“Have you tried the chorizo?” It’s not the usual question I hear when approaching the counter of a new ice cream parlor, even in Williamsburg, where it’s always best to expect the unexpected. But then, Odd Fellows, which just opened on Kent Avenue, is not your usual purveyor of delicious frozen treats. Because although Odd Fellows looks pretty ordinary at first glance (at second and third glance you begin to notice strange little details in the decor…), the man churning out your dessert is none other than Sam Mason, former pastry master at the experimental food mecca wd-50 and currently one of the city’s most creative chefs. (more…)
You hear about new NYC mega-projects all the time these days (or, at least, you hear about them if you obsessively read NYC real estate and urban planning websites). And just walking around town it sometimes feels as if there are huge new towers being built every couple of blocks. Hudson Yards, Atlantic Yards, the Greenpoint Landing project, Long Island City’s Hunters Point South, Williamsburg’s Domino Factory “conversion”… it all seems a little overwhelming. But guess what: the number of new apartment units currently on the drawing board versus the number of new apartment units we’ll need for our predicted, upcoming population boom? Not even close. (more…)
We all have different, if overlapping, criteria for our ideal New York City community, and there are no shortage of good neighborhood portraits out there to help you find you way… including, of course, our own NYC Neighborhood Guide right here on Urban Edge. But recently I’ve seen two new, very specific ways of look at different communities all over the city, and since one of the keys to a successful NYC rental apartment hunt is doing your research before going out there (and keeping an open mind to neighborhoods you might think you know, but maybe don’t!), here’s a quick look at both of these methods. (more…)
Thanks to the nightmare of Sandy last fall, Rockaway Beach, the best subway beach in the city, was in danger of remaining inaccessible by rail all summer. Yes, there’s now the Rockabus option, which provides roundtrip, street-to-sand express bus service from three locations: Williamsburg, the East Village/Lower East Side, and Grand Army Plaza. And I hear that it’s fun, the Rockabus experience, especially if you’re in your 20s, and enjoy beer.
But to me, a day at Rockaway means taking the A, reading and relaxing on the train, and enjoying the fantastic views on that last, long stretch before Broad Channel. Plus there’s always something slightly thrilling about getting on the subway near your NYC apartment, and emerging however-number of minutes later right at the Atlantic Ocean. (more…)
The heart of historic Greenwich Village finally gets the world-class coffee shop it deserves. True, there’s no shortage of fine caffeine-fueled establishments both to the east and west (and north and south; NYC has truly become a great coffee town), a long list that would include Joe the Art of Coffee, Prodigy, Everyman Espresso, Roasting Plant, Jack’s, La Columbe, and 9th Street Espresso. But that somewhat-forlorn stretch of 8th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues–so central, so much potential–hasn’t had an appealing place to linger, relax, re-energize in years and years. Until now. (more…)
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