1st stop: Little Branch – 20 7th Ave. South & Leroy St.

Little Branch is an underground speakeasy nestled beneath a mysterious corner entrance. Always opt for the 'bartender's choice': simply name your favorite ingredients, and they'll concoct a potent surprise for you! My drink was a curious mix of egg yolk, cream, port, and bourbon. Extremely strong, yet rich and delicious. The atmosphere is cozy and relaxed with intimate booth-style seating and live jazz from Sundays to Thursdays. This is my favorite "secret little spot" to grab a cocktail!

not a bartender, but a mixologist

entrance– yes, it’s shady

2nd stop: Le Royale – 21 7th Ave. South (across from Little Branch)

My friend works the door so every time I go, I skip the lines and get free drinks (yay!). He told me to come to their Monday night dance parties, which are always packed for some reason. My initial thought: who the hell parties on Monday nights? Apparently these hipsters, DJs, models, drug addicts, and entertainment/nightlife industry people do. They played eclectic remixes of classic rock– not really the kind I can groove to (unless I'm realllllly really drunk). But the crowd is extremely open-minded and friendly… I mean, how often do random people come up to you and offer coke??? (which I politely refused, btw.)

Le Royale interior

3rd stop: Butter – 415 Lafayette St.

I went here for restaurant week last season, but didn't know it was also the famous nightclub! it's $500 min. for a table, so that says a lot about the crowd. Their music is great– funky mixes of pop and hip-hop. Butter has a ‘models & bottles’ scene… a lot of hot people. Will definitely come here again!

January 20, 2017

Powerful Portraits Show the Faces Behind the Women’s March on Washington

With the Women’s March on Washington rapidly approaching, photographer Clayton Cubitt set about immortalizing some of the organizers and activists involved with the event. On January 21, 2017, women and advocates for women’s rights will march in Washington—as well as in other cities and countries during sister events. Cubitt’s set of powerful portraits gives a voice to the women behind the march, their faces glowing and vital as they explain why they’ve decided to participate.

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January 19, 2017

Brightly Embroidered Temari Balls Are a Kaleidoscope of Geometric Design

A form of ancient Japanese folk art, temari balls are brightly colored pieces of needlework covered with elaborate patterns. In the Edo period, aristocratic women created temari balls using pieces of silk from spare kimonos in a challenge toward perfection. To a wider public, they became a sensation several years ago after a 92-year-old grandmother’s temari collection went viral.

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