How the Perfect Man/Machine Balance Creates Some of the Best Booze in…

» 10/19/12 5:05pm 10/19/12 5:05pm

In a 5,000-square foot barn by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the New York Distilling Company is working on some whiskey. One thousand of the barn's square feet belong to a bar, The Shanty, and the remaining 4,000 is a cavernous distillery. Most days, it's a one-man show, with Bill Potter overseeing tanks,… » 10/19/12 5:05pm 10/19/12 5:05pm

This Workshop of Wonders Makes Vibrators and Vaporizers

The American Can Company used to be the single largest producer of tin cans in the country, but the glory days are long gone. The building, in San Francisco's Dogpatch, is part of a neighborhood where sprawling shipyards and industrial complexes have closed up shop, replaced by the likes of the AT&T Ballpark and the… » 10/18/12 2:20pm 10/18/12 2:20pm

The Underground Tunnel Where the Laws of Physics Are Rewritten

Thirty feet beneath the hills of Menlo Park, scientists at the Stanford Linear Accelerator have worked for the past half century to alter our fundamental understanding of the universe. The 1.9-mile-long structure, where electrons fly at nearly the speed of light, is reputed to be the straightest object on earth. Here's … » 8/29/12 4:00pm 8/29/12 4:00pm

The Local Shop Where You Can Slice Through Six Inches of Anything

Some projects go beyond Vise-Grips and duct tape. Sometimes the only thing that will get the job done is a fully equipped metalworking shop with a 32 square foot CNC machine. But those things cost a fortune, and who has room for one, anyway? TechShop does. » 7/24/12 12:00pm 7/24/12 12:00pm

The Gadgets of Music Genius Reggie Watts

» 5/30/12 1:00pm 5/30/12 1:00pm

If you've never seen Reggie Watts perform, head to YouTube first, and then check his website to see where he's playing next. His act is part comedy, part music, almost all of it is completely improvised, and it's absolutely amazing—funny and beautiful all at once. He opened for Conan O'Brien on his U.S. tour, and… » 5/30/12 1:00pm 5/30/12 1:00pm

The Cheap, Charming, Kinda Crazy Lab of a Video Visionary

He once washed dishes full-time in a Connecticut trailer park. Now he uploads videos that break the 5,000,000-view mark in under three weeks. But when Casey Neistat isn't leaping into a sinkhole in Oman or stealing his own bike on the streets of NYC, he's busy working in this obsessively organized, fully functional,… » 5/08/12 1:00pm 5/08/12 1:00pm

A Professional Recording Studio in an Unbelievably Tiny Room

Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and The Foo Fighters have something in common with Brooklyn-based musician Neil Shah—they all made great music in a basic home studio. McCartney and Springsteen had a four-track cassette deck, and Dave Grohl used a garage. But Shah's setup is even more limited—his whole studio… » 4/25/12 3:20pm 4/25/12 3:20pm

The Home Brewing Laboratory of Every Beer Drinker's Dreams

There's a beer nirvana in Pennsylvania, and it's in a shed. The HammerSmith Ale House and Brewery, a slice of heaven near the Delaware River, was designed by Chris Bowen—a beer enthusiast, beer historian, and certified beer judge. Bowen always loved cooking for friends. Eight years ago, he tried his hand at making… » 4/18/12 3:21pm 4/18/12 3:21pm