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In 2012, Laura O’Neill and Ben and Pete Van Leeuwen, co-founders of Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, opened a restaurant in Greenpoint. They called it Selamat Pagi, “good morning” in Indonesian. The menu was inspired by cuisine from that region and was also largely vegan. Behind the restaurant’s main dining room, the company produced every ounce of its organic and vegan pints. “When we took over the space and it had a kitchen we said,...
Last night at 8pm I sat on a stage in a church basement in Greenpoint with Laura O’Neill, co-founder of Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream and the delicious and handsome Balinese-inspired restaurant, Selamat Pagi; but, more importantly for those of us who spend Tuesday nights inside the Park Church Co-Op across the street from McGolrick Park, O'Neill is also known as the founder of a very different movement—No Lights No Lycra. And last night, this weekly gathering of...
The maxim “you are what you eat” has always bothered us because, well, we don’t always have the best eating habits. Are we really all of our craziest midnight snacks? (Maybe!) But despite not fully believing that you can judge people by their diets, we still love finding out what other Brooklynites use for fuel. Maybe it’s just general foodie voyeurism (why else would all those food porn shots on Instagram get so many...

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