Truman Capote Powerhouse Memoir

Though he was born in New Orleans and died in Los Angeles, In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany’s author Truman Capote lived on Brooklyn Heights’ Willow Street for a time during the late 1950s.

This period of his life was documented in a 1958 essay that has now been rejoined with David Attie’s lost photographs of the author in a book titled Brooklyn: A Personal Memoir. (more…)

Brooklyn Movie Mistakes

Even some of the most classic Brooklyn films make mistakes in capturing America’s favorite borough. IMDB’s user-generated goofs section dares to question many an iconic New York moment, noting anachronisms, continuity issues and geography errors that just go to show, “there’s no guy livin’ dat knows Brooklyn through and through, because it’d take a guy a lifetime just to find his way aroun’ duh goddamn town” — to quote Thomas Wolfe’s Only the Dead Know Brooklyn. (more…)

MOFAD Brooklyn Museum of Food and Drink

Despite its location in one of Brooklyn’s fancy-food meccas, the Museum of Food and Drink, which opens in Williamsburg on October 28, has ambitions far beyond the local crowd that loves artisanal everything. In fact, Executive Director Peter Kim says it’s quite the contrary.

“It’s really not about just celebrating food, ’cause you can do that at a food festival or a restaurant,” Kim told Brownstoner. “We’re trying to take people into extremely important stories and provide rigorously researched objective information in a way that’s fun and accessible.”

Some of those stories are addressed in the museum’s first exhibit, Flavor: Making It and Faking It, an interactive exhibit that explores the $25 billion flavor industry. And down the line Kim hopes to address issues of food justice, digestion, and other aspects of eating and drinking that we may not think about constantly but affect us on a daily basis. (more…)