Long before authorities started wiretapping Carroll Gardens’ beloved Smith Union Market in 2015 for suspected gambling and loansharking, as a featured story in the New York Times recapped yesterday, locals were well aware the spot had not just old-school Italian character but a great diversity of 40s (they carried glass St. Ides months after other spots started only selling the plastic bottles), a high-quality curbside domino scene and a host of random cleaning products and aging Beanie Babies.
In a fitting homage to the bodega, fifth-generation Carroll Gardens native Abraham El Makawy and fellow members of his budding art collective AINT WET (yes, they’re the ones behind those subway posters that make you do a double take at because they look like the MTA’s official WET PAINT signs) designed and printed T-shirts repping the market, endearingly known as Smunion. The tees, featuring the 72-year-old corner store’s logo on the front and a picture of the cross streets on the back, are selling for $19.45 on AINT WET’s website as of January 10. (more…)
If you missed His Holiness’s visit to the city but you’re still looking for a little spiritual communion, consider living vicariously through your dog. This Sunday, October 4, you can take your pets to Carroll Gardens to get blessed by church leaders from the neighborhood. Yes, you can even get your goldfish blessed by a priest. (more…)
What else are you doing on a Wednesday night that you can’t hang out with Hans Landa?
Ah, summers in Brooklyn where you can see virtually any concert or film you can imagine for free. It almost makes up for the six months of soul crushing snow. Where once stood a sad empty park there is now hundreds of sweaty bodies blocking your view. Now there are certainly times when we want to watch a movie with half of New York (hello Brooklyn Bridge Park movie night lineup) but sometimes it’s nice watch a movie when you’re not competing for seats. Luckily, the People’s Republic of Brooklyn (247 Smith Street) just started a free movie night this summer, so check classics playing every Wednesday from May through July in PRB’s beer garden, starting around 9:30pm. (more…)
What it is: Cozy corner bar from the folks behind Lowlands, Skylark and the Adirondack, with great bar eats, board games, cocktails and brews.
Why we love it: Everyone feels at home here thanks to a low-key, unpretentious vibe and comfortable retro-living room decor. When it’s nice out, having a beer or cocktail with friends at one of the sidewalk tables makes for a lazy, lovely afternoon.
What to order: Seven out of eight draft lines are reserved for rotating crafts, so see what’s on tap and take your pick. They’ve got a mighty fine cocktail menu as well; try the “Rolls Royce” martini, with Beefeater gin, sweet and dry vermouth, Benedictine and an orange twist. Feast on anything from burgers to burritos, wings to nachos, and feel the wave of comfort wash over you.
Regular tip: Abilene is also a great spot to host a party or event; inquire here.
UPDATE 2: Brucie’s emailed us again to let us know that the dinner is being moved to mid-May in order to take advantage of the backyard and provide more of a party atmosphere.
UPDATE: Zhara emailed us to tell us that conflicting schedules has forced the menu back until March 20, instead of March 6.
Never let it be said that Brokelyn isn’t here, for YOU. After making a joke for twostraight years about how we want to see Brooklyn hero and hip-hop force El-P honored with his own menu, a la Beyonce and Kimye, we got an email last night from Brucie‘s owner and head chef letting us know that they’re gonna take up the challenge. Prepare your taste buds for a RTJ assault, if you think you can even do that. (more…)
You may have noticed that with today’s date, we’ve officially crossed into the moment where there’s less than one month left until Valentine’s Day. No pressure, but definitely start scrambling for romantic things to do, perhaps even the MOST romantic thing you can do. One idea? Head to Cobble Hill’s Brucie, where Eater notes they’re serving up a Kimye-themed V-Day menu with items like Mak N Kheese and All Foie’s Down. You get it? You get it. (more…)
You’ve gouda go to this event, guys. (Courtesy of Flickr user Lady Miss Marquise)
When it comes to what we want out of life, the list pretty much goes : 1. Ability to pay rent, 2. Sane roommates, 3. Free cheese. So it will come as barely a surprise that when we heard the words “free cheese party,” we were already sharpening our knife set in anticipation. (more…)
Neighborhood bars feel like your home away from home. You get to gossip with the regulars about Michelle Williams driving up rent. The bartender doesn’t even tell you to shut up when you go off on a slurry tangent about that one time you found five dollars. Except, maybe this time you actually did find five dollars, and you have wisely decided to spend it on food at the People’s Republic of Brooklyn (247 Smith Street). Specifically, you’re gonna spend it on chicken and waffles, because holy shit they’re only $5? (more…)
Say you just got a record player for your birthday, but the only record your jerk friends got you to go with it is Joe Piscopo’s “New Jersey.” Just hypothetically speaking of course. Don’t give up on your vinyl dream just yet though, because Black Gold Records (461 Court Street) is back with their biggest Gold Dig yet on Saturday, with over 5,000 LPs on sale for just $1. (more…)
Whoever this is, she’s very right about one thing: Don’t stand in the way on the corner. via Pardon Me For Asking
Someone’s been going around Carroll Gardens posting flyers with a special message for all yuppies and hipsters. Pardon Me For Asking spotted the above notice for those of you overrunning the neighborhood’s streets with your bicycles, cigarette butts and stoop sale flyers: “GODS WRATH IS UPON ALL OF YOU.”