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Sol Cacao

Daniel Maloney and his brothers Nicolas and Dominic grew up on their father’s farm in Trinidad, running around sugarcane fields and seeking refuge from the glaring sun under mango and coconut trees. It was a good life, but in 1996, the family moved to Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. The brothers search for something to connect them back to their agricultural roots led to the creation of Sol Cacao — the Bronx’s first bean-to-bar chocolate factory. 

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Mexican food and community at Ollin

It’s only 7 p.m. and perhaps it’s because the days are getting shorter but 108 Street in East Harlem is dark and quiet; however, Ollin, a Mexican restaurant, illuminates the block. Its bright blue outdoor dining shed is decorated with hundreds of marigold flowers, twinkling lights and pumpkin lanterns. Inside, the bright orange walls decorated with picture frames are reminiscent of an abuela’s home. The restaurant may be small, with seating for about 15 people at five tables, but its food is big in traditional Mexican flavors that customers love. 

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Queens to finally get more Citi Bikes

Citi Bike first appeared in New York City in 2013 with 6,000 bikes and hundreds of stations scattered throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Currently, it’s the nation’s largest bike share program and has expanded to more of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Jersey City and Hoboken. Since its start, the number of Citi Bikes has quadrupled: there are currently 25,000 bikes and over 1,500 stations. However, not all New Yorkers have had equal access to the program. 

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New Yorkers: Your last-minute elections questions, answered

This week our publisher S. Mitra Kalita spoke with civics reporter Felipe De La Hoz to answer some last-minute elections questions. 

Felipe! It’s Mitra again, publisher of Epicenter and leader of the No-Dumb-Questions movement. Before we begin, I want to thank you for writing one of the earliest “MAGA is in blue New York!” stories I read. I have returned to it a few times over the last few weeks to understand all the noise around me. So with just a few days to go before Election Day, I hoped you might answer a few questions for us once again.

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Let’s Chaat Dog

The lowly hotdog has gotten an upgrade. The brainchild of Pervaiz Shallwani, journalist, trained chef and food writer, Chaat Dogs elevate the BBQ experience for foodies with an adventurous palate who are lovers of Desi-American fusion. The hot dogs pack a spicy punch, come on a ghee-toasted bun and are topped with chaat, a South Asian street food snack.