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While not exactly a food court, per se, Empire Stores presents an impressive gathering of unique culinary concepts, in one of the city’s most breathtaking locations—a 19th century warehouse complete with original architecture (brick masonry façade, 14-foot ceilings, schist stone walls), abutting DUMBO’s waterfront panorama of the Empire State building, Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. Here’s a look at the recently debuted complex’s lucky new tenants, including the glittering Venetian Cecconi’s, and Vinegar Hill House’s...
On a recent Tuesday afternoon in Dumbo, Craig Finn was at his producer’s studio, learning how to play his own song. “This is kind of indicative of how things sometimes go,” he announces, after asking his producer, Josh Kaufman, to show him the surprisingly complicated guitar part to “Preludes,” a new song off Finn’s excellent new album We All Want The Same Things. “I got stuck in a snow bank / I was too drunk...
Reel Brooklyn is a biweekly column chronicling the definitive history of Brooklyn on-screen, one film—and neighborhood—at a time. For decades before his death in 1999 the globe's reigning genius-director demigod, Stanley Kubrick, had always seemed like a man without a country—a despot in his own kingdom of weird dreams and mega-visions. But he was in fact a born-bred New Yorker, a child of Clinton Avenue in the Bronx, and if of all of his...
Third wave coffee bars are no longer the ultimate symbol of status, signaling the inevitable trajectory of upwardly mobile neighborhoods. Nowadays, any district worth its soaring rent increases must house an ostensibly Australian café as well, offering wheat free muffins and cappuccinos alongside avocado smashes and flat whites. So it only stands to reason that DUMBO—perennially the poshest, and home to the most expensive real-estate of all Brooklyn precincts—should boast a branch of the most...

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