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A Free Bite of the Big Apple

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

From Gala to Golden Delicious, thousands crunched local apples during New York’s Food Day. Visitors to the Union Square Greenmarket got a chance to join in on the kickoff crunch at noon or take a free apple for the road.

The third annual Big Apple Crunch promoted the efforts of New York State’s apple growers, who produce 30 million bushels a year.

Food for All at Hunts Point

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Hunts Point Market is a 329-acre industrial park that distributes food to 23 million people within a 50-mile radius. Each day, hundreds of trucks leave the south Bronx peninsula packed with produce, fish and meat. Those trucks head toward supermarkets and restaurants – as well as the city’s food pantries.

The Hunts Point Economic Development Corp. gave a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the market during a “food tour” of the sprawling hub.

Vermouth Maker’s Touch of Glass

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Bianca Miraglia, tired of mass-produced vermouth, wanted to bring something fresh, all-natural and stubbornly idealist to the bar. She started Uncouth Vermouth, which recently opened in a former billiards hall in Red Hook and is set to add a tasting room this summer.

Miraglia, 30, is a one-woman vermouth-making machine: She forages for many of her ingredients, only uses local products and refuses financial assistance.

She spends 12 or more hours a day working on her fortified wine creations, infused with a variety of seasonal, locally sourced flavors ranging from beets and squash to chili and lavender.

Uncouth Vermouth only produces a few hundred cases of product every year – and that’s how Miraglia likes it.

Meet Queens’ ‘Qustodian’

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Jeff Orlick gives Jackson Heights food tours under the moniker Jeffrey Tastes. He also has a second alter ego: The Queens Qustodian.

He’s less a superhero than a one-man cleanup crew armed with a box cutter. His target: Illegal street signs, among other urban blemishes.

Orlick patrols the neighborhood with a can-do spirit that’s both nervy and nonchalant. He’ll use a car jack to break the lock on a long-abandoned bike chain. He’ll slap “you park like an a—–e” stickers on cars with rears jutting out into the street. Or he’ll shimmy up a highway sign to cut down illegally posted ads.

As the Queens Qustodian, he wears a one-piece jumpsuit and a hat customized by the graffiti crew behind the olf Five Pointz graffiti Mecca in Long Island City. When he’s not giving tasting tours, curating the Viva La Comida food festival or cleaning up the borough, Orlick works a late shift in the control room at CBS.

Kosher Soup Kitchen Struggles

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Keeping Kosher, via Colombia

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Wi-Fi’s Free, But Speech Isn’t

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

East Meets East Village In Candy

Monday, January 13th, 2014

AudioFiles: Pastures of Plenty

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013