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 Delicious Improv

Food / Drink
By Maggie Shi
Watermelon radish and goat cheese, topped with microgreens and a tart blood orange vinaigrette

Photo: Staff

It was a long ride from Manhattan on the A train (running local, naturally) to BedStuy on a cold Saturday afternoon. Exiting at the Utica Avenue stop, in a completely foreign neighborhood, there was one task at hand – to find Stuyvesant Avenue and a certain brownstone.

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/

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/

Alex and Companies

New York
By Tom Ran & Sarah Williams
Original artwork adorning the wall by Daniel Joseph

Photo: Jordan Provost

Alex Calderwood has a history of turning nothing into something. He looks at unloved and abandoned spaces with an optimistic eye, seeing potential to infuse them with new life, art, and music.

URL acehotel.com/newyork

Alya Kazakevich

Art
By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern Europe.

URL www.abknyc.com

Back Track

Collections
By Tom Ran
A sampling of Jordan Viray’s vintage backpack collection that has grown to over 80 packs in the past two and a half years.

Photo: Daniel Bernauer

When Jansport introduced their heritage line in 2010, it was a signal to the industry that heritage had made its way to the outdoors market. The backpacks that were once synonymous with the collegiate and back-to-school market was looking back to its roots as an outdoors brand. Kelty, the 50-year-old company followed suit with the launch of its Vintage line in 2011. But as many trends go, its origins were traced back to a small group of fanatics.