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Novelist Paula Fox, who died last week at age 93, was a Brooklyn writer long before it was fashionable. She lived in the same house in Cobble Hill for decades with her third husband Martin Greenberg, who was an editor at Commentary. Would-be bourgeois life in run-down Brooklyn is the topic of Fox’s best novel, Desperate Characters (1970), which runs a short 156 pages of carved prose so exact that it shames more garrulous...
When you hit your local watering hole, you've got questions about what really goes on there. Well, there's no better way to get answers than to go directly to the source. We give you, below, our February tips for tips from those who know the scene best—bartenders. They do us a solid and give us a peak behind the mysterious bar veil.   "Tell us about your worst day while bartending." Christian Where he presides: No. 7 Restaurant, Fort Greene Favorite Drink: Harry Callahan "I...
For the eight years I lived in Cobble Hill, whenever I passed BookCourt, the Brooklyn bookstore that closed its doors this past December 31, I'd think of the Hemingway story, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place.” I lived around the corner and walking past it, whether I was coming back late and tipsy from drinks with friends or grumpily heading home from work, the windows were always lit by the huge, incandescent hanging lights that bathed...
After 35 years as one of the crown jewels of Brooklyn’s literary scene, Cobble Hill’s independent bookstore BookCourt will be closing down, as its owners, Henry Zook and Mary Gannett will be retiring at year’s end. The store, which holds both the 161 and 163 Addresses on Court Street, is a place to purchase anything from smaller publishing houses to larger bestsellers, and often houses signings and readings from celebrated national writers and local...

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