Saturday, June 20, 2009

Greenhorns Goat Spit Summertime Throwdown

Greenhorns Goat Spit Summertime Throwdown

Join the RMO for a summer throwdown hosted by the Greenhorns. We'll be celebrating the opening of their new NYC space at the corner of Sackett and Henry Streets in Brooklyn with a barbecue, tons of locally and sustainably grown foods (and tasty local beer), film screenings, workshops, music, and more. Proceeds benefit the Greenhorns work to support young farmers and fight our greed-driven corporate food system. Rude Mechanical Orchestra plays at 7p.

513 Henry Street, Brooklyn
2-9p; $5

Monday, June 15, 2009

Lecture on NYC Water Supply

Lecture on NYC Water Supply

Ever wonder how NYC gets its water and why it’s so good? Come hear Scot Chesman PhD speak about the construction of City Water Tunnel No. 3 and the Moshulu Tunnel, which brings Croton water into the new filtering plant being built under Van Cortland park. Scot has worked on both.

Community Center at St. Jeans Baptiste
184 East 76th Street, at Lexington Avenue, Manhattan
7p; $10 suggested donation

Friday, June 12, 2009

Henry St. between Sackett and Union St. becomes "Citizens of Pozzallo Way" By- Katrina Kitsis

Having a street renamed after you is a huge honor and today, The Society of the Citizens of Pozzallo will receive the recognition they deserve when Henry St. between Sackett and Union Street will become "Citizens of Pozzallo Way". The organization, founded in 1919 and named after the Sicilian city of Pozzallo, the only coastal city in its province of Ragusa, was originally intended to promote fellowship and friendship among its members and to educate them on American ideals in order to transition them to the American way of life and American citizenship. Through the years the organization has provided assistance to the poor and underprivileged by promoting the advancement of education and by contributing to other organized institutions of science and medical research.

On my way to work yesterday, I saw the city prepping for the ceremony that will take place today, Friday June 12th on Henry St. in Carroll Gardens. As I walked by, I was able to capture this photo of two of the society's members proudly holding their new street sign before it becomes a part of Brooklyn. What a great way to visibly pay tribute collectively to a group of individuals whose society has been housed on the block for almost 90 years. A true symbol of community and honoring the American Dream. Congratulations Citizens of Pozzallo! It's about time, you deserve it!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Green Horns Come to Carroll Gardens

The Green Horns come to Sackett Street and Henry- right across the street from Naidre's!
The abandoned pharmacy located at the corner of Sackett and Henry Street is opening as a new farmers market. They are having an opening party June 20th and the store will officially be open by the beginning of July.
This space has been empty the whole 6 years I have lived here and I am really excited that this space is going on. Anybody have anymore details about the group?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sample Sale in Red Hook: Butter By Nadia By-Katrina Kitsis

Nadia Tarr, former modern dancer and costume designer who has collaborated with many dance companies through the years, is the creator of Butter, a clothing line that moves well and looks amazing on all women, regardless of body type. The one-size-fits-all signature wrap dress that made her famous comes in soft cotton jersey, as well as in satin and in various lengths. It's a miracle dress that can be worn at least twelve different ways! You are getting 12 original looks for the price of one and luckily for people like me who are not creative enough to figure out how to wrap the dress properly to master all of the styles, Nadia has created various videos on her website that serve as instructional guides on how to DIY. She also caters to brides-to-be with her bridal collection of both bridal wrap gowns and bridesmaid dresses. Finally a bridesmaid dress that you can wear again and in so many different ways!

The wrap dresses and her collection can be a bit pricey, but we Brooklynites are in luck because Nadia will be holding a sample sale next weekend at House of Butter in Red Hook. The Sample Sale Extravaganza will take place Saturday June 13th from 11-7 and Sunday June 14th from 11-5. House of Butter is located at 405 Van Brunt St. Brooklyn, NY 11231. All info on her collections, sample sale info, press, and instructional videos can be found by clicking HERE. Mark your calendars, you do not want to miss this sale! It's a one stop shop for all of your summer BBQ, cocktail party, and wedding dress needs! Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Ft. Greene Garden Walk! By-Katrina Kitsis

Looking for a special way to be one with nature and ring in summer? Jump aboard the 12th Annual Fort Greene Garden Walk. On Sunday, June 14th from 11AM - 5PM, enjoy a self-guided tour through 10 private gardens, 3 community gardens and a commercial rooftop. Special features include live music, exhibits, a stop at Green Spaces, a "work space collective where small, green entrepreneurs share resources and ideas," the Irondale Theater, where "full-time artists have a commitment to making plays and education programs that are socially relevant, challenge the status quo, and inspire fresh perspectives in our audiences," and the garden of long-time Fort Greene resident known as "The Godmother of Jazz", Betty Carter, who's garden features a beautiful weeping cherry tree.

A complete itinerary, map pick-up, and ticket info can be found on the Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District's website (BBGD). Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the tour and regardless of unpredictable NYC weather, the event will take place rain or shine. Sounds like a great way to spend your Sunday Funday. Explore Fort Greene, feel eco-cool, and burn some brunch calories power walking through the neighborhood. Sign me up!

Atlantic Yards arena scrapped in favor of Tractor Supply Company

In a stunning turnaround, Forest City Ratner released their latest plans for what was to be the Nets stadium at Atlantic Yards - Brooklyn's first Tractor Supply Company. The new proposal may finally unite community groups, civic leaders, and the developers.

Given Brooklynites' deep commitment to sustainable living and local organic produce, Tractor Supply Company may finally fill the need for small farm vehicles, manure spreaders, and rototillers currently unmet by other big box chains. The new design is fresh and rural, and sends a meaningful message for these bleak economic times - thumbing its nose at "fashion" and "quality." 

In a borough whose newer residents have already sacrificed youthful beauty in favor of facial hair and clogs, this is a bold step towards our future as an agrarian utopia.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Moving Stories #1: Q&A with artist Thomas Doyle

Acceptable losses
mixed media
16 x 13.5 inches diameter

There's a story behind every moving van double-parked on a Brooklyn street. Ever wondered about the people whose stuff is rolling on and off those ramps? As a new feature, we'll bring some of those stories to you.

One of the best things about working in real estate is getting to meet interesting people and seeing the incredibly cool stuff they do. This week we're showing an apartment in Cobble Hill that has been both home and studio to the sculptor Thomas Doyle for the past three years. His intricate sculptures of small-scaled people in large-scale distress seem designed for our precarious economic times. I interrupted his packing to speak with Thomas Doyle. 

Q: What's it like having your studio and your living space combined?
A: Frankly, it's not ideal. But I've always liked working where I live. The commute is really short.

Q: You're moving out of Brooklyn. Will you have a studio in your new home?
A: Yes. It's the top floor of the house, so it's still integrated into the home. But there will be more separation.

Q: Still a short commute, then?
A: Yes.

Q: Will you miss anything about Brooklyn?
A: Sure. The neighborhood is wonderful, and I have a lot of friends here. There's plenty to do, great restaurants and bars. But I'll still be close by.

Q: You'll have more space in the new house?
A: I'm working on my art more and more. When you work in sculpture, it tends to pile up.

See more of Thomas Doyle's brilliant work on his website at

Disaster Kit- You are standing into danger

New art exhibit to open on Columbia Street at Red Tin Shack.
Trevor Babb's new art exhibit opens June 12th at 65 Union Street- Brooklyn.
Music by Matt Worth- Baritone.
They keep saying this is Red Hook. But I don't think it is.
Disaster Kit
Sponsored by the Brooklyn Arts Council.

Calexico gives away 50 free tacos! June 29th

Calexico, which still hasn't opened it's doors, will give away 50 free tacos at our event on June 29th at the Bell House!
Details about the event can be found at :
Wall Street Journal names Calexico in top ten Gourmet food trucks around the country.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Red Hook Drive in this Sunday!


A Drive-In II

A Drive-In II will at approximate dusk at an empty lot across the street from Work Gallery. A Drive-In is a distinguished un-authorized projection party held sporadically at an empty lot in Red Hook, Brooklyn since 2008. Brought to you by Work Gallery and Clearchannel (Walker Waugh, Jessie Stead, and David Gatten). The evening will feature casual outdoor projections of new and used 16mm film and video by different people onto big white semi-abandoned trailers. There will also be intermittent live music and other surprises. No automobiles are required at A Drive-In II. All transportation forms welcome especially rollerskates and rickshaws and cars too if you have one.

Empty lot at Union Street and Van Brunt, Brooklyn
Sundown; $free

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Couple of Dicks on Atlantic Avenue- Katrina Kitsis

So thanks to following Kevin Smith on Twitter (fyi @ThatKevinSmith is his Twitter name) I found out that yesterday, June 1st, began the first day of shooting for Smith's new film A Couple of Dicks, slated to be released in 2010. Smith tweeted, "Wrapped Day One on A Couple of Dicks without being one or sucking one. Bruce & Tracy are so good together, you'd think this was the sequel." And thanks to The Brooklyn Bugle, I found out that today they would be shooting on Atlantic Ave. between Court and Clinton St. in Cobble Hill. Naturally I was running late to my kickboxing class this morning and I completely forgot to bring my camera with me, but I stalked the set to and from class searching for a glimpse of Mr. Smith but alas was unsuccessful. After showering and looking up the film on imdb, I headed back to set hoping to possibly see either Tracy Morgan or Bruce Willis exiting their trailers. Unfortunately they had wrapped and all that remained were two trailers (they cleaned up and got the hell out of there fast!). The film also stars Seann William Scott and Adam Brody among many others. Keep you eyes peeled as they will be filming all over the city in the coming weeks. Click on this link to read an interview with the director and watch a video interview from

Monday, June 1, 2009

Jaques Torres- Master of Chocolate- by Katrina Kitsis

Jacques Torres, master of chocolate, God to sugar addicts, and former pastry chef at Le Cirque has given us a new reason to cheat on our diets this summer. His long awaited Ice Cream Shop just opened yesterday next door to his DUMBO location at 66 Water St. There are twelve flavors including chocolate-banana, a caramel-rum vanilla swirl, strawberry, hazelnut with chocolate chunks, wicked hot chocolate (spiced with ancho and chipotle chiles), and four different sorbets. The shop features yummy homemade waffle cones, ice cream cookie sandwiches, or you can opt to get your scoop served on a belgian waffle with the works! Options abound! So grab a cone and walk it off at The Empire Fulton Ferry State Park across the street. I can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday!- Katrina Kitsi