way an Entire City Thinks About Wine?

The first thing I notice about Patrick Cappiello is how fast he talks. We’re sitting in Rebelle, his Michelin-starred restaurant on New York City’s Bowery, and I immediately have to ditch my notepad for the voice recorder on my phone. But when I consider the breadth and momentum of Cappiello’s career, this tempo makes perfect […]

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