TOURS

The Bacon Tour

By David Tez

Photo: Staff

From time to time, The Scout will feature interborough food tours designed as culinary and geographic explorations of our fair city. Each has been field tested, in a single day,…

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The Tenenbaums

By Siobhan Vivian

Photo: Staff

The Royal Tenenbaums is Wes Anderson’s visual love letter to New York. Though never explicitly named, the film presents a stunningly constructed pastiche of the quirky, the kitschy and the…

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FEATURES

A Southern Spirit Lives in Brooklyn

Food / Drink
By Craig Cavallo
Colin Spoelman, co-founder of Kings County Distillery, with his inventory of aging whiskey.

Photo: Daniel Bernauer

When you pull into Brooklyn Navy Yard from Sands Street, a mechanical security arm is the only thing separating you from the Paymaster Building. Built in 1899, the building’s all brick façade and sturdy right angles stand 113 years later as a testament to architectural precision. The adherence to guidelines under which the building was constructed are mimicked inside, where Colin Spoelman leads a team of five distillers who make moonshine and bourbon whiskey.

URL kingscountydistillery.com/

Shinola Factory Visit

Style / Fashion
By Tom Ran
A prototype Shinola bike sits behind the front desk in the reception area.

Photo: Staff

On the fifth floor of a former General Motors building is where the story begins. Shinola, the popular shoe polish from the first half of the 20th century, is seeking to reinvent itself in a big way. It’s embracing its past while looking to the future by transforming itself into a consumer product based company. And they’re doing it in Detroit, Michigan, a city that was once the heart of American manufacturing. With an ambitious goal of making all their products in the U.S., they are committed to building a brand with an emphasis on craftsmanship and well designed products. This fall, Shinola will unveil its offerings ranging from watches and bikes to leather and paper goods. But before they do, The Scout had an opportunity to see first hand the operation they were building.

A Sustainable Haven

Food / Drink
By Craig Cavallo
The shop greets visitors to the first floor at Haven's Kitchen where a communal table sits in the middle encouraging interaction amongst its patrons.

Photo: Brent Herrig

“I’m going to give the challah a punch and then I’ll be right back.” With that, Alison Schneider got up from the interview. The time it took her to go downstairs to the recreational kitchen, punch the swelling out of a rising loaf of challah dough and walk back upstairs to the event space, gave me a chance to take in my surroundings. I felt like I was sitting in her home, and in a sense I was. It was her home away from home she created and opened in January on West 17th Street in Manhattan.

URL havenskitchen.com/

The Way We Live - Luke Scarola & Rebecca Squiers

The Way We Live
By Tom Ran
Luke Scarola and Rebecca Squiers, the proprietors of Luddite at home with their son Jude.

Photo: Tuukka Koski

Luke Scarola and his girlfriend Rebecca Squiers have a gift for uncovering American treasures. They’re the owners of Luddite, a beautiful antique store located on the edge of Greenpoint on Franklin Street. They made a name for themselves within the trade and the general public with their impeccable eye for lighting and furniture – attracting buyers from all over the world from Japan to the Netherlands, to locals looking for a piece of authentic Americana.

Lumberland

Outdoors
By Tom Ran
Ben Lavely, Peter Buchanan-Smith, and Hunter Craighill in the fort.

Photo: Daniel Bernauer

As a boy, there are few things in life one wants more than a tree house or a fort… as a man the dream can fade, but never really dies. Peter Buchanan-Smith, the founder of Best Made Co. has realized his secret fort—a place in the woods that welcomes him to sleep under the stars, cook meals over an open fire, chop down trees, wander through the forest or read a book in a three story fort made of solid timber.

Welcome to Lumberland.

URL www.bestmadeco.com/

Test Drive: Bentley Mulsanne

Automotive
By Tom Ran
Bentley Mulsanne in Black Velvet.

Photo: Staff

Craftsmanship and heritage are words that are tossed around lightly these days—few brands can really own these distinguishable traits as well as Bentley can. With its birth dating back to 1919, there’s no denying the rich history behind the automotive company.

URL mulsanne.bentleymotors.com/