BERG’N: Wide-Open and Waiting For You In Brooklyn

BERG’N • CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN [This is part five in a series of sneak peeks from the chapters of my book Bars, Taverns and Dives New Yorkers Love, coming out in March 2018 from Rizzoli Publishing.) You can order it online now at Powell’s, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.] Community, the heart and soul of Berg’n, […]

Cocktail Bar, Beer Bar, Dive Bar: Engage Accordingly

Here’s the deal: When in Rome. You know how the rest goes. To enjoy a place, go with what it is. At a football game, dress warmly, eat junky food and yell a lot. At the opera, do pretty much the opposite. And at a drinking establishment, go with what they’re all about. At a […]

Bed-Vyne Brew: Your Own Beer-Bar and Brownstone Perch on Tompkins and Putnam

BED-VYNE BREW • BED-STUY, BROOKLYN [This is part five in a series of sneak peeks from the chapters of my book Bars, Taverns and Dives New Yorkers Love, coming out in March 2018 from Rizzoli Publishing.) You can order it online now at Powell’s, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.] “This used to be ‘do-or-die’ Bed-Stuy, right […]

New York Football Bars. Got a Game To Watch? Go for it, Tiger.

While researching my book Bars, Taverns and Dives New Yorkers Love, I hit all kinds of places. Beerhalls, fancy cocktail bars, microwbrew joints, and a few New York football bars. (Bars for watching sports of all kinds, really.) Not the places I usually hang out, but hey—I found a few I liked. If you happen […]

Barbès: A Funky Little Music Bar Hidden in Plain Sight

BARBÈS • SOUTH SLOPE, BROOKLYN [This is part four in a series of sneak peeks from the chapters of my book Bars, Taverns and Dives New Yorkers Love, coming out in March 2018 from Rizzoli Publishing.) You can order it online now at Powell’s, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.] Barbès (you say it “bar-BESS”) is a […]

“Two and Two” by Rafe Bartholomew: a McSorley’s Memoir

McSorley’s Old Ale House is wonderful. Memoirs are almost always—in some way—a good read. Put the two together and you get something special, in this case Two and Two, a McSorley’s memoir by Rafe Bartholomew, “A deeply stirring memoir of fathers, sons, and the oldest bar in New York City,” to quote Amazon. I love […]

Bar Great Harry: One of the Oldest, Realist Bars Still Operating on Brooklyn’s Fast-Changing Smith Street. I love this place.

BAR GREAT HARRY • CARROLL GARDENS, BROOKLYN [This is part three in a series of sneak peeks from the chapters of my book Bars, Taverns and Dives New Yorkers Love, coming out in March 2018 from Rizzoli Publishing.) You can order it online now at Powell’s, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.] Best Time to Visit Co-owner […]

Al Hirschfeld and the Wonderful Old Bars (Speakeasies, Really) of New York City

Al Hirschfeld is undoubtedly one of my all-time favorite artists. I acquainted myself with his work when I was just a kid; I saw it on “Broadway Cast” album covers that my dad was sent by record companies when he was GM of a local radio station. They sent him everything, from lousy pop stuff […]

Atlantic ChipShop: My Local Lunch Spot of Choice and a Brooklyn Heights Favorite

ATLANTIC CHIPSHOP • BROOKLYN HEIGHTS [This is part two in a series of sneak peeks from the chapters of my book Bars, Taverns and Dives New Yorkers Love, coming out in March 2018 from Rizzoli Publishing.) You can order it online now at Powell’s, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.] “You don’t mess with Susan unless you […]

Join John & Colleen For an Art Opening on October 15 at the Milling Room in Manhattan

Join us at the fabulous Milling Room in Manhattan on October 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. for some of my newest art (along with some mighty fine refreshments and snacks).  I’ll be showing 16 prints, many of them new, and they’re pretty cool. These are some good places: Harry’s Café down in the Financial […]