The Grand Street BID throws a holiday party on Saturday


Lights are up on Grand Street, and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, thanks to the Grand Street Business Improvement District (BID). And this Saturday, they’re throwing a holiday party and everyone is invited.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen the BID’s signs on Grand Street, but never really thought about what it meant. Well, turns out life can be tough in the city, and BIDs help make it a little easier for the neighborhood. The Grand Street BID formed in the 80s to help out small businesses between Union and Bushwick Avenues. Their goal, according to Executive Director Artineh Havan is to “improve the quality of life for the community” by keeping the areas clean, attracting new businesses, doing things like lobbying for new sidewalks, roads, lights and trees, which by the way can take YEARS. [Read more…]

A Hip Holiday Gift Guide


Christmas and Hanukkah are just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve done zero shopping. It’s a super busy time of year as it is, and putting the task of shopping for friends, family, loved ones, dogs, landlords, bosses, teachers, the cute girl you see at the coffee shop on Tuesdays, your favorite bartender and, ugh, your step mom, can be daunting. We get it. Lucky for you, we’re taking the guesswork out of your holiday shopping with a number of fun and unique items for everyone on your list this year.

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Don’t dress like a dud at the holiday party

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Holiday parties are in full swing, but all of last year’s cocktail dresses and bow ties are hanging on the racks at Beacon’s Closet. Public nudity is out of the question in these frigid temps, so what will you wear? It’s time to upgrade your party attire.

Valerie Halfon, founder and CEO of Shop With Val, suggests donning sequins, leather and fur while you chug eggnog at the company party. She’s also a fan of gold, feathers and fringe.

“They’re all glamorous, fun and festive – in moderation, of course!” said Halfon. “Combining different textures makes for an interesting, one of a kind look.”

Valerie Halfon

Valerie Halfon, Shop With Val

Born and raised in Brooklyn, the stylist is no stranger to shopping in the ‘burg and regularly takes clients on tours of the neighborhood. Some of Halfon’s top shops for picking up new threads are Oak, Bird, Bodhi and In God We Trust. For guys wanting to spruce up their holiday look, she suggests stopping in Brooklyn Denim Co. and Brooklyn Tailors.

While behavior is optional, Halfon does have rules about outfits around co-workers. [Read more…]

Seasons Greetings From Grizzly Bear

Get Drunk At These Irish Pubs Tomorrow


Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, which as you all know, commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland something you won’t remember by 3 p.m. If you’re looking to stay local, here are some north Brooklyn Irish bars, some of which will be having specials.

Of course, if you’re really into the holiday, you may be better off leaving the area for, say, Bay Ridge or something. This isn’t Paczki Day, after all.


Banter, 132 Havemeyer St. (at S. 1st) 20 oz. pints and, starting at 10pm, DJ Dolanite

Gordon Bennett, 109 S. 6th St.

Iona, 180 Grand St. Happy Hour prices until 7pm, screening Ireland v. England rugby game

Mug’s Ale House, 125 Bedford Ave. (at N. 10th)

Spike Hill, 184 Bedford Ave. “A whole day of nonstop Irish partying” with music (Pitchblak Brass Band, The Fuego Quintet) and dancing (a “surprise” DJ). Also corned beef and cabbage, plus free giveaways.


Connie O’s Pub, 158 Norman Ave.

Palace Café, 206 Nassau Ave. (at Russell)

Shayz Lounge, 130 Franklin St. (between Kent and Java) Live traditional Irish music