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From Italian Ices to Asian Fusion in Brooklyn

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Walking down Court St. in Brooklyn on a clear recent evening–this was down near that street’s southern end, in the Italian precincts, toward where it runs out into Red Hook’s soot–I passed a certain confectionery shop (it was called Pasquale’s, or Minetta’s, or Antonioni’s, or Sforaggio’s, or whatever) and experienced one of those shocking crystalline [&hellip
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Two Guys In Queens Create One of Cable’s Weirdest TV Shows

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

"Somebody said to me…so what kind of show do you want to do," says Lane Steinberg, 40. "And I said, I want to put out the sickest shit that I can possibly think of." He might have succeeded. Arguably the most interesting and disturbing program on cable television these days is Mustafio, which is the [&hellip
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Two Houston St. Restaurants

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

For various uninteresting reasons, I’ve found myself walking into restaurants in the last few weeks in inappropriate sartorial conditions. I don’t mean anything especially scandalous; it’s just that I’ve been a bit off. All, like, scroungy and unshaven–sockless, wearing, like, sneakers and shit. Because I’ll stop into the office dressed like that, and then Tim [&hellip
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Three Restaurants in the Luckiest Borough

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

My favorite Brooklyn restaurant right now is Joya, the newish Thai place on Court St. This large space is soothingly industrial-minimalist: a concrete floor, a soaring ceiling, elegant gunmetal blue-gray walls off which resound the youthful crowd’s chatterings and amorous grunts. The bar at the front of the space appeals to me. For various geometric [&hellip
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Was Dylan Thinking?; A Wide-Open Space in Little Italy

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

"I love Irish cock," the girl announced to us as we passed. How utterly charming. Top of the evening to you, fair colleen…Actually she was ragged and melancholy, if young: a slackjawed and sad-eyed girl sitting on a Mulberry St. stoop, north of Spring St., with a couple nondescript guys whom we didn’t even bother [&hellip
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Nice Place, Good Food, Sadistic Door

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The Pure Slav in me–this fellow admires what this good new restaurant called Midway has done with its doors. The establishment’s pulled the old switcheroo–it’s made what should be its back door into its front, and its front into its back, in a manner that renders the premises difficult to enter. This backward situation’s what [&hellip
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Michael Moore Comes to Columbia, Heroically

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The Reuters Forum, which is this periodic occurrence at the Columbia Journalism School–human beings of the journalistic classes assembling in a third-floor auditorium to take notes in an atmosphere of hard-white lecture-hall light, and also bathed in the celebrity-panel warmth that will irradiate, on this sopping and flowing rainy Wednesday evening of last week, from [&hellip
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Soho’s Crazy Dosa; An Empty Tribeca Lounge

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Everybody’s coming from leagues around to eat the crazy stuffed dosas at the new Hampton Chutney Co. location, in Eastern Soho. Dosa’s this stuff that sounds unlikely, and even–depending on your subconscious equipment–nasty. According to the information printed at the top of the Hampton Chutney menu: "DOSA: Light, crispy, sour-dough crepe made from rice." Rice [&hellip
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Pageant Girls: Making Miss Five Borough

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

  Stefany Briante–all deft about it, her chestnut hair aflow–steps through the pageant turnaround, through that smooth series of steps and pivots–hup, hup, hup and turn–with which you, dear girl, must turn when, in a pageant, fate mandates that you must turn– "Left, right, left, and–" Stefany wears black boots, a pink turtleneck sweater against [&hellip
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Honest Graft at the Russian Tea Room; Septic Sushi Bathrooms

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

I hadn’t been to the Russian Tea Room since I was, what, nine? So I was a nine-year-old in a different city. This would have been the bitter cold early January of maybe 1980, which was one of the last moments during which you could see that weird, grainy, tragic, gray-and-brown city of automats and [&hellip
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