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It seems easy to take the pulse of Hudson Jane in an instant, by pegging it as one of the new, slyly sanctimonious breeds of all-day, holistic lifestyle cafes. The Fort Greene eatery flaunts the neo-fjordic uniform of pristine pale wood and succulent pots, and take-home “provisions” run to bottles of Dona Chai, blocks of Grafton Village raw cheddar, and recyclable tubs of baked vegan tomato pasta. And until DOB-based struggles allow them to finally...
Uninitiated imbibers, who tend to rely on price point rather than flavor profile to help them cut through the clutter at a liquor shop, will appreciate the immersive education offered at Wine Legend Store and Bar. Recently expanded to Fort Greene, the family-owned, Jersey-based business operates under a savvy, two-pronged concept, with one half of their glassed-in corner spaces functioning as a well-stocked retail hub, and the other, a full-fledged saloon. In search of a bottle...
I grew up in Brownstone Brooklyn at a time (think “Ford to City: Drop Dead”) when things seemed to either go backwards—Bushwick on fire—or pretty much stay the same as they had ever been. Carroll Gardens was Italian, Fort Greene was African American, the WASPs were in Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO was…well, nothing, it didn’t exist as a residential designation, and while there were some tallish office buildings near Borough Hall, there was exactly one...
Itty bitty Baba Cool is already the queen of Fort Greene’s breakfast scene, blowing up early morning insta’s with images of chia pudding, butternut squash bowls, and the requisite avo toast. And after a recent renovation, the clean-living café is showing off some seductive night moves as well, expanding their repertoire with a distinctive “after hours” program. Newly operational from 6-10pm, “signature potions” like golden milk lattes and activated hot chocolate now share counter space...

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