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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...
Sharon Pachter and Charles Kiely opened The Grocery in 1999, when Smith Street was home to little more than a handful of bodegas. But even as the neighborhood and clientele have significantly changed—welcoming a steady influx of shiny new restaurants and super cool bars—The Grocery has somehow continued to grow and thrive. So what keeps the restaurant going strong after all these years? A strong marriage certainly doesn’t hurt, as well as an overriding passion...
As bah humbug as it sounds, for many of us it's just fact—the most stressful part of the holidays is spending it with one's family. And as potentially awesome as Thanksgiving seems on the surface (a day of giant floating cartoon characters, marathon football games and the National Dog Show on NBC, hosted by J. Peterman from Seinfeld), more often than not we’re left with severe intestinal agita, which could only be brought on...

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