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Many restaurants may have already shuttered their patios and backyards post-summer and removed their chairs and tables from the sidewalks, but at the recently opened Brooklyn Barge Bar, al fresco season is just beginning. And then, well, ending, effective October 31st. Originally slated to open in May, an even stickier than usual jumble of red tape (including a number of environmental permits from the city) kept Greenpoint’s highly anticipated floating bar firmly docked until Sept 26th,...
The first couple of months of the de Blasio administration have marked by plenty of #welcometodeblasiosnewyork jokes and citywide gripes about the relentless snowfall. But while de Blasio has proven powerless to combat Mother Nature (step up your game, Bill... it's still REALLY cold), there are other ways that the mayor has demonstrated that he intends to make his own mark on Mike Bloomberg's New York as quickly as possible. First on the docket?...
New York City is a port city: its harbors make for good docking, and as a shipping industry rose, so too did a city around it. There's no arts and culture without shipyards, no residential without industry—there's no Gravesend without graving docks. One of New Yorkers' favorite pastimes is figuring out who is and isn't a true New Yorker, so I submit this test: if you can't hear the foghorns, are you a real...

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