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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Blog Espouses Her Favorite Area Brooklyn Eateries

October 21, 2012

Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP blog, in which the actress oozes opinions about lifestyle & culture, offers a post on Brooklyn, in which she espouses: “Brooklyn has changed so much since I was a kid, and parts of it are probably unrecognizable from when my dad was born at Brooklyn Jewish hospital in 1943. A lot of this has been good change in the form of art, culture, neighborhood-defining restaurants, shops and more.”

Paltrow includes hot spots in Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Gowanus. Read her reviews below.

Park Slope’s Al di Là, 248 5th Avenue
“A homey and casual neighborhood trattoria so popular it has Manhattanites lining out the door (reservations aren’t taken, but you can wait in their charming wine bar next door). The menu hasn’t changed much since opening in 1998, because it’s pretty much perfect Venetian fare, with particularly excellent pastas.”

Prospect Heights’ Franny’s, 295 Flatbush Avenue
“Franny’s churns out some of the best pizza and locally-sourced food in Brooklyn, maybe even NYC. Hit the original location while you can, as they will be moving to a larger space by the end of the year, keeping the old space for a new restaurant, Marco’s, to open in the spring of 2013.

Prospect Heights’ Ample Hills Creamery, 623 Vanderbilt Avenue
“Handcrafted ice cream and sorbet made in small batches, Ample Hills gets its cream and eggs from local farms upstate for the freshest (and most sustainable) product possible, in 24 flavors that change with the seasons. They also do really delicious and beautiful custom ice cream cakes, for any occasion.”

Cobble Hill’s Henry Public, 329 Henry Street
“This handsome, old-timey Brooklyn saloon, with a limited “Bill of Fare” of simple and homey food, including a great burger, is perfect for a late supper and whiskey cocktails with friends.”

Cobble Hill’s Pok Pok, 127 Columbia Street
“People are crazy for this Thai via Portland import to the BK, for good reason – the fresh takes on Thai classics are seriously good (and run on the hot side), from the signature charcoal roasted hen with lemongrass to the sweet, spicy salads and more, plus an awesome Thai-inspired cocktail menu (the Pok Pok Bloody Mary with Thai chilies is a serious kick in the ass.)”

Carroll Gardens’ The Grocery, 329 Henry Street
“Quality ingredients, imaginatively prepared from this superb market-driven menu keeps this tiny place on the top of the borough’s fine dining list year after year. It’s pricey, but for one of the best bargains in the borough, try the Green Plate Special – $40 for the four-course veggie tasting menu.”

Boerum Hill’s Mile End, 97A Hoyt Street
“Hearty, meaty sandwiches and Montreal-style deli food (think house-smoked meats, poutine, brisket and more) served deluxe. Make sure to get a pickle on the side and wash it all down with a good glass of wine.”

Gowanus’ The Pines, 284 3rd Avenue
“While this highly-anticipated Gowanus opening keeps the atmosphere casual, with an artfully shabby, worn in dining room and larger garden in the back, the menu is decidedly ambitious with an Italian bent (think cavatelli with duck heart) with lots of interesting seasonal salads and antipasti.”

Source: Cobble Hill Blog

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Boo! Non-Profit Lower East Side Ecology Center Hosts Halloween Party October 27

October 19, 2012

The non-profit Lower East Side Ecology Center, based in an electronic waste recycling and reuse warehouse in Gowanus, is hosting an open house and family fun Halloween party Saturday, October 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The address is 469 President Street, between 3rd and Nevins, in Gowanus.

During the event: Decorate pumpkins and work on your electronic-themed Halloween costume; get your problematic Mac gadgets evaluated by a Tekserve technician; tour the warehouse and learn about e-waste recycling and reuse; browse the selection of refurbished electronics (and preview items for sale on the online store); and enter the raffle for gift cards and meals from local restaurants 606 R&D, The Grocery, the Sustainable NYC store and pickle-making with Brooklyn Brine. The event is free and “sure to be the perfect mix of spooky and techie,” the Lower East Side Ecology Center assures.

Source: Cobble Hill Blog

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Super Kitsch! Nostalgic Shuffleboard Club Coming To Gowanus

May 17, 2012

A campy shuffleboard club inspired by Florida’s senior scene is making its hipster debut in Gowanus. Golden Girls unite!

Owners of The Royal Palms, a grocery-store sized club featuring regulation-size shuffleboard courts and a full bar, is set to open their new venue in a 17,000 square foot repurposed Gowanus building—location not yet disclosed—featuring a nostalgic bent with lounge music, bingo, Yahtzee, key lime-flavored cocktails and episodes of “The Love Boat” on TV.

The Brooklyn Paper reports that the coming shuffleboard club will offer a dozen regulation-sized courts and a potential roof deck. A final leasing agreement is in the works, thus co-owner Ashley Albert declined to give away the exact location, but she says it will “likely be a super-affordable spot to channel your inner snowbird. We want it to feel like a Florida hotel from the ’70s. It’s a fun vintage thing for 20-and-30-somethings to try. There’s just something kind of cool about old time-y activities.”

(Photo: TV My Wife Watches blog)

Source: Cobble Hill Blog

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Real Estate

Luxury 85-Unit Rental Coming To Boerum Hill @ 316 Bergen Street

May 5, 2012

A new 85-unit luxury rental development is coming to Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill, one block from the border of Park Slope. Partners the Naftali Group and AEW Capital Management recently closed on a 90,000-square-foot site at 316 Bergen Street, at the corner of Third Avenue for $6.7 million. The eight-story building—with 45 residential parking spaces on the ground level—will include an attended lobby, health club, resident lounge, courtyard, storage and a roof deck with cabanas, sunbeds, a grill and dining area, with 360-degree views of Brooklyn and Manhattan, according to building reps.

The development is also in the vicinity of a Whole Foods market recently approved at Third Street and Third Avenue, next to the Gowanus Canal; and within walking distance to the 585-acre Prospect Park, with access to numerous subway stations and a five-minute walk from Atlantic Terminal.

“We are delighted to invest in this high-quality, well-located site to develop a luxury rental property in Brooklyn,” said AEW Director Anthony Crooks. “We believe the property will attract young professionals and families looking for affordable, quality housing, good amenities and access to public transportation.”

Residential brokerage is expected to begin marketing the units in Summer 2013.

Naftali Group is also building a 104-unit luxury residential property at 267 Sixth Street, at the corner of Fourth Avenue. That project is also expected to come online next year. The firm currently owns 100 apartments and 20,000 square feet of retail space in Brooklyn.

Source: Cobble Hill Blog

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