West of Lillie’s Bar
in Red Hook, Brooklyn, is a weed-tattered lot, and south of that is the Erie Basin, slated to become the world’s largest Ikea. Presided over by its eponymous owner, the bar shuns the neighborhood’s crossroads status and sticks to being a place with $5 all-you-can-eat barbecue on Sundays, where off-duty barge pilots knock Rheingolds with neighborhood artists. Children play in the garden as punk kids nod to the live swing music. It’s Austin in New York.