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Laura Itzkowitz

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Laura Itzkowitz is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn and an author of New York: Hidden Bars and Restaurants.
Can a place be a destination bar and a neighborhood spot? That’s what Diamond Reef aims to be, according to Dan Greenbaum, managing partner. “I think it can be both,” he told me as I sipped a rum concoction he had prepared. “I think to excel here, we need to be a neighborhood bar. Those are the people who are gonna come out on cold winter nights." Opened on March 1st, the buzzed-about new spot...
Lisa Small, the Brooklyn Museum’s Curator of European Painting and Sculpture shares five highlights from Georgia O’Keefe: Living Modern, open now. Alfred Stieglitz Stieglitz, signature image “For this photo session, O’Keeffe wore a bowler-like black hat and wrapped herself in Stieglitz’s cape hiding its prominent buttons and collar. Stieglitz photographed her from a low vantage point, highlighting her audacity in dressing so that her gender was obscured or, one might say, appeared simultaneously male and female. Like other radical women...
I went to the Navy Yard looking for an artist community and couldn’t find one—at least not the way I normally think of a community. Sure, there are artists, but they’re not all sitting around talking about abstract expressionism and plotting the next big trend that’s going to take the art world by storm. They’re alone, working—sometimes spending eight or ten hours without interacting with another human. From outside, you wouldn’t know where to...
When husband-and-wife team John McCormick and Vannesa Shanks announced that Williamsburg stalwart Café Moto was closing, its regulars were understandably upset. After all, Moto had been a neighborhood staple since 2002, when it opened under the J/M/Z. At the time, it was one of the few places in the neighborhood where you could go for a good meal, an inviting atmosphere, and live music. In fact, that’s how McCormick and Shanks met. “I used...

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