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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 for more info.

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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:

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* 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.

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

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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).

Can you say “Oysters”?

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.

Brooklyn Faves Offer Wedding Wine and Cake Tastings

By , 13 February, 2013, No Comment

If you already tied the knot, pass this info on to some soon to be wed pals. Brooklyn Wine Exchange and One Girl Cookies, two well-known names in the BoCoCa hood, have joined forces to offer a super wedding day tasting of both wine and cake. Here’s the info you need:
The consultation will be held on two separate occasions at Brooklyn Wine Exchange’s Learning Center and will last from 2pm to 4pm on Sun, February 24 & Sun, March 24.
The cost is only $10 per couple.
At the tasting, staff from Brooklyn Wine Exchange will explain the role of wine at a wedding and the types of wines that pair best with particular foods. During the explanation, a variety of wines at different price levels will be poured for each guest. BWE will also offer special discount pricing for large-quantity purchases and free delivery to Brooklyn and Manhattan on the day of the wedding reception. Rebecca Lovett from One Girl Cookies will detail the wide range of custom wedding cakes the award-winning bakery offers and serve a variety of sample sweets.
To reserve space at either session, please contact Tim Farrell at Payment for each couple can be made at Brooklyn Wine Exchange on the day of the tasting.
Space is limited to twenty couples per session.

For $10, BoCoCaland may decide to renew our vows. Could be worth the goodies at this event.

Fairway to Reopen in Red Hook on March 1

By , 8 February, 2013, No Comment

If you miss Fairway Red Hook as much as we do, you’ll be ecstatic to know it will be reopening for Brooklyn business on 1 March. A Twitter announcement was made on 5 Feb, and The Village Voice reported that small businesses in the Red Hook hood are also super psyched to see the market roar to life after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

“…store officials said the restoration cost nearly $10 million. For small-business owners in Red Hook, Fairway’s rebirth could mean a resurgence of tourists, as well as the return of one-stop shopping in the neighborhood.”

Intriguing Valentine’s Gift: How About We Date Night

By , 6 February, 2013, No Comment

Whether you’re a romance junky or the Valentine’s Day equivalent to Scrooge, you’ll want to check out HowAboutWe for Couples–a fascinating website dedicated to finding the most unique dating experiences in the hood.
Though the site has been around about four months, it recently unveiled a new feature which allows members to surprise their significant others with curated, one-of-a-kind dates–a perfectly precious way to get around the crowded restaurant experience or box of chocolate blues.
Think Game Night at the Brooklyn Strategist, where you’ll land a private table, gourmet snacks and some time to destroy, um challenge, your partner in a little friendly competition. Or stay in with Breakfast in Bed, made for you in your home by the Brooklyn chef dubbed the Breakfast Bachelor (may want to send the kids to grandmas).
Whether you join as a member to book dates once a month or want to try it out for specific experiences, you can find all the fine print here.

Brooklyn Lyceum Family Event: Weekend Fun

By , 17 January, 2013, No Comment

Coming up on a three day weekend, we were psyched to see this funky, family event at the Brooklyn Lyceum on Saturday, 19 Jan.
Canvas, presented by Oxheart and The Gowanus Circus, runs from 10am to 10:30pm and features visual art, face painting, circus, live music and burlesque performances.
Canned and packaged food will also be collected for City Harvest. An art gallary free to the public runs from 10am to noon, and City Stomp Live will headline The Kid’s Matinee at 2pm and 3:30pm. Each show will be followed by kid’s circus acts by The Gowanus Circus.
Ticket prices for the afternoon performance only are $12.50 for individuals or $30 per family (one adult and two children) in advance; $15 at the door. You can purchase tickets here.

Carroll Gardens Slow Cookin’ Mexican: A Love Story

By , 15 January, 2013, No Comment

Shame on us for not venturing all the way down Court St. often enough. Can’t believe we missed the opening of the wonderful sounding new Mexican called Slowteria (548 Court St., near W. 9th St.). Luckily, my pal and Danka Panka-owner Dan Sharp told me all about it last time I was in. Seems the owners, Stephanie Heinegg and Hugo Orozco, met when she walked into his restaurant in Tulum, Mexico and asked him to teach her the cooking techniques of his region. He did, and they fell in love and moved that restaurant to our corner of Brooklyn. Kind of a culinary fairy tale.
What Slowteria brings to Carroll Gardens is a different kind of Mexican. Sure, you may find some tacos and tortas for brunch on the weekends, but evenings bring an array of slow-cooked stews, many made with duck; broiled steaks, shrimp and tuna, and even a “deconstructed” Mole duck dish with pickled onions. Starters include fresh salads, like La Sandia with watermelon, cucumber, crunchy hibiscus flowers, peppermint infusion and smoked salt. Call me intrigued.
And if you just want a high-class accompaniment to the craft beer on draft, go for the raw, Long Island oysters with citrus wedges and worm salt (yup, it’s got the same ground wormies as the ones at the bottom of the tequila bottle). No cocktails yet, but here’s to hoping some funky margaritas are coming soon.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Opens New Pier 5

By , 13 December, 2012, No Comment

Check it peeps. Brooklyn Bridge Park opened its brand new Pier 5 this week, which includes five acres of sports fields, playgrounds and other super awesome amenities.
There’s the 200,000 square feet of synthetic turf, a Picnic Peninsula with built-in hibachis, tetherball poles and two play areas for both older and younger kids. And if you’re a fishing type, there will be four bait prep tables to help you up your game. Thankfully, twenty-six shade sails line the northern and southern sides of the pier for protection–unlike Pier 6, which doesn’t seem to address the problems of a blazing summer sun. That means we won’t all be huddling under the shade of a single, baby tree. Come on, you know what I’m talking about.

Chanukah Celebrations Coming Your Way Soon

By , 4 December, 2012, No Comment

Lighting the giant menorah in Brooklyn Heights

Barely December and Chaunkah is upon us already. This year’s festival of lights comes a bit early, beginning Saturday, 8 December. Want to celebrate with the family? A “Gigantic” Chaunkah Celebration will take place Monday, 10 December, beginning outside the Borough Hall Court House at 5pm. Co-sponsored by Borough Prez Marty Markowitz and Chabad of Brooklyn Heights, there will be menorah lighting, donuts, latkes and presents for every child. You heard me. Every child.
Kane Street Synagogue also has a few festivities, like A Very Maccabee Chanukah Party on Sunday, 9 December from 10am to noon. Perfect for families with kids age 1-6. Come for the puppet show and stay for sufganiyot and gelt. Crafts and cookie decorating are included in the $10 per child.