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We actually shrieked with glee when we first learned that East Village institution Café Mogador was opening an outpost in Williamsburg, a neighborhood that’s long been in need of higher-end, sit-down Moroccan food. Mogador’s French-inflected fare, taking cues from the Levant, the souk and the bistro, will be a wonderful oasis amid a desert of new American comfort food (which, we love, but still…). Here’s hoping their world-class brunch also makes the trip across...
Together, Myriah Scruggs and Nadia Yaron, both Brooklynites for the last 13 years, constitute Nightwood (Djuna Barnes represent!), a Williamsburg-based furniture-making company. Working mostly in wood, their tables, chairs, and desks evoke an earlier era in the neighborhood, with rough joinery and exposed details that echo ad-hoc loft construction; their textiles have a post-industrial, almost post-apocalyptic, homespun feel. “We have a great love of old things,” Yaron tells us, “and we wanted to recreate...
When the White House recently ordered a print of writer-director Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, about a young woman (Elizabeth “suddenly the most famous” Olsen) who flees a cult, arthouse audiences and critics who attended this year’s Sundance, Cannes and New York film festivals nodded approvingly. Durkin, along with fellow Williamsburg residents and MMMM producers Antonio Campos and Josh Mond, is one third of the production company Borderline Films, which has garnered attention...
If you live in Williamsburg south of Metropolitan Avenue, you’d probably recognize tattoo artist extraordinaire Mike Lucena: you know, the big guy with long black hair, black shades, a big beard and an even bigger pit bull? (Hi, Harley!) It can be a struggle (read: impossible) in Brooklyn to come up with an original tattoo, so it’s always a good idea to consider the more traditional approach to tattoo art, so at the...

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