In the News: Everyone Is High

••• “After a long and raucous dinner party on a recent weeknight, guests decamped to a loft in Manhattan’s TriBeCa neighborhood, perhaps the most desirable chunk of real estate in the city that never sleeps. There was no music or dancing at this after-party, though. Instead, a host distributed clear capsules of tiny white crystals that guests proceeded to swallow — an illicit dessert known as Molly, a synthetic stimulant that has suddenly become as much a part of the 24-hour-a-day New York lifestyle as cocaine was to another generation. In this case, two financiers at the party had just completed a multimillion-dollar pact, a cause not only for celebration but for bonding of the kind that only can occur in the netherworld after 3 a.m. Later that morning, everyone drifted out to go to work.” No music?! They really should try it with Daft Punk’s “One More Time” and a bunch of glow sticks. —Los Angeles Times

••• Manhattan Loft Guy explains why those recorded sales one reads on StreetEasy aren’t always what they seem.

••• “The Institute of Culinary Education[…] will be moving from 50 W. 23rd Street to Brookfield Place [….] The new facility, scheduled to open in late 2014, will span 71,000 square feet across the 2nd and 3rd floors of Brookfield Place.” —Commercial Observer

••• “This summer, as workers labored away at a construction site at the southern tip of Manhattan, a team of archaeologists following their progress made an amazing discovery: Booze—or more specifically, the bottles it came in—from the late 1700s. Right underneath our feet. Who were these intrepid urban archaeologists? They’re called Chrysalis Archaeology, a nimble nine-person team based in Brooklyn. And over the past 13 years, they’ve made some of the most exciting finds in recent memory—from buttons worn by Revolutionary War soldiers, fighting in the Battle of Brooklyn, to a 300-year-old well used by the earliest Manhattanites.” Below: A City Hall dig. —Gizmodo (via Curbed)

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