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Tucked away on a narrow block of Front Street in DUMBO, a short red stoop leads to one of Brooklyn’s unlikeliest bookstores, Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop. Inside it’s an open, spare space—kind of like the fashionably empty boutiques in SoHo that only have three dresses hanging on a single rack. It’s a conscious decision by owners and poets Jared White and Farrah Field, who describe on Berl’s website a desire to present “not a...
Every once in a while, you bump into a restaurant that feels just right. By which I mean: the food is delicious but not overwrought; fresh (farm-to-table, what-up!); and vegetable-heavy, while paired with the most reasonable amount of meat; its seasoning is also straightforward—no need to hide great food behind too much sauce or heat—and cooked at the prefect temperature. Then the space itself, so handsome! But it also doesn't feel like it's trying hard to get there. It's a place that knows who it...
In Minnesota, ice fishing—waiting in the cold on a frozen lake or river, for hours, inside a miniature house, next to a deep, dark icy hole, in the hopes of catching a fish, which may never come—is seen as sport. And now, a theatrical production that is based around it, "Nice Fish" (which first debuted at Minneapolis's Guthrie Theater in 2013), has come to St. Ann’s in DUMBO for a month-long run. You might ask yourself: But what...
Earlier this week we learned that Dumbo—so named by artists in the 70s who wanted to give their neighborhood an atrocious name that developers would never touch (ha!)—was Brooklyn’s most expensive neighborhood in which to buy a home (2015 saw a median sales price of $1.41 million). Wednesday night at 92nd Street Y, a panel of real estate agents and historians gathered to discuss how and why this happened. The panel was also there to...