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Laura Itzkowitz

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Laura Itzkowitz is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn and an author of New York: Hidden Bars and Restaurants.
Ambriel Floyd Bostic and Hawes Bostic searched for two and a half years before purchasing a home, but when they found this Cobble Hill townhouse, they immediately made an offer. They were especially impressed by the amount of light it gets, thanks in part to the skylight installed by the previous owners in 1968, which their architect Starling Keene enhanced. Keene made some ingenious improvements, like adding bookshelves with a translucent back in the...
LILIA 567 Union Avenue, Williamsburg In Rome, my favorite place to go for aperitivo was a restaurant called Gusto. Every night, it would buzz with locals and expats like myself eager to catch up with friends over a glass of wine and the city’s best spread of small bites. The space was vaguely industrial, with whitewashed walls, high ceilings, and huge windows filling it with natural light. The wine list was extensive; the servers never rushed...
Tucked away under the BQE, Kings County Imperial is one of those little restaurants that’s so good you almost want to keep it a secret so there won’t be a two hour wait the next time you go—because go once and you’ll be hooked. Dimly lit and with a design reminiscent of an opium den, the restaurant is equally good for a date or a dinner with friends, since dishes are served family style....
On a breezy night in September, I was perched on the rooftop terrace of the Ides sipping wine out of a plastic cup and talking with the redheaded doorman of the Wythe Hotel, who also happens to be a painter. Austin Furtak-Cole was off-duty, but he was hanging out at the opening for the new works installed in the rooms on the fifth floor. He had moved to New York from Vermont, where he...

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