Because not everyone in South Williamsburg wants to do all their food shopping at Marlow & Daughters—after all, how much pastured pork and lamb and loaves of sprouted spelt can a person eat?—the neighborhood, divided roughly by Grand Street from its yet-hipper northern relative, now has a new grocery store. Urban Market of Williamsburg, which celebrated its grand opening today, occupies a 16,000 square-foot space at 11 Broadway, just across Kent Avenue from the East River.
Like Whole Foods, Urban Market will offer traditional grocery and household products, as well as specialty, locally-sourced and organic items, making it the neighborhood’s first full-service grocery store. (Northern Williamsburg is slated to get a particularly sleek-looking Whole Foods in the not-too-distant future, at the corner of Bedford Avenue and North 4th Street, in the heart of what The Observer recently heard described as “the Times Square of Brooklyn.”)
The candidates vying for City Council speaker mostly hailed Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s choice of Bill Bratton to lead the police department, though one was willing to openly criticize the pick.
In a lengthy statement yesterday, Councilman Jumaane Williams took issue with Mr. Bratton’s “mixed” record when he held the same job under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose police force was repeatedly accused of crossing the line in its efforts to drive down crime.
If one had to make a list of industries that have benefited from Tribeca’s metamorphoses from dilapidated artist’s encampment to prohibitive sanctuary for financiers, orthodontics would be right up there. Who, after all, is better positioned than the trophy wife to spend extravagantly in the name of her child’s of pearly-whites? Dr. Richard M. Lyons, who bills himself on his website Drtoothy.com as a longstanding Tribeca orthodontist—his office, at the corner of Worth and St. James Place, can be included in Tribeca only in very imaginative neighborhood delineations—is among the beneficiaries, even if the retainer-wearing have to skirt Chinatown for his services. Dr. Lyons has now further benefited from the inflation of downtown real estate values, according to city records, selling for $3 million his co-op at 37 West 12th Street, in Greenwich Village, a unit he has owned since the building’s completion in the early 1960s.
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Replete with a chorus, a celebrity senator and an adoring, well-heeled audience, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s final speech to the Partnership for New York City this morning was a celebration of his legacy, controversy not included.
Romain Pianet, the Senior Brand Director for Piper-Heidsieck & Charles Heidsieck Champagne has some tips on how to insure that you’re getting a good year, a good value, and an item that’s sure to impress your guests. (Our favorite tip? For a very merry holiday, try a Blanc de Blancs).
Many brands claim they’re selling champagne, so make sure the brand you’re buying comes from the Champagne region. If it’s not from that region, it’s not champagne. It’s perhaps prosecco, or cava, or sparkling wine, or possibly ginger ale. Read More
Noah Freedman is going to make real estate fun. The Co-founder of BOND New York is transforming the boring text of lease contracts into a vibrant, lifestyle decision. NYO reached out to Noah to discuss BOND’s latest projects, an original in-house publication, BOND Magazine, and a soon-to-come app for smartphone users. Read More
It’s almost impossible to make it through the holidays without having to solicit the help of a customer service rep. What if Bubbie brakes her new iPhone trying to take a selfie? What if Uncle Steven spills Manischewitz all over the new Xbox? The possibilities for disaster are endless.
Thankfully, PC Mag has put together Read More
Rudolf Bing, general manager of the Met from 1950 to 1972, once observed that his opera house was “similar to a museum. My function is to present old masterpieces in modern frames.”
Mr. Bing’s curatorial approach was, if not exactly avant-garde in the 1950s, a step forward from the haphazard way opera had been produced before him, at the Met and elsewhere. His style of “framing” featured real theater directors and designers, serious musical preparation and stable casting across a season’s run of a given opera.
Peter Kaplan came to me in what had to be late 1993, and as we sat and discussed things, I said to him out of nowhere, “Do you know Charlie and Pauline Kaplan?”
Brothers Josh and Benny Safdie try to watch every Knicks game together.
“We have weird superstitions, like we never watch games with the producer of Lenny Cooke,” Josh said of Adam Shopkorn last Sunday evening at the Stout, a bar around the corner from Madison Square Garden. “He likes when the Knicks lose because he hates James Dolan so much.”