Over a platter of smoked fish, rye bread and a martini glass filled with salmon roe we eavesdrop on the neighboring table. A thickly accented, heavyset man is advising two ill-at-ease Americans on how to commit international corporate fraud, offering to help get their overseas business off the ground by “arranging” things with the right officials. He drinks a tumbler of vodka. The Americans drink cabernet and pick up the check.

Russian Standard: Drinking Vodka in NYC’s Brighton Beach

(I really adore PUNCH’s site and highly recommend you drinkers take a read through)



The Brooklyn Navy Yard Book John Bartelstone

New York City’s largest and oldest industrial facility, the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard occupies 250-acres on the East River between the Williamsburg and Manhattan Bridges, and is presently one of New York City’s major industrial sites. One of the last remnants of Brooklyn’s industrial supremacy, the Yard has experienced tremendous change: functioning from the age of wind to that of diesel. As a cradle of naval evolution, the Yard has had to reinvent itself constantly, and this is made evident by the presence of buildings and structures spanning from the 1830s to the 1950s. The Navy Yard was shut down in 1966 and reopened again in 1971 when the City of New York bought it with the intention of redevelopment. Great ships are still repaired there, and the Yard, now an industrial park with a variety of manufacturers and light industries, functions as a refuge from a city that has mostly forgotten that a mixed economy is a key to its survival.”

I really really really want to go see the Brooklyn Navy Yard for myself this year.

hi I live here and I have not spotted a baby since the day I got here. please stop trying to dub our ‘hood as another version of Park Slope because it actually is nothing like that. do not ruin this ‘hood for me, Gothamist. don’t fucking do it.

It is not just a tragedy, but an outrage—and the blame rests not just on the shoulders of the mutants who pull the trigger, but also the NRA , gun obsessed zealots and Congressional Republicans," he said. "If the NRA wants to claim that the Constitution protects their ‘right to bear arms,’ then the only guns that should be legal are the muskets that Americans had in 1791 when the Second Amendment became law.