August 16, 2007

The Althouse blog arrives in Brooklyn.

The Althouse blog comes to NY

The exact point when I realize I'm going to witness many sunsets:

Sunset over New York Harbor

But I get involved in some IM-ing and forget to watch the dipping into the water part. That classic sunset stuff.

And then there's this:

Skyline

A little silver slipper of a moon.

Harbor view

Just a line I remember from a play I was in long ago.

Laura, come here and make a wish on the moon!

75 comments:

Jennifer said...

Wow! Beautiful. And not a squirrel in sight.

Original Mike said...

Sunrise should be cool, too. The face of the buildings across the way should light up.

Bissage said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Bissage said...

1. Should you ever feel the urge for some good egg salad, maybe you could try Garfinkel's Delicatessen.

2. That looks like a fine window.

May you blog there in good health.

That's the sort of thing my nana would have said.

She was from New York.

Ann Althouse said...

"Garfinkel's Delicatessen."

AMANDA. What are you looking at?

TOM. The moon.

AMANDA. Is there a moon this evening?

TOM. It's rising over Garfinkel's Delicatessen.

peter hoh said...

Still pictures.

Still the best.

Ann Althouse said...

"Sunrise should be cool, too. The face of the buildings across the way should light up."

I actually have a view looking east too.

Gahrie said...

Wow..who'd you have to kill to get that location?

Of course the whole apartment is probably the size of a broom closet and costs twice as much as my house.....

Bissage said...

The summer after high school graduation I did an actors' workshop.

I had a terrible crush on this girl and she was taking the workshop, too.

Sometimes I would stare at her hands because I thought they were so beautiful.

She had to do a monologue from “Menagerie.”

There were moments when I thought I would drop dead right there on the boards.

That’s a true story.

Ann Althouse said...

I'm just a visiting lawprof at Brooklyn Law School, and this is the apartment they gave me for the year. It actually has 5 rooms.

Ann Althouse said...

So did she do Amanda or Laura. Amanda is sooooo much more fun, but I didn't see that at the time. I was the Laura. (High school.) If I was at home, I'd scan the photo I have of me Laura-ing it up. But if I was at home, I wouldn't have noticed the little silver slipper of a moon.

Christy said...

Gorgeous! Now if you just had a vase of blue roses to center in front of that window....

ricpic said...

Where's that bridge?

igbalonigbanlo said...

I can see my office building from that picture. Cool. Welcome to the non-specific general area across the water from my office building. Hope you enjoy your stay.

igbalonigbanlo said...

off-topic: I'm watching the south-park ginger episode. Interesting use of an anagram.

From Inwood said...

Gorgeous.

You're in Bklyn Heights!

Walk down the hill towards the Bklyn Bridge. Go to Old Fulton St (may now be called Cadman Pk West at that point & go left to the river to the Fulton Ferry District. Go to the River café under the Bklyn Bridge (1 Water St) right off Fulton. Very expensive. Splurge on dinner, but if that’s too much, at least have a cocktail on the deck & watch the same sunset. Breathtaking. I know the owner.

On a pleasant sunny day take the ferry there to the So St Seaport in Manhattan but, better, take a water taxi which goes to Redhook, then past Gov's Is (the island with the plain building in front of your picture # 4; trivia for your friends: it’s the air vent for the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel), The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Is, a view of the harbor second to none, then to the World Financial Center inlet & up the West Side to, I think, W 28th St.

There take another water taxi to Hoboken & see a spectacular RR terminal. (Used as a train station supposedly in Merrie Ol’ England in a movie with Albert Finey, the name of which escapes me now.) Hoboken is (almost) a mile square city, a type mostly found in the Midwest plains of this Country. You’ll feel right at home. Then look at the skyline. Incredible.

In the Heights, walk yourself silly but see if you can get into the Appellate Division 2nd Dept Courthouse (Pierpont & Monroe). Tell ‘em you’re a Prof maybe it’ll work.

Finally, walk yourself silly in downtown Bklyn where, as you know, Bklyn Law School is located. Look at the old municipal buildings & don’t miss the NYC Transit Museum. Visit Dumbo & Vinegar Hill.

Your friends can tell you about the rest of the City.

Bissage said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Bissage said...

She played Laura.

She was a lousy actress but I didn’t care about that.

I saw in her a great sadness.

She was shy by nature but her mother had been pushing her to be a big star since the day she’d been born.

It complicated matters that her younger brother was afflicted with Down’s syndrome, so she felt like she was supposed to be a prima donna, on the one hand, but a servant, on the other.

When she did her scene from “Menagerie,” on the advice of the drama coach, she brought in some of her brother’s toys to use as hand props.

One of them was a pink, plastic pig or something, covered in dried spit and dirt.

It looked exactly like Luckyoldson.

Revenant said...

Nice pictures -- and a nice view, too!

PatCA said...

Fabulous! Have a great year.

P.S. I've been cooking from the Union Square Cafe cookbook for years. If you ever eat there, please liveblog it!

PatCA said...

I guess your view is towards the east side of Manhattan, and you could have seen the WTC towers before 9/11?

Maxine Weiss said...

Where are the trees, and green? Where is the forest? Where's the birds? Whatever happened to living in unison with nature?

You might like it now, but you'll get tired of all that cement soon enough.

You've got at best 4 good months, if that.

After December, when ennui sets in...talk to me then.

Maxine Weiss said...

It's a shoe box. It's like living in a bubble. Summer in the city is brutal.

OK, I'll say something nice: Autumn is lovely. Autumn in New York. Christmas is glamour. But, by Springtime and the allergies...you'll want out.

Also, what time are the receptions? There are a week's worth of festivities welcoming Althouse to town, aren't there?

I've seen nothing on Brooklyn College's website. Oh well, I'm sure somewhere, all the parties etc..they are rolling out the red carpet and a warm welcome for Althouse.

Maxine Weiss said...

...Leave it to me to throw a wet blanket.

Nobody knows how to deflate a mood, and bring down morale quite the way I do.

Maxine Weiss said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smb2kzQyWAI

http://www.flickr.com/groups/skyfire/pool/show/

Luckyoldson said...

bissage,
Why are you so obsessed with me?

ricpic said...

Sheesh, what an incestuous crew!

downtownlad said...

Walk down the hill towards the Bklyn Bridge. Go to Old Fulton St (may now be called Cadman Pk West at that point & go left to the river to the Fulton Ferry District. Go to the River café under the Bklyn Bridge (1 Water St) right off Fulton. Very expensive. Splurge on dinner, but if that’s too much, at least have a cocktail on the deck & watch the same sunset. Breathtaking. I know the owner.

I disagree. Save The River Cafe for Restaurant Week. It's an ok restaurant and is not worth paying full price for.

You're better off going to Grimaldi's (during lunch to avoid the crowds) and then going to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. Or stopping by Jaques Torres for the best chocolate in New York.

B said...

Does this mean that you may have another Althouse Regulars get together?

dtl, my daughter just got back from 3 weeks in NYC and she raved about Jacques Torres. I now have to order some for her birthday next month.

Paul said...

From that view, it looks like you must be within blocks of the Marriott hotel at the Brooklyn Bridge. I have seen nearly the identical view from that hotel a dozen times since November. What a place to live for a year, though!

amba said...

The thing that people don't get about New York, the thing I miss most about it, is that -- you'll laugh! -- it's beautiful. Especially at night.

lee david said...

Great view Ann. Have fun.

Now I know why you put up that global warming post this morning. You knew that it would keep us all busy reading and chattering away until you could present the move as a fait accompli. Nice going. An almost seamless blogger move.

Kev said...

That's a beautiful view and an outstanding picture!

Until this January, when I was in town for the jazz educators' convention, I hadn't been to New York since I was about three years old (a layover at JFK doesn't count, in my book). The view of Manhattan when flying into La Guardia was both breathtaking and surreal, like a movie come to life.

I hope you have a great time while you're there.

Bissage said...

[B]issage, [w]hy are you so obsessed with me?

Luckyoldson, you asked a question that is boilerplate crap, but you lack the thoughtfulness or honor to consider that self-denigrating.

What you really want to know is why I busted your balls back there.

You’re not as stupid as you act.

You can probably figure out a close enough answer if you start by asking yourself why Althouse deleted your comment.

But you're so lazy I doubt you care enough to make even that slight amount of effort.

Oh, well.

Ann Althouse said...

Actually, Maxine, I'm spending more time outdoors here. I'm doing my morning blogging on my terrace -- outside in the breeze and overlooking a park, which, if you watched the vlog as you were supposed to, you know is full of trees.

hdhouse said...

I love visiting my son/wife/granddaughter near Grand Army and exploring Brooklyn. You won't be wanting for really good restaurants and cafe life there and being near the Eastern District will give you a lot courtroom drama. My kids have a high floor and a good view of the statue..watch the dawn light hitting it at different times in the year..its pretty inspiring.

Ann Althouse said...

Actually, Maxine, I'm spending more time outdoors here. I'm doing my morning blogging on my terrace -- outside in the breeze and overlooking a park, which, if you watched the vlog as you were supposed to, you know is full of trees.

nina said...

It's true, you do get used to views. They become like wallpaper -- something to pass over on your way to the next task. But that view represents a whole different world to plunge into and take in each day. That's the wonderful part.
Have a wonderful year exploring.

Korla said...

Hey, you're on my home turf! Secret Brooklyn stuff: come back in May and go to the Botanic Garden.

Jeremy said...

welcome to brooklyn! i too came from madison to brooklyn way back when...brooklyn heights is great

Jeff said...

Welcome to the Borough of Kings! If anyone gives any trouble, just remeber to fuggedahboutitt!

dave said...

nice view. Have you made it down to the floating pool yet?
Also, when you're feeling like slumming it, come on down to Carroll Gardens & Red Hook. We've got some great food & drink :)

dave
pervasivelight.com/blog/

Mr. Bingley said...

You're looking right at my office from there. You'll see 2 F-15s fly up the river at 1:30 this afternoon; a neat way to start the weekend!

Greg said...

Listen to downtownlad.

Welcome to my hometown.

Melinda said...

Wow! I myself am personally very jealous.

My view looks like Jimmy Stewart's in "Rear Window." Nice and quiet, though.

Stacy Ann said...

Ah, Brooklyn! The best city in the country! I lived there for 5 years, till 2003.

The great thing about Brooklyn is you don't need to drive anywhere. My SUV stayed parked for almost all of my 5 years there.

Want steak? Peter Luger's of course...the best steak I have ever had!

Go walk along the water towards Coney Island out in Bay Ridge...that's a wonderful view under the Verazzano....nothing beats it!

Mister Snitch! said...

There take another water taxi to Hoboken & see a spectacular RR terminal.

Brooklyn's old news. Hoboken is where it's at. Plus, it's the only place to get decent pizza. Yo.

Mr. Bingley said...

And the hot dogs with the special relish at the Hoboken station are the best dogs you will find this side of Chicago.

TC said...

Hoboken is where it's at. Plus, it's the only place to get decent pizza. Yo.

You wanna pizza war, Snitch? Staten Island laughs at your feeble effort to snatch our crown as Pizzatown, USA.

hdhouse said...

I really recommend "The Beast" on Bergen and Vanderbilt as a hole in the wall with ratings. Just a few blocks off fulton so easy to get to by subway. the atmosphere on a late sunday afternoon with the locals is really something.

Mister Snitch! said...

You wanna pizza war, Snitch?

Bring it on, Lynch. All right, I'll Google "Staten Island" with "pizza" and "garbage dump" to see which one wins. Ha! Your move.

David said...

There goes the neighborhood . . .

3R said...

I lived in Bay Ridge for five years in the 1980s. Great view of Manhattan (including the WTC towers) from Owl's Head Park.

Ann, get yourself a copy of Hart Crane's poem "The Bridge" and read it. He lived in the Heights and was inspired by his view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Trooper York said...

Ann, the beauty of Brooklyn is that everything you need is just a few blocks away...if you want a supermarket like whole foods...just go down Van Brunt St to the Fairway in Red Hook...it has everything you want and lots of parking...of course you can do as I do and use car service since real New Yorkers don't own a car...while at Fairway be sure to visit thier waterside outdoor cafe area where you can have a pastry and coffee with a unreal view of the harbour and with the Statue of Liberty so close you can almost touch it...then swing along Lorraine St past the projects to the ballfield where the open air market has food vendors from Mexico and various Latin and South American families with really great street food...then swing back down Clinton St to the Heights....total travel time 20 minutes...but you have visited twenty different worlds. ( and if you miss Wisc. visit the cheese factory on Bergen St).

Maxine Weiss said...

Althouse, Everyone:

There's a shallow-ness to these comments. Taking pleasure in surface things--a good view, locations, hip crowd, cafes etc...

The mistaken idea that these sorts of superficial things bring growth, transformation, maturity...

Real growth and change comes from inside.

It's not a location.

Maxine Weiss said...

Yes, of course I'm jealous.

But still....you all do have to admit, I have a point.

TC said...

"...your move."
Wrong game, Snitch.

Denino's
Joe and Pat's
Nunzio's
Brother's
Goodfella's

That's a full house, baby! With Lee's held back as an ace in the hole.

Now tell me, what happens when one googles "Hoboken pizza" and "awards", hmm?

Jeevan said...

Welcome to Brooklyn Heights. I am about one block from the Promenade.

I just moved there a few months ago. Lovely place. The view from the promenade simply awesome.

Trooper York said...

Maxine...the idea of cafes,restaurants and pizza recomendations is not to induce inner growth...it's to induce outer growth...since such good food will help us make our Ann a much more "well-rounded" woman...don't be jealous..come to Brooklyn...you know you want to....ummmm pizza, calzone, rice balls, bruscetta and figs, jerked chicken, jamaican beef patties, spinach pies, pirogies from Theresa's ummmmm good.

Maxine Weiss said...

Oh no...I feel the tenor and tone of this Blog changing.

All these new people coming here, juxtaposed with the regulars.

An uncomfortable mix. I'm not used to rubbing shoulders with strangers.

Mister Snitch! said...

ExCUSE me? Pizza franchises? Hey, why not include the local Dominos?

And pizza contests held in Vegas? No, no, no... Vegas is where you judge Elvis impersonators and passable trannies.

What do I get when I Google "Hoboken pizza" and "awards"? Let's see...

Well, this guy in San Diego wanted to call attention to the quality of his fare, so he called it "Hoboken Pizza". (Yo, who's that singing?) Find me an equivalent "Staten Island Pizza" and I'll yield this point, but not until.

Vito's Deli has won awards for the 'best fresh mozzarella in the State'. Since the state is Jersey, might as well say 'in the world'. And WHAT do they put on pizza? (Oh, let's not always see the same hands.)

The reason Hoboken pizza joints don't win awards is because there's always bloodshed between the families when that happens. What are you, a troublemaker?

Now, here's where you woulda had me:

• The landfill issue: Actually, MOST of Hoboken IS landfill. Too late to use that now, I called it.

• Uninformed complaints from newbies: You have to know what you're looking for in Jersey. You go out on the highway, you expect clearly-marked signs and well-lit roads? Idiot. You don't know where you're going, you should go back where you came from. Stop asking nosy questions like 'where is this' or 'where am I', before you get yourself hurt. Same goes for government corruption. Everyone knows it's everywhere, but it's not like they're handing out maps. (Just indictments).

And the same goes for Pizza. Perry from Hoboken 411 says all Hoboken pizza is lousy. That's only because Perry's development was arrested at age 12. You don't, for example, just walk in to Benny Tudino's and ask for a slice. You do that, they'll toss you a slab of undercooked, sloppy dough reminiscent of Infamous Ray's. Yuck. Know why? 'Cause that's what you deserve, tourist. You got to ask for a slice that's 'extra crispy'. Those are the key words. Then, you get respect - and a perfectly cooked piece that looks like it belongs on a magazine cover. You put dried peppers and some grated parmesean on it, and you have the best slice on Earth. You don't even deserve to eat it, because I had to tell you and you didn't figure it out for yourself.

(Plus, Benny is taking bets in the back room.)

Benny Tudino's (the man, the legend)

Margherita's (always packed, for a reason)
Napoli's Brick Oven Pizza (the only new joint in the last 20 years that's got it right, and they got it WAY right)

Cosimo's Brick Oven Restaurant (this actually was a regional chain... the one I knew was in the Newport Mall in Jersey City, of all places. They had the best pizza I ever had, but it all went away after the owner was shot in an unsolved murder - in the best Jersey tradition. I still mourn this place.)

Other joints - I may have talked too much already. I don't know nuthin'.

Mister Snitch! said...

Maxine Weiss said...
There's a shallow-ness to these comments.


Not true. We have deep-dish pizza as well.

Mr. Lynch, maybe we'd better take this outside.

Apostolic Anchoress / Rowena Hullfire said...

Enjoy your time in the Big City!

I'm a dedicated Flyover Zone gal. I'm betting you will use this year to love the Flyover Zone ever more.

Think of it as a yearlong trip to the zoo, and then you'll click your heels three times, "There's no place like home!", and you'll be back Home in no time.

Mr. Yoshimoto said...

I loved New York when I lived there while going to school. I thought I would hate it, love trees, birds, general politeness... NYC gets under your skin,in a good way. I'm jealous!

Paddy O. said...

Maxinne, as one of the desert Fathers said, "Stay in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything."

But not everyone can be a monastic, nor should be. So I think there's a related version. It's not where you go, it's what you bring with you.

I think Ann is bringing with her an interesting perspective and personality to New York.

The shallow things are the canvas on which she paints.

From Inwood said...

Denialism, as in Enjoyment Deniers.

OK, my friend's River Cafe is très expensive, but who said you have to go there every nite? Go once, treat yourself, or as I suggested go & just have a drink & walk outside on the patio & catch that sunset. Stop being enjoyment deniers!

Hey, cheapskates, go on one of those tours of Greenwood Cemetery. See what happens to us all in the end. Ya can't take it with you!

Seriously, go on one of those tours of Greenwood Cemetery, anyway. Rus in Urbe. If you can’t get in, at least see Upjohn’s gates from the street. See the outré headstones of the really famous & the famous quarks, & the mausoleums (the final & funniest folly of the rich). And then either wallow in the deeper meaning of life or enjoy Maxine’s shallowness.

Also, some have suggested Peter Luger. Great steak, much cost & no view. And don't walk too far from it. It's Williamsburg.

And Gage & Tollners is now a déclassé Friday’s.

And from the elitist stuff to pizza, everyone in the NY Metro area claims that he knows the best pizza parlor. They’re all great. I love ‘em all. That is, the small ones.

And you philistines, as Maxine would call you, here rightly, go to Hoboken for the RR station. BTW there’s no waterfront left as in “On The Waterfront”. Actually, despite Global Warming, the Hudson hasn’t overflowed over Hoboken yet or the east River over The Brooklyn Fulton Ferry District or Dumbo, either.

Who cares dept: I worked on the Hoboken waterfront, picking up Jameson’s, the cases dropped on the rat fink in the movie, for a liquor house, at various times long, long ago. I was a teamster not a longshoreman. I also worked on the Bklyn Waterfront. But unlike Scotty B, it didn’t harden me. I did go to college & law school because I wanted to be somebody. I wanted to be a contender. I don't know if I made contender, but at least I made not shallow. And not an enjoyment denier.

Anyway, if you do there, by water taxi, of course, & get a pizza, go eat it in Frank Sinatra Park & enjoy the skyline. Climb the hill to Stevens Institute & see the skyline on high & see how a big but shallow skyscraper can ruin a college campus.

Maxine Weiss said...

Wow, I'm proving very unpopular with the Brooklyn set.

How many days left till Althouse heads back home?

TC said...

"Pizza franchises? Hey, why not include the local Dominos?"

Dude? That is what you get when you pump Hoboken. Other than Goody's, these are all single shack Mom and Pop shops I'm talking about. And Goody's totaled a grand total (at my last count) of three storefronts.

Not exactly "Applebee's"

Trooper York said...

From Inwood...don't dis Williamsburg...it's very safe now and full of hipsters...the worst that can happen is that they will force you to get a tatoo and a Che t-shirt so you can fit in..I worked on the Brooklyn docks in the 70's but the golden years were in the 50's and 60's...they would drop two or three crates a shipment and the coopers would fix them up after filling them with rocks....then they would peddle whatever it was down Henry and Columbia...it could be cameras, watches,dresses, anything that was shipped into the port of New York....but around 1968 they started using these big containers that went from the ship to the truck bed...and no matter how hard you dropped them..they just didn't crack open....I still have a Mickey Mouse watch from 1965...those were the days.

From Inwood said...

Jeff

Re your 8:48 AM posting:

Pahrmee, OOPS, pardon me for being a pedant, especially about what is sometimes called Brooklynese, but which is really outta (sic) borough-ese or NY Metropolitan-ese, (excluding lockjaw Larchmont or Hamptons-speak or the patois of those who are not silent upon a peak in Darien, of course).
Nevertheless, anianfoolin, OOPS, and I am not fooling, let me, wid, OOPS, with all due respect, advise you that the word is pronounced “Fuhgedaboudit” rather than your “fuggedahboutitt!” .

The rules, which are strict as Latin grammar, tho also allowing for some irregularity, provide that only the final “t” in a polysyllabic word is converted to a “d”. Doubt me? See the movie “Mickey Blue Eyes” where James Caan instructs Hugh Grant how to pronounce that word correctly so he won’t be exposed as the English twit he really is.

And, let me redeem myself from seeming “shallow” with the Maxines of this world, descending into a discussion of some déclassé localism. Please see ”The Story of Language”, admittedly 60 yrs old, but age appropriate for me, which explains, at p 51, how to place one within 20 miles of where he’s from (sentence ending with a preposition!).

TV & Radio have done much to get rid of that expert’s “localisms”, but, when hurried, I still have trouble with my “intrusive ‘R’ ” (i.e., pronouncing “law” as “lore”. (Not helpful when one is trying to get a guy stationed at Ft. Drum sprung from the Watertown, NY jail.)

Regards

From Inwood said...

Trooper York

I would never "dis" Williamsburg. My wife taught there (Wm J. Gaynor, Jr. High). Not sure I’d want to walk far from Peter L’s in my Blazer, however. Especially after a few drinks & a good meal.

Generally I delivered to saloons, restaurants, hotels & package stores, but sometimes I worked on the docks (or piers in Manhattan) in the late '50s & early 60s, in Hoboken, Bklyn, Manhattan (Chelsea Piers), & Port Elizabeth. I had to bring back full, repeat full, cases or make up the price of anything missing, even one bottle. Never had to pay. Seems that guys on the dock would cut a precise hole the middle of the bottom, slip out one bottle & replace the case in the pile Under union rules, a dockworker had to be hired to aid in loading my truck. I bought him a cup of coffee & told him to stay far away from me as I loaded my truck. I could pick up a case today & tell you if it's one bottle short, even allowing for the fact that distilleries have gone on the metric system.

Today we bought a case of wine & I carried it out, under one arm, to my car & my wife gave me the "you vain old fool" routine. Also the clerk in the store was concerned that I'd drop it & rushed to wrestle it from me. Vanity of vanities & chasing one's lost youth dept.

Containerization has replaced all this labor-intensive stuff & has cut down on pilfering. I don't think that there are any piers/docks left in Bklyn or Manhattan today. Chelsea piers, of course, today are fun town.

Another long story. Not so long ago I was on a water taxi going up the West Side to W. 28th or whatever. I was the only American on board. One tourist, from England, asked me what the Four-Story High Chain-Link Fence up ahead was for. In my recessive-gene NY wiseguy mode, I wanted to tell her that this was a holding pen for terrorists before we sent them to Gitmo, but I played it straight & explained that it was for the four levels of driving ranges (as in golf) on the Chelsea piers. She looked at me as if I were daft. (I’d already told her that the building on Governor’s Island was the air vent for the Bklyn-Battery tunnel.) At least here when we passed the driving ranges she saw that I wasn’t fooling. In my next life I’ll be a NYC tour guide.

And if you want to see the Williamsburg Bridge in an old movie, see Dassin’s 1948 classic “The Naked City”. The “chase scenes” are actually filmed on the bridge (from the Manhattan side); no computers then.

From Inwood said...

Jeff

Nothing like being a wiseass. Me that is.

That should've read:

"The rules… provide that all letter "Ts" used in a standard English word except the ultimate one in a polysyllabic word, are converted to a “d”."

Nichevo said...

Maxine, you need a man or something. I would offer my services, but...Ann, won't you be lonely in that great big place? ;>

Curiously enough, from my place in Williamsburg, I could see the Twin Towers too, just peeping out my kitchen window. Yes, if they were still there (grrr) your jaw would drop just a little farther at that view.

But if your love life is booked (and it should be, you're such a pretty lady), then let me recommend the best Italian restaurant I know in your vicinity, which is NOT Grimaldi's (which is okay), but a little place on Court Street called Sam's.

You actually have to descend three steps to enter, but when you do, you will see old-fashioned wooden phone booths on the right, and various charming old-time touches; more important, the pizza (which is not served in slices, you can only order whole pies, so bring friends) is made in one of those old-time coal ovens, and the entrees are just as lovely.

Actually I will leave the descriptive bits to you as you will want to blog about it. It's

Sam's Restaurant
238 Court St. Brooklyn
New York , NY 10009
917 292 2683

but if you don't like it, bring me the check.

(That said, if you google, some people complain about dishes I have not had, and it can certainly be very busy. And the staff has...character.

But if you have the pizza, the steak, or the veal, to name a couple off the top of my head, you won't be unhappy.)

Trooper York said...

From Inwood...don't sweat walking around with a few drinks in you...thats how I walk around all day and there never seems to be a problem...just a happy glow around everything I see...the streets are very safe these days since we are living on Giuliani time....the theft in the port never involved much booze since the distributors were all connected, although as you say the warehousemen did dip the beak now and again...usually they had a goomba who covered for them and the driver got his balls busted...Nichevo is 100% correct since Sam's is old school Carroll Gardens and been around since the 50's...My mom had her wedding shower there in the upstairs room thats an apt now...Sam's is old school guinea dining and so are the other old timers such as Casa Rosa, Red Rose, 215 (new but owned by old time restaurant people)and of course the great Fernando's ...but I think the best Italian for Ann has to be Queen on Court St and State...try the peas and brucschetta with onions as an app and filet mignon or the veal...good, good stuff...I think Queen is more Ann's speed and most of th faculty have been there at one time or another..and she can work her way up to Sam's.

Ann Althouse said...

"Does this mean that you may have another Althouse Regulars get together?"

Just noticing that. Yeah. Let's. Somewhere in Brooklyn.