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In France, most of the country shuts down for the month of August as its citizens escape the heat and humidity for their annual beach vacations. In New York, most of us are lucky to have offices with air conditioning and a friend whose parents have a pool to visit on the weekends in Long Island. By the end of summer, we’re over the heat but still desperate to make the most of it before the leaves change. So what’s a jaded New Yorker to do this August other than marry a French person and adopt the best of their cultural norms? Here are [...]
The first time I heard someone who lived in New York emphasize how important it is to get out of the city in the summer, I rolled my eyes. Now, I start party conversations by asking attractive men if they are “getting out” this summer, as if we live in Sing Sing and not Carroll Gardens. Anyway, it’s really important to get out of the city in the summer you guys, you know, to avoid the crowds and the heat. Here’s a quick list of fun outdoor activities within 90 miles of Los Angeles and New York City.
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You know you’re in a theme bar when you walk in the door and immediately sense, a theme—obviously. The decor, the menu, the staff uniforms are all working around one central idea. Irish Pub, for example, is a pretty popular and majorly overplayed theme. Brooklyn has its fair share of theme bars, here are eight of the best, without a leprechaun in sight.
Barcade Theme: Video Games 388 Union Avenue, Williamsburg
You know how your aunt lets your uncle keep a pinball machine in the garage? This video game themed bar is kind [...]
The Brooklyn-Queens Crosstown Local G train is the bane of many weary commuters existence. With twenty stops in Brooklyn and Queens, the G train is the only subway line in New York that doesn’t run through Manhattan. But let’s celebrate the G, it brings friends from Carroll Gardens to Williamsburg and gets you to Target! We put together a list of our favorite bars that are easily accessible from the G train, but there are a few things to remember:
*Attempting to complete the G Train Bar Crawl in one day and drinking alcohol [...]
If you live in Brooklyn you probably feel like you’ve turned down picklebacks in every conceivable watering hole in the borough. If you’re visiting Brooklyn, you’re probably blown away by the sheer number of places to consume alcohol in a social setting. Either way, refer to this guide to figure out where you want to go for pretty much any occasion. But don’t drink picklebacks—it pretty much guarantees other people won’t make out with you.
Start the night Soda Bar 629 Vanderbilt Ave No website Prospect Heights
Even though The Soda [...]
We recently saw five of the best time-lapse videos to have already appeared on The Awl. Now we’re back with seven more incredible time-lapse videos that were drifting aimlessly around cyberspace looking for one tidy home.
7 Unusual Surf Spots
Growing up in the Midwest, I was a little obsessed with exotic surfer culture: the bikinis, seemingly endless sunny days, and the idea of putting a surfboard in the backseat of a Jeep. At night, as I hoped school would be cancelled due to a blizzard, I imagined surfers swapping wipeout stories around a campfire on the beach. I listened to The Beach Boys without irony. I watched Gidget and Surfer, Dude and took them both seriously. Wrongly, I assumed surfing was only done in California or Central America. Surfing is done around the world, on all seven continents, even without Jeeps and very [...]
I became afflicted with wanderlust at an early age—in elementary school. I had one pen pal in Sri Lanka and another in Kenya. It seemed grossly unfair that I wasn’t from anywhere exotic. Part of my wanderlust was longing for an ideal place where I would fully belong and be completely understood. The other part was curiosity and an adventurous spirit. With so many different cultures and countries out there, I knew I had to see the world. As soon as I finished college, I fully succumbed. I searched for my tribe like Ponce de Leon searched for the fountain of youth. I lived with actors in Hollywood, joined [...]
Obscure reference alert! Georges Melies would be proud. Here are five of the best time-lapse videos on The Awl.
“TimeScapes” The Movie Director and cinematographer Tom Lowe slept outside with his camera for 250 nights while recording time-lapse footage of the American Southwest for his movie “TimeScapes.” He filmed an actual bear and a first nation’s person performing a nighttime tribal dance. After watching this [...]
Recently, I had the following conversation with my boyfriend:
Me: "I love to camp! Let's quit your job and go camping for an entire year at different campgrounds across the United States. We can write a book about it!"
Him: "We don't have any camping gear."
Me: "Yes, we do. We have camping dishes and a dog."
Him: "We can call the book, How We Accidentally Killed Our Beagle: [...]
When I moved from Wisconsin to the Lower East Side in January, I quickly discovered my deep Midwest roots were very uncool. After a few smirks and condescending remarks about how I must be feeling “culture shock” in the big city, I learned not to broadcast the fact that I was raised and educated in, as our license plates proudly proclaim, America’s Dairyland.
It wasn’t always easy. When my date at Max Fish ordered a can of PBR, I didn’t tell him that my grandpa and his VFW friends considered it treason to drink anything that hadn’t been bottled in Milwaukee. When my neighbor wore a Green Bay Packer jersey [...]