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There are a number of factors that compel the steadfast Brooklynite to plunk down inconceivable sums on pint-sized apartments—and for us, it’s always been our unparalleled access to unique, independently-run restaurants. But crushing rent hikes, unworkable regulations and an easily distracted audience (the number of permits issued to new eateries rose by 26 percent in 2014) has proved an ever-ringing death knell to businesses not owned by hospitality groups and corporations, from Smith Street...
In case you heard the collective cries of "OH NO!!!!" coming from the Brooklyn Magazine offices a few minutes ago and were wondering what the bad news could possibly be, well, brace yourself: SCRATCHbread is closing next week. Yeah, that's right, everyone's favorite Bed-Stuy bakery is shutting down permanently on October 11, meaning you have ten more days to get in on some of the best baked goods possible.  Via a message to the many SCRATCHbread fans out there,...
Want to know what really defines Brooklyn’s vibrant food scene? It’s not bespoke cocktails in mason jars or dangling Edison lightbulbs, but the intimate relationship restaurants form with their surrounding communities. Owners chat with neighbors, congregated on stoops. Chefs wave hi to patrons on their way to the subway. And generations of families celebrate not just anniversaries and job promotions at their favorite local eateries, but vital, everyday milestones, such as breakfast, lunch and...
When I was growing up, breakfast during the week was boxed cereal or, on occasion, french toast sticks thawed quickly in the microwave. But come Saturday, I’d wake to find my dad standing at the stovetop stirring a saucepan of grits. He’d dress his with Crystal hot sauce, while I’d make a bowl that was essentially equal parts grits and ketchup. Eventually my tastes matured, and I abandoned ketchup altogether in order to savor...

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