Please enjoy this tiny $100k goth house in Detroit that could double as a vampire lair

Cue up some dark and twisty tunes by the Smiths, the Cure, or Joy Division and settle into your very own pint-sized…

By Metro Times Staff

Please enjoy this tiny $100k goth house in Detroit that could double as a vampire lair
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This stunning Irving Tobocman-designed masterpiece in West Bloomfield comes with everything inside

When the term “whole shebang” — which is said to have been first used by Civil War soldiers and poet Walt Whitman…

By Metro Times Staff

This stunning Irving Tobocman-designed masterpiece in West Bloomfield comes with everything inside
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20 Asian restaurants in Madison Heights strip malls you should try

We all know the saying “don't judge a book by its cover.” But have you heard that you should never judge a…

By Metro Times Staff

Quan Ngon Vietnamese Bistro
    30701 Dequindre Rd., Madison Heights; 248-268-4310
    This spot’s well-laid tables with generous cloth napkins and metal chopsticks, the six chandeliers, banquette, the graceful way the food is presented — all lift the heart. Besides Vietnam's famous bánh mì sandwiches, Quán Nem Ngon, which means "delicious small restaurant," offers three ways to order a hefty meal: soups, noodle salads, and protein served with noodles or rice, fried or not.
     
     
    Photo via GoogleMaps
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30 Detroit-area parks you should be spending more time at this year

We have two words for you: LOG OFF. That's right, folks. Say goodbye to Zoom meetings and obligatory virtual happy hours, blue…

By Metro Times Staff

Lake St. Clair Metropark
    40 minutes
    31300 Metro Pkwy., Harrison Twp.; metroparkscom/parks/lake-st-clair-metroparks
    Not only does this park have a 1,600-foot boardwalk overlooking a mile of waterfront and scenic trails through marsh and wetlands, but it's a fun place to bring the whole family. There's a beachfront, public pool, mini golf, nature center and If you're extra lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a deer.
     
    Photo via metroparks.com
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This Eastpointe Mid-century modern home is a time-capsule

Tucked in Eastpointe is this Mid-century modern stunner. Real estate rep Muffy Kroha tells Metro Times that the home was built in…

By Metro Times Staff

This Eastpointe Mid-century modern home is a time-capsule
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25 things in Detroit that are gone that we'd really like back

Progress is the name of the game and not everything sticks around forever, whether it's a person, a restaurant, or an attraction.…

By Metro Times Staff

The Michigan State Fair before it crossed Eight Mile
    We're not sure why but the Michigan State Fair seems less cool since moving from Detroit to the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi in 2013. Though the first ever Michigan State Fair was held 1838 in Ann Arbor, the annual festival eventually moved to a property at Woodward and Eight Mile in 1905, where the State Fair would take place until 2009. Still referred to as the State Fairgrounds, tech giant Amazon announced in 2020 that it would be taking over the grounds for its new distribution center, sparking concern over whether the abandoned State Fair bandshell would be demolished in the process. Well, Mayor Mike Duggan dropped some good news following an essay published in Detroit Metro Times. The bandshell, which hosted acts like Stevie Wonder, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, the Stooges, Sun Ra, Chuck Berry, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, the MC5, Aretha Franklin, and so many others during its hayday, will be relocated to the neighboring Palmer Park.
    Photo via of Virtual Motor City archives/Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University
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25 of the best Mexican restaurants in the Detroit area, according to Yelp

Mexican food is, how do we say this without being offensive ... the fucking best. No, really. Tacos? Burritos? Margaritas?! Like, come on. Dip…

By Metro Times Staff

25 of the best Mexican restaurants in the Detroit area, according to Yelp
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This granite-loving $1.42 million lakefront Michigan home has multiple personalities — and we kind of love it?

Calling all home entertainers and amphibious plane lovers, we've got two words for you: Lake life. Well, it takes more than two…

By Metro Times Staff

This granite-loving $1.42 million lakefront Michigan home has multiple personalities — and we kind of love it?
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15 movies filmed in and around Detroit — and their locations

Lights. Camera. Detroit? Once upon a time, Michigan had a magic golden ticket of sorts by way of a tax incentive that made…

By Metro Times Staff

The Island (2005) 
    Michigan Central Station 
    2001 15th St.,  Detroit
    What's better than one Ewan McGregor? How about a Ewan McGregors, a Scarlett Johansson, and a Steve Buscemi? That's basically all you need to know about this futuristic Michael Bay thriller, which was shot throughout the Detroit area. There was a scene shot at the now-shuttered Johnny Rockets diner that was next door to the Fox Theatre and, one of the most revealing scenes put the once-deteriorating Michigan Central Station in the spotlight in a beautifully lit scene that is basically a tale of two McGregors. Oops. Spoiler alert?    
    Photo via YouTube
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Detroiters react to Derek Chauvin trial verdict

On Tuesday, former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on all counts for the death of George Floyd, whose killing last…

By Metro Times Staff

Detroiters react to Derek Chauvin trial verdict
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This $675k Alden B. Dow mid-century home in Midland has a koi pond

Per this home's listing agent, “this is one of the most charming examples of Alden B. Dow's designs" and, honestly, we don't…

By Metro Times Staff

This $675k Alden B. Dow mid-century home in Midland has a koi pond
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20 things to do in the Detroit area when you're stoned AF

Since Michigan legalized recreational marijuana for adult use in 2018, every day is 4/20 and for that, we feel #Blessed. That's right,…

By Metro Times Staff

Hotbox your car at Ford-Wyoming Drive-in
    10400 Ford Rd., Dearborn; 313-846-6910;  forddrivein.com
    Driving and consuming marijuana is not legal, folks. And yes, that goes for the all-too-discreet vape and edible life, too. However, what happens in your car at the 70-plus-year-oldFord-Wyoming Drive-in stays in your car at the Ford-Wyoming Drive-in. That is until you exit your vehicle to snag some optional concession munchies because yeah, dudes and dudettes, you don't have to spring for concessions because you can bring your own. Hell, you can bring full meals, full-blown takeout, eat fucking sushi from your dashboard because no one is going to stop you. All tickets include two movies which mean more time to get and stay high. Oh, and we've all been at a traditional non-drive-in theater and been so high and found ourselves laughing at very inappropriate times (we would like to issue a formal apology to anyone who may have been in the audience of the Friday morning matinee showing of Million Dollar Baby at Star Gratiot in Roseville.) Well, guess what? You can laugh at as many tragic boxing-based accidents you want with no social stigma and no shame. Blaze up and drive in. Just don't forget to turn your headlights off, stoner.
    
    Photo via Ford-Wyoming Drive-in/Facebook
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25 Detroit area bookstores to support on Independent Bookstore Day and beyond

You know when Netflix brazenly asks you “are you still watching?” while binging the award-winning Jason Bateman drama Ozark? Well, show Netflix…

By Metro Times Staff

Nandi's Knowledge Cafe
    71 Oakman Blvd., Highland Park; 313-865-1288; nandisknowledgecafe.com
    Part bookstore, part community space, Nandi's Knowledge Cafe is a hub for African American books, art, poetry, culture, and studies. In addition to a carefully curated selection of books, Nandi's is also a hotspot for live performances, including hip-hop, reggae, open mic, and chess nights each week. 
    
    Photo via GoogleMaps
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This $1.37 million retro waterfront home in Bloomfield Township has a solarium with a hot tub

Rarely do we stumble upon A) a house quite like this and B) a real estate agent-written description of a property of…

By Metro Times Staff

This $1.37 million retro waterfront home in Bloomfield Township has a solarium with a hot tub
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A 420 gift guide for metro Detroit's canna-curious and canna-sseurs

Extreme sports. Brain surgery. Beating The Nameless King in Dark Souls 3. What do these things have in common? They all require…

By Metro Times Staff

Vaporizer
    For the canna-curious: 
    Ooze Slim Pen Twist Battery with Smart USB, $19.99
    Available at various Detroit-area dispensaries; oozelife.com
    
    We were canna-curious once when it came to vaping, and we remember not wanting to do a damn thing other than huff and puff on a portable and discreet pen anywhere and everywhere regardless of legal ramifications. Leave the high-maintenance vapes for the canna-sseur and don't overthink baby's first vape (as in you, baby, not an actual human baby, because that would be irresponsible). Welcome to the Ooze life: Ooze, a Michigan-bred cannabis accessory company, was one of the earliest vape batteries around. “Batteries? I thought we were talking about vape pens?” Calm down, newbie. Most disposable vape pens harness a battery, which you can then screw/pop in your favorite concentrate cartridge. You good? OK, so Ooze offers affordable — and colorful — USB rechargeable batteries that are so slim and so portable that you won't even know it's there. Well, that is until you hit that shit and you're on clouds 9, 10, and 420. 
    
    Photo via OozeLife.com
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This $4.3 million renovated mid-century home in Ann Arbor is a stunning blank slate

If you like mid-century modern design but want to feel like Chrissy Teigen sans her army of social media trolls, look no…

By Metro Times Staff

This $4.3 million renovated mid-century home in Ann Arbor is a stunning blank slate
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35 of the most accurate memes based on viral 'Zola' tweetstorm-turned feature film

In October of 2015, Detroit waitress A'ziah "Zola" Wells took to Twitter for what would become a viral, 148-tweet thread in which she detailed…

By Metro Times Staff

35 of the most accurate memes based on viral 'Zola' tweetstorm-turned feature film
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This $550k metro Detroit home designed by the Palace architects has an indoor koi pond

Let us pull back the custom-designed curtain(s) to reveal one of the most unique properties on the market around here, which is…

By Metro Times Staff

This $550k metro Detroit home designed by the Palace architects has an indoor koi pond
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This insane $649k log cabin in Michigan's U.P. is a wood-lover's dream — let's take a tour

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? Well, we're not sure, but we think it would…

By Metro Times Staff

This insane $649k log cabin in Michigan's U.P. is a wood-lover's dream — let's take a tour
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Everyone we saw at the grand opening of rapper Tone Tone's Toney Island restaurant in Detroit

Toney Island, the cleverly named coney island owned by Detroit rapper Tone Tone, opened to great fanfare on Saturday, March 27. Performances…

By Metro Times Staff

Everyone we saw at the grand opening of rapper Tone Tone's Toney Island restaurant in Detroit
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This custom 'organic contemporary' home on Michigan's Blain Island has strong Y2K energy

It's the year 2000 and you're equipped with a flip phone, ill-fated Jessica Simpson edible perfume, and some newly — and illegally…

By Metro Times Staff

This custom 'organic contemporary' home on Michigan's Blain Island has strong Y2K energy
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This $2.7 million lakefront Minoru Yamasaki-designed home in metro Detroit has an indoor lap pool

What do the building at One Woodward, Wayne State's McGregor Memorial Conference Center, Ruhl's Bakery in Detroit, Temple Beth El in Bloomfield…

By Metro Times Staff

This $2.7 million lakefront Minoru Yamasaki-designed home in metro Detroit has an indoor lap pool
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The most anticipated new restaurants coming to the Detroit area in 2021

We don't have to tell you that 2020, uh, was not all that it was cracked up to be. Not only did…

By Metro Times Staff

Sloppy Crab
    519 E. Jefferson, Detroit;sloppycrabdetroit.com
    The owners of Sloppy Chops are backing another sloppy restaurant with Sloppy Crab. Taking over the former Brigg's Detroit spot in downtown, Sloppy Crab will offer a variety of seafood dishes, including lobster, fried fish, and seafood boils. 
    
    Photo via Sloppy Crab/Facebook
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15 scenic Michigan Airbnb rentals worthy of your spring getaway

Spring has sprung and, if you're like us, you have an itch that needs scratching. No, it's not one that requires medical…

By Metro Times Staff

Bohemian Artist Cabin in Traverse City
    2 guests, 1 bedrooms, 2 beds, 1 baths
    $400 per night
    We're gonna namaste right here at this secluded cabin in Traverse City. Bohemian, tranquil, and surrounded by 10 acres of rolling hills and lush greenery, this home — referred to as “the snug” —  is handcrafted by artists and features ceramics and other art by women and artists from marginalized communities. Though the home is best for two people as its only 600 sqft, the tall ceilings, windows, and meticulously designed and decorated interior gives the illusion of more space. To amp up the rustic factor, the home has an outdoor shower, outhouse, firepit, and a stellar elevated porch.
    
    Photos via Airbnb.com
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This $1.25 million Mid-Century Modern home in Ann Arbor hasn't been touched since the 1950s — let's take a tour

While we await the invention of an actual hot tub time machine, the opportunity to live out our most spectacular 1950s fantasy is…

By Metro Times Staff

This $1.25 million Mid-Century Modern home in Ann Arbor hasn't been touched since the 1950s — let's take a tour
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20 essential Detroit-area chicken sandwiches you should have tried by now

For us carnivores, there is nothing quite like the perfect fried chicken sandwich. What does it take? Well, look no further than…

By Metro Times Staff

Penny Red's
    1445 Farmer St., Detroit; pennyreds.com
    Move over Popeye. Meet Penny Red's, the place where fried chicken reigns supreme. Nestled in Downtown Detroit within Parker's Alley behind the Shinola hotel is Penny Red's, where they serve “damn fine chicken” via either buckets of chicken or a selection of finely crafted and super crispy sandwiches. There's The Classic, which comes with city ranch, sweet pickle, and hot honey. Then there's The K-Town Cutlet which comes topped with toasted peanut, scallion, and kimchi BBQ. But don't sleep on The Dirty Coop, which comes with red slaw, crispy shallot, and baconbombs.com, whatever that is. (We want it.) 
    
    
    Photo via Eat Penny Reds/Facebook
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20 Michigan restaurants worth a road trip from metro Detroit

It's no secret that Detroit's dining and culinary scene is out of this world, with many of the city's nearby suburbs slaying…

By Metro Times Staff

Turks Tavern
    11139 Cleveland St., Nunica; 616-837-7096; turkstavern.com
    This Nunica-based eatery is one of the oldest eateries in Ottawa County and is considered one of the most iconic restaurants in Michigan. Since being established in 1933, shortly after the end of prohibition, Turks Tavern pivoted into a pool and dance hall before becoming a quaint, Instagramable, and eclectic bar and restaurant. Turks has remained locally owned and operated, boasting their 80-year-old liver paste and 60-year-old pork chop recipes, with a commitment to making handmade dishes, and frequent menu updates to keep things fresh. 
    
    Photo via Turks Tavern/Facebook
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Here's one last look at Detroit's abandoned State Fairgrounds bandshell before it gets relocated

On Tuesday, Mayor Mike Duggan surprised during his State of the City address when he announced that the abandoned bandshell on the…

By Metro Times Staff

Here's one last look at Detroit's abandoned State Fairgrounds bandshell before it gets relocated
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21 socially-distant things to do outdoors in metro Detroit this spring

Can you hear that, folks? The sound of snow melting and dripping gently down eaves, people taking to the streets to soak…

By Metro Times Staff

Go full zen at the Cranbrook Gardens
    380 Long Pine Rd., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3149; housegardens.cranbrook.edu
    While we are sort of exiting several nightmares — a pandemic and a Michigan winter — what better place to cool down than Cranbrook’s sunken garden? Or how about the Japanese Garden or Reflecting Pond? This shady (not, like, suspicious, but actual shade) and dreamy spot is the perfect place to cool off and, well, reflect on your useless and very expensive college degree. If the shade and gardens and ponds aren’t enough to lower your temps, stay tuned to Cranbrook’s social media as they're gearing up to reopen the art gallery and science museum. After all, air conditioning is both a work of art and a scientific marvel, and for that we are #blessed.  
    Photo via Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research/Facebook
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This Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired waterfront home in Michigan has an artist loft, atrium, and waterfall

What's that saying about stones and glass houses? Well, you may want to toss your stones, gripes, and grievances into the crystal…

By Metro Times Staff

This Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired waterfront home in Michigan has an artist loft, atrium, and waterfall
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