03/02/15 1:34pm

stcatherine

The Saint Catherine
660 Washington Avenue (at Bergen), Crown Heights
(347) 663-9316

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What it is: Neighborhood bar and café with offerings-a-plenty, like weekend brunch with two-for-one cocktails, $1 meatball sliders at Happy Hour and a kitchen that stays open late night.

Why we love it: It’s a great spot to stop in on any day or night of the week, but they keep it fresh and fun with weekly activities, like trivia on Tuesdays and the new cocktail series “Wednesdays.” A projector screen comes in handy for the occasional movie night.

What to order: Pick from 8 rotating craft draft lines and a food menu of snacks and sandwiches, like a Dogfish Head pickle plate with mustard, or their take on the BLT, the “SALT” (speck, avocado, lettuce and tomato).

Regular tip: Grab a seat by the window for some prime Crown Heights people watching.

01/07/15 10:59am
brooklyn winery

Coming soon: This, but in Crown Heights. via Facebook

Winos of Crown Heights, unite. At least if you can afford a $10 to $16 glass of wine, unite, because you’re getting yourselves a fancy new wine bar, with Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Winery getting the go-ahead to expand to the neighborhood according to DNA Info. Then again, if you’re paying those prices for wine, you’re probably not a wino in the traditional sense of the word, are you? Something to think about when you’ve had a few. (more…)

12/03/14 4:20pm
This could be you: camo, plaid, & all. (via Flickr user AugustaRiders)

This could be you: camo, plaid, & all. (via Flickr user AugustaRiders)

You know that old phrase, “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll never go hungry again”? Well it also apparently applies to fixing your bike. Starting tonight, Bicycle Roots is offering a series of bike repair classes for just $10 a pop. Instead of dropping your bike off and letting a professional handle it, you can now swear up a storm while you try to remember which metal thing connects to the other metal thing. At least that’ll be cheaper ultimately. (more…)

12/01/14 3:18pm
It's the size of six, maybe even eight pens!

It’s the size of four, maybe even six pens!

Do you guys remember the halcyon days of the 2012 election? We do, in part because it was so goddamn expensive. Still, if you have any fond memories of those days or you just want to make a quick buck off a political junkie in ten years, you should reach out to this person on Craigslist offering up some eventually vintage election 2012 swag, including a large BIDEN poster. And we know how you love Joe Biden. (more…)

11/21/14 11:30am
bicycle roots

Damn son, you could use a tune-up. via Flickr user hugovk

It’s winter, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop riding your bike. Let’s not forget, subway platforms and bus shelters are still cold as hell, so at least if you bike you’ll be actually moving through that cold air. Your bike might need a little love to be in tip-top shape to get through all the winter crap that’s gonna hit your streets, and your pals at Bicycle Roots (609 Nostrand Avenue, Crown Heights) will help you do just that, with a coupon for $20 off a tune up that’s good until the end of the year. (more…)

11/12/14 2:59pm
holy rollers

Finally, Jesse Eisenberg gets the sequel he didn’t know he wanted to star in.

To a non-Jew, Brooklyn’s Hasidic community can often look foreign if you come from somewhere without a strong Orthodox presence. Hell, even non-Hasidic Jews sometimes don’t know what’s going on in these communities. As it turns out though, we might want to start cracking open that Talmud more often, because an awesome party guy was just busted holding on to an automatic rifle, LSD and mushrooms in Crown Heights Jewish youth center the ALIYA Institute. In his defense, none of those things are explicitly not kosher. (more…)

10/21/14 9:59am
crown heights armory

Plans don’t include changing this rendering. via The Daily News

When we last checked in with the Crown Heights armory, the plan was for it to become a community recreation center, like the Park Slope armory. Turns out that developers weren’t chomping at the bit to build the lovingly rendered sports complex seen above though, since at a meeting to discuss what residents wanted from the armory, the city’s Economic Development Corporation said that developers had submitted ideas for housing, office space, a ticketed event space and a hotel, according to DNA Info. (more…)

10/09/14 11:16am
crown heights

More like Rent Heights. You get it? Because the rent? You get it. via Flickr user emma.maria

Are you still on that “Oh let’s all move to Bed-Stuy?” tip? Booooring, you’re like a million years old. The hot new neighborhood to drive up rents like there’s no tomorrow is Crown Heights, wake up grandpa. All the kids are moving there and having fun, so much so that the rents in Crown Heights went up a whole 10% in the course of a year, according to a MNS Real Estate report. That’s the biggest increase in all of Brooklyn over a year, so uh, congratulations Crown Heights? (more…)

09/26/14 12:01pm
roger that garden

You get to paint this, again. via Facebook

When we last heard from Roger That Community Garden, they were getting boarded up and the developer who owns the lot was asking for a million dollars for it. Still, the gardeners who turned a gross garbage lot into a nice garden aren’t giving up yet, and are inviting people to re-paint a mural outside the garden washed way by rain, to fight what a garden founder called “community terrorism,” in an interview with DNA Info. (more…)

09/26/14 9:17am
smorgasburg

This, but indoors. via Flickr user Steel Wool

Do you like Smorgasburg but hate going to Williamsburg for it? Well great news, because Eater reports that Smorgasburg and the Flea are moving their indoor set up from Williamsburg to Crown Heights this year, setting up shop around the corner from Berg’n once it gets too cold to enjoy stuffing your face outdoors. (more…)