MiUSA Winebar – now open in South Williamsburg

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The space looks lovely and the chef’s resume includes Fat Duck, Per Se and Daniel. Fork in the Road paid them a visit.

Soldini, who has worked in some of the world’s best kitchens, including a three-year stint at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and apprenticeships at Per Se and Daniel, has created a menu that combines the culinary mindset of Italy with the ethos of his new home in the U.S. With a menu that will change at least four times per year, the eatery is focused on serving items grown, reared, and produced in the United States. The wine list mostly hails from California; the beer list is craft; even the vodka is sourced from within the borders.

The style of fare is New American, “with a touch of Italian,” says Bernocchi. Appetizers are broken down into meat, vegetables, and fish. Expect to see dishes ($9 to $10) like leek and squash soup, and wild striped bass sashimi, watermelon radish, and orange sour cream. Main courses run $12 to $20, and include items like sweet-potato gnocchi with winter mixed mushrooms, bacon, apple, and brussels sprouts, and duck breast with kale, orange, pecan, and glazed pearl onion. Cheese plate options and desserts (think vanilla ice cream sandwiches with chocolate and raspberry sauces) make up the rest of the menu.

MiUSA Winebar
718.782.2081
98/A south 4th street Brooklyn New York 11249 (between Bedford and Berry)
Dinner: mon – thurs 4pm – 2am; fri – sat 4pm – 4am; sun 4pm to 2am
Breakfast and brunch: sat. &  sun from 8am to 4pm

Arrogant Swine to start serving brunch this weekend… with free bloodies!

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Arrogant Swine ‘cue and waffles, credit: Eater

Prohibition ended on December 5th in 1933 and to celebrate the anniversary Arrogant Swine has a couple of special events planned. Tonight they have beer specials, including $2 Six Point tall boys. Saturday and Sunday will be even better as they begin serving brunch with free bloody maries:

Redneck Kegs & Eggs! This Sunday Dec 7th we’re serving brunch!!
Our launch will include FREE BLOODY MARY’s from UBON Bloody Mix, Live music and a new menu!! Bushwick Redneck Brunch, come and get it! [Read more...]

The gangs of North Brooklyn: the Dirty Ones, the Driggs Boys of Justice, and the Screaming Phantoms

Greg Young of the Bowery Boys blog has a great post up about North Brooklyn in the late 70′s and early 80s. As part of a promotion for the upcoming film A Most Violent Year — which looks fascinating and is about New York’s most violent year, 1981 — he discusses the street gangs of Williamsburg, Bushwick and Greenpoint, aka “The Killing Fields:”

The New York Times ran of list of several notorious Williamsburg gangs, including the Dirty Ones, the Driggs Boys Of Justice and the Screaming Phantoms. In 1981 Luis Garden Acosta, a prominent community leader, called northern Brooklyn (Williamsburg, with its neighbors Bushwick and Greenpoint) the “killing fields” for the number of teenagers killed in bloody gang conflicts. [Read more...]

Report: Brooklyn has the least affordable housing market in the U.S.

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Yay! Say it together…..We’re number one! We’re number one! We’re number one!

One in five U.S. housing markets are now less affordable than their historic average as price gains outpace income growth from New York to San Francisco.

Of the 475 counties analyzed by RealtyTrac through October, 98 areas weren’t as affordable compared with the average level for the period starting in January 2000, the Irvine, California-based data company said in a report today. Brooklyn, New York, where a resident would need to devote 98 percent of the median income to afford the payment on a median-priced home of $615,000, was the least-affordable market, followed by San Francisco and Manhattan.

Ugh. I guess it’s time to move to Queens.

Watch Noah Baumbach’s Bushwick-centric new trailer: ‘While We’re Young’

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You might recognize a few local spots. The film, which opens in March, is getting some great advance buzz:

If age is just a state of mind, then “While We’re Young” is the best kind of therapy a fortysomething starting to lose touch with the younger generation could hope for: Witty, articulate and reminiscent of several talented directors who no longer mean so much to today’s kids, Noah Baumbach’s latest stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as husband-and-wife filmmakers who “adopt” a mid-20s hipster couple as friends. Though not as broadly appealing as a Judd Apatow picture, Baumbach’s own acutely observed this-is-life laffer features his most relatable characters yet [Read more...]

Xi’An Famous Foods is finally opening this Saturday in Greenpoint

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And to celebrate the occasion they’ll be serving up free noodles! From their Facebook page:

GREENPOINT LOCATION is opening THIS SATURDAY 12/6/14 11:30am-5pm! You know what that means…


Come for some FREE noodles or burgers! Just follow one of our social media sites and prove you are a follower with your phone when you order!
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Nearly one hundred sites including Green-Wood Cemetery could lose their landmark preservation status without public hearings

Green-Wood Cemetery & the Pepsi sign in LIC, credit: The Real Deal

Green-Wood Cemetery & the Pepsi sign in LIC, credit: The Real Deal

Of course, this is just confirmation that developers call the shots in New York these days. We’ve already lost The Domino Sugar factory to the whims (and wallets) of Two Trees. Green-Wood Cemetery and Long Island City’s iconic Pepsi sign could be next:

The Landmarks Preservation Commission plans to remove almost 100 sites and two historic districts from consideration for landmark status without formal public input, despite most being on the agenda for decades, officials say. Among them are the iconic Pepsi sign in Long Island City, Union Square Park, the Bergdorf Goodman building in Manhattan and the more-than century-old Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn… [Read more...]

Goodbye Blue Monday says adios

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And another one gone. Their last day was, well, yesterday. And we’re still getting over DBA and D.B.A.:

“New York is making it impossible now for anyone to make a buck doing anything creative,” said [former owner] Trimboli, who said the landlord approached the current owner with a new lease where the rent was tripled. “I am sure that sports bars or bars that only have cover bands will stay open forever.”

Artists and musicians say they are disgusted at the rate at which venues are being pushed out.

“If New York City wants to become an occupied territory for the wealthy only, by all means, let’s just admit it and stop pretending already,” said Rachel Eisley, founder of Teleportation Arts, a multi-disciplinary art collective that operated out of a loft a few doors down from Goodbye Blue Monday until the landlord found a higher paying tenant. “Good luck with further gentrification at such a pace. Once the artists are forced out, we will not be paving the way for you anymore.”