Many of you have likely shopped at Dalaga, the lovely boutique on Franklin Avenue. But you might not have known that the name of the store is actually a Filipino word that means “lady in her prime.” The two sisters who own the store, Michelle and Mary Mangiliman, chose the name as an ode to their Filipino heritage.
They recently send us this call for donations, in the wake of the tragic typhoon that hit the Philippines.
“Thankfully the area where our family lives was not so badly hit, but nearly 480,000 others were displaced and 4 million more ‘affected’ by the typhoon in 36 provinces,” the sisters wrote to us. ”They are expecting another storm to hit them this morning. Relief agencies are immediately calling for canned food, water, medicine and tents for the homeless. We will be accepting any donations starting today and making regular drops to the Philippine Red Cross. We appreciate any support you can give and hope you’ll help to spread the word.”
In case you still haven’t heard, Greenpoint is getting $19.5 million in funding from Exxon Mobile in retribution for that little (huge) oil spill that polluted our soil and waterways many years ago. The best part of this whole settlement is that the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund has opened up the floor to proposals from locals (that’s YOU) who have projects in mind to improve the neighborhood’s environmental landscape, as well as education and awareness about environmental concerns. You don’t have to be an environmental scientist or urban planning expert to apply–you just need to have an idea for creating a meaningful impact.
The next workshop/networking event is taking place on Wednesday 11/13, from 6:30-8:30pm. Reserve your spot HERE.
From the GCEF: The workshop will provide prospective applicants with a broad overview of the grant program, the online system, and elements of a successful application. Immediately following the workshop, there will be a networking event where attendees can meet and network with others interested in working together on a project proposal for GCEF funding — including community members who may have similar project ideas as well as technical experts who have know-how to offer to a project.
Greenpointers, we’ve been getting some serious complaints about the B48 as of late. One resident, who frequents the stop on Nassau and Kingsland, has gone so far as to call and email the MTA multiple times to no avail (they replied to her with several canned responses that marked the case as “closed”).
Our tipster writes: For the past two months, service has been non-existent at worst, shoddy at best. As a major artery in the transportation system in Greenpoint, you’d think the MTA would make an attempt to keep this line running smoothly, yet every morning, many of us find ourselves stranded on Nassau between Kingsland and Monitor. Continue reading →
Update 9pm: According to NBC News, the shooter has been identified as 29-year-old Ali Akbar Mohammed Rafie, who had been kicked out of another band, The Free Keys, last year. The weapon used was specifically a .308-caliber assault rifle. The two bandmates who were killed were brothers (Arash Farazmand and Soroush Farazmand). They were 27 and 28 years old, respectively.
Update 1:30 p.m.: Here is information from the Yellow Dogs’ manager, provided by Pitchork
The shooter was not a former member of the band The Yellow Dogs, he was in another band from Iran and the two groups were acquaintances in the past. A personal conflict between the guys resulted in the dissolution of their relationship in 2012. The shooting resulted in the death of two of the members of the Yellow Dogs, Sourosh Farazmand (guitarist) and Arash Farazmand (drummer), along with a friend of theirs, fellow musician and author Ali Eskandarian. The shooter died from a self inflicted bullet wound on site.
It’s rare that we have to report on crime in the neighborhood– especially at this scale. Last night, just past 12am, a man whose identity is being protected at this time, shot and killed 3 of his bandmates in their East Williamsburg apartment, before ending his own life. A fifth man, 22-year-old Sasan Sadeghpourosko, was shot in the arm and is currently in stabile condition, according to ABC Local.
Two of the victims were members of the post-punk band, The Yellow Dogs, and were originally from Iran. The shooter was allegedly kicked out of the band for stealing equipment, but it’s not certain if that motivated the shooting.
According to news reports, police were called to the scene at 318 Maujer Street, where they found a 27-year-old an with a gunshot wound (Soroush Farazmand) on the 2nd floor; 2 more men (Ali Eskandarian, 35, and Arash Farazmand, 28) were found shot in the head on the floor above and the gunman’s body was found on the roof next to the assault rifle he used. Eskansarian was a friend of the bandmates, but not in the band himself.
Yesterday this puggle looking pooch was found by our friends at Five Leaves running around on Norman Ave in Greenpoint with no microchip and no collar. If you are the owner or have any information about this dog please contact: kathymechamny (at) gmail.com.
I’m looking to escape the city and have a weekend (or more) of wellness. Do you recommend any yoga retreats that are easily accessible by train (amtrak/metronorth/etc.?) Thanks!
Dear “Yoga Escape”,
Take 10 days off and head up to the Berkshires for a FREE Vipassana Yoga experience. Food and lodging are free, paid for by unsolicited donations by students who have participated. Volunteers feed you and silently help you around. See, you won’t be talking. Or doing yoga, per se. Or texting or writing in your dream journal. Vipassana is a regimented practice of early rising, simple vegetarian meals, and days spent sitting, standing, and walking in silence (for more info and to sign up, visit Dhamma.org).
Full disclosure: while I have practiced the technique in shorter intervals, I have never been able to successfully schedule a retreat. Best to do so 6 months in advance, particularly if you’re a woman. Men can often get a reservation with shorter notice. There are Vipassana locations worldwide offering the same 10 day format. After participating once, you can attend again as a participant or a volunteer, cooking meals, attending to students and chatting. Eventually you can build to 30 day practices.
When you think about Brooklyn life, fishing may not be the first thing that comes to mind..for most people, that is. Ben Sargent, a.k.a. theBrooklyn Chowder Surfer, and fellow members of the Brooklyn Urban Anglers Association are proving that city fishing is pretty bad ass. You can find out yourself at the Brooklyn Fishing Derby, which starts tomorrow (11/8) and runs through the weekend, culminating in the ultimate fish fry cookout on Sunday.
If you’re still skeptical, just check out this video from the 2010 derby. You’ll see this rag tag band of fisherman (and women) climbing under fences, scaling the rocky shores of the East River, and proudly displaying their trophies.
Ben Sargent is no stranger to the foodie/fishing world. He’s appeared on the food network with Bobby Flay, opened Surf Bar, right here in Williamsburg, and is the host of Catch IT, Cook IT, & Eat IT on Bushwick’s Heritage Radio Network (run out of Roberta’s). Veteran Greenpointers might also remember him as the guy who made (questionably legal, but super delicious) lobster rolls to-go out of his basement apartment, which he dubbed The Underground Lobster Pound (until he was shut down by the Board of Health). His alter ego, Doktor Klaw, could be found, as Jen Galatioto described, “delivering lobster rolls in his tricked out truck with a huge ass gold lobster claw hanging around his neck.”
This is actually the 5th year that Sargent has thrown the derby, which he founded after opening his first restaurant in the neighborhood in 2001. He explained that when it first began, he and his friends decided to throw a Brooklyn fishing competition as a joke, but it quickly became more serious, with hefty cash prizes and professional fisherman stepping up to the challenge. This year, though, the goal is more democratic–to bring the craft of fishing back to the community and encourage newbies to give it a whirl.
Co-working spaces are more than just a passing trend–they seem to be the wave of the future for small businesses and start-ups, especially in Brooklyn. This is exactly the case at Green Desk‘s 240 Kent location, where you’ll find a husband-and-wife-run sex toy business down the hall from a kids health food campaign, both upstairs from a new age-y crystal boutique.
The business and retail owners at 240 Kent are vocal about the leeway for experimentation and growth that the space affords them.
“It’s great because we have the flexbility of trying out our business to see if it works,” said Raymond Ng of Essbar Juicing, located on the ground floor of the building, which is exclusively devoted to retail and food outlets.
The ground floor space, which opened in July, is Brooklyn’s answer to the Chelsea Market, with a maze of speciality food vendors, handmade clothing retailers, and vintage sellers, expanding the options available to anyone talking a stroll along the Kent Avenue waterfront. Once a barren warehouse zone, we’ve watched the whole area undergo a major revamp–from the East River Ferry to the Brooklyn Flea and the Edge (and a bevy of other modern high rises). Now, with the advent of this rapidly expanding co-working/retail establishment, the stretch of Kent between N. 12th and N.1st is quickly becoming a hub of young businesses.
Whether you’re craving a French Toast Cupcake (a la Brooklyn Cupcake or an “Vape Pen” to curb a smoking habit (from Vapor Lounge NY), the stores at 240 Kent are well worth exploring.
This Saturday, the Williamsburg School of Music will have its grand opening. The school will offer music lessons to all ages and all skill levels on a variety of instruments. It’s the brainchild of father and son team David and Craig Howe and it’s clearly a labor of love.
You can check out the open house all day Saturday, including a free infant/toddler group class at noon, and then there will be a party starting at 7:00 with beer, wine, snacks, and music from the staff.
The school should be an excellent addition to North Brooklyn and serve as a community arts hub for many years to come. It’s a great idea and I got in touch with Craig to learn more about the project.
The NY Post, the most trusted source in local news, let us in on some super serious scientific data over the weekend, which proves that Brooklyn women are the pickiest daters in the country. Why? Well, it’s obvious that the men of this borough are the worst, according to two women who were disappointed by their online dates.
This data was culled from AYI.com, a dating app (has anyone used it? anyone?), which supposedly analyzed nearly half a million online dating interactions and found that Brooklyn women were the least likely to respond to messages from suitors. This online report is actually a blog post that links only to the dating site itself, so just to clarify, none of this data is actually visible, and therefore, it’s safe to assume that it is 100% accurate.
To investigate, the Post “ventured into the land of hipsters and artisinal pickles to speak to local women about why plaid shirts and scruffy beards are no longer cutting it.” After conversing with one girl in Bushwick and one in Williamsburg, this reporter concluded that online dating is difficult, because there are a lot of dumb people on the internet who only want sex. WHAT? I thought only wealthy, PhD students used AYI.com! EVERYTHING IS A LIE!