Archive | October, 2010

Farmers Market Find of the Weekend 10.31.10

31 Oct

Have a Cheaper Brooklyn Halloween

30 Oct

Haunted Walk in Prospect Park (picture via Flickr)

After you buy your Lady Gaga Halloween costume, stock your apartment with pumpkin-shaped chocolates, and cover your stoop with spiderwebs and orange lights, your bank account might be a little low. Halloween can be expensive. Luckily, Brooklyn is offering lots of free (or very cheap) Halloween-themed events for those of us who still need money for Christmas presents.

Check it out!

1. Today (October 30)  from 12 to 3pm, take the Haunted Walk in Prospect Park! The walking trail will be filled with zombies, headless horsemen, witches, and other scary characters. Suggested donation is $1. Begin the walk at Prospect Park Southwest and 16th St.

2. What’s scarier than dogs in costumes? The 8th Annual Brooklyn Howl-o-Ween Doggie Costume Parade at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade is the perfect way to celebrate the season. Watch today from  1 – 3 p.m. While it’s free for viewers, entrants have to pay $25. All proceeds go to the Hillside Dog Park.

3. It’s a Karaoke Halloween in Carroll Gardens tonight. Take that Lady Gaga costume to Carroll Park and belt out “Poker Face” tonight from 5 to 9pm with Lion’s Roar Karaoke and their 10,000 song library. Snack on some hot cider and snacks. The suggested donation of $1 per song benefits Friends of Carroll Park.

Care for a Gin & Tonic?

28 Oct

Still haven’t tried Breuckelen Gin from the new Brooklyn-based distillery? Blanc & Rouge in DUMBO has it! According to signage, you can get your bottle at the shop at 81 Washington Street. Check it out.

Just what your kitchen needs…

27 Oct

How awesome is this? A Brooklyn-shaped cutting board with a tiny heart detail. While this heart’s placed in the Clinton Hill area, you can ask for it to be anywhere you like! Buy yours on Etsy for $38, and feel free to get an extra for me too.

Celebrate Halloween with Brooklyn-Made Chocolate

26 Oct

Forget Kit-Kats, Milky Ways, and Butterfingers– the best chocolate is made right here in Brooklyn! Check out these three local chocolate shops with deliciously spooky options!

1. Jo-Mart Chocolates

Need some edible witches, ghosts or pumpkins? Jo-Mart Chocolates at 2917 Avenue R has ’em all. For the ultimate ghastly treat, try the “Large Chocolate Pumpkin,” a TWO-POUND chocolate pumpkin available in dark, milk, or white chocolate. It makes the perfect edible table centerpiece!

2. Jacques Torres Chocolate

This Dumbo chocolate shop is one of my favorite spots for a chocolate fix! Right now get your “Spooky Goblin Eyes,” eye-like chocolates with a “bloody” raspberry caramel center, or Halloween chocolate-covered marshmallow peeps!

3. The Chocolate Room

For those of you who aren’t into the themed chocolate items, but still want to indulge for the holiday– try The Chocolate Room. With decadent bite-sized treats, like “The Francesca,” a port wine ganache with caramelized walnuts, or “The Valentina,” caramel & lavender enrobed in dark chocolate, the shop will not disappoint you.

Scene:Brooklyn Looking for Submissions

25 Oct

Are you a Brooklyn filmmaker or artist? Scene:Brooklyn needs you! The independent film and media arts group is looking for short and feature narrative films, short and feature length documentaries, animations, and video art submissions for 2011. The films will be screened in the May flagship spring series, and must be submitted no later than January 14, 2011.

This is a fab way to  have your work seen in professional venues by New York audiences, and extensively promoted. Your film sould be screened at awesome local venues like  BAMcinématek, UnionDocs, Galapagos Art Space, and The Bell House. On top of this exposure, you could win awards too. Scene: Brooklyn presents prizes for Audience Award winners, as well as panels and parties.

The biggest (and my favorite) rule? ONLY films by Brooklyn-based filmmakers or films shot in Brooklyn will be considered. Visit the Brooklyn Art Council’s “Call for Entries” website for more info and to enter.

Farmers Market Find of the Weekend 10.23.10

24 Oct

Decorative Corn (picture credit Paul W. Fusco)

Smith Street Soup Festival Tomorrow!

22 Oct

It’s soup season, and what better way to celebrate than with a soup fest? Head to Smith Street between Atlantic Avenue and Carroll Street tomorrow, and for just $5 you can have soup samples from 21 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, including Verde, Seersucker, Lunetta, and Bar Tabac. The best soups will be chosen by “celebrity judges,” and awarded bronze, silver and gold soup ladles. It’s for a good cause too! The event benefits he South Brooklyn LDC and the HS for International Studies’ Culinary Arts Program. Don’t miss it.

Luxury Buildings on the Rise in Brooklyn

21 Oct

Did you think that Manhattan was the only borough with brand new, luxurious high rises? Think again. They’re popping up all over Brooklyn too, and whether you love ’em or hate ’em, it’s a housing trend you can’t ignore.

One of the most cushy spots I’ve seen is the “Avalon Fort Greene” at 343 Gold Street. Choose from a studio, one, two, or three bedroom apartment, complete with a gourmet kitchen, hardwood floors, walk-in closets, a washer and dryer (I know, amazing), and even a private terrace with a spectacular view. Aside from the glorious amenities of the living space, the building itself includes a fitness center, a personalized concierge service, valet parking, Wi-Fi Access, a lounge with a flat screen TV and a billiards table, and on-site zip cars.

The Avalon Fort Greene also strives to be eco-friendly, with energy star appliances, high-efficiency lighting, and a comprehensive recycling program. It all comes at a price of course– apartments start at $2204 a month.

Is the luxury life for you? Click here for more information on Avalon Fort Greene, as well as other Avalon apartment locations.

If I knew a baby…

20 Oct

I don’t really want to think about having a baby of my own– BUT if I knew a Brooklyn baby, I think this $15 onesie from nessdesigns on Etsy would be perfect for him or her. Perhaps you know more local babies than I do?