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M&M

The basement of 285 Nicoll Street is crammed with a hodgepodge of industrial machinery. High above is a harsh canopy of wires, girders and pipes. Large fish-eyed lights hang overhead, barely …

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Octane High

Robert Smith on his dirt bike

Every now and then, the streets of New Haven are swept by motorized monsoons. Packs of dirt bikes and ATVs zoom down the street, moving through traffic like murmurations of starlings and sounding like swarms of piston-driven hornets. Some of …

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PH Balance

There’s at least one “Electric Chair” still active in New Haven, but it’s not an agent of capital punishment.

It’s an agent of physical improvement. …

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Heat Handled

“Open up your chest like a flower petal blooming.” “Drop your head back, arms back, look back, fall back, way back, go back, go back, go back more.” …

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Health and Auto

Roving enterprises are hot these days, with food trucks and carts making up the biggest share of New Haven’s mobile services ecosystem. But some industrious locals have dabbled in smaller niches…

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Pole Positions

Jessica Gaus, PoleFly Aerial Fitness

There’s a stigma surrounding pole dancing—as though it’s an inherently indecent act, performed only in dark, seedy rooms by clothes-shedding performers for the benefit of watchers waving bills. …

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Touch Base

Amanda Anatra of Experience Ananda

In the 1960s, psychologist Sidney Jourard did a little anecdotal research. Sitting in various cafes at various times in various parts of the world, he counted the number of times two people sharing coffee would touch one another during the course …

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Cough Medicine

New Haven Hospital circa 1905

“Consumption.”

If you wanted to strike fear into the heart of the average New Havener circa 1870, you need only have uttered the word. The disease took the lives of at least 190 citizens that year—mostly …

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Friends in Knead

Henna covering her hands like gloves, Marissa Gandelman had just returned from Kurukshetra, India. Recovering from the 10.5-hour time difference, her jet lag lingered, but talking with me about her massage therapy …

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Working Out

Spinning isn’t a ride in the park. You pedal a weighted flywheel, grunting, sweating, gasping. Blasts of high-energy music pump up your adrenaline. You push as hard as you can, moving nowhere, while someone at the front …

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