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Cool. If you make it over to Queens, check out AJ's pizza on Austin Street in Forest Hills. The only upside down sicilian slices in the world.
Yeah, well, stay out of the Bronx. I don't think you'll click with people from the Bronx.Peace, Maxine
It's a little late for that advice, Maxine.
Lots of opportunities for foodblogging, I guess. Looking forward with anticipation or trepidation, Ann?
Ain't the ex from the Bronx? Anyway, where in Crooklyn will you be?
I guess that will make me the most interesting blogger in Wisconsin.Not that I look at these things only from a self-interested point of view.Hey, you can live blog from Fashion Week and give us an inside tip on winner of Project Runway.
Cool! - I live in Bay Ridge.Of course the best Pizza in New York is in Brooklyn.Try Grimaldi's on Fulton St, near the Brooklyn Bridge.Will you be teaching at Brooklyn Law School?
Yes, Brooklyn Law School. Living in Brooklyn Heights.
Are you teaching the full range you teach at UW, or focussing on one area in particular?
I knew it was Brooklyn Law School. Three blocks from where I work. Isn't Ann so lucky!But if she wants my advice on restaurants and bars, I am happy to oblige.Brooklyn Heights is beautiful, but in terms of nightlife and restaurants - blah. It's going completely downhill (as a dining experience). Boring. But the architecture is amazing and it's still the most expensive place to live in Brooklyn.But Smith Street - a mere few blocks a way - is absolutely happening.Columbia Street is way cool.Park Slope is dignified with fantastic restaurants.Dumbo is hip.And Williamsburg is hipster.I think Ann might be happiest in Park Slope or Cobble Hill. Maybe even Carrol Gardens or Red Hook, but they are far. Boreum Hill should definitely be considered.
I used to live in Park Slope. But they are providing the housing in Brooklyn Heights.
Good for you! Something a little different for a while. I doubt it living there will be much like you remember it, but you don't strike me as one who would expect it to be so.
It's going to change the whole tone of this blog. Althouse makes decisions about her life without any input from, or consulting anyone else.The upheaval such a move will cause. Has Althouse really thought this through?Peace, Maxine
Exciting news!!!Only recently spent much time in the Boroughs due to the job, so restaurant/shopping recommendations are most appreciated.Best wishes.
A couple weeks ago you alluded to doing something that you didn't want to spill the beans on yet. Is this it?Congratulations! Nothing like a nice change of scenery to invigorate.
Althouse doesn't do anything without an ulterior motive.There must be some other reason why she feels the need to get a foothold in NY.Peace, Maxine
Well you can't pass up free housing!In terms of architecture - Brooklyn Heights is still the most beautiful part of Brooklyn and the promenade is superb.But the dining really is going downhill. But then again - I've worked here for 16 years. I think the fact that there is nothing here that is new which is annoying. But I guess it will be new for you.My advice - make sure you discover Columbia Street and Smith Street. Both only blocks away. You will be a happy camper. But most Brooklyn Heighters don't go there, which is very strange - probably because the dining/drinking scenes there are so new.And of course Dumbo. Grimaldi's pizza as a prior reader mentioned is the best. And Jaques Torres chocholate is around the corner from Grimaldi's. The. Best. Chocholate. Ever. All within walking distance of the Heights.
downtownlad said..."I knew it was Brooklyn Law School. Three blocks from where I work. Isn't Ann so lucky!"Isn't Brooklyn Law! Isn't Brooklyn! ;)
"Start spreadin' the news..."
Ann, You can thank me later for introducing you to your new favorite blog.www.eater.com
We'll be almost neighbors sort of!
I was wondering the same thing MadisonMan. The cryptic phone call post.Sounds like an exciting change of pace for a year!
This is fantastic and just in time for blog Sweeps Week! This is like when on a sitcom they go to Hawaii for a couple of episodes. But instead of jewel thieves, it's Downtownlad!
But instead of jewel thieves, it's Downtownlad! johnny nucleoWhy do you insist on making this post about me?This post is about Brooklyn. Please talk about Brooklyn.
I hope you enjoy it. (1) It IS closer to the home of Smith and Wollensky(2) The chances of snow in May are substantially reduced, but, as Thomas Wolfe wrote(3)"Only The Dead Know Brooklyn"and the last I heard you were very much alive.
Neat! Sounds like a fun way to spend a year.
Welcome to the nabe, Prof. Althouse.I’m sure it’ll only be a matter of time before you meet our gregarious Borough President, Marty Markowitz. I say that not only because you’re a distinguished former Brooklynite who’s returning to our fair borough, but because pretty much every man, woman and child in Brooklyn has met Marty Markowitz. (I have -- twice.) No one in Brooklyn is quite sure what his actual job is, but they’ve met him.Markowitz was responsible for changing the highway signs so that “Welcome To Brooklyn” also included the message “Believe The Hype.” And going the other way, the “You Are Leaving Brooklyn” sign now also says “Fuggedaboutit.” Personally, I like this one better. (I’d been looking for one of those “Brooklyn, Where The Weak Are Killed and Eaten” t-shirts, but I just couldn’t find one.)Are you going to bring your car?
Good luck!Having lived there before, you probably know what's up.A friend just told me her husband got a distinguished visiting professor grant to teach in Mumbai. The guy will be a fish out of water, I'm afraid..His idea of adventurous food is spicy Dijon mustard on a hot dog, and is worried about cobras and other poisonous snakes. But it should be good personal and professional for them and their youngest son, who will spend 1 semester there and if he hates it (I suspect he will) will be allowed to go back and stay with friends of theirs for the 2nd half of his sophomore year in HS. He is already ticked to learn he is academically 1 year behind his Indian student peers and will be studying with the 14 year olds.Man, though! Brooklyn is so much better after Giuliani was mayor. Most improved Borough, IMO.
Madison will miss you.
Marty Markowitz is an idiot par excellence.
I have a house sitter.
I knew you were stalking me.
Brooklyn is grand, a much more livable place than Manhattan. Brooklyn Heights is gorgeous and the promenade makes for a lovely evening walk but it's pretty staid. I live in Ft. Greene and it's quick access to multiple train lines makes it's pretty ideal to explore the rest of the city. And the 'hood has it's own wonderful architecture to boot!But you can't beat free housing, well, except for, you know, prison.
Because of his outrageous demands, Downtownlad will not be the guest star who plays the jewel thief in the Althouse Hawaii two-parter. I am pleased to announce that the wizened-yet-still-gets-chicks Wade Garrett has been cast as his replacement. Think Kris Kristofferson without the hippy baggage, think NASCAR Sean Connery. Wade Garrett is actually a very underrated actor. Check out his performances in "Mask" and "The Contender."
Are you going to be teaching any 1L courses?
Yes: Constitutional Law.
Without going into details, my application at Brooklyn hit a bump in the road. Now I have some extra incentive to get it all straightened out.
Don't bring your car.One of the best sushi places in the city is on Clark St, a bit east of Henry St. It's called Iron Chef. Clark's Diner on Henry and Clark is a good place for brunch, but can be busy on Sundays. (Grimaldi's is always busy, at least in my experience.)
Ann: I missed this one on Friday (having left the office early for a 7:30 curtain at the Met and rarely going on the internet on weekends). Anyway, here's a belated welcome to the Heights. Brooklyn Law has housing throughout the Heights -- the new building on State St., an older apt bldg at the promenade end of Pierrepont (that's probably the best of the bunch, just because of the views), and smaller buildings on Clinton St., Sydney Place, etc. Since we'll be neighbors, I hope to meet you when you're here. Cheers.
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