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Can a place be a destination bar and a neighborhood spot? That’s what Diamond Reef aims to be, according to Dan Greenbaum, managing partner. “I think it can be both,” he told me as I sipped a rum concoction he had prepared. “I think to excel here, we need to be a neighborhood bar. Those are the people who are gonna come out on cold winter nights." Opened on March 1st, the buzzed-about new spot...
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...

The Cosmos Of Enya

When I was twelve, Enya released her oeuvre-establishing record A Day Without Rain. The album came out on November 21, 2000, went on to sell over 15 million copies, and became the top-selling New Age album of that entire decade. It won the Grammy for Best New Age Album, an honor she's earned four separate times now, and spawned her highest-charting single to date, "Only Time." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wfYIMyS_dI The song was released in November of 2000...

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