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Fort Greene Changes. Chez Oskar Doesn’t.

By January 23, 2015 no comments Permalink

On a frigid Brooklyn night, a deep-red facade on the corner of DeKalb Avenue and Adelphi Street in Fort Greene’s historic district glows invitingly. A worn wooden door awaits under the weathered sign of Chez Oskar, and those who enter will join a convivial scene that has been in steady swing for 17 years. The…

In Brooklyn, Racing Against the Shabbat Clock at Kings Highway Glatt

By December 19, 2014 no comments Permalink

Shabbat is the weekly Jewish day of rest. It begins a few minutes before sundown every Friday and ends with the appearance of the first three stars on Saturday evening. During this interlude, Jews are encouraged to reflect and to remember, to appreciate family and to seek a sense of peace. And to eat. For…

An End-of-Summer Race That’s Not Just About Speed

By September 7, 2014 no comments Permalink

Children ran alongside as the entry Oz, piloted by Maya Engstrum, center, and Jolene Lower, at right, both of Park Slope, Brooklyn, crossed the finish line Saturday at Open Source Gallery’s seventh annual Soap Box Derby. Credit Bryan R. Smith for The New York Times Annick Hansen, 7, worried about how a mast would affect the nautical-themed…

Sand and Surf, Speedos and Spirits

By August 22, 2014 no comments Permalink

On a midsummer Saturday, under a sapphire sky, a ferry shuttled festive weekenders from Sayville on the South Shore of Long Island to Fire Island Pines, much as motorcars once brought eager revelers out of the city to the Long Island of Jay Gatsby’s blue gardens. Those arriving in the Pines, most of them gay…

Petite Crevette, the House of the Flying Lobster

By January 31, 2014 no comments Permalink

On a mild night in January, Neil Ganic, wearing a white chef’s coat, his signature porkpie hat tilted low, greeted customers at his restaurant, Petite Crevette. The room appears to be the foyer or staging area of a larger place, but this is pretty much it: maritime curios, tight tables, original artwork and framed photos…