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Truth: Greenpoint has transformed dramatically in far less than a decade. Today, artists who decamped to Brooklyn's northern-most neighborhood in the 90s to escape Manhattan rents have been joined by, well, much of Manhattan. And high rises. And popped collars. And yet! If a place ever had a spiritual core, it might be Greenpoint. Authentically Polish on one end, artist- and creative-heavy on the other, these are the populations that still suffuse Greenpoint with its...
Yesterday, 10 Brooklyn makers of the widely-worshiped hair-of-the-dog—the bloody mary—descended upon Grand Prospect Hall for The Bloody Mary Fest. For three hours, mixologists from Greenpoint and Bushwick to Crown Heights and Park Slope offered miniature (albeit bottomless), carefully garnished variations of tomato juice, spices, and vodka to hundreds of thirsty attendees inside the opulent Victorian hall. We went to ensure quality control—which is to say drink and rank them. Yes, there were professional tasters on-site (judges...
Much debate is often had about what constitutes the best Bloody Mary. For some, horseradish is mandatory. Others require a rich, sweet tomato-y base. Some opt for tequila, most choose vodka, and others want no alcohol taste at all. Because the appeal of this storied cocktail is so dependent on its imbiber's specific sensibilities, creating the all-around "best" Bloody Mary is a major challenge for barkeeps and restaurateurs alike. This weekend, though, 11 Brooklyn bars...

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