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The Stuyvesant town green market

When one must shop for food, often like instinct the first word that pops into your head is supermarket. Well sometimes instincts aren’t correct. This proves itself at the Stuyvesant town green market. Sure, it may be inconvenient for some, but it’s always worth the trip. In the middle of Stuyvesant town there is a huge oval where the market takes place, and by 9:00 am you can be searching through delicious cheeses, scrumptious fruits or delectable vegitables. 

The selection of the market is unbeatable, you can find just about any sort of naturally grown food there with remarkable variety. All of the food is locally grown, which is very good for the environment, and nearly everything is organic. And while at the supermarket food could have been preserved for however long, you cannot compare to the taste of fresh from the field where produce is grown. The crowd is never, well its never crowded, and the people selling the food are very kind. Not only does shopping at the green market at Sty town boast its ecological and taste advantages over the supermarket, but food also comes at extremely reasonable prices. The view of Stuyvesant town is just as natural as its market, providing asthetic pleasure to accompany the already wonderful experience. So stop by if you want great produce at low costs with kind people and a nice view, and it’s beneficial to the environment. In shorter terms, stop by.

A Review/Rant by James Wallace-Lee

 

The Best Place to see Expensive Food Burned

Di Fara’s Pizza

1424 Ave. J, Brooklyn, NY 11230 at E. 15th St

 

Pizza does not seem hard to make. It seems that all you have to do is make some dough, flatten it, put toppings on, and put it in the oven. But for Dom, the old Italian fart who seems to have been running Di Fara’s since the invention of fire, thinks the process isn’t that easy.

My family walked into the place one Sunday night after hearing that it was the best pizza in Brooklyn. So, we drove out to the middle of nowhere, only to find that the fabled pizza place was a little brick room with two tables and a wall of reviews that we would later see as very strangely positive. There was no place to sit; we had to wait fifteen minutes just to order because the crowd of was so large.

But for those as unfortunate as us to stop by there, the horror goes on. The pizza pies are $24 or a whopping $4 a slice! Ordering is just as terrible; the man who takes the orders has no particular method of arranging them and makes no effort to identify which people in the crowd had ordered which pizza. In our case, the wait was another hour after we ordered, during which we saw the man burn and throw away at least four pies. Watching him was a depressing and angering experience for me, because it seemed he put so much care into each pizza, but then burned every one! We pushed back up to the table about then, and when we asked the guy there, he said we were still six pies behind. We walked out of the restaurant after an hour and a half, feeling annoyed and hungry.

                Later that week, my mom brought home a pie. I had a slice, and saw why it was considered to be the best pizza in Brooklyn: it’s smothered in olive oil and basil, creating one of the most wonderful tastes. But even so, don’t try waiting there; you’ll want to punch someone on your way out.

The pizza tastes great, but it’s only for people who have the time, patience, and money to get through the agonizing process of getting a pizza.

You might imagine all guns are violent or threatening. That is the complete opposite at Hornet Nest’s Paintball in Ancramdale, NY about an hour and a half from NYC. It might seem like a long distance away but it’s worth it. The Taconic State Parkway’s scenic route is beautiful on the way up and no worries about crowds and terrible parking there is always plenty of room. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful when it comes to anything paintball related. Their rental gun choices include the Ion and the Tippman 98 Custom, paintball’s most used guns. These are never in short supply and each rental is $30.00 and that comes with 500 rounds of paint, a mask, a pod pack and a CO2 tank, for paintball that’s cheap and the fields cost ten dollars to play on per week.

The fields are huge and are set up in extremely strategic ways. There’s a castle, trenches, a CQC court, a speedball court, a large field set up with bunkers, several forest courses and a town. The castle is set upon a hill with its back to a forest. The castle has three rooms and windows to shoot in and out of. The coolest part about it is that it is completely made of Coca-Cola cases. The battles that rage on that hill are always fierce as the attackers try and rush the castle from the front or flank it from the forest the battle will always be intense. You can only imagine the sensation of being part of a group fighting for a single objective. The thrill of rushing in, shooting with someone at your back. It is unbelievable. The fields are never empty there is always a group of people there playing, often from NYC. Whether it’s playing a game of fifteen minute three on three speedball or a thirty-six on thirty-six three hour long tournament, you will never be alone at Hornet’s Nest Paintball. Also if you think for a second that every single person that goes in there is an ARA members and have real guns, you are way off mark. Most of the people who go there hate guns and see paintball as an “extreme” sport. With an extra layer of clothing the paintballs don’t even sting. The entire place is big on security: You have to sign a waiver and watch a safety video before you go out on the field. If you want to have some exhilarating and safe fun with your friends for fair price this is the place to go. 

 

            A take-out spot sandwiched between two buildings on Rivington Street, Neighburrito is not the first place you notice when taking a stroll around SoHo. However, when you step inside, you are immediately impressed by the collaged walls, which are covered in black-and-white photographs of various locals. You will also notice the old-fashioned wooden bar and square, colorful fold-out menus. Neighburrito is the ultimate neighborhood spot- the staff tend to know all their customers on a first name basis.

            The wait is not long, even around lunch time, so you shouldn’t worry. A completely tattooed woman in her twenties or thirties will refrain from talking to her friends to take your order, and your food will be out in 5-10 minutes. As you wait you can listen to the background classic blues-rock music, or chat with the other friendly customers. The people who generally eat there are in their twenties, and are the general population of SoHo- whether they are bankers or artists, they are wearing street clothes.

Ordering is not too hard, since the build-your-own burrito option on the menu caters to all burrito-lovers. For serious carnivores, there are Carnitas (Pork), Carne Asada (Spiced Steak), Chicken, Tilapia, and Chorizo. For vegetarians, the menu offers Soy Cheese, Portobello Shrooms, Lime-Cumin Marinated Crumbled Tofu, Spicy Scrambled Eggs, and Vegetarian Soysage. On top of all this, you can take your pick out of thirteen different “Fixings,” including everything from Mango Salsa to Tofu Sour Cream.

            The good food keeps on coming! If you don’t have the time or creativity to build your own burrito, there are nine Signature burritos (all made to order), including an amazing Breakfast Burrito, as well as several tacos and quesadillas, customizable salads, Homemade traditional drinks (Horchata, Habiscus, and Tamarindo), and Mexican Coca-Cola with real sugar (ten times better than your average bottle of coke, and served in an old glass bottle)!

            As far as price goes, I would recommend the build your own option, or the signature burritos. You can get a plain burrito with chips and salsa for $4, while add-ons range from $.50 to $3. The drinks and salads are slightly pricey, but everything there is homemade that day, so you can’t blame them.

            Despite being made to order, the food comes fast and is served to you bundled together in a fast-food-type cardboard box. So, when you walk out into the cold you’ll have something quick, warm, and delicious to eat.