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A Brooklyn Store Offers Astounding Variety, With Patter

By December 11, 2013 37 comments Permalink

NOT all of Brooklyn glows with gentrification. Deep in the borough’s southwest pocket is Bath Beach, a few dozen blocks sandwiched between Bensonhurst and the Belt Parkway. Shuttered storefronts and signs in competing languages testify to economic hardship and ethnic flux. But amid the comings and goings is a monument to fortitude: Nick’s Discount Store….

Where the Hunt for Mamaliga Ends

By October 15, 2013 113 comments Permalink

A Restaurant in Brooklyn Offers the Food and Feeling of Moldova In the heart of old Brooklyn, on a prosaic stretch of Coney Island Avenue that runs through Midwood, among auto body shops and fast-food joints and commerce catering to Orthodox Jews, you will find what looks like a village house in the old country,…

No City for Little Boys

By April 21, 2013 37 comments Permalink

We live in New York City by choice. The idea was that it would be an informative experience for our children. City kids are hip and cultured and privileged to a purview that inspires worldliness. For the most part, I agree with those points, but I’m starting to think that, ultimately, this is not the…

A Polish Market With a Roll Call of Kielbasa

By January 13, 2013 257 comments Permalink

Sebastian Lenda carried a rack of smoked kielbasas in the kitchen of Jubilat Provisions in Brooklyn. Credit Brian Harkin for The New York Times   JUBILAT PROVISIONS is just a few blocks south of Park Slope, in an area that is gentrifying rapidly, but the Polish market’s low-slung stretch of Fifth Avenue cornered by expressways…

Live Music, Hot Food, Hot Sauce

By June 28, 2012 34 comments Permalink

A tassa drum ensemble performs every Saturday night at Singh’s Roti Shop and Bar in Richmond Hill, Queens. Credit Evan Sung for The New York Times IT’S a warm June night on Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill, Queens, a flat half-mile past the last stop on the A train. Inside what looks like a low,…