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This is the time of year when people start taking comfort food seriously. There’s something about this that I’ve always felt a little suspect; I mean, I don’t know about you, but I’ve had plenty of summertime experiences that have made me crying out for comfort in any form, food or otherwise. And yet, it’s hard to deny that once the air starts to cool and the leaves have long since left their branches,...
Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal by Joseph Alexiou (New York University Press)Have you heard a waterway hiss? Have you seen solid poo break asunder and dissolve? No? Well, then: Walk down Brooklyn’s Bond Street, turn onto Douglass, and stop—please—at the water’s edge. That stench that stanks, that fizzling miasma, is the Gowanus Canal, the notoriously toxic channel of chemicals, sludge, rotting mammals and, reportedly, even some actual H2O. It is also, despite all appearances, one of...
As we crawl toward November and slowly begin to steel ourselves for the impending deluge of year-end lists and the accompanying arguments, there is, mercifully, a drop-off in the number of new releases hitting shelves—unless you count reissues, box sets, and other only-for-the-nerds oddities, in which case, we hope you’ve been saving up. Or that you are loved by generous gift-givers with really good taste in records.  First, there’s The Cutting Edge 1965-1966, the 12th and...
Like eager spawns of Chipotle, globally minded, casual lunch counters have lately begun proliferating around the city in earnest. Laser-focused on portability, efficiency, and various nutritional concerns, these spots generally boil down the essence of various ethnic cuisines into acetic grain bowls and whole wheat wraps, whose neatly cubed contents are tidily divided into the gleaming compartments of a steam tray. And on the surface, the Food Sermon in Crown Heights could seem like...

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