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It may be cold comfort when faced with the loss of lazy beach days and summer Fridays, but fall is always prime season for restaurant launches--when rookie eateries aim to take advantage of their newly captive audiences. So seek solace in the bevy of notable establishments that are currently under construction in Brooklyn, from a duo of monumental food halls, to a handful of celebrity chef spots, and a hotel-based destination from Andrew Carmellini...
As much as we hate to concede to the likes of Queens, or God forbid, Jersey, we know it’s true: Brooklyn is not known for its beaches. At least, not the type with pristine layers of perfect sand, clear blue ocean water, or picturesque Californian piers. If you’re looking for that kind of beach, not only are you in the wrong city, but more likely, on the wrong coast. With that said, Brooklynites still...
When Sunny Balzano died in March of this year, Red Hook—and the entire city of New York—mourned the loss of a man who, to many, embodied a kind of quicksilver Brooklyn magic. He was the charming proprietor of a lost bar on a lonely, harborside street where intimacy and spectacle and serendipity intermingled. He was captain of the kind of place that New Yorkers tell themselves can only exist here, and perhaps even then...
Seaborne 228 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook The latest addition to Red Hook’s quietly thriving cocktail scene debuted in January behind a wall of clouded, glittering glass bricks. Above the new bar hangs an old burgundy awning that still faintly reads “Vern’s Kitchen,” a ghostly reminder of the devastating impact Hurricane Sandy had on several small businesses in the area several years ago. Seaborne’s opening is marked by a similar pathos: its original owner, Sasha Petraske...

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