Candles That Evoke NYC’s Legendary Times and Places

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Although we love New York in 2011, we have to admit that we sometimes fantasize about being magically transported to earlier eras in the city’s cultural life — the Warhol ’60s, the punk-rock ’70s, the art-damaged ’80s. So we find ourselves intrigued by The OAK Candle Project, a new line of candles from NY boutique mini-chain OAK, which seek to evoke specific times and places from nostalgia-inducing periods in Manhattan and Brooklyn’s past. Christopher+West 76, for example, is meant to evoke the “disco, leather, smoke, sweat, subtle florals, poppers, and Tom of Finland” of the mid-’70s West Village bar; traveling nearly three decades forward in time, McKibben+Bogart 03 [sic] is all about that heady Bushwick aroma of paint thinner, incense, and booze. (Prince+Mercer 97 and St. Marks+First 85 are also available.) We’re curious to get a whiff of these candles — but do we plan to spend $68 to make our apartment smell like the morning after a McKibbin Lofts party? No, we do not. [via Refinery29]