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Boerum Place Stop Sign Means D—K to Most Motorists

By , 28 April, 2011, 3 Comments

image via Carroll Gardens Patch

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A friend emailed me today after she got a mighty scare crossing the street at Boerum Place and Dean St. After three cars rolled through the stop sign, someone finally allowed her to cross–until another car swerved around the first and almost hit her and her baby. We know this corner has been one of interest after Carroll Gardens Patch reported on a proposal for speed bumps around the neighborhood and specifically at this intersection. At the time, in late January, nearly 80 signatures were were collected for the project and a traffic task force was formed, with the last meeting in mid-March. Want to get involved? Call Hope Reichbach at 718-875-5200 or email her at You gotta be in it to win it.
I woke up this morning to a story reporting the death of above-mentioned Hope Reichbach. According to The Brooklyn Paper,

The cause of death was not immediately released, but a source said Reichbach died of an overdose of prescription drugs. An autopsy was scheduled to take place on Friday.
Reichbach was a lifelong resident of Boerum Hill, though some wrongly labeled her as a young interloper when she challenged the Brownstone Brooklyn political establishment last year by running for district leader against Jo Anne Simon. Reichbach lost, but not by the usual landslide.

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Dine-In Brooklyn: The Real Deals in Bococa

By , 23 March, 2011, No Comment

As we mentioned earlier this week, we love that Brooklyn has it’s own version of Restaurant Week. And if it encourages us to get out and hit the town–all the better. But as a few of you have pointed out, getting a $25 dinner or $20 lunch at many of the participating restaurants isn’t saving much cash. Sure, nabbing a table at Le Cirque or River Cafe makes sense. But somewhere like Hana Cafe? Not so much. So to give you an even better reason to Dine-In Brooklyn, here are the eateries that are offering the reals deals in the neighborhood–two-for-one brunches, lunches and dinner (a full list is on the last page of the flyer):

La Flor Del Paraiso Restaurant & Bar (491 Atlantic Ave)
The Atlantic Chipshop (129 Atlantic Ave)
Jake’s Bar-B-Que (189 Columbia St)
JB Burgers (255 Smith St.)
Olga’s on Smith (407 Smith St.)
RICE (81Washington St.)

Dine-In Brooklyn Starts Today

By , 21 March, 2011, 3 Comments

Just a reminder: Dine-In Brooklyn begins today. Our very own version of Manhattan’s Restaurant Week, this 10-day event allows you to go forth and eat cheap at some of the borough’s finest and most talked-about eateries. For a complete list, visit, then head out for prix fixe lunches ($20.11), dinners ($25) and two-for-one brunches until 31 March. In addition to local fan favorites like Strong Place, Quercy, Bino, Alma, Chestnut and Seersucker–you can also pop into a few of our faves, like Lunetta, Hibino, Morton’s Brooklyn, Alma and Bocca Lupo.

South Brooklyn Baseball League Sign-Ups

By , 22 February, 2011, No Comment

Now that my son will be turning 5, I’m ready to sign him up for his first baseball league. And though I do love Prospect Park, I also know it can be tough to get there on the weekends with the F train out of service half the time and parking so scarce. So I was thrilled to hear about the South Brooklyn Baseball League (SBBL), which plays at DiMattina Field (on Hicks near the BQE) in Carroll Gardens. The Cardinals league is for kids aged 5-17, but there is also an Instructional Division for ages 4-6 who haven’t played before. You can go the site and mail in the registration form by 1 March to sign up, or head to the House of Pizza and Calzone (132 Union St.) this Saturday, 26 Feb, from noon to 2pm to do it in person.

President’s Week(end) in Brooklyn

By , 18 February, 2011, No Comment

Yet another holiday is coming our way, though this one keeps the kids home all week. Looking for stuff to do? Here’s a few things–for adults and the children–to look into.

Shen Beauty is offering a FREE Spring fling makeover by a Becca make up artist on Saturday, 26 February. First come first serve at 315 Court St.!

The New York Sword Dance Festival is coming to Brooklyn Heights. Head to First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn, Pierrepont & Monroe Streets, at 12:30pm on Sunday to enjoy some dancing–with swords.

Come to Char No. 4 for President’s Day brunch at 196 Smith St. and get a complimentary chipotle bourbon bloody mary or mimosa by mentioning you heard about the special.

Mini Max Toys and Cuts at 152 Atlantic is offering free “presidential” arts & crafts all week (Mon. to Fri) from 11am to noon. Come on, you know you’ve been dying for your own powdered wig.

The Irondale Ensemble Project is running it’s production of Treasure Island until 26 March. Take your eight or older pirate fan Monday through Friday at 7:30 at 85 South Oxford St (between Fulton St and Lafayette Ave).

Kid’s Week at the Fort runs from Monday 21 Feb to Friday 25 Feb. Head to Fort Greene Park to learn about history and nature, then make crafts to take home. Ages 12 and under.

More V-Day Stuff

By , 11 February, 2011, 1 Comment

Here’s a short-listed addition to the Valentine’s post from earlier this week. Tired of the color pink yet? I am. Enjoy:

Mini Max Toys and Cuts (152 Atlantic Ave) is giving children some hands-on Valentine’s attention. Come by from 1pm to 2pm on Saturday, Sunday or Monday to help the kiddies make valentines, finger puppets and tissue paper flowers for the ones they love.

Brooklyn Bead Box (244 Smith St.) is offering 20 percent off all heart beads and lockets–including ready-made pendants on chains. Goes from 10 Feb to 14 Feb.

Provence en Boite is bringing sexy back with a Valentine’s dinner. $39.95 will get you four courses and a “FRENCH KISS ” (Ricard & cranberry juice). Menu includes lobster bisque; duck a l’orange; a cheese plate and special dessert (maybe one of its heart-shaped macarons?).

Brooklyn Wine Exchange wants to tempt drinkers and lovers with its Single Village Mezcal and Chocolate class on Saturday afternoon, 3pm to 5pm. No sign-up required. Just drop in and enjoy.

Pothole Patrol

By , 9 February, 2011, No Comment

This weather has done more than dampen our spirits. It’s created some seriously nasty pits in roads city-wide, meaning bumpier rides, damage to our cars and even accidents. To help, the DOT will be closing Manhattan-bound lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge overnight (and until 6pm on Saturday) the next three days–and borough-prez Markowitz also announced a website, WWW.BROOKLYN-USA.ORG, to help Brooklynites report local potholes problems. The reports will then be forwarded to the Community Service Center at Borough Hall for appropriate handling. If you’d prefer the phone, feel free to call 718-802-3777.

Valentine’s in Bococa

By , 8 February, 2011, 1 Comment

I swear I just saw a Christmas tree sitting on the curb–is it really February already? Judging from the plethora of Valentine-related emails in my inbox, I’m guessing my last eight weeks are buried with the trash under the snow. So, ready or not, here it comes–the heavyweight champion of Hallmark Holidays. Hope these links will help you celebrate right (ahem, SPA TREATMENTS!). I’ll probably be getting more so will try to share as they come in.

The Art of Natural Beauty (239 Court St.) is offering spa specials for couples, ranging from $200 to $760.

Brooklyn Farmacy (513 Henry St.) has created a Valentine’s Day Mailbox. Just come by and inscribe a Valentine to a loved one, then place it in the mailbox on the counter top. On February 11th your ‘heart’ will be in the window for everyone to see. Great way to celebrate with the kids.

Shen Beauty wants to perk up your beauty regime. Buy any perfume in the month of February and receive a free tub of bath salts. Here’s a few V-day ideas for you boys.

Go old-school at Marco Polo Ristorante (345 Court St.). This Italian mainstay is offering A Night in Venice candlelight dinner from 12 to 14 February with a special menu of antipasta, salad, pasta and seafood entrees. If you’re wondering where the Venice part comes in–the staff will also be dressed up as Gondoliere.

T-Mobile wants YOU. To celebrate romance, it will offer all its phones free at T-Mobile retail stores with a qualifying plan on a two-year contract. So stop in 76 Court St. on 11 or 12 February if you’re looking to dump your carrier–even the fancy 4G MyTouch mobiles will be available. Not a bad deal.

To this day, one of my favorite half hours of TV is the Vitameatavegimin episode of I Love Lucy. Though I tend to split that with the “What does a yellow light mean” bit on Taxi. What can I say, I’m a sucker for a good drunk. Want to give your kids some old-time, black & white fun this Valentine’s Day? Bring them to Big Movies for Little Kids (Cobble Hill Cinemas, 265 Court) on the 14th and let them enjoy the chaos and red-headed wonder of Lucy on their own with 66 minutes of the beloved sitcom.

Char No. 4 wants to add smoke to your fire (I just grossed myself out). Come in on Valentine’s for a special menu (in addition to the regular menu) which will include an optional whiskey pairing with each course. Think beef cheek tortellini, olive oil poached tuna, maple-glazed duck breast and chocolate banana pudding ($60 a person; $25 extra for whiskey pairing).

Prospect Park Winter Jam

By , 21 January, 2011, 1 Comment

Well, I mean, if there’s going to be snow, we might as well take advantage. And the Winter Jam in Prospect Park seems a perfect way to enjoy the weather. Taking place Saturday, 5 February, at The Nethermead (enter at Ocean Ave. & Lincoln Rd), the event is free and will include a Snow Field to mess around in; a “Learn-To” area for all ages to learn the basics of skiing and snowboarding (equipment provided); national snowbaording contest the Red Bull Buttercup; and a Winter Marketplace to sip and taste samples from local producers. The event will proceed rain, shine or snow from 11am to 4pm. Want to get your blood circulating before you hit the festival? Join the Hibernation Hike through the Ravine to look for dens of hibernating mammals. Meet-up is at 11am at Prospect Park Picnic House (West Drive and Third Street).

Stay in BK for The Nutcracker This Year

By , 9 November, 2010, 2 Comments

I know, I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but thought I’d give you a heads up on a lovely gift this year from the American Ballet Theater. Beginning 22 December and running until 2 January, ABT’s The Nutcracker will be danced at BAM. A world premier, this classic ballet will be choreographed by artist-in-residence Alexei Ratmansky and performed with a live orchestra–together with sets and costumes by Tony Award-winner Richard Hudson (The Lion King). And though there’s no arguing about the niceties of a trip to Lincoln Center, wouldn’t it be nice to keep the little ones in the hood, at our very own cultural center this manic holiday? Price info is below:
Wed, Dec 22 at 7pm & Thu, Dec 23 at 2pm
Opening Night
Thu, Dec 23 at 6:30pm
Mon, Dec 27 & Tue, Dec 28 at 7pm; Wed, Dec 29 at 2pm & 7pm; Thu, Dec 30 at 1pm; Sun, Jan 2 at 1pm & 5:30pm
Fri, Dec 24 at 11am & 3:30pm; Sun, Dec 26 at 1pm & 5:30pm; Thu, Dec 30 at 5:30pm; Fri, Dec 31 at 2pm