Here's another Fall activity to add the the list. The Dodge YMCA on Atlantic Avenue is having a pumpkin patch and apple picking celebration tomorrow, Saturday, October 27th 12pm-3pm. No it's not a field trip, they'll be doing it in their gymnasium (pictured above). It's $7 per child and they'll have tons of activities, such as bouncy house, musical games, face painting, cotton candy, balloon animals, and arts and crafts. Each child can also pick out one pumpkin and four apples. There is always a nice turnout for these YMCA events. Should be fun.
This weekend will mark the start of Halloween celebrations! As you already know, unless you're new to this area, we really do it up for Halloween in our hood. There are so many activities for kids starting this Saturday. And three parades! You could probably hit them all if you wanted. Carroll Park will have one on Saturday at 11:30am, Mother Cabrini Park's (above and below) will be on Sunday the 27th starting at 10am and the annual Halloween Parade that's actually on Halloween is at Cobble Hill Park and starts promptly at 4pm.
In a recent blog about a Columbia Waterfront District Beer Garden coming soon, we joked about how the neighborhood could also use a great Indian restaurant. A friend reminded us that their will be a great Indian restaurant in the hood, and sooner than we thought. 316 Court Street (above) will be the new home to Dosa Royale said to be opening around the end of the month. You may have already sampled their food at Smorgasburg so you may know what to expect, although we haven't seen an actual menu for the new place. It is expected that they will serve Southern Indian cuisine and, of course, dosas. Check out updates of their progress on their facebook page.
The South Brooklyn Children's Garden, on the corner of Sackett and Columbia Streets, has come a long way. They had a bake sale last weekend and the turn out was really great! We took a pic of their spread of baked goods as well as hot foods at the table in the background and took this opportunity to take some more pictures of the garden's recent improvements as well. They've decorated for fall, putting out bails of hay to sit on. The picture at the very bottom shows the gardening tool area with freshly decorated pumpkins drying.
This benefit for Red Hook Initiative is happening tomorrow from 6-9pm at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer, and tickets are still on sale. There will be drinks and food from dozens of the best local establishments. Too many to name here but you can go to this site to view the list. There will also be a silent auction.
Irish Rock band, Black 47, will disband by the end of this year, it's last gig ever is set for New Year's Eve in Manhattan. To see them in the hood for the last time you'll have to head over to Rocky Sullivan's next Saturday October 26th after 8pm. $20 for seeing this awesome band in a perfectly intimate space...not bad.
We've blogged about the Brooklyn Studio Tours, which was based in the Red Hook and Carroll Gardens area back in June. Now Gowanus is having a an open studio tour as well. It is what it sounds like. Artists open their studios to the public. The dates are October 18th-20th. Studios will be open over the weekend from noon-6pm. Click here for more info.
You may see Liam Neeson in the neighborhood today or one of the other co-stars of the Feature Film Run All Night (Vincent D'Onofrio, Ed Harris, Common), which is shooting today in Carroll Gardens. We saw this sign on Henry near 2nd place. You may be able to tell from the title and that it's starring Liam Neeson that this is a drama/thriller. "An aging hitman is forced to take on his brutal former boss to protect his estranged son and his family." Maybe we'll see some stunts!
Here are a couple events going on this weekend at Carroll Park. The first is very exciting. A screening of the film The Princess Bride this Friday at 7:30pm in front of Robert Acito Park House. This movie is a classic loved by kids and adults alike. The next night, October 19th, from 6-9pm is "Scary-oke". They'll have hot cider and snacks and a 10,000 song library for you to choose from. Suggested donation of $1/per song.
This review has been a long time coming. The place has been open for about a month now and as you can see it gets pretty packed. The line was nearly out the door when we arrived (see below). How it works, much like most BBQ joints, is that you stand in line to order your food then grab a seat. The bar is separate so you can get a beer for the line. really great beer selection! It wasn't too long a wait though (maybe 20 or 30 minutes) and once we had our food a table was no problem. Our food was amazing! The ribs were lean yet tender so so flavorful. The beans were smokey, mac and cheese was creamy but not too greasy, and the collards were also really really flavorful. The BBQ sauce is sweet with a little spice at the end. We didn't get to see any live music. I think we were there a little on the early side but we saw the stage area and the atmosphere was a perfect Honky Tonk vibe. Overall impressive!