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No. 5 Whole Foods Gowanus Gets a Crash Course in the New One-Stop Shopping It might seem a little strange that a borough full of some of the most worldly and jaded people on the planet could possibly get so worked up over the opening of a grocery store. But that’s exactly what happened when the Whole Foods in Gowanus opened up in December. The aisles were mobbed, both with customers who were super-excited to have a...
No. 7 Brooklyn's Other Chinatown Snuggled between Bensonhurst and Gravesend, Bath Beach may traditionally have been a stronghold for Brooklyn’s Italian-American community, but nowadays it’s a heck of a lot easier to find congee and bubble tea than loaves of lard bread and rounds of fresh mozz. That’s because it’s shaping up to rival Sunset Park as Brooklyn’s preeminent Chinatown. Here are some decidedly non-Italian eateries to try. Hi Tea Café Neon-lighted bubble tea shops...
No. 8 Brooklyn's Secret Bodies of Water There’re The streets and sidewalks, and under them the gas lines, electrical wires, water mains, and fiber-optic cables—and then what? Seaside cities like ours aren’t naturally devoid of small waterways: dock your ship in 1492 near present-day New York and you’d encounter creeks, ponds, streams, springs, marshes and more that have long since been built over, drained or filled in, making the coastline the definitive boundary between water and...
No. 11 How To Throw The Perfect Dinner Party With Danielle Bell and Pablo Osorio of de Porres Dinner Series “At what age will we start to have dinner parties?” a friend asked us not too long ago, and the question gave us pause. We wanted to defend our lack of dinner party-giving prowess by pointing out that we do occasionally have people stop by for a disorganized dinner, or by saying that New York is so...

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