Zabar’s Baked Goods, Now Downtown

You’ll see “Owned by Eli Zabar & Sons” painted on the window of Broome Street Bakery, which Eli Zabar has opened with his twins, Sasha and Oliver. The Lower East Side bakery is producing excellent breads, breakfast pastries, loaf cakes, muffins, rolls and scones several times a day. Brioches and small baguettes are used for…

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Brooklyn Brings the Bitter

About a year ago, St. Agrestis, a spirits company based in Brooklyn, introduced a bottled Negroni cocktail. The bitter ruby-colored aperitif spirit in the mix was called Inferno, also made by St. Agrestis, but not sold separately until now. Inferno has all the bitter complexity of Bette Davis in “All About Eve.” Louis Catizone, a…

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Emma’s Torch Adds a Backyard Garden

Emma’s Torch, the nonprofit Brooklyn restaurant established by Kerry Brodie to train refugees in professional kitchen and management skills, is going farm to table. With a grant from Toast, a company that provides software for restaurant systems, the backyard has been planted with herbs and some lettuce for the cooks to tend and to use.…

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Billy Porter on the Tonys Red Carpet

“I want to flip the question of what it means to be a man,” Billy Porter said. “This question of masculinity, this sort of microscope of heteronormative masculinity that we are very often held up to, especially as leading men, needs to be shattered. You know, it’s toxic and I’m over it and I’ve lived…

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The Original Gangster Style Guy

There are trends in movies just as there are trends in fashion, and occasionally the twain shall meet — and not just on the runway. Such will probably be the case this summer, anyway, as the gangster movie, after a period of dormancy that followed the 2007 finale of “The Sopranos,” returns with a vengeance.…

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Insomnia Can Kill You

How did you sleep last night? If you’re over 65, I hope it was better than many others your age. In a study by the National Institute on Aging of over 9,000 Americans aged 65 and older, more than half said they had difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Many others who believe they spend…

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How Safe Is Sunscreen?

Image Kim Chambers, a champion open-water swimmer, covered with lanolin and zinc in 2016.CreditJason Henry for The New York Times Skin cancer is the most common malignancy in the United States, affecting more than three million people each year. Using sunscreen is one mainstay of prevention. But the recent news that sunscreen ingredients can soak…

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Nutrition for One? Scientists Stalk the Dream of a Personalized Diet

A decade ago, spurred by the success of the Human Genome Project and the affordability of genetic sequencing, scientists began to explore the promise of “nutrigenomics.” Could personalized nutrition, informed by knowledge of an individual’s DNA, help prevent and even treat diet-related diseases? The results of early studies from Harvard, Stanford and elsewhere were compelling:…

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Put Off by Venice’s Crowds? Try the Oasis Next Door

The website of the city of Venice provides high water advisories to help people avoid flooded areas. Now it also forecasts another kind of flood: tourist inundations. It uses a scale of 1 to 20 stick figures, the kind found on the doors of men’s bathrooms. A recent April day could have been worse: 15…

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Children’s Safety on Wheels

A 13-year-old patient recently talked to me about the amount of time he spends playing video games (plenty) and about his weight (heavier than he wants, and on the rise). I asked about exercise, and he told me proudly that he rides his bike a lot, now that the weather is good. And then, of…

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