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Ilan Hall maintains something of a public persona, as the spirited host of Esquire’s bracket-style cooking competition, Knife Fight, but he’s hardly the cocksure Top Chef winner that many of us remember. Nor is he only the purveyor of bacon-wrapped matzoh balls, “peas many ways,” Vidalia onion-studded brownies, and other highly conceptualized dishes, that all but defined his LA-to-Brooklyn transplant of the Gorbals. Nowadays, since transforming his avant-gardish Williamsburg eatery into the relaxed Israeli barbecue spot,...
It's pretty normal for a perfumer to build a story around a scent. It is less normal for a published author to create a perfume--and scented candles, and her own company--inspired by her book. Which is part of the reason Tanwi (pronounced “thaw-knee”) Nandini Islam, creator of Bushwick-based perfume and scented candle company, Hi Wildflower, is unusual. "I've always been into scents, and collected perfume, and it has been very much a thing I'm in love...
Hey there, Brooklyn—are you ready for bacon-wrapped matzoh balls and silken tofu made with pigs blood? Because Top Chef Season Two-winner Ilan Hall has finally opened the Williamsburg outpost of his LA sensation, The Gorbals, inside of the Urban Outfitters concept store known as Space Ninety 8.  After ascending an industrial staircase, winding past home goods and the woman’s and menswear departments (they’re doing awfully cute things with knit) revelers packed the tri-level space —...
Gentrification almost always follows the same pattern: artists move into low-income and/or industrial neighborhoods in search of cheap studio space. At first, their presence leads to increased revenue for local businesses. Then the coffee shops and cocktail bars come, following their clientele. Rents begin to rise; developers get hip to what’s going on. Up go condominiums with glass windows and elevators in the lobby. Rents skyrocket, and the artists who catalyzed the change are...

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