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Novelist Paula Fox, who died last week at age 93, was a Brooklyn writer long before it was fashionable. She lived in the same house in Cobble Hill for decades with her third husband Martin Greenberg, who was an editor at Commentary. Would-be bourgeois life in run-down Brooklyn is the topic of Fox’s best novel, Desperate Characters (1970), which runs a short 156 pages of carved prose so exact that it shames more garrulous...
The same week that Fidel Castro died, Cubana Social—Williamsburg’s only Cuban restaurant—announced it will close its doors. Although the two events are unrelated, interest in Cuba, especially tourism, is on the rise. But you know what else is on the rise? The cost of running a business in Williamsburg. While businesses open and close in Brooklyn at a dizzying rate, not every closing is like the other. Rather than a mere building in which to purchase an item...
New York is forever new, and therefore—unfortunately—forever shedding the old. Today, we learned we're losing a particularly fantastic piece of Graham Avenue in Williamsburg that dates back to 2002. Daddy's, the no-nonesense bar, opened by Jen and Laura Rogers of The Rogers Sisters, and by Greg Anderson of Oakley Hall, built the bar in the months following 9/11, according to Daddy's Instagram post that announced the closing yesterday, and to Brooklyn Vegan who reported it. Of course, to live...
We learned this afternoon that beloved, classy-ass Greenpoint piano bar The Manhattan Inn would soon close, and sighed another in the series of long sighs reserved for press releases about our favorite things abruptly dying.

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