Archive for September, 2011

Brooklyn E-Waste Recycling Days

By , 30 September, 2011, 1 Comment

Get rid of all your old electronics and tech equipment this weekend–the green way. Hosted by The Lower East Side Ecology Center, there will be two locations for e-waste recycling drop-offs in the BoCoCa area so load up and make sure to head over. Saturday, 1 October, you can stop by Smith Street between President & Union Streets in Carroll Gardens and Sunday, 2 October, Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park (at the vehicle turn-around) will be hosting the effort. Accepted is working and non-working equipment:
• Computers (laptops & desktops, servers, mainframes)
• Monitors
• Printers, scanners, fax-machines, copiers
• Network devices (routers, hubs, modems, etc.)
• Peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables, etc.)
• Components (hard drives, CD-ROMs, circuit boards, power supplies, etc.)
• TVs, VCRs, & DVD Players
• Audio-visual equipment
• Cell phones, pagers, PDAs
• Telecommunication (phones, answering machines, etc.)
Unfortunately, home appliances such as microwaves, refrigerators, or air conditioners will not be accepted. For more FAQ’s, check here.

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Hello Atlantic Antic

By , 28 September, 2011, No Comment

It’s that time again. Put on your comfy shoes, tie your children to your waist and head on out to the Atlantic Antic, the quintessential BoCoCa fall event. A little late this year, the Antic will take place this Sunday, 2 October on (yes) Atlantic Ave from Hicks to 4th Ave. Billed as the largest street fair in NYC, it is comprised of local and national vendors intertwined with restaurants and boutiques, as well as music stages and cultural performances. Kid-friendly activities include pony rides, face-painting, storytelling, bouncy castles and tours of vintage buses at the Transit Museum. Come hungry for local delicacies and lots of beer–the fair runs from noon to 6pm come rain or shine. Here’s a schedule of events in case you want to do some planning. See you there (or at least pass you in the crowd).

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Brooklyn Nets It Is

By , 26 September, 2011, No Comment

Well, original it ain’t, but I guess it gets the job done. According to the Brooklyn Paper, the up-and-coming Barclays Center basketball team will keep it’s brand, but add a little style to become the Brooklyn Nets.

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Partial team owner Bruce Ratner, who is developing the team’s arena at the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush avenues, said he was happy that the name will not change, even as everything else is changing. “ ‘Nets is a good name,” he said. “It’s got a whole legacy, a history. It’s a new arena, a new borough, but an old name.”

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7th Annual Vendy Awards at Governor’s Island

By , 23 September, 2011, No Comment

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The rain does not seem to want to go away, but that shouldn’t stop you from heading out to one of the last weekends at our fair Governor’s Island for the ever-popular Vendy Awards on Saturday, 24 Sept. This will be the 7th year the best food vendors in NYC gather to compete for the Vendy Cup. Tickets are on sale here, with general admission going for $95 and VIP (no lines!) set at $165. Finalists include: Chrissy, aka Miss Softee; Central American connoisseurs SOLBER PUPUSAS; and Korean bbq specialists Korilla BBQ. Rain or shine people–food trucks are the mailmen of restaurant industry.

German/Italian Eatery Planned for Carroll Gardens

By , 23 September, 2011, 1 Comment

image via Eater

In other foodie news, a strange combo of German and Italian tavern-y food will be the star of upcoming Buschenshank Brooklyn. Located on the corner of Court St and Sackett (where Area Yoga once lived), it is the brainchild of James McGown, the owner of South Brooklyn Pizza, according to Eater NY.

It will offer food from the northern Italian region of South Tyrol (where apparently they called taverns Buschenshanks). They’ll serve mostly Italian/Germanic fare like cured meat boards, pickled vegetables, knodel, sausages and Westphalian ham, and German beer and wine.
As a bonus, they’ll have live bands every week “focusing on German pop and rock but also European and American bands.” Look out for it in the coming weeks.

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Sorry, Technical Difficulties

By , 22 September, 2011, No Comment

Sorry folks, had some technical problems with Bococaland the last few days. It looks like it’s fixed, but I had to allow some spam into the forums in the meantime. So PLEASE try to ignore all those lovely headlines under “Active Boards in the BococaLand Forums.” Like my favorite, “Recherche de Lamisil? Pas de probleme!” Anyhow, we’re back, so keep reading. Thanks and peace out.

Patois Space to Become Locavore Haunt

By , 22 September, 2011, 2 Comments

Back in the 90s, before Smith St. was the hopping, restaurant row it is today, Patois (255 Smith St. at Degraw) was the first of its kind. A comfy, neighborhood joint with OK food, but warm ambiance and friendly service. Now, of course, it’s closed. And Smith St., as well as the neighborhoods surrounding it, are full of places to eat and drink–some awesome, some not so much. So it seems appropriate that the Patois space will soon become another go-to eatery, this time following the popular locavore movement and offering French, Mediterranean, and Asian accents on its menu (which will include some pastas). Notice it will not take reservations (a serious pet peeve of mine but also a trend in the hood). Let’s just hope they have good cocktails and a comfy bar, cause if you plan on coming after 7:30pm on a weekend, we assume it will be a nice, long wait for a table.
According to the NY Times,

Joseph Ogrodnek, who left his job as executive chef at Anella in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, in February, has teamed up with Walker Stern, a friend and chef who also was at Anella, to open Battersby, a 30-seat spot for locavore cooking with influences from all over the map. The two were also in the same kitchen at Alain Ducasse at the Essex House, where Mr. Ogrodneck said they fine-tuned their French techniques. They hope that the restaurant will be ready for customers — no reservations — by mid-October. The name refers to the Philadelphia street where Mr. Ogrodnek grew up.

Come Think About Thinking With Neil LaBute at BAM

By , 21 September, 2011, No Comment

You think you’re so smart. It’s ok. So do we. And according to the folks running the Between the Lines program at BAM, 87 percent of university students consider themselves above average in the thinking department. But we can’t all be that clever, can we? If you’d like to hear that question debated by some truly elevated panelists like Adam Kolber, Neil LaBute & Tim Harms, Emanuel Derman and Tim Wu, come check out Think You’re Pretty Smart at Brooklyn Academy of Music this Thursday, 22 Sept at 8pm (bar opens at 7:30). The entrance fee is just $10 and you can meet your fellow smartypants at the BAMcafé.

PS29 Carnival @ Carroll Park

By , 20 September, 2011, No Comment

Bring the kids for music and fun this weekend at the 2nd annual PS29 Carnival at Carroll Park. In addition to the free concert at 4pm, Going Retro with Bubble Do The Beatles, there will be food and crafts 2pm to 5pm so bring some pocket money. Two raffle prizes will also be picked at 4pm: an ipad2 16GB with Wifi and dinner at Lucali’s restaurant on Henry Street. Come by the front of the school any day this week (Henry St. between Baltic St. and Kane St.) to buy tickets for $10 each or three for $20.

Preppies Praying For J.Crew, Cobble Hill

By , 20 September, 2011, 1 Comment

image via Brownstoner

Remember the old Beastly Bites store in Cobble Hill (155 Court Street between Pacific and Dean)? Where kids would stop routinely to stare at the cats lounging in the window like doped-up starlets? Well, it moved across the street, and now the rumour is that preppy haven J. Crew may be taking over the digs. According to Brownstoner, the “masked correspondent” reports that the storefront “steps from Trader Joe’s being expanded in the back as the Wine Store space was. We hear on the street that J. Crew is the tenant playing with the space. Hope they sign.”