Home, cheap home. via Myrtle Avenue Partnership

This could be home, cheap home. via Myrtle Avenue Partnership

We tend to vascillate between telling you real estate is a lost cause and then telling you things like hey, look at this one exception. Well, today we’re on the positive side of the equation, because DNA Info reports that yet more affordable housing is coming to Clinton Hill! A new building at 490 Myrtle Avenue is offering up 19 units to the affordable housing lottery. That means $1,064 two-bedrooms, $877 one-bedrooms and $816 studios. Hey, maybe you can get married and move out, after all.  (more…)

ed snowden statue

A dangerous radical, finally silenced. Screen via Jeremy Calabona’s Vine

Early this morning, ANIMAL New York revealed that a group of artists had secretly installed a statue of NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden on the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park. The artists told ANIMAL that they did it in tribute to Snowden and others who “sacrifice their safety in the fight against modern-day tyrannies.”

Unlike the living, breathing Ed Snowden however, who has thus far escaped capture by the government, this Snowden statue wasn’t a moving target, and was brought down by the Parks Department this afternoon. Without the Snowden statue silently shrieking at us about all manner of government intrusions in our private lives, will Brooklynites once again blithely send their Tinder dick pics as if no one is watching, or will we send them wearing our red hoods of protection? Probably the former, to be honest.



Hops Hill
886 Fulton Street (Waverly and Washington Aves), Clinton Hill


What it is: Clinton Hill craft beer stronghold, in the top 12 of Zagat’s 2014 list “Hottest New Beer Bars in the USA.”

Why we love it: At Hops Hill, beer is the main affair. There’s nothing to distract you from the mission of drinking good beer, plenty of it. Serious foam-heads will feel like they’ve finally arrived. Host to regular tap takeovers and themed drinking events like ‘Imperial Stout night.’

What to order: Pick from 12 constantly rotating taps, 53 bottles and 11 cans. Expect to see local NYC breweries like Single Cut and Barrier Brewing represented among American crafts like Evil Twin and Thirsty Dog along with an assortment of international selections. Whiskey-wise, the Hill boasts 80 different high end and small batch bourbons, ryes and single malts. Charcuterie and cheese plates will help you soak it all in.

Regular tip: Try one of the beer cocktails!—like the Nightcall, made with bourbon, imperial Stout, honey syrup and mole bitters—to mix it up.

The cozy view inside Annex. Photo by Tim Donnelly.

The cozy view inside Annex. Photo by Tim Donnelly.

753 Fulton St., (at S. Portland), Fort Greene


What it is: The newly expanded coffee shop from the folks behind the Greene Grape is a vast, airy space, with ample room for laptop workers during the day, or a great bar anytime.

Why we love it: The fine folks at Greene Grape continued to grow their empire by opening this corner mecca of good coffee, baked goods and good times. The design is like a landlocked cruise ship, with big communal tables and window-side cushiony lounges that allow for great conversation spaces.

What to order: The coffee bar serves Blue Bottle and Oslo coffee, house-made pastries. The bar has a rotating selection of 10 craft (but not snobby) beers. Pop by in the morning for one of its signature breakfast sandwiches, and check back for its new night menu.

Regular tip: The bar is starting to partner with its across-the-street neighbor Greenlight Books to host literary readings (Sarah Vowell appeared there already) in addition to other cider, cheese and more events.

biggie smalls mural

Spread love, but also paint. Picture of Owen Dippie mural via Flickr user ithinkx

Yesterday you might have spent some time thinking about the passing of Biggie Smalls, seeing as how it was the 18th year since his death, meaning that unsolved murder is now old enough to go war but not old enough to buy cigarettes in New York. There’s no reason to dwell completely in the past though, baby baby, not when there’s cool efforts to celebrate Biggie’s life and work. We’re talking things like the struggle for a Christopher Wallace Way and now, a Biggie mural going up outside the Key Food on Fulton Avenue where he used to work, courtesy of Danielle Mastrion, the artist who put up a Beastie Boys mural on the Lower East Side last year. (more…)

greene hill food co-op

You can even spritz the kale while you’re shopping. If you really want to. via Facebook

Ah the food co-op, the secretive bastion of cheaper groceries and respectful exchanges with employees because if you start yelling at someone who can’t find what you’re looking for, it’s gonna make for an awkward shift tomorrow. You wanna shop at one, but you also don’t want to commit to doing the work, not off the bat anyway. Well good news, lazybones, because Clinton Hill’s Greene Hill Food Co-op (18 Putnam Avenue) is offering a two-month trial membership with no membership fee or work requirements. (more…)

fun in the snow: not just for kids anymore. via Twitter user Rachel Berkowitz (@rachel)

Fun in the snow: not just for the kids anymore. via Twitter user Rachel Berkowitz (@rachel)

[UPDATE: A Parks Department spokesperson tells us they decided not to offer the sleds and hot chocolate today after all. Sorry all]

The snow may have stopped falling, but there’s still a whole white mess on the ground to play with! And if you’re not already out of the house, you must be doing Snowpocalypse 2015 wrong. We’re way past the “I haven’t had brunch yet” excuse; and hey, look at us, we’re up and blogging, aren’t we? The NYC Parks Department figured you’d be too lazy to make up your mind about how to spend the day, so they’re making it easy for you by offering free sleds and hot chocolate in Fort Greene Park all afternoon! (more…)

Disney's version of Br'er Rabbit and Uncle Remus. What you'll see at BRIC is probably a little more intense

Oh no, don’t open your coffee shop in Williamsburg, it’s way too dangerous there

Hey so, remember how when we first told you about BRIC House’s exciting spring line-up of performances and events, we mentioned that it was pretty much impossible squeeze all their upcoming shows into a single post? Well, we definitely left out a pretty damn interesting show about Brooklyn gentrification. It’s called “Brer Rabbit,” and it’s only playing tonight and tomorrow! Hopefully you’re reading this post in time to cancel any other plans you might have for the evening or the weekend and catch this funky performance while you can. (more…)

pregame with some apropos food porn. (Via Flickr user yosoynuts)

Here, pre-game with some apropos food porn. (Via Flickr user yosoynuts.)

Pining for pita in Downtown Brooklyn after you’ve spent a night at drinking in culture (and wine) at BAM? Fear not, falafel addicts: you’re getting your own spot in Fort Greene, and it’s got all the fixings for you right near home. According to Fort Greene Focus, the new spot will be taking over the empty storefront at 711 Fulton Street, and will feature six different types of balls. Oh thank heaven.


baba cool

We now know at least one good thing is happening in 2015. via Facebook

So, it’s officially 2015, in the sense that you can no longer revel in New Year’s Day or post-New Year’s Day haze where you said you were just too tired to work or act like a normal human. Back to the same soul crushing grind you had last year, oh well. At least you can start your awful grind it with a free pick-me-up this year, as Fort Greene Focus points out that Fort Greene coffee shop Baba Cool (64B Lafayette Avenue) is giving away coffee weekday mornings for two weeks to start the year. (more…)