Archive | September, 2011

Buckle Up with Brooklyn

30 Sep

I’m not really a wearer of big belt buckles, but I may just have to change my ways for this Brooklyn belt. It’s a handmade buckle with a map of south Brooklyn. Includes Coney Island, Bay Ridge, Brighton Beach, Canarsie, Flatbush Ave. Both women and men can wear it too! Get yours on Etsy for $25.

Brush up on your pizza history– and eat some too.

29 Sep

When you think of Brooklyn cuisine, what comes to mind? I think pizza. Now, thanks to Brooklyn Brainery, you can learn all about pizza (and eat a lot of it too) in their October “History of Pizza Class.” This three-part course will follow pizza’s evolution from its humble beginnings in Southern Italy to the port of New York City and beyond. The course is taught by pizza-obsessed Scott Wiener. Sign up now, classes take place October 12, 19, and 26th.


Your New Farmers Market Tote

27 Sep

The farmers market produce in the Fall is definitely better than any other season. Carry all of your apples, squash, and turnips in this super cute tote by local Etsy seller jesscar24. I’m partial to the Brooklyn Heights tote, but there’s also Dumbo, Coney Island, Park Slope and Williamsburg varieties. Get your here— just $12!

Where to Relax Right Now: Sunshine Best Body Work

25 Sep

I know you have a busy schedule. You’re running from one place to the next, always on the go, without much time to take a breather. Stop for a second and relax– I found the perfect spot for it. Sunshine Best Body Work in Park Slope will leave you feeling like a new person, completely refreshed and rejuvenated.

It’s a modest massage place; it’s small, nothing fancy, and pay-by-the-minute. Sunshine is not your upscale spa with a variety of  expensive massage varieties. They don’t serve you champagne. They don’t give you a goodie bag of samples. They don’t buy their massage oils from France. I’m talking no frills. But it’s the best massage I’ve ever had, and it’s cheap. Want a whole hour? Just $55. Try finding that on 5th Avenue, in Soho, or Chelsea.

The masseuses (is that the plural?) seem to have an inner radar for the points on your back that need the most work, and they practically jump on the table to get out those tough knots. At other massage spots, you have to pay extra for special moisturizers or hot stones. But at Sunshine, everything is included, just tell them how much time you have. I recommend the full hour, but for 75 minutes, you get a foot rub too– might be worth it.

Make your appointment now or just walk in to Sunshine Best Body Work at 4 Park Place near 5th Avenue in Brooklyn. Then, email me and let me know how much you loved it.

Travel Brooklyn-Style.

23 Sep

No matter where your travels take you, you can keep a little piece of Brooklyn with you with these super-unique luggage tags made of recycled maps. Plus, it will be much easier to distinguish your black suitcase from the hundreds of others at the baggage carousel. The tags are $12, and you can get them from Etsy shop happygolucky1.

The Bourbon Bloody Mary

22 Sep

If you’re a bloody mary enthusiast, head over to Char No. 4 in Cobble Hill. The eatery is also known for their meaty dishes like chopped pork with Char No. 4 mustard barbecue sauce, but they also have a strong passion for bourbon. That means their bloody mary, which is topped with a pickle, is mixed with bourbon rather than vodka or gin. If you stop by for brunch, make sure to pair your bourbon bloody mary with the Char no. 4 biscuits benedict with house smoked ham, poached eggs & bacon gravy.

Browsing the Brooklyn Book Fest

20 Sep

I couldn’t help but stop by the Brooklyn Book Festival yesterday– the largest free literary event in New York City. The event was crowded with book browsers, writers, publishers, and food trucks. I snapped a couple photos on my way through.

You’re Invited to my BK Meetup

18 Sep

Are you a Brooklyn blogger? Techie? Writer? Tweeter? Or just love Brooklyn? Come to Mission Dolores on September 27th for a meetup sponsored by OpenSky, a social network for shoppers, and hosted by me, Becoming Brooklyn. Here’s  your chance to mix and mingle with the locals you may talk to online, but never get to actually speak with in person.

I’ll be there ready to chat about Brooklyn restaurants, shops, markets, events, and OpenSky, as I am also the Community Manager there. And as the event sponsor, OpenSky will provide some free drinks, who doesn’t like that? And bonus! John Caplan, the CEO of OpenSky will also in attendance.

Mission Dolores is located at 249 4th Avenue in Brooklyn. I recently met with the owners (who are super nice and helpful), and it’s an awesome hang out space– so don’t miss it.

Click here to RSVP. Email me at or if you have any questions. See you there.

Farmers Market Find of the Weekend: Purple Produce

17 Sep

Flying Junction has Done it Again

16 Sep

One of my favorite print designers, Flying Junction has created three more prints to add some style to your walls. A look back at the prohibition era and a nod to HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, this collection of prints feature streets & neighborhoods of relevance during the roaring twenties in Atlantic City. Designed in the style of historic subway signs used in NYC subway cars of the early 1900’s, Flying Junction created three unique prints, featuring 15 streets & neighborhoods from Atlantic City during the prohibition era.

The prints are available in a few formats, Giclée Print on 100% Natural Cover Stock, Giclée Print on 100% Natural Watercolor Stock, or Archival Quality Print on Artist Quality Canvas. Check out the photos below and get yours here.