Time to Hit the Dirt: Starting Your Plants from Seed

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When we say Brandywine, or Moon and Stars, even Freckles and Deer Tongue, we smile, because we know what that means, and we all have our favorites.

I love seeds. I like looking at the catalogs, reading the descriptions, trying the varieties, saving them, collecting them, and trading them. I enjoy talking to seed growers and sellers and getting all nerdy about the different cultivators and reminiscing.

After Many Years McCarren Pool Opens this Summer!

McCarren Pool Set to Reopen June 28th.

The mighty McCarren Park Pool – shuttered for almost thirty years – is set to reopen on June 28th, city officials confirmed.
Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 11:00am that day. The city hopes to have a “soft opening” of at least one section of the recreation center by Memorial Day according to several city sources. (This story is sourced from A Walk in the Park NYC)

Wine and chocolate pairings at BOE

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It used to be a simpler world for chocolate and wine, a world made up mostly of port and a lot less top-tier dark chocolate. As the chocolate industry shifted toward more artisanal producers that feature single-origin bars and unique infusions, the options for pairing table wines greatly increased.

Trent’s Top Gallery Picks—March 2012

Installation view of Charles Atlas’s video projections “Plato’s Alley,” 2008 (left), and “Painting by Numbers,” 2011. Photo courtesy Luhring Augustine Bushwick

What makes these works most magical is Altas’s power to turn six boring numerals into things of grace and near limitless capacity. If Luhring Augustine keeps mounting exhibitions as good as this one, we should hope they stick around Bushwick for a long time

Is there A Doctor in the House? Yes, Quite a Few

Dr Cascya Charlot (right) and her sister Dr. Giznola Charlot, recently opened a joint practice on North 9th Street. Standing in the back, Giznola's husband, artist James Haggerty. Photo by Benjamin Lozovsky

Following the tsunami of new galleries, restaurants, bars, developments, and people, like clockwork the next step in the growth of the neighborhood is that professional services—doctors in private practice and hospital satellites—follow.

Massive Attendance at Fountain Art Fair

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This year’s Fountain attracted over ten thousand visitors in three days, including a packed opening night. “There was a line around the block to get in, and we did get Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith at our booth!” said artist Patricia Fabricant…

Rushing the Growler on Beer Street

Interior of Beer Street. Photo by Allen Ying

Enter Graham Avenue’s Beer Street, an intimate shop of unique beers from all over the world. Owner Lorcan Precious, 32, says, “The growler model has really been growing for a couple of years. It’s a nice neighborhood thing, to be able to stop in and bring home fresh beer.”

Zablozki’s — A Classic Bar in the Making

Ali and Ari Zablozki, owners of Zablozki's Bar, and their dog Millie. Photo by Ashley Corbin-Teich

Before the flood, Williamsburg had a small town feel, and only a few bars provided for the locals: Sweetwater, Rosemary’s, Union Pool, Teddy’s, Brooklyn Ale House, Red and Black… just a smattering of watering holes compared to the swampland we know today.