January 29th, 2014 | University

Thursday’s XC | 1.30

East Rock is the Williamsburg of New Haven, according to a list Gawker compiled of the hippest — “or formerly hip and now just rich” — neighborhoods across cities. “What’s [the city’s] hippest — or formerly hippest — or sometimes just youngest — neighborhood, the one with the art galleries and the boutiques and the lines for brunch?” the piece read. Meanwhile, Westville was named as New Haven’s Bushwick, in other words its up and coming “New Williamsburg.”

Where to drink tonight: The shops in downtown New Haven are hosting Flight of Fancy today starting 4 p.m. Participants will enjoy free wine tasting, as well as a free special occasion wine glass, and an evening of food and shopping. Plus, if you happen to have your old wine glass from a past Flight of Fancy event, you will get $5 off your admission! The advertisements for the event have featured a large glass of red wine.

Where else to drink tonight: Perfectly timed to coincide with Flight of Fancy is the official grand opening of Chocolat Maya, a store catered to literal “chocoholics” with its sale of desserts and alcoholic drinks. The shop occupies the same location as former Chocopologie but has drastically differentiated its brand by its decision to acquire a liquor license. Chocolat Maya will be serving up champagne starting at 5 p.m. (happy hour).

Mark in your calendars. Forget the State of the Union, everyone should be tuned in to Professor Robert “Nobel Prize” Shiller’s live interview with @YaleLive broadcasting today at noon on Yale’s Youtube channel.

Bleeding blue. Last year, Yale was first place in the Yale-Harvard Blood Drive Challenge, which is basically a version of The Game with blood physically shed on both sides. The 2014 challenge runs this week from noon to 5:45 p.m. in Payne Whitney. Every donation could save up to three lives.

In frat heaven… The Dartmouth’s daily blog has published a flowchart of “Where are you going to end up on a weekend night?” that cements the university’s reputation as basically a frat. The flowchart opens with the question “Are you planning to drink tonight?” and includes items such as “Is the basement starting to look dangerously empty?” and “Do you have a sober friend?”

THIS DAY IN YALE HISTORY 1967 A one-ton safe is abandoned in the Morse master’s driveway, having been blown open with nitro-glycerin by members of Book and Snake the night before. One member of of Book and Snake has an alleged “hobby” of safe-picking.

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