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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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Chris Gentile

Art
By Tom Ran
Artist Chris Gentile of Pilgrim Surf + Supply.

Photo: Staff

The ocean is serene as it is unsettling. There’s no better example of its power than the super storm that came through New York City last week, unleashing havoc that left a wake of destruction along its path. The beaches at Rockaway that we New Yorkers were so familiar with over the summer is no longer what it used to be. It’s a chilling reminder that when faced with nature’s force, we are not in control. Yet, even with its destructive power there is beauty in the ocean and for a surfer and artist like Chris Gentile, one can find the parallels between the two.

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Josh Vogel

Art
By Tom Ran
Josh Vogel of Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co.

Photo: Mindy Best

We visited Josh Vogel of Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. in late 2010 and kick started this year with a feature on the wood sculptor based in Kingston, New York.

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URL blackcreekmt.blogspot.com

The Mast Brothers

Food
By Sarah Williams
Michael and Rick Mast of Mast Brothers Chocolate

Photo: Mindy Best

The life of a mariner is one given over to wanderlust—the quest for adventure, crossing unseen horizons to secure precious goods—only to bring them back to their home port. This same love of adventure and curiosity defines the brotherhood of Rick and Michael Mast. They share a fiercely independent spirit, leaping into the unknown and trusting that they’ll find the answer through endurance and dedication to their craft.

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URL mastbrotherschocolate.com

Roman & Williams

Design
By Sarah Williams
Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch

Photo: Rose Callahan

“It’s a shame to only have dreams at night. You should have a few opportunities during the day.” This wistful quote from Stephen Alesch speaks volumes about the spaces he and Robin Standefer create as architects and designers. Their firm Roman & Williams, is named for their grandparents, paying homage to another era. Together, they draw on the evocative moods, textures, and meaningful objects that linger somewhere between past and present. Their work is infused with memory and allows participants to connect with a more romantic and important time.

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URL romanandwilliams.com

Billykirk

Fashion / Accessories
By Tom Ran
Chris Bray and Kirk Bray of Billykirk

Photo: Rose Callahan

Brothers Chris and Kirk Bray have been producing leather goods for the last ten years. They launched Billykirk from Los Angeles in 1999, learning their craft from a third generation leather maker. A simple leather strap kick started the business, a decade later their collection has flourished into other offerings that consists of bags, belts, shoes, wallets, hats and other accessories.

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URL billykirk.com