05/15/17 9:15pm

Photo: Georgia Kral

We sat closely together at a round table, tucked into the corner of the restaurant on a blustery fall evening. I don’t recall what we talked about, but I know what we ate: burrata, all luscious, creamy and oozing out onto the accompanying pane carasau–Sardinian flatbread–basil and tomato; pappardelle intermingling with mushrooms, garlic and Parmigiano; thick-cut lasagna, its shape more rectangular than square.

I do remember when he pulled out a small box. It contained the ring we’d designed together some months earlier; my sapphire engagement ring, a symbol of our commitment, as delightful and unique as the plates we were devouring.

Yes, this is a story about love and pasta, and a romance oft rekindled at this special restaurant. It’s called River Deli.

Located on one of the most idyllic corners in New York City, the Sardinian restaurant isn’t a deli at all. It’s a trattoria styled for families and lovers, friends and acquaintances. The food is better than good and it’s extremely affordable. You won’t find anything like it in Brooklyn Heights or anywhere else in the city for that matter. (more…)

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10/07/14 7:13am

It made sense during our unseasonably warm September to pretend that summer wasn’t over, but by now it’s impossible to deny: fall is upon us, in all its crisp, pumpkin-spiced glory. Which means it’s a great time to put on a comfy sweater, grab some intrepid friends, and spend a few hours really getting to know parts of Brooklyn you’ve never explored. Inspired by this weekend’s Open House New York, we’ve compiled a handful of terrific walking tours, plus one by bike, that will lead you through the borough’s nooks and crannies, from historic neighborhoods to a toxic waterfront.

During a self-guided tour of South Williamsburg organized by UnionDocs, you'll hear stories of neighborhood fixtures like the Puerto Rican man who sells piraguas. Photo: Shannon Carroll

During a self-guided tour of South Williamsburg organized by UnionDocs, you’ll hear stories of neighborhood fixtures like this man. Photo: Shannon Carroll

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Southside Walk: self-guided, so go whenever you’re ready

If you’ve ever wondered about the empty lot full of stuffed animals on Bedford and North 1st, or how much homes on South 2nd cost in the 1980s, this self-guided audio tour—part of UnionDocs’ multi-year, multimedia project Living Los Sures—will answer all your questions. The half-hour tour starts at the Bedford Ave. Dunkin Donuts and ends at the Caribbean Club on Grand St, the last remaining Puerto Rican social club in the neighborhood. In between you’ll hear stories of Hasidic women swimming, Bangladeshi families gardening, a Puerto Rican man selling piraguas (shaved ices), and many more past and present neighborhood denizens. Pro tip: Go on a Sunday evening when Toñita, the beloved owner of the Caribbean Club since the 1970s, makes a free dinner for everyone who comes in. (more…)

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07/10/14 9:00am

As far as Brooklyn neighborhoods go, Brooklyn Heights is tiny, a wedge bordered by Cadman Plaza and its busy series of parks, walkways, and municipal buildings to the east, the Brooklyn Bridge to the north, Atlantic Avenue to the south, and the East River to the west. It’s just about 15 blocks tall and five blocks wide. The role it plays in Brooklyn’s history, and in the popular imagination, looms much larger. Its lovely, tree-lined streets and spectacular homes have been the setting for television series and movies as varied as The Patty Duke Show, The Cosby Show, and Moonstruck.

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Presented By Douglas Elliman.

The only way to truly understand Brooklyn is to walk its streets, see its homes, meet its people, and understand its ebb and flow. Never before has looking for a home in Brooklyn been this exciting.

Stop by Elliman’s Brooklyn Heights office located at 156 Montague St.

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Over the years Brooklyn Heights has been home to more than its fair share of artists and writers, including Salvador Dali, Richard Wright, H.P. Lovecraft, and Truman Capote. Bob Dylan paid tribute to the neighborhood’s then-bohemian character when he wrote “Tangled Up in Blue” in 1975, singing, “I lived with them on Montague Street / in a basement down the stairs. / There was music in the cafés at night / And revolution in the air.” (more…)

06/07/13 11:46am

If you’re one of the 5.5 million people who ride the rails every day, you’re no stranger to crowded train cars, steamy subway platforms and service delays that make you late to work (or maybe you just slept in, but we won’t tell). When most of us talk about the subway, these experiences are what we recall, not the factors that keep our fellow travelers and us safe.

If you see something on the subway, say something. Visit the New York Transit Museum, and learn something, too.

If you see something on the subway, say something. Visit the New York Transit Museum, and learn something, too. Photo: BB

But subway safety was top of mind at the latest installment of Problem Solvers, an ongoing discussion series presented by the New York Transit Museum that illuminates issues and innovations regarding New York City’s transit system. On Wednesday, June 6, Ben Kabak, founder of the transit blog Second Avenue Sagas, interviewed Joseph Nugent, former lieutenant with the New York Police Department and current interagency liaison between the NYPD and New York City Transit, about subway safety and security.

“It’s a very porous and open system,” Nugent said to an intimate crowd at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn Heights. But the age of the system brings certain challenges.
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