There are more than ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall behind the bar at The Porter (I counted). There are tap handles by the dozen. The bar could overwhelm even the most dedicated beer drinker with the depth and breadth of its inventory. But instead of just playing a numbers game, the young owners display a curatorial finesse. Better yet, without gloating about running a “gastropub,” they serve pretty remarkable casual food to go along with the lagers, pilsners, Belgian whites, and, of course, their favorite porters.
It’s not by chance that EcoEmporium, the new earth-friendly boutique in West Midtown, looks familiar. Owners Carol and Bruce Held hired the designers behind mall chain Anthropologie to create a calming space with antique display cases and simple art. Only instead of bohemian wares, the Helds’ “bazaar of sorts” provides a step-by-step guide
A composer before he became a conductor, and a former director of Tanglewood's Festival of Contemporary Music, Robert Spano is at the center of a whirlwind in classical music that's blowing the dusty doors off the symphonic world.