East Williamsburg

A Goat on the Lam, Explosions of Love and Brooklyn in Paradise — The Hook-up (10/5)

Goat on the Lam! via New York Daily News
Goat on the Lam! via New York Daily News

The psalm says the Lord is our shepherd, and nobody seemed to know it better this week than the abandoned billy goat who took shelter under the steps of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration on North 12th and Driggs. Officer Jamar Ferguson, newly-dubbed official goatherd of the 94th Precinct, corralled the freelance goat into a cage and named him “Lil’ Ferg.” Continue reading

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4 Days Left of Grand Street’s Restaurant Week

If you’ve eaten out on Grand Street this week, you’d have noticed it is Grand Street Restaurant Week once again! Unlike the regular Restaurant Week, Grand Street’s lets the restaurant set the price. This means you can have a two-course lunch special for $9-$15, and three-course dinner for $12-$30. To sweeten the deal, Grand Street BID is throwing an Instagram contest where the best photo wins a $50 gift card. And who couldn’t use a (basically free) $50. It’s honestly one of the better ways to eat out and support small businesses this weekend! Continue reading

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Balkan Beat Box Bring Serious Global Flavor To Brooklyn Steel

Have you ever gone to see a band, super pumped, and witnessed a crowd of people standing around sipping craft beer and stubbornly refusing to do little more than nod their heads in time to the music? Yeah, we’ve all been there—it’s awkward for everyone. Refreshingly, when Israeli trio Balkan Beat Box took the stage at Brooklyn Steel (319 Frost St) in late April, this was definitely not one of those moments. In fact, inside Bowery Presents’ newest place to party—specifically designed for large crowds and good visibility of the stage from virtually any vantage point—I experienced a moment of live music euphoria: a few seconds of music video-worthy bliss where literally everyone in the massive venue was off their feet, jumping in the air.

Long story short? When vocalist Tomer Yosef tells you to jump, you jump… splashing craft beer and all.
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Job Fair TODAY (3/4) for New Music Venue Brooklyn Steel!

Brooklyn Steel Job Fair

Today at the Cooper Park Community Center Gym (76 Kingsland Ave) new music venue Brooklyn Steel is holding a job fair. They’re hiring for Box Office, Bathroom Attendants, Coat Check, Door Staff, Hospitality, Maintenance, Merch, Production, Bartenders, Barbacks & Security positions.

Interviews will be taking place from 9am-4:30pm on a first come, first serve basis. They’ll be opening in April at 319 Frost Street, with some really cool shows planned—The Decemberists, PJ Harvey, Goldfrapp, Tycho, Two Door Cinema Club, among others.

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Llama Inn and Out of This World, Brooklyn’s Best Peruvian

Beets, Muna, Goat Cheese, Gooseberry, Cancha Photo by Desirée Flores

The triangular East Williamsburg restaurant sits along the BQE (not so picturesque) but once through the wide wood doors of Llama Inn (50 Withers St), the wrap around windows, hanging garden and welcoming bar will make the location escape you. Just named one of the Top New York restaurants of 2016 by The New York Times and honored with Michelin Bib Gourmand status, this just year-old restaurant is making its mark beyond Brooklyn and putting this overlooked corner on the map. Continue reading

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Irresistible Imbibing at Mead Bar Honey’s

Inside the meadery at Enlightenment Wines.
Inside the meadery. Photo via Honey’s.

When you think of mead, or honey wine, you might think of a sweet basement brew that a relative gifted to your parents, which they kindly accepted and then promptly dumped out. Bushwick’s artisanal meadery Enlightenment Wines and bar Honey’s (93 Scott Ave.) is seeking to open peoples’ eyes and tastebuds to what should come to mind for mead. They’re the new generation of honey wine: well-made, natural, herbal, local, and very, very drinkable. And because they’re all natural, there’s evidence that you’ll have less of a hangover, too.

Mead is created when you ferment honey with water, then combine it with herbs, fruits, spices, grains or hops. It tastes a lot like what most people call wine, but it isn’t grape wine. It’s honey wine. But similar to grape wine, mead can be still, carbonated, or naturally sparkling, dry, semi-sweet, or sweet. Continue reading

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Interboro: Beer For The Anti-Beer Snob In East Williamsburg

Inside Interboro's tasting room.
Inside Interboro’s tasting room.

Walking down Grand Street past Bushwick Avenue amidst trucking supply shops and duct work fabricators, I almost missed Interboro Spirits and Ale’s new tasting room (942 Grand St.), which just opened a few weeks ago. It’s a raw, industrial space—formerly a manufacturer of naval anchors, and later a wood flooring workshop—that somehow feels warm and inviting, like a little oasis in the midst of all the warehouses. And the approachable vibe is thanks to the friendly folks at the helm.

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Modernizing Mozart: LoftOpera to Present a Saucy “Così fan tutte”

Sarah Nelson Craft (left) and Megan Pachecano star in LoftOpera's "Così fan tutti" (photo by Jamie Santamour)
Sarah Nelson Craft (left) and Megan Pachecano star in LoftOpera’s “Così fan tutte” (photo by Jamie Santamour)

Was Mozart a feminist?

Reading Così fan tutte, where two young sisters are duped into betraying their fiancés in a seedy ploy to prove all ladies are infidels, it might not appear so. (The opera is often translated as “Women Are Like That.”) But if there’s any company that can dust off a passé story while still retaining its comedic sensuality, it’s LoftOpera.

“It’ll be different than your typical opera,” said Sarah Nelson Craft, the Park Slope-raised mezzo-soprano who’s playing Dorabella. “I’ve always been interested in what Loft’s doing, so I was really excited to be hired by them.” Continue reading

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Expanded Cooper Park Farmers Market Opens Sunday 5/25!

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Mom & Popsicles

Can you believe that the Cooper Park Down to Earth Farmers Market, which open this Sunday 5/25, is entering its 3rd year?! You will be delighted to know that the market is thriving just like the East Williamsburg community that it serves.

Let us introduce to you the expanded line-up (that keeps growing) in Cooper Park:

Full Circle Farm's Eggs!

· Full Circle Farm: Located in Dutchess County, NY, farmers Shelle Bailey and Jesse Mandel grow vegetables, as well as keep Americana chickens and bees. On Opening Day, they will bring rhubarb, salad mix, herbs, eggs, and honey – with much more to come.

· Mom and Popsicles: Brooklyn-based popsicle company, featuring delicious popsicles with seasonal ingredients, sourced from local farms. Continue reading

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