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Ten Little Cities


1. Autumn Bowl
73 West St., Greenpoint
Regular kids skate the Brooklyn Banks (under the Manhattan entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge) while wishing they could get in here: an exclusive, members-only spot for serious vert-riders only.

2. Studio B
259 Banker St., Greenpoint
The best music club in Brooklyn: It limits capacity to ensure getting a beer at one of the two long bars isn’t an excuse-me-pardon-me fiasco.

3. Woodley and Bunny
490 Driggs Ave., Williamsburg
Cuts are not cheap ($45 to $100), but they’re guaranteed to draw admiring glances at MisShapes.

4. Domino Sugar Refinery
Grand St. at Kent Ave., Williamsburg
Leave it to the Williamsburg masses to take a highly contested development site with tiny windows and an overwhelming smell of dead rodents and turn it into a destination for packed one-off shows and parties.

5. Bushwick Country Club
618 Grand St., Williamsburg
A gritty bar with a great gimmick: a mini-golf course complete with a PBR-can windmill (seriously).

6. Death by Audio
49 S. 2nd St., Williamsburg
A Williamsburg recording studio and gear factory that hosts all manner of clamorous alternative shows and parties. If ubiquitous outer-borough promoter Todd P. is on hand, you’re in the right place.

7. Don Pedro’s
90 Manhattan Ave., Bushwick
Though ostensibly a humble, tradition-minded Ecuadoran restaurant, this East Williamsburg eatery moonlights as an under-the-radar venue for ultra-indie bands.

8. After Hours Project
1232 Broadway, Bushwick
If you’ve embraced the dubious glamour of heroin, give yourself a fighting chance at survival: Get some clean needles.

9. Rubulad Home Base
338 Flushing Ave., Navy Yard
The underground dance- party-cum-rave-cum-performance-art bonanza is still going strong—and it now has a headquarters. Get in by getting on the mailing list.

10. Madagascar Institute
217 Butler St., Gowanus
The punk pyrotechnics collective has evolved into an anti-Establishment art center offering classes in welding and other macho art-making techniques.


Garden of Eden
2780 Broadway
There may be no better spot in mainland Manhattan for Dumpster diving for your supper. The fresh buffet food and overripe produce come out about 10 p.m., but arrive early: You’ll have to battle the “freegan” hordes.

The Mustard Seed Society
122 E. 37th St.
The atmosphere at the basement AA meetings is what you’d expect—folding chairs, vending machines, spotty A/C—but your sponsor will likely be a former young rebel of some renown.

COSM (Chapel of Sacred Mirrors)
542 W. 27th St.
The city is a really bad place to drop acid—and yet, right on one of the baddest-trip blocks is COSM: the world center of the “psychedelic art” scene.

Crif Dogs
113 St. Marks Pl.
If you pass through the vintage phone booth in the rear, you’ll find PDT (“Please Don’t Tell”), a decidedly upscale speakeasy.

Blue & Gold Tavern
79 E. 7th St.
The old standby with new $5 shot-and-beer specials (The Dirty Hipster = Jägermeister and Pabst Blue Ribbon) until 1 a.m.

New York Adorned
47 Second Ave.
A discount tattoo is expensive—because eventually you’ll have to shell out for cover-up work. This was one of New York’s first full-service “body arts” parlors, and it’s also one of the best.

Opening Ceremony
35 Howard St.
Downtown looks at uptown prices, but you can’t beat the selection—it stocks indie labels from all over the world, Topshop dresses, and those ubiquitous Cheap Monday rocker jeans.

231 Eldridge St. The many spokes of the fixed-gear cult converge at Trackstar. Buy one with a front brake, tough guy.


5 Pointz
Jackson Ave. at Crane St., Long Island City This burnt-out building makes up for a seeming lack of street cred (you need an appointment to bomb the building) by attracting graffiti-world celebs who want the chance to showcase their style without getting arrested.

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