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Dave's Picks | Guide to Bushwick Breweries

Dave's Picks | Guide to Bushwick Breweries

Bushwick has a long history of beer-brewing. Since the early 1800s, Bushwick has been one of the central  locations for beer making in the New York area, at one point producing 10 percent of all America’s beer. The still standing Claus-Lipsius Brewing Company and the neighborhood’s oldest brewery, the William Ulmer Brewery, that now hosts an art residency, remind us of the area’s beverage history. Those two breweries represent only a small fraction of beer-making activity in Bushwick at the height of the Industrial Revolution.

Nowadays, Brooklyn is full of modern and artisanal breweries carrying on the legacy of longtime settlers. Here is a list of a few stellar examples of what Bushwick and the surrounding area have to offer to the beer enthusiasts.

Dave's Picks | NYT Essay — What Beyoncé Taught Veronica Chambers, Past Tense Editor, About Self-Motivation

Dave's Picks | NYT Essay — What Beyoncé Taught Veronica Chambers, Past Tense Editor, About Self-Motivation

As you may have heard, we’ve been avoiding the office this week. Which means our Elevator Interview — the weekly chats we’ve been conducting with Times writers and editors to get inside their heads about how they do their jobs — took place over email.

That was no problem for Veronica Chambers, who has an early morning writing ritual that, at times, has involved her sleeping on her kitchen floor to ensure that she would be so uncomfortable that she wakes up early. It appears to have worked: She is the author of more than a dozen books, including her most recent, “Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter,” and is editor of the Times archival storytelling project, Past Tense.

Dave's Picks | NYT Opinion — Should Work Be Passion, or Duty?

Dave's Picks | NYT Opinion — Should Work Be Passion, or Duty?

It’s worth noting on a national holiday extolling the value and dignity of labor that Americans are uniquely obsessed with work. Could any other nation come up with a product like Soylent, a meal substitute, not for the elderly, the poor or the malnourished, but for software engineers, Wall Street brokers, tech entrepreneurs and others who don’t want to be diverted from their work by the time consuming intricacies of a meal? Could you imagine the French conceiving such a thing?

While other wealthy nations have shortened the workweek, given their citizens more free time and schemed to make their lives more pleasant, stress-free and enjoyable, the United States offers a curious paradox: Though the standard of living has risen, and creature comforts are more readily and easily available — and though technological innovations have made it easier to work efficiently — people work more, not less.

Dave's Picks | NYT Essay — King of Pop Tyshawn Jones

Dave's Picks | NYT Essay — King of Pop Tyshawn Jones

Super cool piece and interactive photo essay on skateboarding master Tyshawn Jones. Check it!

Tyshawn Jones’s jaw-dropping athleticism has made him a skateboarding icon. But is skateboarding big enough for someone like Tyshawn Jones?

By Willy Staley

Photographs by Philip Montgomery
Videos by Danilo Parra and Zach Sky

One of Tyshawn Jones’s favorite places to skate is the William F. Passannante Ballfield in Greenwich Village. Even by skateboarding’s flexible standards, this park is barren: a flat expanse of asphalt with paint denoting a baseball diamond. There are no ledges sweaty with wax, no stairs to jump down, not even a measly curb; once you leave the painted infield, the ground becomes too chunky to really skate on. And yet it’s still a destination in New York, known to locals as ‘‘T.F. West’’ — short for ‘‘training facility,’’ a convoluted inside joke about the fact that there’s nothing to skate there.

Dave Speaks | Old ways, new ways — How to stick to good habits

Dave Speaks | Old ways, new ways — How to stick to good habits

Summer is ending , Fall is approaching . . . I feel this is a good read on how to stick to your good habits and keep that summer bod of yours in check throughout the Winter months!

Katy Milkman played tennis at Princeton, and when she finished college, she went to the gym every day. But when she started grad school, her fitness routine went south.

"At the end of a long day of classes, I was exhausted," Milkman says. "Frankly, the last thing I wanted to do was drag myself to the gym. What I really wanted to do was watch TV or read Harry Potter."

Dave's Picks | Dwell: Kanye West’s Star Wars-Inspired Prefab Home Prototypes May Get Torn Down

Dave's Picks | Dwell: Kanye West’s Star Wars-Inspired Prefab Home Prototypes May Get Torn Down

Last month, Kanye West divulged plans to build Star Wars-inspired prefabs for the homeless—but not everyone has been happy with the multihyphenate’s Yeezy Home venture.

According to TMZ, West’s Calabasas neighbors have complained to the L.A. County Department of Public Works about construction noise coming from the hip-hop artist’s 300-acre property, where he recently built four dome-shaped structures. After dispatching a few inspectors to the construction site, the Department is demanding that West acquire building permits by September 15, or face demolition.