In the meantime, get psyched for better temps by stocking up on some new threads at the Samantha Pleet sample sale this Saturday and Sunday (3/8-3/9) at Horizons Vintage (381 Metropolitan Ave).
The sale will feature the recent fall 2013 collection with dresses and separates at 50% off, past collections priced to move, and archive pieces starting at only $50. Additionally, there will be a special discount on shoes from Wolverine 1000 Mile by Samantha Pleet.
This weekend – shop for handmade European fashions, jewelry and home goods at Little Poland Gallery (240 Kent Ave @ No. 1st) from 11:30am-8pm. This “Women for Women” Designer Sale event in honor of International Women’s Day promises unique styles in all natural materials like linen and cotton – and with your purchase you will receive a surprise gift! We love surprise gifts!!!
It’s almost time for NYCgo’s restaurant week in Manhattan. But if you prefer to get your foody kicks a little closer to home, Grand Street in Williamsburg is going be to hosting a restaurant week of its very own from February 17th – 23rd.
14 restaurants will be participating, each offering a three-course dinner for $25, and half of them offering a two-course lunch for a mere $10. These deals are much cheaper than those in Manhattan, with the added bonus that all the restaurants are within walking distance of Greenpoint! Continue reading →
Bedford + Bowery takes a walk down Manhattan Ave, which they say is right on the edge of gentrification…do you agree??
CBS News did a video segment on a wilderness survival course…that is being taught under the Pulaski Bridge at the North Brooklyn Boat Club outpost. The tone is 100% serious, as the newscaster comments on the joys of scavenging for wood scraps in dumpsters…as a matter of LIFE AND DEATH.
The Nordic coffeehouse Budin opened this morning at 114 Greenpoint Ave and apparently wins the prize for the most expensive latte in the neighborhood, pricing out at $7. Meanwhile, The Brooklyn Paper takes the prize for the most cringeworthy pun headline ever, i.e. “A Whole Latte Money!”
Greenpoint resident, Jeffrey Newman, talked about his mission to deliver a positive message to people with HIV/AIDS by eliminating many of the stigmas and misinformation attached to the virus. (Greenpoint Gazette)
Tonight, there’s an interesting event at Trash Bar called Church Night. It’s variety show and satire on a church service that features burlesque, music, comedy, an organist in drag, sing-a-long hymns, and a “shots and tots communion.” It starts at 8:00 and it’s FREE. The group that puts it on is based out of DC, click here for more about them.
A few seats to my right at the bar, an expensively-dressed middle-aged woman spoke loudly on her smartphone while the stoic waitstaff artfully transferred white beans from a polished steel serving tray to her wide, gleaming white plate. Behind me in a booth, two young men chatted over $20+ appetizers, their old Nike sneakers up on the doeskin-soft leather banquette. At another table, a couple whose combined age I’d place no higher than 30 photographed their dessert, flash on.
These were the patrons with whom I was sharing the subtle ax motif of The Elm, chef Paul Liebrandt’s below-ground restaurant nestled in the foundation of the King and Grove hotel in Williamsburg (160 N 12th St). Continue reading →
While sitting on a surprisingly comfy modern sofa inside a patient suite at Williamsburg Therapy Group, I enjoyed a tranquil view of a quiet stretch of Grand St obscured by tropical plants in neatly arranged terra cotta pots. I noticed stacks of books on the window sill with titles that referred to the psychology of African American families, Racial Oppression and the US Prison System – not the population of patients I imagined served by this practice. Continue reading →
Williamsburg developer and super-bully, Victor Einhorn, the new landlord of the city-run Swinging Sixties Senior Center building (211 Ainslie St), has given 200 seniors and preschoolers until the end of January to vacate the premises, before the community center is torn down to make way for new condos. Way to pick on the underdog, Victor. Seriously.
Two Boots is moving in and Foodswings is priced out of North Brooklyn (bye, Vegan wings). 285 Kent is also rumored to be closing down (bye, DIY music).
Williamsburg is now a place that you can dine on gourmet SPAM, reviewed by the NY Times.
In further gentrification news, you rich bastards can now purchase the most expensive condo in Brooklyn, (in so-called gritty South Williamsburg) where you can relax in your giant tub, read in your private library, and roll around naked on your “exquisite” marble floors. If you need an apartment-sitter, you know who to call.
And last but not least, Greenpoint is officially better than it’s sister hood, Gowanus, according to a vote hosted by Curbed. Both places are home to megadevelopment and toxic water, but we have kielbasa. We also beat Governor’s Island, not surprisingly, because it’s not a neighborhood (i.e. it’s an island that no one lives on). Now, we’re challenging NoMad for the championship. Go Greenpoint!
If this weather is leaving you longing for warmer days or perhaps a tropical vacation, save the airfare and head over to Battery Harris (64 Frost St) where you can enjoy a spicy meal and exotic cocktails that will shake off those winter shivers.
We were invited for a taste and chat with Head Chef Zachary Frankel who shared some recipes and told us why spice is perfect during the cold months.
Spicy food is really satisfying in the winter because it warms you up from the inside. Spice makes your metabolism fire. I also think having island treats reminds people of the summer to come.