Tucked under the Williamsburg Bridge and flanked by an ultra Orthodox Jewish neighborhood to the south and a skinny-jeaned hipster kingdom to the north, Marlow and Daughters is well accustomed to flirting on the line of traditional and experimental in Brooklyn. The butcher shop and grocery makes up one third of a mini-local food empire that's become a neighborhood staple. Now things are getting super local and hands on as more parts of the cows slaughtered are being used in all of the sister businesses. The grocery store, Marlow and Daughters, butchers the cows. The flagship restaurant, Diner, takes the beef and makes steaks. The quirkier general store, Marlow and Sons, takes the leather and makes hand bags and old-timey footballs for the kids.
Farmhouse chic is kind of the rage in Brooklyn these days, so doing things the 19th-century way must appeal to locals. For a neighborhood once known for artists and squatters, this could usher in a whole new era of urban farmers and strollers. Maybe raising chickens could be Williamsburg's latest do-it-yourself-but-in-a-yuppie-way fad. Oh wait, that happened two years ago.