Monday, September 30, 2013

Divine Felines at the Brooklyn Museum

Divine Felines, Brooklyn Museum

Besides being aptly, if cleverly, named, Divine Felines at the Brooklyn Museum explores the role of the cat in Ancient Egypt, particularly in mythology, kingship, and the everyday. Cats were revered for their fertility, hunting prowess, ability to protect humans and their property from vermin, regal bearing, and aptitude for staring at nothing. Looking at cats from c. 945 BCE made us want to go home and love our contemporary one right up. 

Divine Felines, Brooklyn Museum

Divine Felines, Brooklyn Museum

Divine Felines, Brooklyn Museum

Divine Felines, Brooklyn Museum

Divine Felines, Brooklyn Museum

Allo

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Photoville

Photoville Brooklyn

Take advantage of the great weather this weekend to wander around the repurposed shipping containers housing this year's Photoville exhibit. Workshops, talks, games, lots of great photos, and walking distance from Smorgasburg --- what else do you need?

Photoville Brooklyn

Photoville Brooklyn

Photoville Brooklyn

Kieślowski
  

Friday, September 27, 2013

NYCgo: Inside the UN

Hey everyone, we wrote a guide to the United Nations for NYCgo.

United Nations

Founded in the aftermath of World War II, the United Nations seeks to facilitate cooperation among nations, promote democracy and human rights and end war. These days it also blocks traffic and gives the police force lots of overtime [read more].

Thursday, September 26, 2013

606 R&D

French toast, plums, bacon, 606 R&D

At 606 R&D, the French toast came with plums (pro) and loaded with butter (pro), but predoused in syrup (con). We prefer to control our syrup intake. If that means using half the bottle, so be it. Our inner child will not be denied. On the other hand, our inner child had never thought to dip plums in syrup (pro). For those of you keeping score, that's three pros and one con. Not bad.

Donuts, 606 R&D

If you've heard of this Prospect Heights restaurant, you've likely heard about the donuts, or at least about their Kickstarter campaign that funded the donut robot. People loooovvvveeee them, with the kind of adoration usually reserved for cribs full of baby pandas and Lil Bub. We ordered one plain, one cinnamon, and one powdered sugar to eat the fuss, so to speak. They were light and buoyant, in great contrast to our longtime favs from the Doughnut Plant. Those at 606 R&D were a starter, a palate opener, a warm-up, whereas those from the Doughnut Plant are meals in and of themselves.  

We also got the corn-kale scramble, with dressed greens and a piece of grilled toast. Simple, yet very good. And therein lies one of the many problems with brunch: you eat it, and you think, I could have stayed home and made this. And now that we know about the plum/syrup trick, we just might. Thank you, 606 R&D, for the good brunch and great idea.   

Seasonal scramble, 606 R&D

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

CBS New York: Best Pork Buns

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for CBS New York. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there. 

Pork belly buns, Chop Shop

Pork buns put juicy strips of pork between or within steamed buns, then add pickled vegetables and hoisin sauce. The list that follows covers the best pork buns in Manhattan; there are whole other lists to be made about the best bao on offer in Flushing and elsewhere in Queens [read more].

CBS New York: Bespoke Denim

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for CBS New York. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there. 

Sleepy Hollow

Few things say fall like a new pair of jeans. You can ensure the best look and fit by getting your denim handmade, or at least seriously customized to suit your idiosyncratic tastes and shape. Behold our five favorite options for bespoke or customized denim [read more].

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Käthe Kollwitz at the Brooklyn Museum

Käthe Kollwitz, Brooklyn Museum

Käthe Kollwitz, Brooklyn Museum
At once a haunting reflection on the First World War and a terrible premonition of the Second, the prints from Käthe Kollwitz's "War" and "Death" portfolios, currently on exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, make for harrowing but essential viewing. Kollwitz, who died only 8 days before Hitler and who was hounded out of the Academy of Arts by the Nazis, used a mix of humanistic sympathy and supernatural grotesquerie to capture the seemingly boundless capacity of humans to inflict suffering on one another. ("Every war is answered by a new war, until everything is smashed," she wrote.) Kollwitz argued that resisting violence was its own kind of struggle, and her unsettling images bolster those fighting the good fight.

Käthe Kollwitz, Brooklyn Museum

Käthe Kollwitz, Brooklyn Museum

Käthe Kollwitz, Brooklyn Museum

Käthe Kollwitz, Brooklyn Museum

Käthe Kollwitz, Brooklyn Museum

Käthe Kollwitz, Brooklyn Museum

Käthe Kollwitz, Brooklyn Museum

Käthe Kollwitz, Brooklyn Museum
  

Monday, September 23, 2013

Nighthawks at the Flatiron

Nighthawks

On view at the Flatiron Building through October 6 is a 3D rendition of Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, painted in 1942 and likely based loosely on several Village locations. If you can't get enough Hopper, head up to the Whitney for "Hopper Drawing," which includes the original depiction of late-night loneliness, big city anonymity, and mundane despair at a diner.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Washington and St. John's Street Art

Icy and Sot

We stumbled on these fine walls at Washington Avenue and St. John's Place in Prospect Heights after brunch one Sunday. Thanks go to local business owner Michael Sclafani who got the artists together, organized the mural painting, and helped enliven his community. 

Antemortem

Washington and St. John's

Washington and St. John's

Washington and St. John's

Washington and St. John's

Washington and St. John's

Hellbent

Brooklyn
  

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Korzo Haus

Otto burger, Korzo Haus

Some days, only a burger will do, a big, juicy burger, cooked just this side of medium rare, stuffed in a langoš, or Hungarian fried bread made from a family recipe, smothered in hot pepper aioli and iceberg slaw, served with sweet potato fries dipped in housemade beet ketchup. Thankfully, on those days, and every other day, there's Korzo Haus, a burger and beer restaurant with a Central European bent off of Tompkins Square Park. Adorable side note: the owners met as second graders in what was then Czechoslovakia. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Case at Bushwick Collective

Peace

The Bushwick Collective welcomes Case to the party.
 

CBS New York: Best Museums about New York

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for CBS New York. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there. 


Can’t get enough of New York City? Neither can we, which is why we spend time at the six museums listed below. Each offers unique objects and fascinating insights about the city—its history, its politics, its ever-changing landscape, even its subway [read more].

CBS New York: Best Spice Stores

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for CBS New York. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there.
 
Jalebis, Kalustyan's

A pinch of this or a little of that takes a meal from ho-hum to oh yeah! At these spice stores, you can stock up on your cardamom, cloves, sea salt, and marjoram, or just get inspired by the multitude of flavors [read more].

Monday, September 16, 2013

Rimx at Bushwick Collective

Rimx

Puerto Rico-born, New York-based Rimx adds to the colorful pantheon that is Bushwick Collective.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

CBS New York: Best Chicken Tenders

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for CBS New York. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there.
 
Texas tenders, Hill Country Chicken

Some call them “chicken tenders,” while others prefer the terms “chicken fingers” or “chicken strips.” Whatever phrase you use, you’ll fall for the varied versions of battered, deep-fried, boneless chicken available at these five restaurants [read more].

CBS New York: Specialty Bookstores

Hey everyone, we're also writing about New York for CBS New York. Periodically we'll link to content here that we produced there. 

Unearthly Neighbors

New York City has bookstores for just about every taste and interest, from travel to cooking to fomenting revolution. Having so many bookstores stocking so many titles is a privilege that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Read on for our six favorite specialty bookstores, then go support them all [read more].

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Weir at the Irish Repertory Theatre


After umpteen extensions, it looks like this well and truly might be the final weekend to catch the critically lauded (and lauded and lauded and lauded) production of The Weir at the Irish Repertory Theatre. With hardly a plot to speak of --- five people in an Irish country pub swap spooky tales on a cold and windy night --- the play instead demonstrates the power of plot's other half, a.k.a. story.

The stories begin innocently enough as eerie local legends, but as the characters react and joke you come to see the emotional import of each yarn. Finally Valerie, the mysterious newcomer, delivers a devastating monologue that's both ghostly and true, and the play transforms from an amusing take on local color to a moving testament to the way storytelling ties vulnerable people to one another and keeps out the darkness that surrounds us.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Pattern Recognition at MoCADA

Pattern Recognition, MoCADA

While we haven't done a formal study, we're pretty sure that the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) ranks as one of the city's tiniest museums. Located on a residential corner in Fort Greene, MoCADA makes the most of the space it has. These days, that means Pattern Recognition, mixed media work by five emerging artists, all of whom traffic in abstraction. Your eye can't help but send set signals to your brain as you look, struggling to make meaning out of the information it receives, which is kind of the point.  

Pattern Recognition, MoCADA

Pattern Recognition, MoCADA

Pattern Recognition, MoCADA

Pattern Recognition, MoCADA

Pattern Recognition, MoCADA

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