Greenpoint bakery Ovenly expanding, wants to be “biggest bakery brand in America”

Ovenly; credit Winona Barton-Ballentine

Ovenly; credit Winona Barton-Ballentine

The popular north Greenpoint bakery already has a pretty large following — we’re fans — but in coming years they’re hoping to grow their brand with a series of satellite cafes in Brooklyn and a heavier focus on retail. Nobody can fault them for not thinking BIG:

Their pastries can also be found at some 150 coffee shops, hotels, and restaurants around New York, wholesale business that makes up 70 percent of their sales. But, since it’s hard to get wholesale clients like cafes to display the Ovenly name, most people eating their pastries don’t know that they’re eating Ovenly items. Patinkin and Kulaga are hoping that will change with a new network of neighborhood cafes. “Our vision is to be the biggest bakery brand in America,” Patinkin says. [Read more…]

The Levee has a fantastic new anti-Trump mural


Brokelyn is delighted that Williamsburg institution the Levee has weathered the rent hikes and gentrification that have plagued the neighborhood. We are too. It’s a great bar that just improved, well, bigly!

The bar we check on every week out of fear it’s finally being turned into an M&M Store/Lexus dealership mega complex is still holding strong, and is still at it with the great street art. The bar just unveiled a new mural yesterday on its North 3rd Street-facing side created by Damien Mitchell. It shows a winking Vladimir Putin taking off his Trump mask, which is to date the worst cosplay to wear to a party. Not even in your most strung out nights in the old Kokie’s days would you imagine a world where this art would be necessary in 2017.

It’s fitting that the bar known for serving dayglo orange cheeseballs has an ‘homage’ to our president, a soggy mound of cheese puffs in an ill-fitted suit. As you can see below, the mural is fantastic. Now, head over to the Levee to check it out yourself. [Read more…]

Bushwick teen shot 14 times after robbing bodega with fake gun


Eighteen-year-old Sergio Reyes died Sunday morning after holding up Garden Deli — which is just a block from the Jefferson L stop — with a fake gun. Police caught up with him soon after on Star Street, where he was shot and killed. He was in possession of the fake gun when he was confronted:

The high school senior who was killed by police officers after allegedly holding up a Bushwick bodega with a fake gun was shot 14 times, according to the city Medical Examiner’s office.

Sergio Reyes, 18, who police said robbed Garden Deli, at 185 Starr St. — a few blocks from his Wilson Avenue home — had gunshot wounds to his torso, limbs, heart, lungs, aorta, spinal cord, liver, stomach and bones, said spokeswoman Julie Bolcer Monday night. The shooting was ruled a homicide. [Read more…]

Millennials no longer looking to rent in W’burg, Bushwick or Greenpoint


North Brooklyn may be popular with millennials but fewer and fewer twenty-somethings are looking to rent there. Turns out — and no surprise here — the rent is too damn high! Instead, Astoria tops the list as the neighborhood where millennials are most likely to rent an apartment. Abbi seems to like it there.

The No. 1 neighborhood for millennial New Yorkers looking to share the burden of rent is Astoria, according to data from roommate app Roomi. [Read more…]

East Williamsburg bar The Drink is closing


One of our favorite spots is closing. We’ll miss The Drink and have no idea where we can go to get punch now. Their last day is February 19.

It is with heavy hearts that we officially announce the last days of The Drink in Williamsburg. In the six-and-a-half years since we’ve opened, the neighborhood — and the drinks scene — has changed drastically, and so to must we change with it. Our last official day of business is this Sunday, February 19th. [Read more…]

Restaurant roundup – Bunk closes, Tørst has food, and more

Torst is serving food again

Torst is serving food again

The Portland import Bunk Sandwiches closed its South Williamsburg restaurant. They had only been open for a year and had mixed reviews.

It’s been our pleasure to serve you sandwiches since we opened our doors in November of 2015. We’ve made the decision to cease operations here in Williamsburg while we explore opening in another NYC location. We are truly grateful for your business and hope to see you again soon in our next phase.

We also reported that Luksus was closing last month. [Read more…]

Someone hung a ‘Build Bridges, Not Walls’ banner from the Manhattan Bridge this morning

And the resistance continues! Authorities have since removed the banner, but it was up for most of the morning — assuredly pissing off our thin-skinned Commander-in-Chief.

The bridge was draped with a Putin banner back in the Fall. [Read more…]

March & rally in protest of the Muslim Ban Sunday at Battery Park


Protest the unlawful, un-American, unconstitutional Muslim ban today at 2pm. Large crowds assembled at airports across the country yesterday outraged by the detainments. Now, New Yorkers will be gathering by the Statue of Liberty viewpoint to voice their opposition:

In a true show of force, thousands of people descended upon JFK calling for the release of dozens of refugees and immigrants who were being detained, questioned, and refused entry to the United States.

Due to the collective efforts of advocacy groups and organizers in New York, the Federal Court for the Eastern District of New York has now issued a temporary stay halting President Donald Trump’s executive order. [Read more…]