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Made in Brooklyn

Charlie Brokate's lamps are laser cut, with hand-applied graphics. The ones with boys and girls on them are sold out—hey Charlie, how about a few more of those?—but there are delightful ones still available such as the Octopus Lamp, pictured, inspired by "an old-time children's book illustration."

Gabriela de la Vega designs lovely handmade jewelry—necklaces, bracelets, and earrings from things like tourmaline, sapphires, turquoise, and quartz.

Christopher Brosius, the CB of CB I Hate Perfume, doesn't hate perfume—he just hates bad, uninteresting, ubiquitous scents. That's why he created his own line, which includes creations such as Under the Arbor ("the scent of crushed grape leaves, weathered wood, green moss and cool earth") and Mr. Hulot's Holiday ("the salty breath of the breeze off the Mediterranean, driftwood, rocks covered with seaweed and the smell of old leather suitcases").

Curt Meissner's Small Factory Design makes 'fun, friendly furniture' that takes the form, so far, of a stereo cabinet, a smaller cabinet topped with cushions, and a rolling cushioned ottoman.

Erica Rosenfeld, Dena Pengas and Brad Teasdale formed Brooklyn Glassworks after meeting at Urban Glass. They produce tiles, lighting, and furniture and do custom work.

We've written before about Brooklyn's Grado Headphones; audiophiles have another reason to love the borough: DeVore Fidelity. They make serious speakers—Stereophile magazine's Michael Fremer wrote: "The DeVore Fidelity Silverback Reference is one of the most enjoyable and highest-performing speakers I've reviewed."

Pratt grads Matthew Burnett and James Nelson launched Steel Cake, a line of stylish watches including the Green Oversize Military ($185, pictured), a tank, and a steel tag.

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Presidentialpalooza Mail

"Chester Alan Arthur, 21st President of the United States, was the only other holder of the office to take the oath of office in New York City. George Washington of course is the other one. Arthur was at his New York residence – 123 Lexington Avenue —when President James Abram Garfield succumbed to the wounds inflicted on him by crazed job seeker Charles Guiteau."

"George W. had those famous teeth made in New York, and his dentist's office, along with so much else of the city's history, are now buried even deeper, in the earth of Ground Zero."

"Did you know that with the exception of George W. Bush, the '21' Club on W. 52nd Street has been visited by every President since FDR?"

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