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Reel Brooklyn is a biweekly column chronicling the definitive history of Brooklyn on-screen, one film—and neighborhood—at a time. One of our most dogged and uncompromised chroniclers of modern-day Brooklyn, dark-hat indie auteur James Gray also occupies a borough of his own making—in his world, Brooklyn is a dank, decaying rat maze of back alleys, unlit streets, heaped grave-sized backyards, clashing tribal identities, pervasive malaise, and quietly rampaging sociopathy. In five features so far (plus his...
It’s easy to slip into a vicious cycle of comparing and despairing once summer rolls around, and you remain a constant in your cubicle while friends barrage you with accounts of their exotic vacations and adventures. But it’s important to remember that you could do a whole lot worse than being a compulsory captive in Brooklyn, where just by walking down an avenue or two, you can find yourself in Poland—i.e., Greenpoint—feasting on kielbasa...
Ever since the Rockaways was renovated back in 2011 to include a series of star-studded concession stands such as Rippers (a collab between The Meat Hook and Roberta’s) and Motorboat & the Big Banana (a since-defunct fish shack courtesy of Vinegar Hill House), beaches across the outer-rim of the outer-boroughs have transformed into legit culinary hubs, angling to take advantage of the sun and sand-worshiping crowds. So pack a bathing suit, a towel, and...
On January 28 at noon, registration opened for the Brooklyn Half-Marathon. Just 52 minutes later, 27 thousand runners had signed up, filling the race to capacity. Suffice it to say, people are excited. But excitement will only get you so far. This distance requires training. At 13.1 miles, fitting in a few long runs (we’re talking 10 and 11 miles at a stretch) is non-negotiable. Ideally, those runs are completed somewhere without obstacles, or...