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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...
In Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Other Words, Italian is a lake, then an ocean, a lover and then a child, a bridge and a subterranean maze. The process of learning it is like a basket that fills and empties, a triangle, a scaffold, a tide. Her relationship with the language began in 1994, on a trip to Florence with her sister. She describes her first encounter:“What do I recognize? It’s beautiful, certainly, but beauty doesn’t...
There's plenty to say about L'Alberto dei Gelati: Italian for "tree of Gelato," L'Alberto dei Gelati is a Brooklyn gelateria with Italian roots. Opened in Park Slope in 2013, the gelateria is run by a second-generation, sister-brother gelato maker duo steeped in family tradition, and in possession of a passion for peculiar flavors featuring ingredients like lettuce, eggplant, and zucchini. (But have no fear, traditionalists: more typical flavors are also offered.) But soon, lettuce gelato will not just be available in...
Cocktails are everywhere in New York City. But the extent to which some border on art is thanks to the legacy of Sasha Petraske, founder of Milk & Honey, the game-changing speakeasy he opened in 1999. Petraske, whose cocktail empire included Little Branch, Dutch Kills, and Middle Branch, among others, was in the thick of many new projects when he died last August. One of them, now-called Seaborne, was slated to open in Red Hook; tonight it finally does. Petraske's focus on...