By Siobhan Wallace

About Siobhan Wallace

Siobhan Wallace is a freelance writer & editor. She co-founded the food blog Blondie & Brownie in 2008 and co-authored "New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks" (Running Press, 2013).

Where to Watch the Fireworks This Fourth of July

You’ll want to get in on this view!  Image: Brooklyn Barge/Instagram

We’re one week away from hamburgers, sparklers, and rooftop fireworks. With the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Show barges in the East River, literally between the northern tip of Greenpoint and Long Island City (where they properly should be!), our waterfront and rooftops are going to be prime viewing. If you don’t have a private rooftop to your avail, a few of our favorite places are going to be hosting parties, some complete with special menus and poppin’ bottles. But you better act fast as all expect to sell out! Continue reading

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Everything You Need To Know About Those Organic Waste Brown Bins

What is up with all these brown “organic waste” recycling bins in North Brooklyn? Doesn’t the city ask for enough with the paper, plastic, and metal recycling? Why are they trying to make us do this, too? Won’t it cause vermin problems? I’ve heard these questions and so many more over the past few years as New York City began the food scrap and yard waste recycling phase of its Zero Waste plan. No, it’s not required to separate your food scraps (yet) though there are multiple chic products to help you. Just know that there are flyover states more environmentally conscious than us. Continue reading

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It’s Outdoor Yoga Weather!

Summer’s here! Summer’s here! It’s picnics in the park, (possible) ferry rides to the beach, and group yoga classes outside time! Unlike the massive outdoor free classes that happen in other parks around the city—I call b.s. when someone says they enjoy doing yoga with about 100 other people—the outdoor classes that happen in North Brooklyn tend to not get too crowded, and you might know an instructor or two. Some of these offerings are free and some aren’t, but it’s really a treat to get your om on outside. Continue reading

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Healthy Eats at Franklin St’s Antidote Apothecary + Tea Bar

Nine months ago, herbalist Elizabeth DeCoursey opened Antidote Apothecary + Tea Bar at 200 Franklin Street and worked hard through the winter helping Greenpointers live a better life through her herbs and tinctures. Having lived in Greenpoint for 15 years, she’s felt that a great, friendly herbal-focused shop was desperately needed. But given the lack of healthy eating spots north of Greenpoint Avenue and a desire to make the shop a place the thoroughly nurtures her neighbors, a couple of months ago she decided to start offering a full menu from noon to 7 pm every day. Trust me, you will feed like the picture of health after stopping by for a quick bite. Continue reading

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North Brooklyn Farms is Open For The Season

North Brooklyn Farms’ new pupper friend

Over the past few years, North Brooklyn Farms, the working urban farm that lets you get your hands dirty, has become a waterfront haven and a surefire spot for cool events. Their farm stands allow you to literally see the plot your food comes from and gave you to a reason to eat your hard-earned volunteer work. The crowds last year showed that North Brooklyn Farms had definitely become a part of the neighborhood. Despite its popularity, the farm faced a huge challenge over the winter. Two Trees, the company developing the Domino Sugar complex, began building Water Street, taking a good chunk away from the farm and the neighboring dirt bike course. The construction is just a reminder that the farm is on borrowed time, a utopia that must come to an end. But until that happens, North Brooklyn Farms will be living it up, with its new layout. Continue reading

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It’s Toro Ironworks Last Day!!

Toro Ironworks was always a great spot for the pregame

For the past two years, Toro Ironworks Kitchen & Bar (254 Driggs Ave) has been a go-to spot for tacos, margs, and other Mexican delights. They especially came in handy as a pre-Warsaw dinner or a quick weekday happy hour drink. They were even ahead of the latest jackfruit trend when they debuted jackfruit tacos last year for the vegetarians among us. (You can now get brined jackfruit at Trader Joe’s because it’s #trending.) Alas, all good things must come to an end. Owner Sebouh Yegparian has let us know that today is, unfortunately, Toro Ironworks last day with us. They will be missed.

But they are not going out without a little bit of a celebration. Until the final closing of the doors tonight, they will be offering a “3, 4, 5” promotion. All beers are $3, all margaritas are $4, and all glasses of wine are $5. They do have a limited menu on offer for those of you who want that jackfruit one last time. We should note that they won’t be open until mid-afternoon due to construction on the block. So stop by this afternoon, or on your way home tonight to enjoy their patio one last time, and wish Sebouh well on his next adventure.

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Afternoon Happy Hours for Your Summer Friday Drinking

All these beers could be yours for $25   Image: Keg & Lantern Brewing/Facebook

It’s summer. It’s Friday. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’re currently enjoying a Summer Friday, a wonderful work perk that affords you a little work/life balance. If you have the whole day off, you might have headed to Five Leaves for a chill breakfast without the weekend crowd or to Acme for Fish Fridays (that cooler is a godsend during hot summer months). After lounging in the park, taking a small nap, and/or any of the other hundred things that make summer Fridays so delicious, you’ll want to get in on those happy hours you usually miss out on. Continue reading

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The Brooklyn Kitchen’s Closing, But There’s A SALE!!!

Over a decade ago, Williamsburg residents Harry Rosenblum and Taylor Erkkinen didn’t have a good place to pick up kitchen supplies when in a pinch, so they created one. The Brooklyn Kitchen first opened on Lorimer Street in late 2006, moving to a former textile warehouse at 100 Frost Street in 2009. They added The Meat Hook in the back (the butcher shop moved last year to its new digs), offered fresh produce, and became a full specialty grocery offering classes, hosting book events, and presiding over many cooking competitions. And last week, it was announced that the dream was over. Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Other Canadian Restaurant, Chez Ma Tante

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Losing Jimmy’s Diner on Franklin & Calyer was a hard loss to take. It was definitely one of the underrated neighborhood spots and a great place for a casual meal. Thankfully, Jimmy’s closing wasn’t because of a landlord dispute or rent issues, it was simply time for a new look. Last month, Chez Ma Tante opened its doors and quickly became one of Greenpoint’s new favorite restaurants, as evidenced by the crowded dining room on a recent night.

Chef Aidan O’Neal, formerly of the Manhattan restaurant Café Altro Paradiso, helms the team behind Chez Ma Tante. The name is in homage to a famous hot-dog-and-French-fry spot in Montreal, where Chef Aidan lived before heading to the five boroughs. (He’s originally from Vancouver.) And though you might hear that Chez Ma Tante is a Quebecois or Canadian restaurant, it’s not serving up hearty poutine and the like. If anything, the food at Chez Ma Tante is very American, just slightly refined. Continue reading

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The Takedowns Have Come Home to Greenpoint

15 years ago, Matt Timms, a struggling actor, began hosting friendly chili cook-offs in his home, partly as a way to hang with friends on the cheap. The parties became popular enough that in 2005, he moved them to Bar Matchless, got 100 people to pay to eat chili, and thus the Takedowns began. Since then, the Takedowns have expanded and gone to other cities, but a few months ago, Matt brought them home to Greenpoint and the new Brooklyn Bazaar. And this month’s Takedown, happening next Sunday the 21st, is all about one of the best foods ever created on this Earth, tacos. Continue reading

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