Encore Edition: 18 of Our Favorite Stories from 2018Tall towers and posh clubs, economic disruptors and Italian chefs—these were among the year's hottest tales
Brooklyn skyscrapers reached for the sky, new Italian restaurants blossomed, chic new private clubs opened, and the impact of gentrification was the talk of the town. ICYMI, here’s a sampling of The Bridge stories from 2018, some because they were most-read, others because the editor is partial to them. Happy New Year!
The tale of 85 Jay, a giant apartment complex springing up with little notice on a site with a long history, from Al Capone’s school to Jehovah’s Witnesses, a proposed arena, and a Kushner role. Read more.
In our thoroughly digital world, these 15 Brooklyn companies do things in a refreshingly analog way. Read more.
Leaving red sauce to the traditionalists, four pioneers experiment with a simple-yet-sophisticated cuisine. Read more.
The members-only club might have the most enviable view in the city–for a chosen few. Read more.
How Harley Courts built his Brooklyn firm Nooklyn into a tech-driven, apartment-rental powerhouse. Read more.
The proposed project for 80 Flatbush would provide housing and schools, but critics point to “unprecedented scale” near row houses. Read more.
After serving Brooklyn (and beyond) for decades, Acme Smoked Fish made a bid for a tasty distinction. Here’s the play by play. Read more.
As home sharing proliferates, the debate heats up about its impact and how to regulate it fairly. Read more.
Max Rose, a Brooklyn native and Army vet, is drawing national attention and money for the pugnacity of his campaign. Read more.
At the Community Culinary Center, students get a head start in the hospitality industry and the neighbors get some fine meals. Read more.
Opening its third location, the popular club and workspace arrives in Brooklyn with a splash. Read more.
The borough outpaces the city in creating new jobs, but statistics show the persistence of Central Brooklyn’s misery. Read more.
With 100,000 Instagram fans, Other Half Brewing is a social-media star. PLUS: our exclusive ranking of the borough’s 20 breweries. Read more.
The developer behind MetroTech and Barclays Center changed the borough’s landscape. An in-depth look at a towering yet sometimes controversial legacy. Read more.
They’re arriving in Brooklyn faster than in any other borough. Can mom-and-pop shops survive in a land of giants? Read more.
How Brooklyn’s Pilotworks expanded rapidly, fueled by VC money. When it collapsed, small businesses felt the pain. Read more.
Yes, they still work on ships in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where 150 workers give vessels their overhauls and tune-ups. Read more.
The barbecue scene is full of great joints that walk the line between tradition and experimentation. Read more.