Sharing a Love for Cars: Naomi Campbell and Louis C. Camilleri

Jul 25, 17 Sharing a Love for Cars: Naomi Campbell and Louis C. Camilleri

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As recently reported in the news, Renault development driver Oliver Rowland is going to get his first chance to drive with Formula 1 at Assen next month. He is currently third in the Formula 2 championship standings and he’s going to drive Renault’s 2012 Lotus F1 car. Watch for Rowland on August 5th during the Gamma Racing Days event at Assen. As Rowland said about the news, “It’s a really exciting time for me to drive Renault’s F1 car in front of 100,000 people in Holland…I see this as a step in the right direction to achieving my dream of driving in Formula 1.” Certainly, this news is interesting for Formula One fans around the world. Two such fans are reported to have come together out of their love of Formula One. News sources report that supermodel Naomi Campbell and Chairman of Philip Morris International Louis C. Camilleri have started dating. Naomi is incredibly private about her dating life, but many sources have seen then together and report that they met over their mutual love of Formula One. Camilleri was born in Egypt and speaks English, Italian, German and French. He’s a father of three and is...

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Macy’s Fireworks Moving Up River This Fourth of July

Jul 02, 17 Macy’s Fireworks Moving Up River This Fourth of July

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Macy’s is planning a huge firework show this Fourth of July, but it will not include the iconic Brooklyn Bridge as the show’s backdrop. Last year Macy’s floated four barges between 23rd and 37th streets in the East River, as well as a double barge closer to the Brooklyn Bridge. This year, however Macy’s will be sponsoring five barges on the East River between 24th and 41st streets, but not additional Brooklyn Bridge location. Macy’s spokesman Orlando Veras explained that the decision to forego the Brooklyn Bridge barges was based on the “size/scale of the pyrotechnics” as well as the “availability of appropriate public viewing areas” in addition to “city resources.” Many Brooklyn residents are disappointed with the Macy’s plan to eliminate the Brooklyn Bridge venue from the fireworks programming. Last year residents and visitors to Batter Park, South Street Seaport and Brooklyn Heights enjoyed an amazing display, and this year they will not have much of a show. Several businesses, such as restaurants and bars are especially hard-hit. “This place usually looks like New Year’s Eve on July 4. But this year we’re not doing it — it will be like a regular day,” said a manager at Buzz Bar, a restaurant situated along the river at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Macy’s is planning a show even bigger than last year’s. They announced that there will be 10,000 more shells and 23 brand new colors, including fuchsia, lemon and aqua. The finale will feature an amazing “golden-mile” display. James O’Neill, New York’s police commissioner, said the change of venue was not dictated by security concerns, but rather “so the most number of people can see...

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Pop-up Picnics Picking Up in Popularity

Jun 07, 17 Pop-up Picnics Picking Up in Popularity

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Leave it to Brooklynites to imagine new and creative ways to meet up and make new friends. Called PopUpBrooklyn, it is the largest d-i-y dinner party in the country. Party goers signed up, paying $35 per person for the opportunity to share a meal outdoors with about 6,000 other participants. The most recent event’s locale was not even known to the crowds until only three hours before a 5pm launch time. The $35 cover fee gets you tables, chairs, music and the venue, provided by event planner Hand Made Events, while participants bring their own food and table decorations. There is a push to have everyone clothed in white. One participant, who has attended four such gatherings was excited: “It’s a great sense of fun,” said Tiana Walton, from Kensington. “All your friends come out and you meet new people on line and we all have a great time.” Another dinner guest, Michael Hellerman from Newark said, “It’s always a different location and they had a strategy because they thought it was going to be at one location and then they had to adapt.” The latest party took place in Red Hook on Pier 12 with great views of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Before this the party has been in Prospect Park, while the next one is planned for Governor’s...

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Half Marathon Happenings

May 22, 17 Half Marathon Happenings

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So who were among the 27,000+ runners signed up for the Airbnb Brooklyn Half Marathon this past Saturday?  What were the newsworthy stories that ran (excuse the pun) at the largest half marathon event of America 2017? So popular was the event that it sold out in a staggering 26 minutes. The 27,440 who completed the point-to-point race started by the Brooklyn Museum and ended in Coney Island at the boardwalk. Participants included Karlie Kloss (fashion model for Vogue, Victoria Secret and Taylor Swift’s music video ‘Bad Blood,’ among others), filmmaker Casey Neistat and more. Those running for a cause included the Team For Kids (TFK) supporting NYRR Youth Programs, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Fred’s Team (for children with leukemia), and many more. And then there were the fun runners. The man and woman who began the race single and sprinted through the finish line as a married couple.   Having been running buddies for the last half-decade, Krissa Cetner and Alexander Salazar tied the knot at around six miles in at Prospect Park.  As Salazar noted, “Marriage is like a marathon, it’s not a sprint.  There’s a lot of years ahead of you in a marriage and sometimes you’re both really into it and can push each other and sometimes the other partner has to help pull you through whatever challenge lies ahead. You both have to keep each other motivated in a race and in a marriage.” And for those who needed a bite to eat after the event, the good news was that they could do so in the reopening of a former Childs restaurant, which has been transformed into a huge food hall with “locally sourced” wholesome choices and plenty of Coney charm. Any runners who decided to try out the new eatery got a voucher for 21 percent off of the next time they...

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Coney Island Ups Its Rep as a Destination with Kitchen 21

May 17, 17 Coney Island Ups Its Rep as a Destination with Kitchen 21

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Now there is yet another reason to head down south to Coney Island. Within the historic walls of a sprawling Spanish revival building along the boardwalk, five restaurants are competing for customers in a creative new take on dining called Kitchen 21. The five eateries are Parachute Bar, Community Clam Bar, Test Kitchen, The Café and Boardwalk & Vine. As can be deduced by the names, there is quite a variety within the premises. Four of the restaurants are situated on the huge ground floor, offering casual café dining, a traditional bar, an oyster bar, and full meals. If you’ve come for the view of the magnificent Atlantic Ocean, that can be afforded upstairs on the rooftop deck. According to general manager of Kitchen 21 Jim Coughlin, the upstairs will be used as the VIP space for events taking place right next door at the Ford Amphitheater. When not hosting VIPs the roof becomes Boardwalk & Vine, a wine bar with eight types on tap, also serving beers and other forms of alcohol. “Kitchen 21 has something for everyone to enjoy, with year-round dining now and the wonderful local Brooklyn energy,” said one observer. The establishment is scheduled to open on May 21st, just in time for the Brooklyn Half Marathon, whose finish line is traditionally in Coney Island, at the...

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New York’s Finest: Midwood’s Di Fara Pizza

Apr 13, 17 New York’s Finest: Midwood’s Di Fara Pizza

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You can’t be from Brooklyn and not love pizza. So it is only logical that a local pizzeria is in the running for Best Pizza in America. According to the Daily Meal, a food blog that has already published “The 101 Best Pizzas in America,” New York’s best pizza place is Di Fara Pizza in Midwood, Brooklyn, run by restaurateur Dominco DeMarco. “Domenico DeMarco is a local celebrity, having owned and operated Di Fara since 1964,” the Daily Meal writes. “Dom cooks both New York- and Sicilian-style pizza for hungry New Yorkers and tourists willing to wait in long lines and brave the free-for-all that is the Di Fara counter experience.” “Yes, it’s a trek, and sure, Dom goes through periods when the underside of the pizza can tend toward overdone, but when he’s on, Di Fara can make a very strong case for being America’s best pizza,” the site says. Di Fara is named on the blog’s latest list: “The Best Pizza in Every State.” The intro to the list explains that the American pizza scene is becoming more competitive and of higher overall quality. “There are plenty of states with pizzerias that have never found their way into the ranking, including Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, New Hampshire, South Dakota, and Wyoming,” the site says. “Today, those states are finally getting the credit they deserve.” Want to try a slice of “The Best Pizza in New York?” Trek down to Avenue J and East 15th Street and get yourself a part of the...

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