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.
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.
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.
Monday, April 7th, 2014
On a recent chilly afternoon in Queens, two women shivered in a line of about 50 people that trailed out the door of Masbia, a kosher food pantry and soup kitchen.
The first woman, from Manhattan, wore baggy pants. The other, from Queens, was clad in a long, draping skirt.
Their outfits signaled differences in how they interpreted proper Jewish dress for religious women, but both were there for the same reason: They needed kosher groceries, which are more expensive than average, as they try to live on less since food stamp reductions last November.
“When food stamps are cut, it’s hard to buy kosher,” said one of the women, Debbie Greenbaum of Queens.