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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Barbecue is an excellent source of deliciousness and warmth, which is important when confronting both the vegan agenda and winter. Luckily for Crown Heights, DNAinfo reports their defenses against sad lettuce and the impending cold will be bolstered next month when Izzy’s BBQ Addiction gets its own restaurant where you can maintain your kosher BBQ dependence. (more…)
Protect your soft skull, for less. via Bicycle Roots
Welp, it’s just about fall, so that means it’s time to put your bike in storage until spring, right? Wrong! In the fall, you can ride your bike without turning into a sweaty mess, which means you can still avoid paying for a MetroCard unless absolutely necesarry, and still get places earlier than your friends. You can do all of that even cheaper than usual too, because Bicycle Roots (609 Nostrand Avenue, Crown Heights) is having themselves a big sale, chopping prices on things like bikes, bags, jackets and of course, helmets. It is, after all, the fall. (more…)
How tight do you have to grip that Jackson at Berg’n? All photos by Dave Rosado
Now that the warm weather will once again slowly abandoning us for the next too many months, it’ll soon be time we all start transitioning our activities to take place indoors. The minds behind Smorgasburg apparently see it the same way, so they’ve decided to take it inside a massive garage space with the newly opened Berg’n (899 Bergen St.), with food from features food from Asia Dog, Pizza Moto, Ramen Burger, and Mighty Quinn’s. Crown Heights’ new beer hall/food court/thing finally opened last Wednesday, after a handful of delays and angry Facebook posts.
In all the excitement though, we were curious, is it possible to enjoy an entire, hearty meal at this place, with dessert, and still be able to enjoy a libation at their long, dark bar for under $20? We already know you can do pretty well for yourself on that much at Smorgasburg, but with fewer vendors to choose from and the desire to enjoy a refreshing beer emphasized due to said bar, is it possible here? I decided to put President Jackson to the test in the eatanddrinkeria at 7:30 this past Sunday evening. (more…)
That is ill-advised, at the very least. Photo by Olive Demetrius, via Imani Henry
[UPDATE: Restaurant owners Malcom Sanz and Otis Lockett offered an apology to DNA Info, telling the website that "It was supposed to be like ‘stop’ and get a drink; ‘stop’ and get something to eat,” and that "The only thing we wanted to promote was good food and good service, and unfortunately this has been an enormous distraction from what we are trying to do. It’s absolutely regrettable and we apologize.”]
Oh Brooklyn. One day you’re seeing a beautiful tribute to Eric Garner outside 40 Acres and a Mule’s production studio. Then today, word comes down from community activist Imani Henry that the above sign was featured outside Crown Heights’ Chop Chop Grub Shop (683 Nostrand Avenue) this past Sunday. Looks like someone there decided to draw inspiration from the NYPD for their latest adorable chalk sign, but beyond being in questionable taste, it also makes no goddamn sense. How on earth do you stop and frisk an appetite? Do they want us to harass and humiliate our appetites? Racially profile our appetites? Instill a climate of fear in our appetites? Come on, Chop Chop, we need more direction here!
We (and apparently plenty of other people) made repeated efforts to reach the owner of Chop Chop Grub Shop to learn how exactly one stops and frisks her appetite, as well as how the hell something “cute” like this ends up on a giant sign in the middle of a Crown Heights sidewalk, but have not heard from them yet. (more…)