Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Kara Baskin, Devra First and Sheryl Julian January 09, 2018 Get the best of the magazine’s award-winning stories and features right in your e-mail inbox every Sunday. Sign up here. 1. Bencotto You’re listening to Frank Sinatra or greatest hits from your favorite operas, dining on marble-topped tables with windows that open onto Hanover Street. Waiters come around with big hunks of Parmesan to grate onto your pasta, which is served in huge portions. It’s everything you want in a North End restaurant. Bencotto is Italian for “well cooked,” which the pizzas mostly are. The menu is pitch-perfect Italian-American: shrimp scampi with linguine, grilled sausages with roasted peppers, fried calamari with hot cherry peppers. Your relatives visiting from out of town will love it. The staff gets you in and out quickly. Big plus: You can reserve. 361 … [Read more...] about Boston’s 46 best new restaurants
Sprite slam dunk contest
Felipe Lopez, once feted as the city’s best schoolboy basketball player, drives a silver, unwashed S500 Mercedes Benz down East 156th St. in Longwood, one of the South Bronx’s most troubled sections, on the first Saturday in February. It is 9:25 a.m. His mother, Carmen, rides shotgun, and his son, Pito, sits in the back. Lopez slows as he approaches the Bronx Spanish Evangelical Church, a stone building with red doors and stained-glass windows. He honks his horn twice, and a security guard slides back the black fence, topped with loops of razor wire, for Lopez to pull in and park. Lopez walks past bins for the church’s food bank, down three steps and in through a metal back door. Spanish is spoken; sneakers squeak on the freshly mopped hardwood floor. Lopez, dressed in all black, strides through the taut space. He surveys the collection of neighborhood boys, ranging in age from 6 to 15, wearing black T-shirts emblazoned with “Team Fe” in yellow. Three … [Read more...] about New York hoops legend Felipe Lopez still an inspiration as mentor to South Bronx youth
We all wanted LeBron James in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.Some fans were willing to give money to make it happen. If you like him, you wanted him to win. If you hate him, you wanted him to fall on his face while trying to do a Michael Jordan impression.When James tweeted "Dunk contest?" after the actual contestants were announced, it topped 9,000 retweets in 20 minutes. BEST DUNKS EVER: We rank 'em, you vote ALSO SATURDAY: 3-point, skills contestants IMPROMPTU CONTEST: Best from rookie-sophomore gameBut LeBron James is not in the NBA All-Star weekend slam dunk contest, which airs Saturday on TNT with the other competitions at 8 p.m. ET. No big stars are in. We've been left with a bunch of no-names, most of whom didn't even register as stars in their college days. But you know what these guys can do?Dunk. They can really dunk.This should be a great dunk contest because it's a bunch of specialists, guys whose best talent is dunking. But who emerges from an anonymous field? … [Read more...] about Who will win NBA All-Star slam dunk contest?
ORLANDO — It wasn’t Iman Shumpert jumping over Jeremy Lin on a couch, but Jeremy Evans’ dunk was still pretty impressive. The Utah Jazz’s second-year forward captured the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest Saturday night, managing to jump over a teammate sitting on a chair and dunking two balls at once. Later, Evans donned a Karl Malone jersey and jumped over diminutive actor Kevin Hart, who was dressed as a mailman, for another dunk. PHOTOS: 2012 NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND AT AMWAY CENTER IN ORLANDO, FLA. Of course, no one would have ever heard of Evans had it not been for Shumpert, the Knicks’ rookie, being forced to pull out of the competition with a knee injury. Evans got the call three days ago and the 6-9, 2010 second-round pick out of Western Kentucky made the most of it. Most if not all of the dunks were produced and in some cases scripted by the NBA and TNT, which made for a cleaner and in many ways more entertaining event. Houston’s Chase … [Read more...] about Filling in for NY Knicks’ injured Iman Shumpert, Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans wins slam dunk contest on All-Star Weekend
We watch a pregame show sponsored by Kia Motors, and the NBA champion Miami Heat plays at an arena that has the words “American Airlines” plastered all over the place. The Giants no longer play in Giants Stadium — it’s MetLife Stadium now, folks — and the historic Garden in Boston is now the TD Garden. So maybe the NBA’s upcoming fashion faux pas won’t bother us one bit. But it will annoy. Late last week, the NBA announced that, come 2013, jerseys will include advertising patches. No, they won’t be of NASCAR proportions (yet), but a 2.5-inch-by-2.5-inch square patch will be placed on every team’s jersey. Teams will go find their own sponsors, and the league could earn as much as $100 million from the entire arrangement. Truth is, no one will ever notice, and this isn’t some deal with the devil. No, NBA Commissioner David Stern had Lucifer over for lunch a long time ago. This is, after all, the league that let Blake … [Read more...] about Despite money league stands to make off jersey advertisements, NBA’s upcoming fashion faux pas will annoy
ALBANY — In her Harlem neighborhood, the barrage of soda ads is constant. “Pepsi and Coke are everywhere,” said Rashida Jones, 34, a mother of three. “As a parent, I can’t control what my children see. They even show the ads on tv during cartoons.” A recent study shows Jones - a black woman whose kids are 10, 14 and 15 - isn’t alone. The study found that young blacks and Hispanics are bombarded with soda ads at a higher rate than white children. State lawmakers vowed to investigate how the marketing can be regulated. “They are targeting these neighborhoods,” state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan) said of the beverage giants. “This is killing us.” Espaillat’s anger was fueled by research released last week that concluded black kids and teens watched 80% to 90% more soda ads than white children. Hispanic teens were exposed to 99% more soda ads than … [Read more...] about Rage ensues as study shows soda ads target minorities