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Brooklyn is very romantic. I’m sure it will be up there on some lists of Top Ten Romantic Places this Valentine’s season. If you’re looking for cozy restaurants with carefully curated selections of clams and other locally sourced aphrodisiacs to set the mood, we’ve got you. It’s the kind of place poets immortalize in verse with sensual descriptions. Walt Whitman sung the praise of its “ample hills” that inspired “thirsting eyes” in the 1800s, and...
Reel Brooklyn is a biweekly column chronicling the definitive history of Brooklyn on-screen, one film—and neighborhood—at a time. Alan J. Pakula's woebegone demi-classic Sophie's Choice (1982) remains famous for a few things: Meryl Streep's diva-explosion tour de force as a Polish Auschwitz survivor with a cataclysmic secret, and of course that secret itself, such a corrosive piece of narrative poison that the which-child-dies choice of the title instantly became a part of the American language...
  The best way to see Brooklyn is to cycle the streets with a camera and/or smartphone in hand, all in order to not only explore the various urban landscapes and oases, but also to document them. Brooklyn might have been settled a few hundred years ago, but its character is more like that of a teenager, full of shifting, changing moods. It’s a kind of a photographer’s dream. And while there is no way to truly articulate...
What, exactly, constitutes public art and what, ideally, is its goal are questions with potentially controversial answers. But, a rough hypothesis: Public art is the placement of an object (or image or text or performance) in a public space that serves no practical purpose; rather, its raison d'être is to interrupt the onslaught of the normal—to make you think and feel. But you probably already knew this because Brooklyn is home to an abundance of public art, so we...

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