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I met with author and editor Caroline Zancan on one of those beautiful late June days when it's still possible to believe that New York's summer won't descend into its usual midyear fetid hellscape. It was the kind of day that makes those of us without roof decks or backyards question what the hell it is we're even doing with our lives—if, you know, you can even call what we do living. In short, it was lovely....
After all of the precious spring and summer hours wasted cooped up in apartments, huddled in airless offices, or trapped inside of the grim bowels of the subway, there’s nothing we won’t do—and nowhere we won’t go—in order to spend just a tiny bit of time basking in the great outdoors. Which means, we inevitably all wind up at same small handful of backyard-blessed Brooklyn bars, tussling over the rare spare stool or bench,...
As a native city kid, restaurateur Darin Rubell has always fetishized green spaces (tell us about it). And although the true potential of the triangle-shaped, dust-floored former garage at the corner of Bushwick’s Flushing and Forrest Streets had been somewhat obscured by 5+ years of neglect, he was able to clearly envision it as a leafy neighborhood oasis; a welcome break in the unrelieved expanse of warehouses, factories, and OTB outposts.  So if his other...

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