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Black Walnut may be a bit of a departure for Rob Newton, but it still hasn’t taken him past Smith Street. Known for cozy, casual, independently-owned spaces—including Wilma Jean, Smith Canteen and Nightingale Nine—Newton is the latest local, influential restaurateur to jump into the hotel fray, taking the reins of both a 100-seat eatery and associated food and beverage programs, for the recently-erected Hilton Brooklyn. And fittingly positioned on the junction of Smith and Schermerhorn,...
It may be cold comfort when faced with the loss of lazy beach days and summer Fridays, but fall is always prime season for restaurant launches--when rookie eateries aim to take advantage of their newly captive audiences. So seek solace in the bevy of notable establishments that are currently under construction in Brooklyn, from a duo of monumental food halls, to a handful of celebrity chef spots, and a hotel-based destination from Andrew Carmellini...
When Park Slope’s beloved Bergen Street Comics closed last September, many community members were left in dismay. But instead of mourning, comic-fanatics Cade Schreger and Davey Kourtesis saw an opportunity to feed their inner superheroes, coming to the rescue with Mama Says Comics Rock, Brooklyn’s newest comic shop. Mama Says opened on Degraw Street this March, the store’s bright white brick walls, open layout, modern decor, and storefront cut-outs welcoming customers of all ages. And in...
Fabric designer Ambriel Floyd Bostic and her husband Hawes Bostic, a partner at Magnitude Capital, live in a gorgeous Cobble Hill townhouse full of light and color, with their four-year-old daughter Haddie and six-month-old son Bo. After inviting us into her home, Ambriel answered our Proust-inspired questionnaire. How long have you lived at your current residence? We’ve been here three-and-a-half years, but bought our place more than a year before moving in. What do you love most about...

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