Nice corrective, thanks.
Good books. How about Daniel Fuchs' "Summer in Williamsburg," Paule Marshall's "Brown Girl, Brownstones," Pietro di Donato's "Christ in Concrete," Gilbert Sorrentino's "Mulligan Stew," Bernard Malamud's "The Assistant," Wallace Markfield's "To an Early Grave" (turned into the very funny film "Bye Bye Braverman"), Michael Stephens' "Brooklyn Book of the Dead," Pete Hamill's "The Gift," Gloria Naylor's "Mama Day," Chaim Potok's "The Chosen," Susan Fromberg Schaeffer's "Falling"? And you can never go wrong with Betty Smith.
Good piece. But do you have a punchline to go with: "What's the difference between Spitzer and Weiner?"
Good article, thanks.
I suspect their clientele is year-round residents, not seasonal visitors. The people who live in Coney Island are mostly poor and lower middle class. An Applebee's will provide them with a year-round dining choice they didn't have before, just like the locations they've put at the Junction, downtown at Flatbush & DeKalb and in Atlantic Terminal, and Restoration Plaza. It's on the street, not the boardwalk, and will be open all year round. They're aiming at a community underserved by fast-casual restaurants, as can be seen by their sponsorship of events like the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series at Winthrop Field. As a vegetarian, I don't eat there, but I bet their demographic survey of the community led them to believe they'll be successful there. And Applebee's is a superior experience to another Burger King, McDonald's, Wendy's, etc. for people with limited funds.
Wonderful article. Thanks so much, Henry.
People under 60 really can't appreciate them, obviously.
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