Every winter, as temperatures fall and holiday spirits rise, I go on the hunt for cozy wine bars, rich hot chocolates, and the kind of comfort food that warms the soul. This year is no different except that for the first time, I live in Brooklyn. Here are a few of my favorite things to […]

Red Hook Farm in happier times

“The whole farm was under two and a half feet of water,” said Ian Marvey, co-founder and executive director at Added Value Farms, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the sustainable development of Red Hook through projects like Red Hook Community Farm. Due to flooding of the Erie Basin and Gowanus Canal during […]


“Four other countries have cities named Brooklyn, but only the U.S. has Barclays Center,” boasts a recent post on the Barclays Center Brooklyn Facebook page. On Atlantic Avenue in Park Slope, the shiny new 18,200-seat venue (with 19,000 seats for concerts) is ready to welcome the re-branded Brooklyn Nets basketball team. Barclays Center is a […]

offManhattan’s “semi-reformed Bostonian” contributor is taking a leave of absence and heading south for the greater good. Silvie Snow-Thomas, who brought us such insightful and entertaining reads as Julie Powell’s Long Island City, My Big Fat Greek Tour of Astoria, and a Timeless Seaside Revisited in Cape Cod, decided to share some of her favorite […]

Belgrade Lakes Cabin

In his timeless essay, “Once More to the Lake,” E.B. White recalled the “peace and goodness and jollity” of the Belgrade Lakes in Maine. His words still ring true for this author who spent good portions of her childhood summers there at camp, learning to windsurf and hit the bull’s eye with a rifle. Returning […]

watching img marathon

Just a few days left until the New York City Marathon on Sunday, when the best runners in the world compete for the ultimate in road-running glory and one of your best friends takes the jog of champions. One of mine does, anyway. And I’ll be there to cheer her on, only this year I’ll […]

“After spending a long, long time working as a temp, Julie Powell now writes in her pajamas in Long Island City, Queens, where she shares a ‘loft’ apartment with her husband, Eric.” – Julie & Julia. Because of Meryl Streep’s 70 million dollar-making movie, more people have become aware of this now nourriture-affiliated neighborhood of […]

ted kennedy sailing

“In lieu of flowers, please pass health care reform.” That is what the senior Democratic Senator from Massachusetts would have wanted. Health care reform was his life’s work, something he fought for since the 1960s. Likely, he would have also wanted friends to visit the same coastal getaway his prominent clan enjoyed for so many […]