Though less distinctly than the red, white, and green of the awning and the flag in the window, slices of Hungarian bacon (about $6.95 per pound) also wore the national colors, thanks to interlaced paprika, garlic, and green pepper.
Kek Duna 5802 13th Ave., Borough Park, Brooklyn 718-436-4519
Opened in 1927 as the
Fortway. The movie theater's more than 2,300 seats were split between three screens in the 1970s and five screens in the 1980s; the Fortway split altogether in 2005 and became a supermarket two years later.
Generations of young musicians have posed with studied nonchalance on a New York stoop. Perhaps my current subway reading, Love Goes to Buildings on Fire — an engrossingly detailed chronology of the music scene in mid-1970s New York — helped guide my camera. Heavy on particulars, the book is light on photos, however, and I haven't put my finger on an album cover that captures by design the look these apples found by chance. Any suggestions?
The Rispoli Pastry Shop, which decamped several summers ago from Bensonhurst to Staten Island, was a neighborhood favorite not only for baked goods but also for housemade Italian ices. Many of those ices are available once again at a tiny Brooklyn storefront, made to the original recipes.
A few of the colors are too vibrant to be natural — the blueberry glows as bright as a jungle butterfly — but the flavors I've tried (small, $2) are pure and not overly sweet. Lemon, speckled with the occasional bit of zest, tastes like lemon and not sugar, and the cantaloupe, except for the icy texture, might have been scooped from a wedge of the fresh fruit.
Rispoli Ices 1310 78th St. (13th-14th Aves.), Dyker Heights, Brooklyn 718-236-2201 www.Facebook.com/rispoli.ices Also available at the Rispoli Pastry Shop & Cafe 29 Hyatt St. (at Central Ave.), St. George, Staten Island 718-273-5224
"No samples" was a reasonable sign for the outdoor produce racks; "You eat, you pay" seemed a bit brusque. The loss-prevention vibe pervaded the rest of the market, too. Junasar brand dried golden cherry apples (10 oz.; $3.49) weren't worth the hassle.
3 Guys from Brooklyn 6502 Fort Hamilton Pkwy., Sunset Park, Brooklyn 718-748-8340
When sold from a sweets counter rather than prepared at home, the South Asian pudding called halwa usually is allowed to set, then is cut into squares. This moist trio ($2.50) takes traditional flavors from carrot (orange), squash (green), and apple (tan).
Gourmet Sweets 1107 Coney Island Ave., Borough Park, Brooklyn 718-421-4100
Having passed by but not stopped in Dyker Heights, I've never had the privilege of a Lioni's hero. However, this mozzarella and prosciutto roll ($9.99 per pound) made the trek north to Manhattan and amply filled in as a late-night nosh. Must return the favor and take a trip myself.
Lioni Latticini 7819 15th Ave., Brooklyn (purchased at Morton Williams Associated Supermarket) 718-232-7852