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Late Night Alternatives

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Everyone knows about the famous halal night food cart at 53 St & 6 Av — and truth be told, that was my original destination. But I came upon Adel’s Famous at 49 St and thought I’d give it a try because 1) it was closer to my subway station and 2) it seemed to be patronized by regulars.

Now normally, I’m extremely adverse to trying out food places I don’t know anything about. But at 1 a.m. on a weeknight, lots of rules can be bent.

(49 St & 6 Av, Manhattan)

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Orpheum

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(Saugerties, NY)

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Calm Away From The Storm

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Away from NYC for the weekend, which feels strange on the very weekend the entire country is watching NYC because of Hurricane Irene. But upstate, it’s pretty quiet.

(Saugerties, NY)

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Reintroduced to the Wild (City)

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Before I adopted Marla, she was an outdoor suburban cat for several years. Though I think she’s lived happily as an indoor urban cat for the 10 years I’ve had her, I’ve been thinking lately it’d be nice to take her outdoors again, if I can do it safely.

Tonight was her first time on the roof deck of my building and she seems to have enjoyed it. I think a leash, a harness, and Central Park are probably in our future.

(Marla Singer HQ, Manhattan)

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Exhibit A+

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So it turns out my favorite museum on the planet is probably even cooler behind the scenes than I imagined. At tonight’s Gizmodo/io9 Tech Tweetup at AMNH (Twitter: #AMNHTweetup), we were treated to a short tour and talk with the folks developing the technology behind some of their latest exhibit.

Among the fascinating revelations: AMNH custom-builds their own multitouch surfaces for exhibits because, as one staffer put it, the off-the-shelf stuff “gets destroyed by ten year-old boys in like five minutes.”

Awesome.

(American Museum of Natural History, Manhattan)

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Lebowski Fest NYC

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I’ve wanted to attend a Lebowski Fest for years but never got the chance. In a way I’m glad I waited, because tonight’s fest features a cast reunion in honor of the movie’s Blu-ray release and Jeff Bridges’ new album. The show hasn’t started yet but already this feels like the awesomest family reunion ever. MARK IT TEN, DUDE!

(Hammerstein Ballroom, Manhattan)

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Enjoying The View

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(I-95 North Service Area, Connecticut)