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ABC’s Pan Am Pilot Being Filmed in Cobble Hill

By , 1 September, 2011, No Comment

Walking down Clinton St. yesterday with my kids (around Degraw St.), we suddenly came upon the set of ABC’s new period drama, Pan Am. When a nice young man with a headset asked us to stop as they filmed a scene, my son eagerly ogled the classic cars littering the street. At which time, said man with headset smirked and told us how they stalled out in the middle of the street every five minutes. Oh well. The show premiers in the fall starring Christina Ricci and according to the NY Times, the pilot cost $10 million to shoot.

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Red Hook Music Festival at Urban Meadow

By , 23 August, 2011, 1 Comment

All-you-can-eat hot dogs and live music sound like a good combo. Even better when it’s right in your backyard. Or, more succinctly, at the Urban Meadow on President between Columbia and Van Brunt St. So come on down this Sunday, 28 August, to the Red Hook Music Festival presented by Red Hook Star-Revue, and check out bands including The Middle Eight, Union and the Amanda Cole Quintet. Your $10 donation will include food and drink, but better hide that six pack, no booze allowed in this public park.

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DUMBO All-Day Family Festival

By , 8 August, 2011, 1 Comment

The dog days of summer are upon us, and if you’re one of the many staying in Brooklyn for the run-up to back-to-school, here’s a family event you won’t want to miss. The All-Day Family Festival at The Archways in DUMBO takes place on 20 August, 10am to 5pm, and includes a fab line-up of live music, family yoga, face painting, balloon twisting and arts and crafts. In the mood for some shopping? Check out the local vendors hawking their wares at the community market place. Here’s a current entertainment schedule, though you may want to check in here for updates as the day gets closer:
10am: Bonga! Afro-Haitian Drum and Songs – an all-ages interactive family performance
11am: The Itty Biddies
12:05pm: P for Puppets presents: “One, Two, Tres”
1pm: Rolie Polie Guacamole
2:05pm: Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band
3:10pm: Still Saffire
4:15pm: The Mini Max Players

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61 Local Hosts Local Food and Drink Events in Cobble Hill

By , 3 August, 2011, No Comment

Come for the beer stay for the food. That’s the message Cobble Hill’s brew pub 61 Local (61 Bergen St., near Smith St.) sends with it’s communal tables, comfy wood paneling and locally sourced eats and booze. Former Sixpoint brewing engineer David Liatti opened this bastion to Brooklyn in January and wants you to come on in and be part of the community.
This month, they’ll be hosting a bunch of super cool events. The first, FOOD JUSTICE and WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO CHOOSE LOCAL takes place next Monday, 8 August at 7pm. A discussion panel with Brooklyn Bridge CSA includes panelists Christopher Nicolson from Red Hook Winery, Molly Culver from BKLYN Farmyards, Jeff Hutchinson and Christopher Munsey. Come for a lively discussion about what makes the local terroir or geography unique, how this is reflected in local craft, why it’s important to support your local business, how to define “local” and what it means in relation to food justice.
The next night, Tuesday 9 August, they’ll be hosting A Chocolate Tasting by Feast Upon from 7pm to 9pm. Come meet the producers, learn how they make it, and figure out who makes it the way you like it. Chocolate makers and chocolatiers in attendance include Mast Brothers, Jacques Torres, Cacao Prieto, JoMart, Raaka, and Fine & Raw. You can grab tickets here.
Saturday, 13 August, will bring a super sweet event called the Pint Mash-Up with Steve’s Craft Ice Cream, featuring three new ice cream flavors made with local craft beer. The schedule of events is as follows:
11am- Steve’s Pop-up ice cream cart at 61 Local
Kickstand Coffee cart sets up to serve iced coffee and floats all day
Raffle tickets are given with every float purchased
6pm- Free samples of Steve’s feature flavors: BEER PRETZEL CARAMEL, MAPLE PECAN PORTER, BROOKLYN BLACKOUT
Guest bartenders from Sixpoint and the home brewers team
11pm- Winners of the raffle prizes are announced.
“Pint” shuffle showdown between those lovable underdogs the Home Brewers and the ruthless Sixpoint and Barrier Brewing pro-team.
And lastly, a Brooklyn Cured sausage making and Beer pairing class will take place on 15 August at 7pm. Brooklyn Cured founder Scott Bridi will teach the class to making well-seasoned, perfectly textured sausages with distinct flavors. There will also be a pairing of three different artisanal beers. Get tickets here for $45 each.

Fondue Joint to Open in Carroll Gardens

By , 1 August, 2011, No Comment

It may be the middle of summer, but come cooler weather, you’ll inevitably be ready to move from cold beer and mojitos to well-mixed cocktails and comfort food. To help you prepare for this seasonal change, the second location of Gallic-leaning East Village cocktail and fondue den Bourgeois Pig is preparing for an October grand opening. According to Grub Street, the former red-velvet clad Calpurnia Wine Bar (287 Court at First Place) will be transformed into a Euro-style lounge focusing on bitters. Expect 40 seats inside, 20 seats outside, and a “daily-changing menu with rotating offerings that might include a lobster bisque or a dark-chocolate-bacon-beer fondue.” Of course, until then (and after), you can still get your fondue fix at JakeWalk (282 Smith St.), like the gooey 5 yr. cheddar & cave-aged Swiss with apples,
salami & bread for two, just $16.

Buccaneers Take Over Red Hook Ikea Park

By , 26 July, 2011, No Comment

Pirates are coming to Ikea, and it’s not for the Swedish meatballs. This Saturday, 30 July, the Mobile Urban Nature Center & Micro-Maritime Museum will be taking over Ikea’s Erie Basin Park in Red Hook for its summer Treasure Cove Pirates Fest. Expect music, theater, maritime exhibits, pirate cannon fire, crafts and prizes for the best pirate costume. Festivities begin at 11am and run through 5pm. Let’s do a little “not so hot please” dance and hope for a few degrees less on that thermometer come weekend.

Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6-Volleyball For All

By , 25 July, 2011, No Comment

Pier 6 is shaping up. From its opening last summer as a a kid’s paradise–with slides, swings, sand and water–it now boasts some great food and drink from vendor’s like Bark’s rooftop deck, two lawns to kick back and relax on, and three regulation-sized sand volleyball courts. And if you’ve been eying up those courts, wondering how you’d look tearing up the sand in your best bathing suit, this may be your chance to make it a reality. Free volleyball skills workshops for both children and adults started today and will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from instructors at Metro Beach Sports. Head over and get some help with the fundamentals of beach volleyball, as well as more advanced techniques, including setting, spiking, passing and ball control, and diving and rolling drills. Here’s the schedule in case you’re ready to take that first step:
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
4:00pm – 5:30pm for children
5:30pm – 7:00pm for adults

Sundays
9:00am – 10:30am for children
10:30am – 12:00pm for adults

One Reason to Celebrate Belgian Independence Day

By , 20 July, 2011, No Comment

Cheap beer and cheese. That’s right, this Thursday 21 July is Feestag Day (the date Belgium gained independence from the Netherlands in 1931) and The Brazen Head (228 Atlantic Ave.) is throwing a par-tay. Come by for $1 off Palm beers and a free cheese pairing starting at 5pm. The beer special runs all day and all night, so come tip your hat to those crazy monks who give us some of the best (and most potent) brews in the world.

Hey, Hey! The Monkees Rock Coney Island

By , 19 July, 2011, No Comment

Does the opening chords of Daydream Believer encourage you to bang a tambourine and weave flowers in your hair? Were you secretly rooting for Davy Jones to totally dis Marcia’s prom on the Brady Bunch? Well, take the Last Train to Clarksville (I imagine it must be in Brooklyn) and head to Coney Island Thursday night for the 33rd annual Seaside Summer Concert Series, featuring The Monkees (Special Guest MC Jay Black). The boys haven’t had the band back together in 10 years, so you may want to take advantage of the free concert at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue at 7:30pm. The public is encouraged to bring their own chairs, though a limited number of $5 rental chairs in a specially designated area are available on a first-come first-served basis.

Teenage Girls Storm Brooklyn Heights Gossip Girl Set

By , 19 July, 2011, No Comment

As I was walking up Atlantic Ave. today, from Henry to Court St., I was met with the all too familiar scene of trailers, heavy duty lighting and frantic underlings skittering about with headphones. And then I noticed something you don’t see with every production in the neighborhood–a gaggle of teenage girls with cameras standing around impatiently in the 90+ degree heat. Hmmm, what could bring so many young ladies with braces and short, denim skirts to the brow-beating heat of Atlantic Ave. in the middle of a Tuesday afternoon? Why, Gossip Girl, of course. I assume those feisty upper east-siders were slumming it here while filming in the Waterfall Cafe (maybe falafel really is sexier than we thought), but it looks like today is the last day those massive trailers take up coveted parking spots. XOXO, Bococaland.