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The bustling streets of the Lower East Side are abundant with options for coffee-lovers. However, the coffee shop Fair Folks and a Goat, which doubles as a retail store, remains unique for its way of attracting loyal customers: a $25 monthly membership fee comes with unlimited amounts of coffee, tea, espresso drinks and lemonade. Recently, we scoped out the quirky locale, also featured recently in The New York Times


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Fans of the historic Greenwich Village speakeasy Chumley’s have been anxiously awaiting its return following a wall collapse in 2007. Reconstructing the facade took about five years. Its reopening was once predicted to be in 2016 and it appears Chumley’s is on its last barrier return, needing a liquor license approval from Manhattan Community Board 2. Anyone who has attended a meeting of Community Board 2 will understand the challenge – meetings can go upwards of five hours, and the battles are often over liquor licenses for the neighborhoods that include Greenwich Village, Soho, and Chinatown. The residents here simply don’t want more noise. With the upcoming vote, New York resident Monroe Smith has started a petition on Change.org: “Last Call to Save Chumley’s at 86 Bedford Street.” Signatures are being collected to show support for its return.


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Though camping in the middle of New York City may sound paradoxical, it’s popular, as evidenced by the lotteries for camping in the city’s parks. But later this month you’ll be able to lay back and pitch a tent at Rooftop Reds at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. While camping at an old shipyard in the middle of New York City already seems unique enough, there’s one more interesting catch: the campsite will be a rooftop vineyard.

Camping in the Vineyard will take place from October 17 to 18. Camping gear will be provided, along with “camping treats,” a three-course dinner and breakfast, games, films, and unsurprisingly, wine.


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The Coney Island Brewing Company, which was founded in 2007, was once deemed the smallest brewery in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records. From 2011 to 2012, out of a rent-free space in Sideshows by the Seashore, the company was producing only one gallon of beer per batch. This summer, they opened a new brewing house right in front of the Brooklyn Cyclone’s ballpark in the heart of Coney Island, Brooklyn. You’ll also catch a glimpse of one of the Coney Art Walls just outside the entrance. (more…)

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The first stop on our Behind the Scenes NYC Tour of Harlem’s Incubators and Development Sites with NYCEDC last week was at Hot Bread Kitchen and HBK Incubates, located inside La Marqueta. When you think of workforce inequality, the artisanal food industry is probably not the first example that comes to mind. But Hot Bread Kitchen founder Jessamyn Rodriguez saw opportunity there for immigrant women to distinguish themselves, and started Hot Bread Kitchen first out of her own kitchen in 2009. The non-profit has grown to host not only the kitchen itself but HBK Incubates, which has been home to 45 start-up food companies owned by minority entrepreneurs.