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.
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!
♦ The Shape of Control @ Java Studios Gallery (252 Java St, Suite 308) FRIDAY (11/8) 7-11 pm, FREE, Group show featuring paintings, photographs, and sculptures that depict human interaction with nature, exploring the way in which reality is preserved and/or distorted through documentation and storytelling, includes work from artists Robby Rose (paintings of defaced sculptures of ancient Greek heroes)/ Nathalie Shepherd (paintings of idealized female muses) / Vriginia Ines Vergara (photographs wilderness dioramas through multiple lenses) / Divya Anantharaman (brings the animal into our environment with Black Bear Taxidermy), on view through December 6, RSVP, Catalog
WEDNESDAY 11/6 • Muchmore’s Free Poker Tournament @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 7-8:30pm, FREE, ok gamblers, this one’s for you… except instead of losing money you get to play for free and potentially win a $25 bar tab (!!), RSVP
* GCEF Networking Event @ Polish Slavic Center (176 Java St) 6:30-8:30pm, FREE, network with community members who are applying for grants from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund ♦ Opening: John F. Moore Jr. @ The Habitat (998 Manhattan Ave) 7pm, FREE, Moore exhibits his abstract, trippy paintings, RSVP * Greenpoint Designers MEET UP @ Broken Land (105 Franklin St) 7-9pm, there’s a lot of you design-y folks around here (I see you lookin’ all cool, working on your typography), how about you meet each other and talk about it over drinks and prizes and form a community, or whatever RSVP ♦ Daniel Johnston: here @ Reverse Space (28 Frost St) 7-9pm, Opening for a traveling exhibition of images taken of the iconic singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston by documentary/portrait photographer Jung Kim, capturing his life on the road and at home in Waller, TX, More Info * Everyday is Like Sunday @ Nitehawk (136 Metropolitan Ave) 8pm, FREE, Catch a special screening of this Toronto film about “being young and getting older/drinking too much,” co-starring Nick Thorburn of the band Islands and formerly The Unicorms, the theme hits a little close to home, but hey, the Toronto Star called it “Scrappy but endearing,” RSVP ♫ Heliotropes / Flown / Black Lagoon / Beech Creeps @ The Acheron (57 Waterbury St, Bushwick) 8pm, $10 (I must be tired because I read Beech Creeps as “Beach Crepes” and got really excited/hungry), RSVP
Back in September, the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund invited the public to submit proposals for improving the neighborhood’s green space as part of the $19.5 million grant program (funded by the 2011 settlement with ExxonMobil as retribution for the Greenpoint Oil Spill).
An important component of the fund is ensuring that the community has “a direct, continuing role in guiding GCEF’s development and implementation,” according to the website. This means that all Greenpoint residents (not just environmental experts and non-profit organizations) are encouraged to get involved. The deadline for proposals was recently extended to 12/18/13.
The GCEF is holding a networking event on 11/7 to encourage applicants to meet each other and to foster collaboration between community members with similar project ideas. In addition, the event will be a way for applications to meet technical experts who might have useful knowledge about their project’s logistics.
When: Thursday, November 2nd When: 6:30-8:30pm Where: Polish Slavic Center (176 Java St)
WEDNESDAY 10/30 • Box Street Park Meeting @ Bushwick Inlet Park (86 Kent Ave. at N. 9th St) 6-7:30pm, more info, RSVP: newtownbox [at] parks.nyc.gov • Allie Brosh @ WORD (126 Franklin St) 7-8pm, the blogger and cartoonist behind Hyperbole and a Half presents her memoir of the same name, RSVP ♫ Gigawatts presents: Your Favorite Halloween Covers Show @ 285 Kent, 8pm, $10, your chance to belt Third Eye Blinds songs in public, with Dead Stars as Nirvana / Butter the Children as Pixies / Le Rug as At the Drive-in / Turnip King as Velvet Underground / Heeney as Third Eye Blind, RSVP • Beco Movie Series: Halloween Special @ Beco Bar (45 Richardson St) Celebrate halloween with the first Brazilian horror film At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul (1963), More Info ♫ A Halloween Party with Neighbors! @ Glasslands (289 Kent Ave) 8:30pm, $10, costumes and music by Neighbors / Cosmonaut / C▲RL S▲G▲N, RSVP BUY TIX * Spinnin’ Pizza Party @ Coco66 (66 Greenpoint Ave) 10pm, FREE, Groove to vinyl ONLY DJ’s spinning garage, soul and rock n’ roll, with FREE PIZZA at (about) midnight & $3 PBR/Yuengling, More Info
THURSDAY 10/31 • Halloween Bash @ Brooklyn Fire Proof East (119 Ingraham St) 5-11pm, FREE, pumpkin carving/costume contests, free cinnamon tequila shots, and music from Computer Age / Grey Nurse / Journalism / Due Dilligence and tributes to Neil Young, The Ramones, Tom Petty, and the Velvet Underground, RSVP * Haunted Canoe Tours to Dutch Kills @ North Brooklyn Boat Club (49 Ash St) 5:30-11pm, $15 for boat, Party FREE, Tickets to see the toxic creek monsters up close are sold out, but don’t despair! The Boatyard Party will still be raging with a bonfire, scary tales of Newton CREEP, and halloween tunes, guaranteed to be the most SUPERFUND party of the night (pun credit goes to the boat club for that one), RSVP • Hair Metal Halloween Cocktail Party @ Hair Metal Salon (200 Franklin St) 5-10pm, FREE, Celebrate with tiki drinks, finger foods, and grab bags before heading out for the evening, RSVP • Horror Film Composer Alan Howarth / Liturgy @ 285 Kent, 7pm, $13, Horwarth has composed all or part of the score for the Halloween movies, as well as sound design and effects for Poltergeist, Escape from New York, and many others, BUY TIX * 5th Annual Greenpoint Zombie Crawl @ Black Rabbit (91 Greenpoint Ave) 7pm, Gather with your half-dead brethren at Black Rabbit, before crawling to Browerij Lane (8pm), t.b.d (9pm) and Mark Bar (10pm) for a feast, with a live performance from Skulk the Hulking (10:30) and drink specials for zombies all night * Sailor Jerry’s Halloween Bash @ Passenger Bar (229 Roebling St) 7pm-4am, FREE, Come in your finest B-Movie & Cult themed costumes (i.e. Barbarella vs. the Toxic Avenger) to score prizes before enjoying a full burlesque show at 8:30, an open bar with PRB and Sailor Jerry from 7-8, and haunted toons from DJ Any Rourke (formerly of the Smiths) & Steve Lewis (Blackbook Magazine), RSVP ♫ SOUL DRACULAS: A Groovy Greenpoint Halloween @ Coco66 (66 Greenpoint Ave) 8pm, FREE, with Mighty Fine / Madam Robot & The Lust Brigade / The Juggs / DJ Shimmy / DJ Captain Heartlock / Cavestompin’ Near You, RSVP *Halloween Dance Party @ Beloved (674 Manhattan Ave) 9pm, FREE, Dance party and costume contest at midnight, winner gets drinks and C$SH MONEY, RSVP • Union Ghouls!! @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 9pm, FREE, DJ’s + death/booze/blood/satan/skulls and TACOS, with drink specials all night, More Info Continue reading →
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This Saturday (11/2) will mark the 4th year that the Vintage Crawl has blessed us with a mapped route of shopping bliss, complete with sweets deals, cocktails, and seasonal sweaters galore. And this year, it’s expanded to the uncharted land of Bushwick.
Shoppers can navigate with a self-led interactive map on their smart phones (flip phone Philistines can rely on an old-timey paper map). The crawl encompasses over 25 vintage stores and 10 bars across North Brooklyn, culminating in an after-party at Brooklyn Bowl, featuring Brooklyn-via-Detroit songstress, Alex Winston, synth pop greats, Joywave, and local fav, Deidre & The Dark.
After-party tickets are available here. Bring them to the crawl for even more discounts that will make your bargain-hunting thrift queen give your inner cheap-o a hearty pat on the back.
Here (drum roll) are the participating stores:
Greenpoint: Seven Wonders Vintage | Fox & Fawn | Ana Chronos | Kill Devil Hill | BKLYN Curated | Mahps Vintage | Adaptations
Williamsburg: Malin Landaeus | Horizons | Antoinette | RePop | Le Grand Strip | About Glamour | Awoke Vintage | Brooklyn Reclamation | Rabbits | Treehouse | Lavai Maria | Artists & Fleas [select booths] | C&C Pop up Truck
Bushwick: Collections | Worship | Fox and Fawn | Friends Vintage | Nouveau Vieux | Chess and the Sphinx
And..the bars: The Three Diamond Door | Dear Bushwick | High Horse Saloon | Commodore | Soft Spot | Duke’s Liquor Box | Skinny Dennis | The Gibson | Sage | Park Luncheonette
There will also be a Vintage Truck–the C&C Pop-Up mobile (from the A&E show, Storage Wars NY) will be stationed along McCarren Park in Williamsburg, selling various vintage knickknacks, clothing, and home goods.
Here is a little taste of some of the steals n’ deals going down: