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At Wyckoff’s Corner Pharmacy in Cobble Hill, It’s Personal

By January 22, 2016 144 comments Permalink

The city can sometimes seem like a battlefield for chain pharmacies, where the last vestiges of vintage apothecaries can be found only in kitsch restaurants that open in former pharmacies. But actual mom-and-pop drugstores still exist, even in gentrified Brooklyn neighborhoods like Cobble Hill, where Wyckoff’s Corner Pharmacy has endured for the past decade. On…

A More Authentic Italian Experience, in Santo Spirito

By November 11, 2015 87 comments Permalink

While the main thoroughfares of Florence, Italy, continue to overflow with waves of tourists from all over the world, the quaint, narrow quarters of the ancient city increase in appeal to conscientious travelers seeking a more authentic experience. Look no further than the Santo Spirito quarter in the Oltrarno section of the city, south of the…

At Heights Chateau, a Welcoming Home for Wine Lovers

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On a recent brisk Saturday afternoon, at the point where the tail of Atlantic Avenue dips toward New York Harbor, wine and spirits buyers ducked into Heights Chateau to assemble their weekend libations. Behind an antique-looking facade, the store is an oenophile’s apothecary. Its owner, Matthew LaSorsa, grew up in Sheepshead Bay, where his parents,…

Best. Summer. Ever.

By October 20, 2015 75 comments Permalink

Ten years ago I changed careers. One of the appeals of becoming a teacher — in my case, a college professor of English — was the time off. I remembered the end-of-school, coming-of-summer feeling as a student, and the promise that those pending months of freedom held. And, of course, I remember the actual moments…

Call Me Harry: Book Review “The Whites”

By October 5, 2015 104 comments Permalink

The only troubling thing about Richard Price’s excellent new novel, The Whites, is the curious use of a pseudonym, or—in this case—a quasi-one. The Whites is officially credited to “Richard Price Writing as Harry Brandt.” There’s a public explanation, of sorts, about this absurdity, and it involves an attempt by Price to write a different…