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Chefday Delivers Fresh Ingredients for Gourmet Meals in Brooklyn

By , 23 April, 2013, 2 Comments

Chefday, a new food/tech start-up based in Brooklyn, wants to give you all the tools to create recipes designed by the best chefs of NYC–in the comfort of your own home. This 360 service delivers fresh, organic ingredients straight to your door, along with a recipe and a link to a short video tutorial. And they are not messing around. You not only get beautiful proteins and pre-washed fruits and veggies, but every last herb and spice (even salt, pepper and oil) meticulously measured and packed in a pretty brown bag.
Iron Chefs and Michelin Star chefs design the recipes you’ll find at chefday.com and you don’t have to make any weekly or monthly commitments. Just take a look at videos online, pick one at your leisure and sign up. You can watch the video before you buy in case you’re feeling gun shy and each recipe tells you exactly what you’ll get in the bag. Ingredients can be delivered for two, four, six or eight people and most recipes run approximately $15 a head.
So not only do you get to cook a gourmet meal without the hassle of shopping–but for every recipe basket purchased, Chefday donates a full meal to a family in need through the Food Bank For NYC. Convenience and helping others–what more could a home chef want?

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Can You Help Linden Tree Preschool?

By , 17 April, 2013, 1 Comment

Wanted to post this letter from the Principal of Linden Tree Preschool in Cobble Hill.

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My name is Susan Kuhlmann, I am the Principal of Linden Tree Preschool in Cobble Hill. We have been in operation for over 9 years with a wonderful reputation and a staple in our community. Each year we turn away hundreds of families looking for quality preschool services due to the abundance of families and lack of quality programs. This past July the beautiful building our school was housed in, Christ Church at 180 Kane Street, was unfortunately struck by lightning and severely damaged – we had to immediately vacate for safety reasons and have been displaced and in temporary space since – but we were just recently informed that we are unable to return to Christ Church and must vacate the temporary space in June. We are in need of a permanent home for our fantastic staff and our communities wonderful children. We require a minimum of 3000 square feet but willing to exceed that for the right opportunity. We are also willing to sign a long term lease. As you know rental space in our community is costly and difficult to come by. We have been searching for months and continue to.. We would appreciate the opportunity to post our story on your site in hopes of attracting interest and assistance.

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If you can help, please get email susan@lindentreepreschool.com.

Summer Bod Alert: New Private Pilates Studio in Boerum Hill

By , 5 April, 2013, 1 Comment

Though groundhogs are currently being prosecuted for fraud, spring AND summer are coming up fast. Which means arms, legs and midriffs will be painfully exposed on the streets of Brooklyn, beaches of the Hamptons and water holes of Woodstock. So whats a flabby city dweller to do? According to Christine Randazzo: Pilates. Sure, BoCoCa has a plethora of Pilates facilities, but Christine’s new studio is more private and personal than many of the outlets around town.
Strength Pilates NYC is located at 586 Pacific St, Unit GB, near Flatbush, and offers “personalized Pilates privates” in which you will not only learn how to do Pilates, but more importantly, how to perform with the correct technique. Christine believes that using the correct form will allow for quicker results and help avoid injury. Each session lasts 55 minutes and is “personalized” to meet specific needs and goals. Also being offered are mat classes and pre/post natal sessions.
Interested in checking it out? Mention BoCoCaland and you’ll get a special discount of only $150 for an intro package of three sessions (usually $199). You can call 516-639-8116 or email staff@strengthpilatesnyc.com for more info.

Pedestrian Hit: Another Bad Accident on Hicks St.

By , 3 April, 2013, No Comment

Today was not a good traffic day in Cobble Hill. Earlier, around 10:15am, a motorcycle was hit by a car at Atlantic Ave. near Hicks. And this afternoon, around 3pm, a car jumped the light at Hicks and Kane St. (see image) and hit a pedestrian crossing the street. Though I didn’t get the full info on how the victims are in either case, we are thinking of them. And, more importantly, as residents and parents in the neighborhood, it’s time we demand some action for slowing the cars down on the stretch of Hicks St. between Hamilton Ave. and Atlantic Ave., where motorists are racing to get on the BQE at all times of the day.
The DOT has proposed “Northbound Traffic Calming” which is to go into effect in June, but instead of slowing cars down, it seems to be more concerned with making sure traffic doesn’t back up. In our opinion, we’d rather have traffic than speeding cars. Here is the powerpoint we were provided. If you think they could do better, let Chris Hrones of the DOT know. You can email him your thoughts to chrones@dot.nyc.gov.

Put Your Tax $ to Work for Hicks St. Pedestrian Safety

By , 3 April, 2013, No Comment

Have you heard of Participatory Budgeting in New York City? We hadn’t either, until a pal clued us in last night. PBNYC actually allows residents of eight Council Districts to decide how to directly spend at least $10 million of public money. Since September of last year, community members have been exchanging ideas, working together to turn ideas into project proposals, and voting to decide what proposals get funded. And you can now become part of this process by getting out to vote this weekend, 6-7 April. Check this website to see all the proposals listed for the entire district 39, but our favorite is the X. Hicks Street Pedestrian Safety Improvements, which promises to help fix visibility-limiting fences and generally improve the safety of this high-traffic, horribly dangerous street. On Saturday, voting will be held at Carroll Gardens Library, 396 Clinton Street (at Union Street) between 10am and 7pm. Sunday, you can vote from 10am to 5pm at Carroll Park House, Carroll Street and Smith Street (in Carroll Park).
Here’s a great video explaining why we need this work done pronto.

Easter Comes to BoCoCa

By , 28 March, 2013, No Comment

Yes, the bunnies are coming. And if you’d like to find somewhere to hop around the hood, here’s some cool Easter action.

The Brooklyn Heights Annual Spring Egg Hunt is Saturday, 30 March 30 at 10:00 AM with a raindate of Sunday March 31 2012 at Pierrepont Playground Columbia Heights and Pierrepont Streets (on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade). A bake sale will be held to benefit the Brooklyn Heights Playground Committee. If you’d like to volunteers to set-up, bake, sell cookies etc., email info@bhplaygrounds.org.

An Easter Egg Hunt @ Soverign Grace City Church is also this Saturday, 30 March from 10 to 11am at 364 Warren Street. Don’t forget to bring your own bag or basket for all those eggs.

Columbia Waterfront District’s Annual Spring Egg Hunt is Sunday, 31 March from 10am to noon at Urban Meadow, corner of President and Van Brunt. Babies will be hanging in the Urban Meadow and kids age four and kids five and up will be next door Mother Cabrini Playground. BYOB=Bring Your Own Baskets.

An Easter Egg Hunt at Brooklyn Boulders will take place on 30 March at 10am for ages 5 through 12 at 575 Degraw Street near Third Street.

Summer Brooklyn Beach Recovery Guide

By , 12 March, 2013, No Comment

Wondering how NYC beaches are coming along after the devastation of Sandy? The City of NY Parks & Recreation department has put out a Beach Recovery Guide to keep us in the loop before summer arrives in all its sweaty glory. You can submit your email to get a monthly newsletter report here, but in the meantime, Brooklyn beaches will be open for swimming on Saturday, 25 May, and ready for Memorial Day weekend. Here’s a few more tidbits you may be interested in hearing about:

* Sand re-grading is complete at Manhattan Beach, and in progress at Coney Island
*The Riegelmann Boardwalk (Coney Island) is almost completely open with the exception of a few small areas: West 37th Street ramp from the street to the boardwalk, Steeplechase Pier, and beach play areas. We are temporarily fencing-off the area between West 21st and West 27th Streets in order to make repairs to the boardwalk decking. We are also continuing to clean the beach and will reopen more areas throughout the spring. Additionally, we are currently reconstructing emergency vehicle ramps along the Coney Island Boardwalk at West 37th and West 25th Streets.
*At Manhattan Beach, there was some severe damage to the east and west “wings” of the promenade – the flagpole was knocked down, and picnic tables and pavement were destroyed. Repairs will be made to this area prior to the public opening.

We’re itching to hear more about our fave Jacob Riis Park. Will there be a parking lot come warmer weather? Stay tuned.

Brooklyn Shares and Shares Alike with Yerdle

By , 9 March, 2013, No Comment

As parents in the city, we understand the concept of sharing. Sure, it’s something we work hard to teach our offspring–but it’s also a great tenet of our overly-cramped community.
From stoop sales to leaving treasures on curbs and brownstone steps, we here in BoCoCa are always sharing our gently used stuff, in the hopes someone will be able to use it and pay it forward. And now, a new social sharing platform called yerdle is here to manage all this good will.
The point of yerdle is to allow folks to get what they need from others in the community–for free. “We built yerdle to create a new way of getting the things you need without creating more waste,” said Co-founder Andy Ruben. “If you need a tent, a circular saw, kids soccer cleats, or thousands of other items try sharing through yerdle.”
Americans generate over 250 million tons of trash each year. “If you want to get rid of the clutter of items you barely use, try sharing through yerdle. Saving money and space doesn’t suck,” said Co-Founder Adam Werbach.
We tend to agree. And we’re interested in seeing what kind of online community can be built by founders Adam Werbach, author of Strategy for Sustainability; Andy Ruben, Former Chief Sustainability Officer at Walmart; and Carl Tashian from the founding team of Zipcar. That’s a pretty heavy duty brain trust. So here’s what to do if you’d like to check it out:
(1) Log on: www.yerdle.com
(2) Post an item (feel free to ask for something you need or give something you don’t)
(3) Spread the word. Tell your friends, like them on Facebook, etc. and grow your sharing circle.
Think digital spring cleaning folks! And good luck.

Dine In Brooklyn Starts Next Week

By , 6 March, 2013, No Comment

It’s BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaack. Dine In Brooklyn, our borough’s version of Restaurant Week, begins 11 March. Yesterday, flanked by Brooklyn restauranteurs, bureaucrats, and freeloading journos (guilty as charged), Boro Prexie Marty Markowitz kicked off the well-loved event–which happens to be 10 years old this year–with a gut-busting tasting and press conference. There he announced approximately 200 of the borough’s restaurants which will be dishing out three-course dinner menus for $28, three-course lunches for $20.13.

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The list of participating eateries can be found here, and BoCoCa has a large chunk of the action, including some faves like Boca Lupo, Brooklyn Crab, Chez Moi, Hibino, Buttermilk Channel, Watty & Meg and Jolie Cantina. But make sure you check which meal is being offered as some places only do lunch, brunch or dinner (look for the L, B or D in front of the listing).

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After browsing the options, you may want to consider venturing out of our hood for well reviewed destinations like Ditmas Park’s The Farm on Adderly, old-school Italian Areo in Bay Ridge, Park Slope’s Applewood or rustic PT Restaurant in Williamsburg.
Certain restaurants will also be offering “two-fer” options, where you’ll get two meals for the one set price–like Atlantic Chip Shop, Sottocasa and Jake’s Bar-B-Que. Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included, and it’s important to remember to cancel reservations you can’t keep. Now get out there and put on some winter, depression fat before it’s too late.

FAIRWAY OPEN TODAY!

By , 1 March, 2013, No Comment

Just a quick reminder of Fairway Red Hook’s big grand opening this morning. There will be vendor sampling from 8:30am to 11am, a performance by the Brooklyn Dodger Symphony Band at 9am, and doors open at 11am to shop. Word is the store has been newly organized as well, so excited to see changes.
Fairway is also teaming up with Restore Red Hook to help rebuild the neighborhood for business owners, families and residents. You can donate any amount you’d like here.