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New American

Camperdown Elm

Just as there are restaurants in Brooklyn and then there are restaurants in Brooklyn, there are trees in Prospect Park and then there’s the Camperdown Elm. A majestically gnarled growth dating back to when Brooklyn was its own city and later rescued from destruction in the 1960s by the poet Marianne Moore, it is preserved behind an iron fence beyond the Park’s boathouse. “The Camperdown Elm tree is a mutation of the elm tree, and unique in that it can’t reproduce from a seed. Every Camperdown tree was grafted from another existing [tree],” Brad Willits, a former chef at Agern and the owner of this South Slope favorite, told Edible Brooklyn last year. The restaurant is as singular as its namesake. The Infatuation says its menu is full of ingredients incomprehensible without an iPhone and Internet access. But the staff is helpful, and its dishes reward the research. Word is even kids love their black-ink squid crackers. (Camperdown Elm, 441 7th Ave., Brooklyn 347-294-4786.)

Signed fine art Giclee prints on museum-quality, one-quarter-cotton 280 gsm paper with archival inks are available in two sizes:

5 x 7 for $55 (email me about this size)
9 x 12 for $95

Editions are strictly limited to 365 copies, and each annotated print is a beautiful reminder that our days are numbered.

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