Williamsburg Bars: Lucky Dog & Greenpoint Tavern

Williamsburg bars are legion. After all, it’s one of the liveliest neighborhoods in Brooklyn and one of the early epicenters that made the whole borough “cool” with it’s dense nightlife, music scene, beer bars and restaurants. It was ground zero for the Brooklyn Renaissance since the early ’90s or so. But a lot of Williamsburg’s […]

Dog Bars. I Love Them. Cat Cafés, Too. Why Not?

Dog bars: they have personality. I love a bar with personality, ergo, I love dog bars, that is, bars that allow pooches inside. But there’s a hitch: departments of health. Some of them (specifically the one here in New York) aren’t so keen on hairy beasts in public houses of consumption. And you should see […]

Staten Island Bar Hopping (Again!)

If you don’t already live there, Staten Island bar hopping takes some doing, but it’s worth it. First you have to hop across New York’s harbor, which you can do by car via the Verrazano–Narrows Bridge (for a toll) or on the Staten Island Ferry (for free). But once you’re there, you’re in a different […]

Rockaway Beach Bingo: More Research in Outer Queens

Surfing in New York City. Yes, surfing, the water kind. Rockaway Beach feels like a hoppin’ little surfer community right here in NYC. Waaaaaay the hell out at the edge of Queens, it’s on a long, narrow spit of land with an enormous beach facing the Atlantic, the other side on Jamaica Bay, and it’s only an A […]

Queens Bars Part II — More Exploration.

Queens bars must number in the hundreds — maybe thousands. But don’t worry…. I’ve done the heavy lifting and checked out several of them for you. This is part two covering a recent visit that sprawled from Astoria to Forest Hills. Part one is here and we’ve also done a couple other visits to great […]

Visiting Queens New York, Exploring Great Bars

Visiting Queens New York expanded my admittedly provincial view of the city. It was a hell of a good time, too. Explore Queens, and have wheels, too, that’s my advice. Queens is a driving borough, unlike say, Manhattan, where you can walk and subway more easily. And having a guide who knows their shit doesn’t hurt either. Queens […]

Visiting Bay Ridge: a Few Places to Consider

Visiting Bay Ridge a couple weeks ago wised me up. I discovered a charming, diverse neighborhood with deep history, clean air, and contemporary vibrancy. It’s on New York harbor in the southwest part of Brooklyn. Sure, that’s considered a bit out of the way by most New Yorkers, for whom a subway trip longer than 30 minutes is unthinkable. But […]

Silk-Screen Printing: How the Process Works

Ever wonder how a multi-color T-shirt gets made? The old-fashioned ones I mean, not the kind where a photo is inkjet printed right onto the shirt at Walmart. I’m talking about the silk-screen printing process, each color separately printed onto the shirt , one on top of the other. I was mystified by this process. Couldn’t […]

Brooklyn Inn: a Great Good Place of New York

Brooklyn Inn is one of the best neighborhood bars you could hope for, and fortunately, it’s in my (extended) neighborhood. Yes, I’m a lucky guy. I drew it, and I’m including it in my upcoming book Great Good Places of New York, to be published by Rizzoli in 2018. Handmade prints available in my store, […]

Fort Defiance: Red Hook Pillar, Brooklyn Jewel

You’re sitting at the bar, the wet grey Red Hook winter slapping the window behind you and the perfect hot Irish coffee sitting in front of you. Follow it up with brunch and some easy chatter and you’re doing just fine. Follow that up with another Irish coffee and you’re even better. You’re in a […]