Seasonal comforts arrive at Williamsburg’s The Sandwich Shop



At Williamsburg’s The Sandwich Shop seasonal specials, including salads and sandwiches with locally-sourced ingredients are always on the menu.

This Winter they’re featuring a hefty South American sandwich called “The Venezuelan” — an expertly executed dish made of Braised Beef, Black Beans, Sweet Plantains, Avocado, Queso Fresco and Crema on Artisanal Soft Bread. In other words, Latin comfort food at its best for just $11.75. It’s a great addition to an already impressive menu.

Stop by or call for delivery.

The Sandwich Shop
658 A Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(between Manhattan Ave and Leonard street)
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It’s Grand Street Restaurant Week



Now in its second year, Grand Street Restaurant Week is already a Williamsburg tradition. From February 16th-22nd enjoy two course lunches from $8-$10 and/or three course dinners for $18-$30 at these Grand Street establishments: Chuvoys, Williams & Bailey, The Grand National, Dar, Le Barricou, Desy’s Clam Bar, Lily Thai, The Grand Bar & Grill, The Sandwich Shop, Bahia, Los Primos, Grand Morelos, Masha and the Bear, Lula Bean and Sky Bar and Grill.

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Renderings of that hotel coming to the Lorimer stop


Curbed discovered some renderings of the hotel that’s slotted for the huge, post-apocalyptic hole at the Lorimer stop:

It’s been well over a year since any news has come out of the giant hole in the ground on Metropolitan Avenue near the Lorimer stop on Union Avenue, but a little sleuthing has turned back a bunch of really good-looking, uber-hip, unseen renderings for a hotel and residential building that just may be coming to the long-dormant site at 500 Metropolitan Avenue.

And previously:

DOB filings for 500 Metropolitan Avenue show 234 “dwelling units,” and it seems that the division between hotel rooms and apartments will come at the eighth floor. On that story and above, there are 50 units and a recreation area, while below there are 188 units, including two duplexes, that must be hotel rooms unless Chetrit is treading onto micro-unit territory. [Read more...]

Free manicures and organic skin care workshop this weekend at Brooklyn Groove



Warm up the winter and start your Valentine’s Day celebrations a week early. What better time to show yourself a little love than now — which is why we are inviting you to our next event. We want you to feel inspired with new, healthy discoveries. [Read more...]

Media speculates that Williamsburg fire was arson


The fire spotted from the air; credit Gary He

If we see a developer breaking ground on a multi-million dollar tower in coming days, let’s just say we won’t be surprised. The news about a second fire in the warehouse and the clear and windy weather conditions make it all the more suspicious.

From the Times:

…the department interviewed three warehouse employees, but investigators had not been able to enter the building and were not close to determining the fire’s cause. Marshals were investigating whether the first fire had rekindled or a second fire started independently, and whether the fire had been deliberately set or sparked accidentally.

In Williamsburg, where luxury high-rises have rapidly replaced the old factories and warehouses and residents fear the 11-acre site where the CitiStorage building sits is next, it was not hard to find people who believed the fire’s cause was obvious. [Read more...]

Six week L train shutdown coming soon to a weekend near you


Well THIS sucks!

Ah spring, season of rebirth, season of hope and coming soon, season of godawful L train shutdowns that will prevent easy access from Brooklyn to Manhattan. Yes that’s right, after already breaking your spirit in the winter, we got a tip, later confirmed by an MTA spokesman, that L train will put you back on the rack in spring, with nine straight weeks of weeknight track work starting March 24 that will shut it down between 8th Avenue and Bedford Avenue. Plus, you get six straight weekends of no L train between 8th Avenue and Bedford Avenue starting April 11. At least the weekend track work might keep Manhattanites out? [Read more...]

Williamsburg now has the country’s only bar dedicated exclusively to Matcha


Credit: Melissa Hom, Grub Street

Whatever the heck that is. Luckily, Matcha Bar explains this mysterious concoction to newbies like us:

1. A Japanese powdered green tea, historically used to enhance one’s focus, energy, and alertness.
2. The stone-ground powder derived from the topmost leaves of the first harvest of a green tea crop. [Read more...]

Graffiti artist Xerorocks tagging Bushwick Collective’s murals, blames them for gentrifying


In the last several weeks, Xerorocks has been tagging — and sometimes painting over — many of Bushwick Collective’s murals:

ZEXOR, a graffiti writer born and bred in NYC, has been on a rampage lately, defacing (or beautifying, depending on who you talk to) one mural after another with spray paint. His main target? The Bushwick Collective, an ongoing street art project that facilitates the painting of scores of walls by urban artists. [Read more...]