A Greenpoint resident, Stabile often spends hours at Cafe Royal observing the customers, writing and making up stories in his head that grace the pages of the series, which is being released in volumes with two stories at a time.
“I call it ‘food fiction,’” he said. “I’m a total foodie and Brooklyn is such a food zone, especially Greenpoint and Williamsburg.”
When he decided he wanted to try his hand at writing short stories, he thought about implementing his love for food and Brooklyn Bites was born.
“I wanted to write about food, but not review food," he said. "In the stories, I emphasize food in a good way and it really seemed like a great way to blend the two.”
And emphasize food he does. In Volume 1, his “Truffle Fries” short story tells an all-too-familiar tale of the irritation and annoyance one sometimes feels toward their partner at certain points in a relationship.
In the protagonist’s quest to block out her boyfriend’s loud chewing and irksome habits, she imagines soaking in truffle oil, breathing it in for days, with every bite of a fry taking her to a different scene in her mind:
“I grab two fries and let them transport me to some far-away jungle in Asia. Any country will do, where giant stalks of truffle fries grow from the earth like tasty bamboo, rustling in the ambrosial breeze. I hike through a thick brush of jungle, machete in hand, whacking down and biting into the twenty-foot fries that line my path. They sustain and fortify me, these savory stalks of truffliciousness.”
For Stabile, it only seemed right that he incorporate the savory goodness of food and Greenpoint’s unique character in his work.
Three of the first four stories take place in Greenpoint—in Five Leaves, in Peter Pan's Donuts, and in McCarren Park
“Food is such a big part of living in New York, there’s so much good food,” he said. “And things constantly are happening over dinner tables, in cafes.”
Stabile plans to release eight volumes in all of the self-published Brooklyn Bites. The first three volumes have already been released and can be found on Amazon.com in e-book form.
Stabile plans to release all of the volumes as one e-book, as well as in paperback, toward the end of the year.
This is not the author’s first dabble at writing, although it’s his first time trying his hand at short stories.
Stabile also penned a screenplay for kids, called The Oogieloves and the BIG Balloon Adventure.
The script has been turned into a movie, which is set to be released in time for Labor Day. Aimed toward young kids, ages 3 to 6, the interactive movie musical invites children to jump around in a movie theater.
“It’s like a Rocky Horror for kids,” he said. Stabile teamed up with Teletubbies producer, Kenn Viselman for the film.
He is also working on a young adult novel about an alien-human romance, set in Michigan, but also featuring Prospect Park in some scenes. Originally from Michigan, he lived in Manhattan for a while, and has resided in various parts of the country before moving to Greenpoint. He has lived there for a year and half.
“So far, I love it way more than I even thought I would,” he said.