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…)

09/15/14 2:08pm
izzy's bbq addiction

We’ll take it. via Facebook

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…)

09/15/14 9:01am
bicycle roots

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…)

09/05/14 8:38am
berg'n

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…)

08/06/14 2:58pm
chop chop grub shop

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…)

07/29/14 2:39pm
Deep breaths everyone, your beer hall is coming.

Deep breaths everyone, your beer hall is coming. via Facebook

Berg’n Beer Hall has finally announced they’ll be opening August 27, according to Grub Street. They’ve had a number of delays which have caused countless meltdowns among beer hall-deprived Crown Heights residents, so we’re happy to see the neighborhood’s collective blood pressure stabilize. (more…)

07/11/14 2:39pm
For when you want the glory to come to you!

For when you want the glory to come to you!

When you want to get laid but you don’t really feel like going out, what’s a boy to do? In the case of one enterprising Crown Heights resident, you take Brooklyn’s craze for DIY things in a sexy new direction by cutting a hole in a trash bag, hanging it in a doorway, putting a chair on the other side and then asking people on Craigslist to “come give an anonymous blowjob at my private gloryhole.” The only problem is the law of unintended consequences says that this person is inundated with camera-clutching French tourists looking for a piece of the “the real New York.” Maybe some of them will still blow him though.