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By New York Natives Staff

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Grace Hightower and Coffees of Rwanda

The only thing better than enjoying a great cup of gourmet coffee might be knowing there’s a powerful story behind it. Philanthropist and entrepreneur Grace Hightower De Niro — inspired by the President of Rwanda’s plea for “trade not aid” — felt compelled to learn more about the nation, and during her first trip there, realized the incredible potential of the local farmers and their rich coffee beans. Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda partnered with local coffee growers to create a line of products that celebrates the rich, diverse flavors found throughout their land while helping empower the Rwandan people. And with the holiday season right around the corner, a beautiful Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda gift set is just the thing for the hard-to-shop-for caffeine addict in everyone’s life.

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Anywhere, Anytime — Beautified is your handheld on-demand concierge to find and book same day beauty and wellness services at some of the best salons, spas, and gyms New York City has to offer. Co-Founders, Hannah Bronfman, Annie Evans, & Peter Hananel designed the app for the “busy mom, the new-to-town wedding goer, the world traveler, or just the plain old appointment procrastinator,” and the perfect appointment is truly at your fingertips.



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Broke With Expensive Taste by Azealia Banks

For fans of Azealia Banks, the wait for Broke With Expensive Taste — her debut solo album 5 years in the making — is finally over, following numerous delays and setbacks. Fortunately, it was worth the wait. The album features Banks’ breakout hit “212” and an additional 15 tracks of all new material written by the Harlem native.

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The unending dispute of New York Pizza vs. Chicago Deep Dish Pizza has another battleground: whether at a table top or  sitting at the bar, Emmett’s is serving delicious Chicago Deep Dish Pizza to New Yorkers down on Macdougal Street. Deep Dish not your thing? Fear not! Emmett’s offers a variety of other options, including a new thin crust pizza and hot dogs dressed to the nines. Come hungry and join the great debate!

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Big Hero 6

Disney Animation is back with Big Hero 6 — a Rotten Tomatoes “Certified Fresh” animated adventure. While it might lack the colossal staying power (and mind-numbingly catchy songs) of its juggernaut predecessor, Frozen, Big Hero 6 is enjoyable from start to finish, and reminds audiences that heroes can come in all shapes and sizes.




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