African School in Williamsburg

Coast and Valley Brings Taste of California to Manhattan Avenue

587 Manhattan Ave. (via Google Maps)

A new California-themed wine bar is opening today on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint.

Coast and Valley (587 Manhattan Ave.) will exclusively carry and serve wine from the golden state that can be ordered by taste, glass, or bottle.

The dining room features wooden tables and bright colors that evoke the simplified elegance of the Pacific coast with 34 seats between the bar and tables that have partial bench seating against the wall.

A sample of the extensive wine menu
A sample of the extensive wine menu

 

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The food options at Coast and Valley are also California-inspired, “but in that all-day Silver Lake way, not in that Balsamic gastrique way,” a PR rep for the business explained in a statement. Continue reading

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The 5th of July: Abolitionist Williamsburg

African School WIlliamsburg
The African School in Williamsburg via the Brooklyn Historical Society

The Weeksville Heritage Center, a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of Weeksville, a self-supporting 19th century free black community in what is now Crown Heights, has a “5th of July Resource Center for Self-Determination and Freedom.”

This 5th of July, I’d like to honor that project by taking a look at Abolitionist Williamsburg. In the 1840s and 1850s, Williamsburg was home to Brooklyn’s second largest African American community, and was a hotbed of the Abolitionist movement.  Continue reading

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