A Hasidic Toy Story

Samuel Lipschitz, 27, grinned as a pint-sized red smart car pulled up next to the curb outside his toy store on Lee Avenue in Brooklyn. Lacquered onto the side of the car was a children’s cartoon character: a freckled, round-faced boy with curly brown peyes, or sidelocks, and a yarmulke. “What Walt Disney did to Mickey Mouse […]

Central Harlem at its Best: Four of My Favorite Local Joints

For Harlemites who once were desperate to find a local cup of coffee, the explosion of new restaurants, cafes, nightclubs and grocery stores above 125th Street in Manhattan has been a major quality of life boost.  But as Mom & Pop shops close their doors to make way for Applebees and an H&M, I’m beginning to […]