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The Eva Peron Cocktail Or Don’t Cry For Me, Krescendo

June 15, 2013

Krescendo on Atlantic Avenue is know for its great pizza and celebrity ex-chef Elizabeth Falkner. But another one of its founders is a well known and respected mixologist:

Papermag: Bi-coastal bartender Darren Crawford, who divvies up his month between San Francisco — where he’s the bar manager of speakeasy Bourbon & Branch — and Krescendo, first unveiled the concoction with a colleague as a special creation for a private party of Argentinians. “Argentina loves Fernet as much, if not more, than San Francisco.”

The Papermag piece serves up the recipe for the Eva Peron:


1 oz. Fernet Branca

1 oz. Carpano Antica

1 oz. Domaine de Canton

1 oz. lime juice

1 oz. ginger beer

Combine the Fernet Branca, Carpano Antica, Domaine de Canton and lime juice in an ice-filled shaker. Shake well and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wheel.

Photo: Papermag

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Lululemon Opens in Cobble Hill

June 14, 2013

Yoga pants monger Lululemon opened Friday (6/14) at 166 Smith Street. Folks on the Twitter seemed excited about the store as well as snacks (from purveyors such as Ted and Honey and Van Leeuwen) available at the celebration.

So, whaddya think? Here are a few tweets to ponder:

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Lululemon Opens In Cobble Hill This Friday

June 12, 2013

Sure Lululemon may have just lost its CEO, sending its stock plummeting as we speak but come this Friday (6/14) Cobble Hill will be blessed with one of its stores at the spanking new 166 Smith Street. Have no fear, those transparent yoga pants are so totally not available anymore.

Here’s the full rundown from their Facebook page:


Complimentary coffee, ice cream and pastries from Brooklyn-based Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream (first come, first served)

Candle light Yoga from 8:30-9:30PM with Mala Yoga instructor and past showroom ambassador Daniella Rosales- Friedman.


Complimentary juice and smoothies from Green Pirate Juice Truck (first come, first served)

Run Club from 9-10AM. 3-4 miler to Brooklyn Bridge Park with Brooklyn triathlete coach Mike Olzinski.


Complimentary Kombucha Brooklyn (first come, first served)

Sunday morning yoga from 9-10AM with store ambassador, Prana Power Yoga and Prema Yoga instructor Be Shakti. Featuring live music!

Celebration for Father’s Day! 1-3PM demo with Columbia Street CrossFit owner and coach Nate and complimentary pizza from South Brooklyn Pizza.

**We will also be giving away passes for lucky guests to “experience the neighborhood.”

Experience the neighborhood? Hmmm…

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Don’t Freak Out: The Long Island Restaurant Sign Is Being Cleaned

June 8, 2013

CHB pal and neighborhood racounteur EJ Cory tweeted Saturday morning that the Long Island Restaurant’s iconic neon sign had disappeared from the corner of Atlantic and Henry.

Don’t fear friends. The Brooklyn Paper reports that the sign will return soon:

Brooklyn Paper: Permits on the building say the sign was removed so it could be cleaned, but one of the building’s owners only promised that the greasy spoon, which served hungry Brooklynites from 1951 until 2007, would reopen next month, then promptly hung up the phone.

Eater reported last year that veteran restaurateur Toby Cecchini will be involved in the spot’s reincarnation.

Lost New York: The long-dormant inside—the interior of which is a perfectly preserved 1950s-era bar and diner—had been undergoing a renovation for the past few months. I have no first-hand information on the undertaking, but my understanding is that the new proprietors intend to preserve the look of the place, including the signs. (Indeed, one of the stipulations of the Alperin family, which has long owned the building, and used to run the restaurant, is that anyone who occupied the space wouldn’t be allowed to change a thing about the decor. This led to may would-be tenants being shot down over the past five years.) That said, I suspect the signs have been taken down for restoration. Maybe we’ll be the first generation in decades to see that cursive neon lit!

Photo: Lost New York

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London’s Bike Share Chief Says Negativity Will Go Away, While Some Challenges Won’t

June 8, 2013

London’s Bike Share czar, Nick Aldworth, has some advice for New Yorkers on both sides of the Citi Bike Share scheme. Streetsblog reports on Animal New York’s interview:

Streetsblog: Citi Bike’s first days have seen some technical problems with glitchy docks and stations, and some distribution problems — early reports suggest that Midtown tends to have pronounced bike shortages at times. Aldworth says London is no stranger to the occasional un-docked Barclays bike, and that the greater challenge is managing the distribution.

“Redistribution is the key,” he says. “Once you have thousands of thousands of people cycling around, I think the negativity will quickly go away, but that challenge of redistribution won’t.”

Cobble Hill currently does not have Citi Bike docking stations, but suggestions are being taken now for future builds. Where would you put them?

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Krescendo Announces New Chef Replacing Elizabeth Falkner

June 5, 2013

Last month, Krescendo’s Chef Elizabeth Falkner announced she was leaving the Boerum Hill eatery. Today, Eater reports that a successor has been named:

Eater: According to a release sent out by a Krescendo rep this afternoon, the new chef is Robert Moorman, an alum of North End Grill and Riverpark, plus a handful of New Jersey restaurants including Restaurant Nicholas in Red Bank.

According to the release, Moorman will be introducing some Southern Italian staples like a calamari salad and spaccatelli with sardines. There will, of course, still be plenty of Neapolitan pizzas in addition to the new Southern dishes.

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Cobble Hill Association Scores Win For Pedestrians

June 4, 2013

This dispatch just in from the Cobble Hill Association about a new traffic signal coming to the neighborhood:

CHA: Every day, scores of local residents cross Court street where there is a ADA accesible curb cut but no pedestrian signalization. As part of the Court Street corridor improvement plan which the Cobble Hill Association advocated for last year, a new crosswalk will remedy this danger and bring a signalized intersection to the pictured spot where Bergen becomes Congress Street. Latest word is that the safety enhancements should be installed by early summer, but fortunately you can already see the gray metal box in the ground which will soon house pedestrian signals. It’s a small but significant improvement and one we are thankful to the Department of Transportation for taking action upon our request.

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Pacific Green Gourmet Shop Rumored To Soon Be Replaced By J. Crew

June 1, 2013

The Pacific Green Gourmet Shop at 151 Court Street appears to be losing its lease according to a report from The Real Deal. Clothing giant J. Crew is rumored to be taking the space as the area around Court Street and Atlantic Avenue continues to evolve into a shopping destination. Trader Joe’s and Barney’s have opened outlet in the vicinity in the last couple of years and the trend does not seem to be slowing down.

The Real Deal: As part of the further transformation of retail shopping in Brooklyn, the global apparel chain J. Crew is coming to a two-story building in Cobble Hill, according to two people familiar with the transaction.
The retailer signed a 10-year net lease last week for the building at 151 Court Street on the corner of Pacific Street, though some details still need to be ironed out, one person familiar with the deal said. J. Crew would take 2,349 square feet each on the ground floor, lower level and second floor.
J. Crew is not the only national retailer to move into the neighborhood. Trader Joe’s on Court Street and Barney’s Co-op, a lower cost unit of the designer department store, on Atlantic Avenue, are also nearby tenants.
The asking rent for the space was approximately $520,000 annually for a triple net lease, one source said.

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CHA Goes on Full Frontal Assault To #SaveLICH

April 1, 2013

Cobble Hill Association president Roy Sloane released a video today produced the the organization to raise awareness about the fight to save Long Island College Hospital.

In a letter to the press this morning he writes:

As you all all aware, SUNY Downstate is moving forward with it’s plans to close LICH to convert it’s real estate valued at $500 to $800 million into cash to prop up the immense loses at SUNY Downstate. Since the beginnIng of this crisis, I have asked every doctor, nurse, EMT, ambulance driver and paramedic this question: “Will people die?”

The answer from every single professional that I have asked is “Yes!” To dramatize this danger, the Cobble Hill Association has created a TV commercial called “LICH Two Minutes to Live” and will be launching our campaign on of thirty second spots on NEW YORK ONE this week.

This proposed closure of our hospital represents a grave danger for for all the nearly 1 million people who live, work, shop, and play in Downtown Brooklyn but most especially for the residents of the surrounding communities who depend on Long Island College Hospital for critical emergency care. Going further to get to another hospital spells disaster or death for many stroke, cardiac and accident victims.

The CHA provided two documents along with the video:

LICH-Seven Key Points Fact Sheet by info1139

LICH and SUNY Facts Provided by CHA (1)

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Better Than Flavortown! Pete Wells Gives Krescendo Two Stars in NYT Review

January 23, 2013

New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells, who wrote the brilliant/infamous takedown of Flavortown -TV food star Guy Fieri’s Times Square restaurant – takes on Boerum Hill’s Krescendo today. In a good way. Wells gives the eatery – which teams up San Francisco culinary luminaries Elizabeth Faulkner, Nancy Puglisi and cocktail expert Darren Crawford – two stars.

NYT: The menu seems to revert to the ordinary. There are pizza knots, rice balls and meatballs, a few salads and a handful of simple pastas including spaghetti with tomato sauce. Then there are the pies, including three under the heading Pizza Napoletana. This might have stood out a decade ago. Today, it puts Krescendo among a herd of brick-oven strivers.

But here, under Pizza Italiana Classica, is a flash of lamé: Finocchio Flower Power.

What is on top of the crust is mainly fennel, but to call it a topping would imply that it is interchangeable with some other item. It is not. This pizza is an essay on the theme of fennel. Ms. Falkner stews the bulb to draw out its mellow sweetness, spreads out some raw fronds for their fresh, herbal flavor and calls on the seeds in fennel sausage for their licorice snap. The vegetable’s candylike tendencies are kept in check by sharp aged provolone and powdered red chiles from Calabria.

Krescendo in Boerum Hill – Tale of the Tweets

Storified by Brooklyn Bugle· Wed, Jan 23 2013 17:47:34

Restaurant Review: Krescendo in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn: An unassuming neighborhood pizza spot proves worthy of a … Times Popular
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‘Like boarding the morning commuter train from Mount Kisco and discovering that you are sitting next to RuPaul.’ SOLD. rathe
A pizza love letter to @cheffalkner pizza from @pete_wells. I must know more about "crumb structure." Reith
Krescendo looks great and I always loved Falkner’s pastries in SF, but man, what a terrible name for a restaurant. Sounds like a sleazy spa!jane lerner
Damnit @pete_wells, now I’ll have to battle for a seat at my new obsession-level-favorite pizzeria. Lam

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