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Something happened.

City life.

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Living in this city is unpredictable. The pace is fast and it feels like there’s always someone on your heels ready to pounce on whatever you have – your job, your side hustle, that guy you went on few dates with and really liked, that guy you went on one date with and hated. You might lose your work visa, your apartment might burn down or a solid relationship you thought was going somewhere is no longer. In a blink of an eye, everything changes.

It’s interesting to think back to when you first decide to pack your bags and relocate, you’re generally just giving it a go to see what happens. At the start, there’s not much planning other than to get there, hustle and try and make it work. Before you know it you have a job, an apartment, a new group of friends and the time that you thought you may have been heading home just kind of ticks by.

Living here now and thinking about putting an expiration date on time seems strange because in a blink of an eye you’re onto your second, third, fifth, eighth year away.

You build a career and explore new opportunities, you gather more belongings to make your apartment a real home. Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a new type of family and although they’re not blood-related, you feel a closeness to them like you do your real family. This urban family is there for all the challenges, heartache, misadventures, triumphs and celebrations in your new life.

Suddenly this place you were just ‘giving a go’ is also your home. The longer you are away, the more you invest and the more you have to give up.

“When are you coming home?” people love to ask. The answer isn’t easy.

Somewhere to drink.

Natural wines and good times.

overt something life ten bells

The Ten Bells, a longtime staple on the Lower East Side, has always been good at being three places at once: a neighborhood favorite lit by candlelight, a go-to late night spot, and a natural wine mecca for those in the know.

It’s a beautifully laid out space, with a nice bar, plenty of room for hanging out and settling in for an afternoon catch up. The wine list made up entirely of organic and sustainable wines but the real drawcard here is the happy hour. Every day from open to 7pm oysters are a dollar and carafes of wine are $15, in summer it’s obviously all about the rosé but in the colder months, switch it up for the Côtes du Rhône they have on offer. Get yourself a seat at the bar and watch them shuck your $1 oysters in front of you.

Ten Bells is date night approved, you can sit side by side with your new love interest or potential future ghoster, sip on some wine and maybe even share a dozen oysters or some tapas. It’s also a good pre-spot before you pop next door to Zest for dinner and double down on the Broome Street happy hours. And if you’re seeing a band at Bowery Ballroom, this is an excellent option for a nightcap after the show.

FYI: The Ten Bells is a frequent late-night haunt for TSL. The sommelier, Nick, pretty much holds out a glass of Côtes du Rhône as we pass by on the way home, kind of like a volunteer holding out Gatorade to marathon runners. It’s a grab and go, or settle in for a while kind of situation. There’s no in between.

Somewhere to sweat

Underground fight club.overt something life overthrow

Overthrow is the dive bar equivalent of the New York City boxing circuit.

The no-frills boxing workout gym housed at 9 Bleecker Street in a two-level townhouse that was once home to the Yippies, an organization that arose out of the anti-war movements of the ’60s and became known for all kinds of social activism.

Instead of going the sleek and shiny route much like the other boxing gyms downtown, the space riffs off and proudly showcases the building’s roots, like decorating an entire wall of the boxing studio with copies of Overthrow Magazine, which used to be printed there (and where owner Joey Goodwin got the name for the gym).

The workout takes place in the dark basement, where duct-tape wrapped punching bags hang from metal chains on exposed pipes and booming music echoes. The space revels in its rawness. The smell of sweat fills the air. Do not expect to find heated hand towels, small-batch face creams or aromatic sprays.

Be prepared to work hard. The class starts with cardio drills, into shadow boxing, and then onto shared bags for rounds of jabs. Throw in some burpees, millions of push-ups and sit-ups and leave absolutely wrecked, and definitely covered in filth.

Classes are available for $34, and they can be booked in person or on the website. Beyond the everyday programs, there are a few specials, like a Friday class called Boxing & Booze (which ends with a cold beer) or a Monday donation-based class (where the money goes to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood).

Go see Mike on Thursday mornings but remember to duck, because he’ll punch you in the face if you don’t get out of the way quick enough.

Something not drugs

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Don’t expect to get high. Just expect to feel good.

We’ll admit it. We’re pretty undereducated when it comes to anything to do with the green leafy world of marijuana products.

Lately, there has been a growing buzz in the wellness world about CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid compound found in marijuana. CBD oil is legal and is a thing that the most healthy person you know is currently doing, adding it to their coffee or smoothies as a part of their daily routine.

The cannabis plant contains at least 80 chemical compounds called cannabinoids. You’re probably already familiar with THC, the cannabinoid that prompts the psychoactive effects commonly associated with marijuana, like the munchies, euphoria, relaxation. CBD is another cannabinoid, but, unlike THC, it’s not psychoactive. CBD provides some of marijuana’s therapeutic effects such as pain relief and reduced inflammation without the high. But it is its purported effects of reducing stress and anxiety that are seeing it’s popularity sore as a wellness supplement.

“CBD is like taking a daily dose of well being. You’re going to be a little bit more calm, a little bit more centered, and you know that you’re going to be able to function,” says Jewel Zimmer founder of boutique cannabis company, Juna.

The hot tip: to add CBD to your daily routine, go for products with clearly marked dosages like capsules or edible oils, they are easy to integrate into your morning drink of choice and have slow releasing effects.

Rumor has it the next step in the trend is CBD-laced cocktails, happy hour may be about to get a whole lot happier. As if we thought this was possible.

Monty Cox overt something life

Something well said.

“Once you have a taste of it, it’s hard to not come back. It’s kind of like a weird, annoying ex-boyfriend who you’re in love with – you know it’s bad for you – but you keep coming back for more.”

Montana Cox on living in New York via Tomboy Beauty.

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