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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...
Screwball movies and sunny music have long served as diversions during troubled times. And if Brooklyn’s current profusion of mezcal bars is proposed as additional salve, well, we’ll take that too. As opposed to La Milgrosa’s recently debuted speakeasy, El Atoradero’s agave den is out well in the open—in fact, it occupies its very own building, directly next to the restaurant. Christened Madre Mezcaleria, the Crown Heights newcomer will eventually house up to 125 bottles—one...
(All photos by Paul D'Agostino.) As many other recent year-end roundups of all sorts have similarly stated, the year 2016 will be recollected for quite some time for a great many reasons, and perhaps primarily thanks to its all-too-well-played role as temporal host to so many things that profoundly sucked. A number of beloved celebrities passed away well before what would've seemed 'their time,' which made many people sad, because for some reason so many of...
There was a point earlier this month when I realized I'd seen 82 new gallery shows in ten days. I know, what a slacker! Anyway, seeing all of those and a handful more since then has prompted me to do another Gallery Rounds post. My previous one, which includes photos of shows and works in a couple dozen galleries in various parts of town, is here. This one features another dozen or so shows, and...

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