Oscar Wilde-Themed Bar to Open in NYC

A new bar opening up this month in New York City will look like a Victorian literary fan’s fever dream. Oscar Wilde, which will open in late June of this year, according to Time Out New York, is an intense homage to the 19th century Irish writer, to say the least.

The duo behind the bar, Tommy Burke and Frank McCole, already own a pair of New York City venues with a Wilde-adjacent theme. Lillie’s Victorian Establishment is named after one of Wilde’s friends, the actress and socialite Lillie Langtry, whose portrait hung in his living room.

When The New York Times got a glimpse at the future digs of Oscar Wilde NYC during its construction, the paper described its decor as "Lillie’s on steroids," and even if you haven't been to Lillie's, the "steroids" part is suitably evocative. Oscar Wilde looks like it was designed by a hoarder who deals 19th century European art. It's packed with marble lions, multiple antique fireplaces, and historic imports like glass panels from Italy, a Belgian player piano, and an English standing clock (plus 24 smaller timepieces). There are multiple statues of Wilde himself. It sounds a bit cramped, but there's plenty of space to park yourself with a drink—the mahogany bar is being touted as the longest in the city at almost 120 feet.

Like the space, the cocktails are designed to be opulent: The drink menu is "Champagne focused," according to a press release. "Extravagance is always in season," as the bar’s website proclaims. "Just like Wilde himself, we believe life should be lived to its fullest, with a touch of sophisticated debauchery."

The place hasn’t even opened yet, and it’s already living up to that mission. At the point that the Times took a look around in December 2016, estimates for the cost of decking out the space had reached $4 million.

[h/t Time Out New York]

All images courtesy Oscar Wilde NYC

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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More Than 38,000 Pounds of Ground Beef Has Been Recalled

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Your lettuce-based summer salads are safe for the moment, but there are other products you should be careful about using these days: Certain brands of hand sanitizer, for example, have been recalled for containing methanol. And as Real Simple reports, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently recalled 38,406 pounds of ground beef.

When JBS Food Canada ULC shipped the beef over the border from its plant in Alberta, Canada, it somehow skirted the import reinspection process, so FSIS never verified that it met U.S. food safety standards. In other words, we don’t know if there’s anything wrong with it—and no reports of illness have been tied to it so far—but eating unapproved beef is simply not worth the risk.

The beef entered the country on July 13 as raw, frozen, boneless head meat products, and Balter Meat Company processed it into 80-pound boxes of ground beef. It was sent to holding locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina before heading to retailers that may not be specific to those four states. According to a press release, FSIS will post the list of retailers on its website after it confirms them.

In the meantime, it’s up to consumers to toss any ground beef with labels that match those here [PDF]. Keep an eye out for lot codes 2020A and 2030A, establishment number 11126, and use-or-freeze-by dates August 9 and August 10.

[h/t Real Simple]