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Halloween Round-Up, Um, Round-Up

By , 20 October, 2010, No Comment

Hey readers, I need your help. I’m trying to put together a comprehensive Halloween round-up for Bococaland, but I know I’m missing a lot of what goes on around here. I’ve still got younger kids and feel like I don’t know the drill yet. I’d love to hear from you about events in the hood, what time trick or treating usually starts and ends, and anything else you might know that I don’t. And because it’s Sunday this year, does anyone know if things start earlier? I’m going to do some more research as well but better to hear from the folks on the ground–don’t want to miss anything if that’s possible. Thanks!

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Farm & Foliage

By , 14 October, 2010, No Comment

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Red Hook Community Farm Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 16, 2010
12:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
Join us for a celebration of urban agriculture, youth empowerment, and sustainable living! Come down to Red Hook Community Farm, meet up with your neighbors, celebrate the bounty of the season, eat delicious food, watch incredible performances, and learn how to build a stronger, healthier, more vibrant, just and sustainable city.
Of course we’ll have, a huge pumpkin patch, lots of kids activities including face painting and live animals to pet, a farmers market featuring locally grown produce and hand made products, live music, cooking demonstrations and a center for sustainable living and learning.
Great Food will be provided by our Restaurant partners like Good Fork, iCi, Rice, Kevin’s and others.
GET INVOLVED!
If you are a musician, an artisan, and educator or crafts person who would like to share your knowledge or sell your wares please let us know by emailing David at:harvestfest@added-value.org
VOLUNTEER!
If you have time to spare and can support our efforts Harvest Festival we’re looking for help in the week leading up to the event, and that day.
If you’re interested in lending a hand with outreach, kids activities, setup and cleanup, photography, or general preparation, please email
volunteer@added-value.org
Location: Red Hook Community Farm
Columbia and Bay streets, Brooklyn
Directions to this location

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Fun Make-Up Shop in Ola Baby Space

By , 14 October, 2010, 2 Comments

We recently reported on the demise of upscale baby haven, Ola Baby and checked in today on the new beauty shop that took over the space about two weeks ago. Called Shen Beauty, located at 315 Court St., the shop is one of those places you can get lost in. Try, just try to pop in for five minutes. I dare you. With make-up and beauty lines like Australian style-maker Jemma Kidd and her fabulously light foundations, Madame Lubatti skin care and lotions, Alexa Rudolfo candles, as well as a whole area devoted to kids (think soaps, lip balms, nail polish), it’s fun for everyone to browse. I especially loved the thoughtfully decorative shower caps (below) and the bath salt bar. What great gift ideas! The owner mentioned that she will also be doing custom goody bags for kids parties if you’re interested, so go by and check it all out. And leave some extra time, I promise, you won’t want to leave.

Star Gazing

By , 7 October, 2010, No Comment

I loved astronomy as a kid. That is, until I realized there was, like, physics and stuff involved. Then the whole thing became just a little less interesting. But, if you like looking at the stars, come join the Amateur Astronomers on Pier 1 for a special observation night on 9 October. You’ll get to see a very thin crescent Moon in the southwest at dusk (around 6:30pm), then watch as Venus and Mars come out.

After they set you will turn your attention to Jupiter, rising higher in the east. Jupiter’s moon Io is behind the planet but becomes visible again around 8:30pm, after which all four of its bright moons will be seen. If you’re lucky it may be possible to spot Comet Hartley 2 in the constellation Perseus later in the evening! And you may be able to spot some beautiful star clusters as well.

SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEET! This free event ends at 10pm and best of all, I was told there would be no math.

BBP’s the Place to Be

By , 1 October, 2010, No Comment

A lot going on at Brooklyn Bridge Park these days. This weekend, both days from 11:00am-1:00pm, Sand Village will be transformed into a sand palace. Pails and shovels will be supplied–just come on by Playground Associates on Pier 6 and bring your imagination. Also, I’m happy to report that Bike and Roll bicycle rentals will be setting up shop at the entrance to Pier 1 on Saturdays and Sundays through 31 October. With a large selection of bikes (including tandems and some with kiddie seats), you can rent by the hour, the day or even the week. The kiosk is located right next to Bargemusic. Lastly, Monday 4 October brings a free concert by St. Ann’s Warehouse–also at Pier 1. The show, The Music of Fela Kuti, Sahr Ngaujah and the band from FELA! on Broadway, will begin at sunset though the lawn opens at 6pm for seating.

Pork It Up on Governor’s Island

By , 30 September, 2010, 1 Comment

Love the “other” white meat? Then sail on over to Pig Island this Saturday, 2 October, to enjoy everything that [used to] snort at this decidedly non-kosher event. This pork-lover’s paradise promises to be a culinary festival featuring local food, NY State wines, Six Point Craft Ales, and live music at our favorite new destination–Governor’s Island. Here’s how the website sites it: Twenty chefs from some of New York City’s finest venues along with an impressive cast of food experts and personalities are expected to dazzle the crowd with their “whole hog know-how”. All participants will work with locally sourced ingredients, including whole pigs purchased directly from farms, such as Violet Hill Farm and The Piggery. The talent includes Sara Jenkins of Porchetta, Jacques Gautier from Palo Santo, “Chopped” champion Michael Jenkins from Butter Restaurant, along with other barbecue masters such as Hoppin’ John Taylor of Low Country cooking fame and Sam Barbieri with the award-winning Fuhgeddaboutit BBQ Team. You can buy tickets here, and we suggest you do because they won’t be sold the day of the event. Once there, you’ll hang in Colonel’s Row, enjoying unlimited, walk-around tasting from chefs and farmers, BBQ sides, beers from Sixpoint Craft Ales (including the seasonal Pumpkin Saison), NY State wine, and live bluegrass music. Think smoked pork, low country and competition style barbecue, porchetta sandwiches, Vietnamese pork soup, Brunswick stew, and maple bacon sticky buns.

Some Like It (Really) Hot

By , 30 September, 2010, No Comment

I love a good hot pepper. This summer, I even got a bushel from the farmer’s market at Borough Hall, de-seeded them, stuffed them with cheese, wrapped them in bacon and threw them on the grill. I may or may not have been the only one eating them, but it was well worth it. So totally psyched to see the Chile Pepper Fiesta coming to Brooklyn Botanical Gardens this Saturday, 2 October. In addition to sampling spicy cooking from top NYC chefs–including sauces, pickles, and other red-hot specialties–you’ll be privy to the Chile Chocolate Takedown, tasting goodies from local chocolatiers and casting your vote for the best. Music will also be on hand, with performances from seven bands from chile-loving nations around the world like Indian bhangra and brass, a Haitian dance fête, and Brooklyn’s own ukulele gals. The festivities will go from noon-6pm and the schedule is here for your perusal.

The NEW Brooklyn Cookbook is Here

By , 28 September, 2010, No Comment

I don’t think anyone who lives here has to want for restaurants. These days, when we have the babysitter, we don’t even think of heading to Manhattan for dinner unless we’re meeting friends. We’re happy to walk to one of the many fabulous eateries that have opened in the Bococa hood in the past few years. And if we do get in a cab, we might just as easily go to Red Hook, Williamsburg, Park Slope, Prospect Heights or even Bed-Sty (friends took us to outrageously yummy pizza/pasta joint, Saraghina recently to sit in the magical garden and drink wine from a carafe). So it”s no surprise to see a cookbook come out of this burgeoning foodie scene. According to The Brooklyn Paper, Brendan and Melissa Vaughan have collaborated on the “New Brooklyn Cookbook,” with a collection of recipes from 31 of the borough’s best restaurants. Out on Oct. 5., “‘There’s an eclectic mix of different styles and types of food,’said Melissa. ‘That’s what we were out to represent.’”

In addition to the recipes, which are accompanied by Michael Harlan Turkell’s good-enough-to-eat photographs, the cookbook highlights other Brooklyn trailblazers — cheesemakers, picklers, chocolatiers and rooftop farmers who also make the food scene tick. “We wanted to provide a representative sampling of the kinds of artisanal food producers making interesting products in the borough,” said Brendan. “They’re really as much a part of it as far as the restaurants go — it’s what makes Brooklyn unique as a food destination.”

Come help celebrate at “The New Brooklyn Cookbook” book party at powerHouse Arena [37 Main St. at Water Street in DUMBO, (718) 666-3049], 4 Oct. from 7-9 pm. For info, visit www.powerhousearena.com.

Atlantic Antic This Sunday!

By , 22 September, 2010, No Comment

If you haven’t seen the signs posted all over the neighborhood, here’s a heads up: the 36th annual Atlantic Antic will take place this Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Spanning Atlantic Ave from Hicks St to 4th Ave, this street fair on steroids is a barrel of fun–with food, shopping and festivities for the whole family. I’d suggest getting out early if you have small children–it gets more packed as the day goes on (the count is at about one million visitors according to Atlanticave.org). This year, there will be 600 vendors and music throughout the day–think bbq at Pete’s Waterfront Ale House, falafel and schwarma at Waterfalls and cheapie kitchen utensils at Cook’s Companion, among many other deals, delights and surprises (oh, and beer–don’t forget the beer). Also expect a visit from Melanie Hope Greenberg, Children’s Book Illustrator, to read and sign her books, ‘Mermaids on Parade’, ‘Digger’, ‘A City Is’ and more at Gumbo, 493 Atlantic Avenue, between Nevins Street and 3rd Avenue. Here’s the schedule in case you want to make your plans now.

Fundraiser Tix for Jane’s Carousel Going Fast

By , 17 September, 2010, No Comment

Want to get a sneak peek of the new Jane’s Carousel in the Empire-Fulton Ferry section of Brooklyn Bridge Park? A limited number of tickets are still available for the Preview Tour and Cocktail Party being held by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy on Tuesday 28 September from 6 to 9pm. The tour starts at 56 Water Street in DUMBO and ends at the River Cafe with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets start at $100 and go up to $250 each. Purchase yours here.