This Sunday, December 11th from 1-6pm, the local artisans at Grand Street Ceramics are bringing us a holiday pop-up shop hosted by their friendly neighbors at Interboro Spirits & Ales (942 Grand Street). And if you’re a beer fan and you haven’t been to Interboro yet, what are you waiting for? This is a good chance to check out both the polished work of neighborhood ceramists and try some of Interboro’s delicious beers brewed on-site. Continue reading
‘Tis the season for buying gifts! So, why not pick up some special treasures that are equally thoughtful and made by small businesses? With loads of sweet holiday markets right on this season’s radar (including ours!), there’s tons of party-ready and memorable treats for you and yours.
From the Greenpointers Holiday Tropical Market (Sunday Dec. 11th!) to Bulletin at the William Vale and Catland, there’s something for everyone. Read on for shopping tips, gift guides, and the full schedule.
Brokelyn and the skint present: The No Office Holiday Party, Brooklyn’s hottest holiday party for everyone who ain’t about that office life (or anyone who just wants to turn up without their boss watching) is coming back for its 6th year on Dec. 9, held at Littlefield (622 Degraw St.)! And it’s on a Friday this time, so we can truly wreck the halls.
Let’s say goodbye to this terrifying garbage fire of a year with style at Littlefield, where they’ll have live-band karaoke from the famous Rock Star Karaoke, DJ Doctor Mister spinning holiday tunes, a holiday photo booth, sexy Santa and Lady Santa, tasty food from Yeah Dawg and drink specials, plus lots of surprises in store this year, including some to help you take out your anger (hint: start saving up all the mean things you ever wanted to say to your boss). Continue reading
They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year—but between self-embarrassment at work parties, getting the XS condoms at the white elephant gift exchange, forced family hangouts, and blowing your paycheck on gifts and flights, you might need a little help getting into the holiday spirit. Luckily, North Brooklyn has an abundance of seasonal flicks to bring you some of that Christmas cheer. And at most of these places, there will be booze. Listings after the jump! Continue reading
Donna Siafakas, the owner of Peter Pan Donuts & Pastry Shop (727 Manhattan Ave.) and Nick Giannios, owner of The Greenpoint Floral Company (703 Manhattan Ave.) are two long-time local residents and successful Manhattan Avenue merchants who are trying to give back the community at holiday time, but they’re learning that things ain’t the way they used to be.
Siafakas loved the holiday lights that used to signal the start of every holiday season on Manhattan Avenue. She related to me how local merchants used to all chip in and collect money for the lights as a thank you to customers who supported local businesses. In those days, Manhattan Avenue business owners were locals with families and had deep ties to the community. Years ago a civic minded local Jewish merchant used to organize the lighting drive and collected the money, which most local store owners were only to happy to contribute.
Giannos and Siafakos have tried to keep the tradition alive, but times have changed and so has the willingness of merchants to fund the holiday lights. Siafakas said that she was shocked by the resistance to contributing for the avenue lights. She does not want local shoppers to chip in, and feels that it’s a way for store owners to show their love for the community; but fewer than half the businesses have contributed so far, and some shop owners told her outright that they would not contribute because they did not celebrate the holiday season. Continue reading
My mother is born-and-raised solid country stock from County Westmeath, Ireland. She remembers St. Patrick’s Day celebrations as chiefly religious, with the country going to mass with freshly-picked clovers pinned to buttonholes to honor their patron saint. Then there would be a shared family meal with special-occasion ingredients like beef or lamb, usually presented in roasts or stews.
Regardless of how you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (or whether you want to avoid all related shenanigans entirely), this traditional Irish dish is straight-forward, nourishing, rich, and perfect for spooning out among any group of friends and family (though with all due respect to my grandmother and her preferred method of just dumping everything in a big pot and leaving it, I’ve added and tweaked some steps to improve texture and flavor).
Recipe after the jump!
Can’t get home to the family this Thanksgiving (too expensive, or maybe you just prefer to avoid that all together)? If so, come to Dirck the Norseman’s “Orphan’s Thanksgiving”. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 3 pm, and dinner starts at 4 pm.
For $20 a person, they’ll fill your plate with turkey, sides and fixings, plus an open bar (beer and wine). Kids eat for free. Guests are invited to bring something sweet to the table (pie, cake, your family’s secret dessert?).
To confirm your reservation email dirckthenorseman (at) gmail [dot] com or call 718-389-2940. Limited seating.
“Dirck the Norseman’s 2nd Annual Orphans’ Thanksgiving”
Date: Thanksgiving Day, November 27
Time: 3 pm ’til turkeys gone
Where: 7 N. 15th Street (at the corner of N. 15th and Kent/Franklin)
Please RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 26 to: dirckthenorseman (at) gmail [dot] com
Sponsored post courtesy of Dirck the Norseman.
Every first Monday in March is reserved for Casimir Pulaski Day … in Illinois. If you ever wondered who Greenpoint’s Pulaski Bridge was named after – it’s this Polish Born (badass) American hero who is also know as “the father of the American cavalry.” The federal holiday (and a big parade in NYC) takes place in October to remember his death October 11, 1779, while today’s celebration honors his birth which was March 6, 1745.
Kidd Russell – a Chicago hip-hop artist created this song and video titled, “Pulaski Day.” Continue reading
By Popular Demand, Jellio is Bringing Santa Back to The Flying Squirrel This Sunday! (12/22) + Discounts!
Jellio.com, makers of fun, childhood-inspired furniture and home decor items, has asked Santa to come back to Brooklyn!
After two very popular Santa days, they’ve invited Santa back to their Greenpoint location! The jolly old elf will meet all the good little boys and girls this Sunday, 12/22, from 3-5pm at the Jellio shop at The Flying Squirrel (87 Oak St) in Greenpoint.
Glugg? Gloog? Glerg? “Ö” is a difficult letter for me to pronounce, so when it comes to asking for this sweetly-spiced, Scandanavian mulled wine, I sometimes simplify my request to “I’ll have some of what’s simmering in that crockpot.” While spending the winter in Stockholm a few years ago, I regularly indulged in 3 pm glögg-fikas (glögg-themed coffee breaks), 5 pm jul-glöggs (glögg-themed Christmas parties?), after-work mugs-o’-glögg (i.e. happy hour)…and so on. It seemed that my Swedish friends were exceptionally good at coming up with reasons to drink glögg— reasons bound in traditions which were justified by statements like “Because. That’s just what we do.” Hard to argue with that when you can’t even pronounce an “ö” . And in the interest of keeping with tradition, you could always count on there being a plate of crispy, crunchy pepparkakor (gingerbread cookies) at the table to nibble on as you sipped your beverage. Let’s just say is was a gluttony of glögg. Continue reading