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Just over an hour into a set that lasted nearly three, Paul McCartney acknowledged the city in which he was performing. “How many people here are actually from Brooklyn?” he asked, as many in the sold-out Barclays Center crowd greeted him with loud applause. He continued to gauge the crowd’s geographical roots, asking next who wasn’t from Brooklyn, but New York City, then asking who came from out of town. This crowd-hyping exercise, which...
Bushwick is hardly flush with lush green spaces, for sprawling out on the grass with a picnic. Which makes The Johnson’s partially enclosed front yard — furnished with squashy carpets of Astroturf, potted palms, picnic benches and pod swings — a close enough approximation. Although instead of six packs, you can supplement your summer spread with iced highballs of Desert Sun: tinted acid blue with curacao and slicked with a float of cassis. And...
Having grown up in Brooklyn, it was tough to reconcile ourselves to the signature dishes of Syracuse during our university tenure, which we quickly realized was largely limited to salt potatoes — i.e. salted potatoes. Though when we cast our net a bit wider, we eventually developed a sort of captive fondness for the various regional specialties of Central New York, from Rochester’s white hots to Utica’s chicken riggies. Save for its branch of Dinosaur...