Weirdies, by Shannon O’Neill, a featured vendor at our Holiday Market, is a collection of little creatures whose purpose in life is to be an amusing companion for your desk or workspace. They are all sculpted, painted, and sewn by hand in a monster laboratory otherwise known as Shannon’s apartment in Greenpoint.
We spoke to Shannon about her collection of adorable little creatures… plus more Weirdies after the jump!
Yes, it’s a day of thanks and eating like there is no tomorrow. Let’s not forget that Thanksgiving is also a day of indulgent wonderful glorious napping. This is the window cat at Academy Records. He can teach us a thing or two about napping, especially the hand over eye move. Sweet turkey dreams.
Dog-e-Dog’s 2nd Annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume and Trick Contest proved to be yet another doggone success. The event took place this past Saturday at McCarren Park. Owners from all across Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan came in droves with their pooches in tow, ready to show judges their most creative pet costumes and training chutzpah. Continue reading →
I’ve had buttermilk on my mind ever since my friend sent me this clip of the now semi-famous rambunctious ruminant–’Buttermilk‘, a Nigerian dwarf goat playing with her friends. ‘Buttermilk’ plays by her own rules, sure, but what was foremost on my mind as I thought about her was where does she get that energy!? Oh, to have the where-with-all to bounce about with carefree abandon like a tiny, short-legged goat on a Maine dairy farm. What would it take? Hard drugs? I say hard to get!
Perhaps something as easy as a summer salad with homemade dressing can give me “the Buttermilk bounce.” So I mixed up this spicy buttermilk dressing, covered my salad with it, and went on a rampage. I ran out the door and down to Transmitter Park where I chased a flock of pigeons around for ten to fifteen minutes (with zero fatigue, mind you), then zipped up to the corner, stole a frozen Snickers from the deli just for the thrill of it (I don’t even LIKE snickers), then bought all my Christmas gifts for 2013 (I could no longer pass up those beckoning summer sales on Franklin St). Finally, I ran over to the basketball court, “buttermilked” my way into a game, slam-dunked the rock, ran home, and reorganized my cutlery.
Knockout Buttermilk Dressing. Go on. Try it. I dare you.
At a glance: Buttermilk is a good source of protein, calcium, potassium, and B12. It’s actually fermented milk, usually made by adding lactic acid to regular milk, so you’ll be getting some healthy probiotics with every serving, which can aid with digestion.
⅔ cup non-fat cultured buttermilk
½ cup fresh basil leaves
2-3 tbsp. fresh jalapeño, seeded and chopped
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. sea salt
With an immersion blender or in a food processor, combine all ingredients until mixture reaches a smooth consistency. Add more salt to taste or jalapeño for kick.
This Etsy store not only caught my eye because it features a cat in a cone; if you’re a cat owner you can relate, but the story behind the store’s name is pretty insane, too. “Pink Baby Mouse Shop is named after my first business, which was breeding mice. I specialize in hand made, unique pieces with a sense of humor.” I wonder what she was breeding mice for? Pets? Labs? Snake Food? Other characters include a Chihuahua Superhero.
Whenever I see folks pointing and looking up into a tree, I have to stop and find out what’s up. At McCarren it’s usually one of the Red Tailed Hawks but on Saturday at the American Playground on Franklun St, it was a rare sighting and first for me, an Eastern Kingbird!
Luis and Adelina were so excited to tell me that they rescued a chick who they named “Freedom,” and with the help of Wild Bird Fund, NYC’s first Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, they were able to return him to his family right here in Greenpoint. Since the lovely local couple lives right on Franklin St, they can visit their aviary neighbors regularly. We will be sure to invite these two to our next bird walk so we can meet Freedom and his flock.