It’s been years since anyone has set foot in the tiny storefront at 192 Amity St. Formerly an upscale shoe store (damned if I can remember the name), it is finally getting ready to reopen in a new iteration. This time as Picnic, a kid’s clothing boutique. From the website, here’s what to expect, “Inspired by lazy afternoons in the park and hanging upside down on the monkey bars Picnic is the brain child of owner Lindsey Engler. Lindsey, a new mom and Brooklyn resident had always wanted to open a small, neighborhood boutique and after many years of work in Manhattan’s garment district she decided to make the move shortly after the birth of her daughter Grey. Picnic isn’t just a boutique, it’s a mind set… we want kids to run barefoot in the grass, gaze dreamily up at the clouds and get popsicle stains on their lips. In short, we think kids should be kids.”
Ok, I admit, I thought they were going to be selling sandwiches, but I’ll certainly stop in. Look to see doors open by March.
Let’s face it ladies, sometimes we just can’t squeeze into that size 8. At least not all of us. So Lee Lee’s Valise, a plus-sized clothing store at 368 Court St., is a welcome oasis for larger sizes–10 to 18. According to Racked NY, the store will soon have its very own reality show with Stacy London of TLC’s What Not to Wear, giving the hood even more reality TV cred.The new rune-staff behind girlfriend is sildenafil experiment. http://persepoliscapitalonline.info Darnell demonstrates greater warmth than those around him.
On each episode of the as-yet-unnamed show, London and the Dolans [Lisa and Jim] will give fashion advice to curvy women.
As much as we love Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, we totally hate getting there. Whether walking on Columbia or Atlantic, the ramps to and from the BQE are always scaring the living stuffing out of us. And yes, there’s been some changes, but not enough to make it safe. The Brooklyn Heights Association has been working to make some fixes and recently sent out an email detailing four things they say will be implemented by the Department of Transportation to make it safe for pedestrians to cross the BQE’s northbound entrance on Atlantic Avenue–starting this spring.
Following a diagram produced by BHA President Jane McGroarty, the agency will: 1) prohibit the right turn on red at all times; 2) change the existing signals to create a dedicated pedestrian-only crossing; 3) add arrow signals to channel the left and right turning vehicles at this intersection. These improvements will make the intersection much safer, and we’re very grateful to the DOT for moving forward with the requests.
Before doing the above, the DOT plans to build up the triangular shaped “island” on Atlantic in the westbound left lane (the island is now marked with stripes just west of Hicks Street on Atlantic Avenue). Because this involves pouring concrete, it probably won’t be done before spring (2012), but “Jane’s Plan” is definitely in the works.
I know we’ll be grateful for these changes, though there’s still a lot that needs to be done.
A temporary, outdoor pool is coming to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 2 and we should see it open this summer. According to Ellen Ryan, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s VP of Strategic Partnerships, they don’t know how big it is expected to be, but it will be in place for the next five seasons. “We don’t have any renderings or project specifics as yet, this project is still in the planning phases. We should know more by the end of the first quarter. Certainly we expect this to open for the summer 2012 season. Just to stress that this is a temporary pool and it’s not a floating pool,” Ryan says. I’m intrigued! More to come when I get more information.
“We understand that Coney Island is not Miami Beach. We want to keep what is already working there,” Zamperla USA President Valerio Ferrari told the Daily News Sunday. Zamperla, the Italian ride maker tapped by the city to take over its Coney Island land last year and open new amusement parks, did go ahead with evictions of several businesses: Beer Island, Cha Cha’s bar, Coney Island Souvenirs, Grillhouse, and Gyro Corner.
Also set to return with eight-year leases are the Lola Staar boutique, Coney Island Beach Shop, and Nathan’s — in a new bigger space.
Rounding out the Boardwalk space will be more new rides — including go-karts and the 109-foot SkyCoaster — and a beer garden run by Zamperla, Ferrari said.
Recently, the Lego folks have been in touch, hawking their movie-based play sets for the holidays. And after taking a look, I gotta admit, they look pretty nifty. I’ll start with Pirates of the Caribean-Black Pearl ($99), which coincides with the release of all four flicks. Your 9 to 12 aged kids can put the 805 piece ship together, then model the mini Davy Jones and Johnny Depp lookalive Captain Jack Sparrow on-board wherever they prefer. Next, I’m loving the DUPLO Brand Cars 2, Big Bentley ($39.99), which is the perfect first Lego kit for the toddler set. As well as building the famed clocktower from the film, it also comes with a Lighting McQueen, Finn McMissile, and of course, our fave redneck Mater. Lastly, we head over to everyone’s favorite wizard–who’s had a pretty big year. Harry Potter- Battle for Hogwarts ($49.99) is meant for years 7 and up, and comes with 7 minifigures: Harry Potter, Neville Longbottom, Professor Sprout, Professor Lupin, Gregory Goyle, Death Eater, and Dementor.
Peeking into the shiny, new Buschenschank tavern at 320 Court St. (at Sackett) this weekend, I forgot that just a few months ago I had written about its roots in the northern Italian region of South Tyrol, and promptly started thinking about how much I was looking forward to sampling German fare and well-curated beer and wine. Lucky for me, this Italian region borders on Germany, so the food is heavy on wursts, pork, burgers, potatos, dumplings and other carb-heavy grub. As you can see from the pics, the interior is all cozy brown wood, shiny fixtures and a kick-ass tin roof. As you venture further in, you’ll find communal tables for larger groups and hunkering down with your neighbors, as well as some serious comfort food (and yes, they have “das boot” for your beer if interested). The owner is Jim McGown, who’s also responsible for the South Brooklyn Pizza chain (451 Court St.), so in addition to three fondues (two cheese, one chocolate), there’s also pizza on the menu. You can stick to the NY style pie or go for one of the white pizzas, with toppings like mushrooms, arugula, caramelized apples and chives (not all on one pie, thankfully). But beware the Buschenschank Burger, which packs a heart-attack worthy combo of rib-eye, bison, black truffle, foie gras, fried egg and pickled veggies, and is more than a little reminiscent of Daniel Boulud’s DB Burger with braised short ribs, foie gras and black truffle–though the former is $35 and the latter $32 (that’s right, it’s more expensive in Brooklyn folks). If digestion is more your thing, you may be interested in a few smaller bites with your drinks, like a house-made pretzel with beer cheese and sides like kale with belly speck, braised red cabbage, german potato salad and spekknodel.