Brooklyn-based writer, chef explores art of food in debut book

At age 27, Brooklyn-based chef Michael Gibney took a break from the kitchen — where he’d been working alongside some of the most acclaimed chefs in the country since age 16 — to channel his creative energy into writing. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University, and what began as his thesis turned into his debut book, “Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line” (Ballantine Books), which he will launch in Brooklyn at DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena on April 1.  


LICH full-service hospital bids get positive reaction at Brooklyn forum

A crowd of hundreds packed Founders Hall Auditorium at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights Tuesday night to hear details about nine proposals for Long Island College Hospital (LICH).

A panel of doctors, architects, legal and community leaders discussed each bid and answered questions as well as possible, considering that most of the proposals are hundreds of pages long and several have hundreds of pages of information redacted.


No. 1: It's a wonderland for comic-book fans

The coolest storefront in East Williamsburg is Sparacino's Bakery at 540 Metropolitan Ave. No, wait! Make that Desert Island, which is the name of the comics store/book shop that occupies the space.

The landlord, an artist, left Sparacino's name on the building because he liked the way the sign looked. It's eye-catching. So are the comic book store's window displays, which are always devoted to artists' work, said shop owner Gabriel Fowler.


No. 2: Yep, that's an Airstream in that building facade

The coolest commercial building in East Williamsburg – at 571 Lorimer St. – has an Airstream trailer built into it. It houses Zona Rosa, a Mexican restaurant that opened last July.

The 1940s-vintage Airstream – which Zona Rosa workers use as a kitchen – belonged to now-defunct 3rd Ward. The art-facility operator used the classic aluminum trailer as a food truck, complete with a wine and beer license.


No. 3: Ave Maria! This church is being turned into an apartment building

Say Amen to the coolest residential development in East Williamsburg – which is being built in a former Catholic church.

The buildings that are being turned into apartments at 81 Ten Eyck St. belong to the Church of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception – which leased them to developer Leonard Terrace LLC for a 48-year term that ends Sept. 30, 2059, city records indicate.


No. 4: Food for thought … Should we have salad, or a gooey cheese entree?

The coolest lunch and dinner place in East Williamsburg is Grand Morelos, the Mexican restaurant at 727 Grand St.

The place is old-school, with red-leather booths, and it's open 24-7. Everybody speaks Spanish, but they're nice to you if you don't. The chile relleno, which is a green pepper filled stretchy cheese and served with sides of beans and rice, is muy sabroso.


Brooklynite’s debut novel blends art history and fiction

In her debut novel “Under the Egg” (Dial; March 18), Brooklyn writer Laura Marx Fitzgerald masterfully blends historical facts from the art world, the Renaissance, and World War II to create an enthralling mystery that pivots around one of the most monumental treasure hunts in history.


No. 5: It sure helps to be sure-footed at this Leonard Street site

The coolest place to watch construction work in East Williamsburg is at 125 Leonard St. Workers are up in the air messing with steel beams above the construction fence, in full view of passersby.

You don't have to peek through the tiny holes in the fence to see what's going on.


BREAKING: March Madness descends on Brooklyn

Though our local college basketball teams – LIU-Brooklyn and St. Francis Brooklyn -- were denied the opportunity to go dancing this month in the annual NCAA Tournament, Downtown Brooklyn will soon be the setting for arguably the most prestigious conference tourney in the entire nation.

The Barclays Center and the newly reconfigured Atlantic Coast Conference announced Wednesday morning that the state-of-the-art arena on the corners of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues would host the ACC Tournament in both 2017 and 2018.


No. 6: What's behind this fence? An old brewery

The  coolest “mystery” building in East Williamsburg, at 56-66 Meserole St., looks kinda like a red-brick castle.

The property was Joseph Fallert's brewery from the 1870s until 1920 when Prohibition came along, online records indicate.

Its air of mystery comes from the high fence that half-hides the handsome property, and a turret rising high into the sky.



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