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Introducing: Vintage Visualizations

Did you want awesome prints of age-old maps and data viz? No sweat, we've got you covered with a brand-new project: Vintage Visualizations.

Once upon a time, long long ago, the United States had just fought the Civil War and was terribly embarrassed about it. "Oh goodness gracious," the government thought. "What did Europe think?"

We needed to do something that made us seem awesome, and so the Census Bureau released a series of gorgeous...

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"Gowanus: Brooklyn's Curious Canal" Book Event at the Brooklyn Historical Society

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 13 and join us at the Brooklyn Historical Society for a look at Joseph Alexiou's forthcoming book, Gowanus: Brooklyn's Curious Canal. Joseph has been teaching a class on the history of the canal for a few years here at the Brainery, and we couldn't be more excited to see it hit the shelves. 

Joseph's book narrates more than three hundred years in the history of our borough's most...

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The Basic Guide to Making Awesome Ice Cream

This guide originally appeared over on Ice Cream Club's tumblr, many, many summers ago. Jonathan Soma gets all credit.  

There are a few types of ice cream, but the easiest to work with is Philadelphia style. It’s different from the more-complicated French style because while the French style is based on a custard, Philadelphia style is just milk and cream. Custards are cool and give a richer flavor and texture, but they...

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Finding Pennsylvania Saffron

You probably know saffron as expensive red threads from Spain, sold in tiny, tiny containers at specialy stores and used to color and flavor paella. Its threads are picked from a type of crocus, the crocus sativus, and the painstaking nature of its harvest has led to it being known as "the world's most expensive spice." And, if you're anything like me, you may not have actually used it much; given that it's so pricey, saffron...

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