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  • December | 2006 | Clinton Hill Blog
    were light golden brown and DE licious A nice fluffy interior with a crisp exterior that holds up to the syrup so that it doesn t get soggy before it s time The chicken wings were extremely crispy well breaded and seasoned and very flavorful plain and as is As for the sauces the Teriyaki was good the Buffalo was good the Jerk was better but the best sauce was maple syrup Really Maple syrup Squeeze a little on oh my Crunchy sweet salty yum It s honestly the best way to eat them and probably what makes Chicken and Waffles such an awesome combination The regular chicken pieces were just larger versions of the wings The only disappointment was the fries They were just eh I think they could ve been a bit crispier and SALTED I ve gripped about this before but I hate it when they don t salt the fries while they are HOT Ugh Salting after the fact the salt just never sticks to it Who s with me on this Another minor grip is the lack of an easily accessable bathroom After eating sticky waffles and greasy chicken you wanna be able to easily wash your hands and you can t I hope they clear that up soon So overall an awesome addition to the nabe Good fair at a good price If you go and plan on eating there plan on waiting a bit as it s pretty small inside but as a place for delivery or pickup AWESOME Chicken and Waffles Yum Who would ve Thunk It This entry was posted in dining food myrtle shopping Uncategorized on December 21 2006 by lesterhead Inside Body By Brooklyn 13 Replies Body by Brooklyn opened months ago and I still haven t been I had planned on it but I just keep forgetting it s there I did take a tour once and the facilities seemed amazing Yet it does seem a bit mysterious and those who have gone say a few things seem a little off Thankfully reader mizbrooklyn gives us the DL on what goes on inside BODY BY BROOKLYN 275 Park Avenue It s not that every neighorhood NEEDS a place to get a massage but since even the pets in Clinton Hill have a spa I was excited to notice Body By Brooklyn s ambitious opening last spring Truth was I missed having a local place to go when my back felt crunched up and if a spa can make a go of it in a building overlooking the BQE well it can probably make it anywhere I ve been to BBB a number of times by now more out of neighborhood loyalty than anything else but I m still convincing myself to like the place First the concept If you ve ever been to a really high end spa think Ten Thousand Waves in Santa Fe NM or even Juvenex in Koreatown the idea behind BBB will be familiar

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  • November | 2006 | Clinton Hill Blog
    required to follow Tempers flared and unfortunately relations were never fully repaired Living in a house that s having extensive work done to it is not something I d recommend to anyone it s just taxing as hell on the nerves 5 Your dog is enormous What kind is it Okie is a French mastiff called a Dogue de Bordeaux They are fairly rare but were admitted into the AKC last year in the Miscellaneous class so in time I m sure they ll be more common He s just turned one year old last week he has a lot of growing yet to do He ll likely be somewhere around 140 lbs when he s done He s great fun and as gentle as a lamb but he DOES snore and drool A lot LH NOTE yesterday in the park I was talking to Steve when Okie shook her head and her drool flew right into my mouth I d be remiss if I didn t mention our other dog The Veal She s a Boxer 10 5 years old I can t say enough good things about her and her breed in general if anyone is looking for an athletic fun loving good natured easy keeping companion think about a Boxer Check out www boxerrescue com or www secondchanceboxer com 6 Favorite place to eat in the neighborhood I d probably go with Smoke Joint the BBQ is excellent and the owners are great guys who know how to make you feel welcome and appreciated Same goes for Cafe Martino on Myrtle we go there for breakfast on the weekends and the owners treat us like old friends I can t overstate how much that makes a difference to me good friendly service We find many places treat us like they re doing us a favor by serving us they rarely get a second chance We also like the food and atmosphere at Luz and we take out from Los Pollitos ands Castros pretty frequently We went to Bonita this weekend and it was very good as well I m sure we ll be back 7 What do you most wish would open in the area I could fill a book but the short list is Grocery with fresh produce and baked goods not necessarily a gourmet place but a decent clean greengrocer I know the wife wants fresh cut flowers too Would love a gym we joined Fitness Academy just weeks before it closed Crunch is a bit of a hike Also I dream about a restaurant a simple place maybe just slightly more upmarket than an average diner I m thinking about the equivalent of an EJ s or Veselka maybe Someplace to sit and have a burger or something after 8 PM What gives with the only diners in this neighborhood closing so early 8 As an artist do you feel the neighborhood is conducive to creativity Do you worry that artists will be forced to leave due to rising prices Well the art school s presence isn t felt as strongly as I d hoped it would be But I do see creativity everywhere that s New York I see it in handpainted shop signs and xeroxed yard sale flyers and graffiti It s everywhere and I derive inspiration from everything at least i try to but I m an illustrator which means I m a commercial artist I m often most inspired by a paycheck and or a deadline Since I moved to NY I ve witnessed an increasing lack of interest in or sympathy for creatives NY has become a playground for wealthy suburbanites who have done their best to reshape the city in their image The small designers from Waukeegan who would move to NY and open a dress shop on the LES who can do that anymore Who can afford to when there s always a Chuck E Cheese or Radio Shack looking to expand their empire Ultimately though I dream NY s inhospitable attitude toward the people that made it what it was will backfire and there will be a creative diaspora Places like Kansas City and Dayton OH will find more artists living in their midst while NYC is populated solely by bankers entertainment lawyers and celebrity chefs 9 Are you involved with SONYA If so how can a local artist align with the organization and participate in the annual SONYA Stroll I am not as I mentioned above I m a commercial artist so most of my work is of little interest to art enthusiasts To my discredit I ve never taken the time to learn much about SONYA 10 If you were a flavor of ice cream what would you be and why I had to enlist some help on this one Sofie says Rocky Road because you ve got crispy bits and soft bits Long pause And you re always sweet Awww Thanks Steve Steve Wacksman www houseowax com This entry was posted in interview on November 29 2006 by lesterhead No New Cafe YET on St James 2 Replies A few months ago I received a tip that a new cafe might be opening in a brownstone on St James Place I checked it out and didn t see much aside from a demolished garden level space I revisited this place a few days ago and there s still no cafe in sight However the owners did put these criss cross thingies on the windows Um is this 1979 Buffalo suburbs Or Hansel and Gretel This entry was posted in gossip intriguing mysterious observations opinion on November 28 2006 by lesterhead Mysterious Trash Can 1 Reply This falls under the category on the way to Clinton Hill For those of you who switch trains at Hoyt Schermerhorn every night like myself you may have noticed a peculiar garbage can near the back end of the platform For a few weeks it was surrounded by

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  • October | 2006 | Clinton Hill Blog
    on Where You Live Leave a reply There s a cool new site in town that allows you to check out latest posts from neighborhood blogs www outside in I haven t played around on it yet but it seems you can enter your zip code and retrieve all the latest news provided by local bloggers This entry was posted in new services on October 30 2006 by lesterhead Broken Angel Update from Chris Wood 1 Reply Update Broken Angel 10 29 06 On 10 10 06 Broken Angel suffered minimal damage from a fire at the top of the structure The cause of the fire is unknown and still under investigation Broken Angel has been an active project of construction by my family beginning in 1979 Major construction was finished in 2002 and all work done thereafter has been for the purpose of maintaining the building The fire brought the attention of the Department of Buildings DOB previous interactions had occurred in 1986 and 2002 with no action taken against the building During the course of building and maintaining the structure there have been no accidents or complaints Compared with most modern construction projects such as the Time Warner building in NYC this is an excellent record It raises questions as to why large developers are allowed to continue construction when they pose a risk to the community whereas Broken Angel which has no history of construction problems has been singled out as a danger My mother and father the legal guardians and owners of Broken Angel were threatened with eviction for 6 days On the 7th day they were vacated by the police without a court order or engineer s report We question the necessity and the humanity of this action They were told that this was done for their safety however action was taken prior to any inspection of the interior of the building by an engineer Furthermore we were told that the building would be demolished in 3 weeks if an architect did not submit plans to bring it to code We have been compliant with this request We are thankful to the firm of Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture http www jpda net news html for all of their help and support On Thursday 10 26 06 an engineer from the DOB toured the structure and the next day the DOB released a different story A DOB spokesperson recently commented to the Daily News 10 27 06 that any demolition orders if warranted will take approximately 3 months to begin This entry was posted in broken angel interview on October 30 2006 by lesterhead Haunted House 10 30 Leave a reply Location Willoughby at Hall I know people live here but this owl sure is spooky It is always watching This entry was posted in haunted holiday intriguing mysterious on October 30 2006 by lesterhead The Great PUPkin 4 Replies Thank god for rain as I was able to attend the Great PUPkin this afternoon My

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  • September | 2006 | Clinton Hill Blog
    for royalty reasons once the realtors pick up on it Cast your votes This entry was posted in dining fort greene new review on September 30 2006 by lesterhead Friday Misc 1 Reply Wine Tasting TONIGHT Olivino Olivino will host an exciting tasting this Friday September 29 2006 from 6 30 to 8 30pm Rudi from Miskeit Wines will be tasting a flight of five German wines three whites and two reds Develop Don t Destroy Brooklyn BAKE SALE The bake sale on Sat 9 30 is sponsored by Fort Greene Kids runs from 11 am to 4 pm right near the children s park at Washington Ave and Lafayette Ave Great food at excellent prices The proceeds benefit the DDDB Legal Fund Bad Postal Service in the News Here s the article in the New York Sun focusing on the inconsistent and irritating mail delivery service in our area The article sadly did not focus on the foul 11238 post office but mail delivery is just part of the problem being generated there and at other area POs This entry was posted in events fulton press services on September 29 2006 by lesterhead Friday Photo Leave a reply This entry was posted in Uncategorized on September 29 2006 by lesterhead G Train Symphony 3 Replies Yesterday morning there was a man playing the violin on the Clinton Washington Smith St bound G train platform Normally you only encounter this in more crowded stations where the music gets mixed in with loud conversations and train noise It just seemed so out of place in the G station But in a good way The G platform is normally fairly quiet and it was nice to hear the music echoing through the station A peaceful way to start the morning I wanted to talk to him but didn t want to disrupt his performance Know him Send him our way so we can chat with him He wasn t there today I was disappointed I was looking forward to more violin serenades Come back violin man This entry was posted in intriguing mysterious observations on September 28 2006 by lesterhead Karen s Body Beautiful Myrtle Leave a reply When I first moved to the Hill Karen s Body Beautiful resided in a tiny storefront on Clinton Avenue north of Myrtle I was thrilled to see her move to an exponentially larger site on Myrtle earlier this year the store is spacious peaceful and warm and really makes sense on our ever changing Myrtle Ave The absolute coolest thing about Karen s store is the fact that she creates ALL of her products right there on site A modern kitchen sits directly behind the front counter allowing shoppers to watch her work her magic Getting to know Karen When did the store first open I know it was originally in a different location We opened the first store in February 2004 and the current location our expansion in Feb 2006 How did you learn to make your own beauty products My friends and I tried it once and nothing turned out correctly My husband and I spent our 2003 summer vacation from teaching High School History learning how to make personal care products We bought books and ingredients and did lots of experimentation We signed the lease on our original location on Clinton Ave in November 2003 Since we were still teaching at the time it took us 2 months to make enough products to stock the store and we opened in Feb 2004 It was very exciting because we taught at the same school in the history department we would come home make shower gel shampoos body butters etc and drive them over to the store every day Out of the experience making the products off site at home and hauling them to the store did we decided that it would be wonderful to put the kitchen in the store to streamline our production and we thought the customers would get kick out of actually seeing the products being made Do you live in the neighborhood If so how long have you been here I live in Bed Stuy I ve lived there for 2 years What have been some of the challenges in owning your own business in Brooklyn On of the challenges is maintaining a daily production schedule to keep up the our internet and in store demands Since we make all of our products from scratch in the store we have to be open daily making products in order to fill internet orders and keep the store stocked It takes alot of work and time to hand make and package thousands of soaps lotions candles etc Favorite place to eat in the neighborhood My favorite place to eat is ABistro on Carlton and Myrtle The Senegalese Fried Chicken and French Toast on Sunday Brunch are FABULOUS What would you love to see open in Clinton Hill There are sooo many things Myrtle Ave needs A few more restaurants including a vegetarian one and bars are necessary to generate more foot traffic to support businesses like a butcher shop flower shop clothing stores gourmet fruit and vegetable grocery store and bakery Any insider info on what else will be opening on Myrtle A new hair salon that caters to white hair will be opening soon on Myrtle between Waverly and Washington I also know that several flower shops and a butcher are very interested in opening on Myrtle I see the shop is quite roomy Do you ever offer classes seminars or events We have KBB Spa Days where a masseuse and an esthetician come in to do spa treatments birthday parties and seminars on health and beauty What s your most popular product Our Body Scrubs are most popular They are very moisturizing they exfoliate soften and leave you with brand new skin If you were a flavor of ice cream what flavor would you be and why Hmmm

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  • August | 2006 | Clinton Hill Blog
    have tons of flavor not just heat Devil s Doodad will keep for up to a year in the fridge Will the Devil s Doodad empire expand Matt says it mainly depends on how his pepper crop does each year At this point he only sells his sauce at the Fort Greene Farmer s Market and at his job and doesn t turn a profit though he breaks even Matt will likely be at the Farmer s Market again this Saturday though he says his supplies are running low So get there early if you want the Doodad You can also send him an email with hot sauce in the subject line if you would like to reserve a bottle or get on the hot sauce mailing list that he is setting up This post contributed by hey mama This entry was posted in fort greene interview shopping on August 30 2006 by lesterhead NEW FEATURE Pookiellama Report 3 Replies Local Blogger Hey Mama always has a lot of good neighborhood info for us so we ve decided to give her a special column when she has a good story Plus she s on the faaaaar east side of the nabe so she s often our set of eyes on the east coast The first Pookiellama Report starts today This entry was posted in Uncategorized on August 30 2006 by lesterhead Mmmm Toasty 14 Replies There is this beautiful storefront on the corner of Grand and Myrtle I was speculating on what it could become and had my very own wishlist going hoping for something cool Instead we got this Now I have nothing against Quiznos except that I never thought the subs were that good the whole toasty thing is way overrated and it s kind of pricey but what a waste of a perfectly good location Ugh On the bright side I walked past this store which is slated to open on September 4th Who s Your Doggy Premium Pet Food and Supplies on the corner of Aldelphi and Willoughby Avenue Pet owners rejoice This entry was posted in development dining grrr myrtle opinion on August 29 2006 by lesterhead Fort Greene Stuff 3 Replies Damn there s a lot going on in this vicinity Over in the western corner of Fort Greene SetSpeed reports on the turtle esque progress of a new BBQ joint opening where the Cambodian place used to be as well as the irish pub slated to open next to Le Bagel Delight This place was advertising broadcasting World Cup games and it s STILL not open Maybe they meant the 2008 World Cup He ponders whether the pub points to the Murray Hill ification of the hood God I hope not I wonder how this ll fit in with the neighbors and Moe s The BBQ place definitely seems like a good choice for the area Both Clintoncentric and Brooklyn Record have clued us in on the former Italian restaurant on DeKalb that s been undergoing renovations It s slated to be Bonita YESSSSSS I do admit to the area already having some stellar Mexican Pequena Los Pollitos but Bonita will be significantly closer to me than the other two Depending on the quality of the guac it might be tacked on to my list of regular dining options FYI the original is in Williamsburg My bad the pub and BBQ are both on South Elliott near Lafayette Bonita is on DeKalb across from iCi This entry was posted in dining fort greene new on August 29 2006 by lesterhead Bistro Lafayette 4 Replies Bistro Lafayette is the meeting place for the Bed Stuy North Improvement Association I figured that if people are planning on attending the meetings Monday nights at 7 30pm someone should review the food there And since I like food So Bistro Lafayette My little ride parked outside as Marise opens up The inside of Bistro Lafayette It s located on 338 Franklin Avenue not Lafayette Avenue as previously posted between Greene and Lexington Avenues Why is it called Bistro Lafayette Wouldn t Bistro Franklin Bistro Greene or Bistro Lexington be more appropriate I guess Bistro is a French word and Lafayette is that famous French dude so maybe it does make sense Anyway I digress On my first visit more on this in a second I took the recommendation of Marise the very pleasant hostess and ordered the Lafayette Burger a burger with goat cheese and carmelized onions for 8 I was too excited that I got my food and took a bite before I remembered to take a picture Again While the idea of goat cheese and carmelized onions sounds great on a burger there was something still missing Good idea good ingredients but something keeped it from being great I couldn t really put my finger on it and I probably could have figured it out but I got caught up in a really funny conversation with another patron and Marise that I totally forgot to take notes on the food An incomplete food review by me just wasn t going to cut it Lesterhead s a real pain in the butt sometimes So I went back the next day for breakfast Bistro eggs with a side of Turkey bacon This time I ordered the Bistro eggs for 5 Eggs any style toast grits fries or home fries I got my eggs over medium passed on the grits they get all over everything and got some Turkey bacon on the side Turkey bacon was excellent home fries were good but my eggs were a little overcooked Eh I ll live Now while I do have to say the food is just passable I would go back again because I had such a great time eating there It s usually tough to eat alone in restaurants but I never felt like I was eating alone as the patrons and staff were all really nice and willing to

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  • July | 2006 | Clinton Hill Blog
    cut north to FG Park I liked this route because I would pass a magnificent garden on the east side of the street the width of a house Now that s being turned into luxury condos but out of habit I still walk that way As soon as I turn right on Cumberland I always pass this car service I am completely convinced this storefront is a front for something else I mean it looks like there are lights on inside and it s never gated up But have you ever seen anyone go in and out or see towncars parked outside Have you ever known anyone to take this car service As the neighborhood continues to come up this weird business seems more and more out of place Out of curiosity I called them There was no answer at the first number The second one went straight to a voicemail I m sorry but this is NOT a legit car service 2 Change is afoot on DeKalb Avenue Liquors is still closed and the shoe repair place next door has become a cute looking children s clothing store Beezu On the block just east of the park two storefronts have been under construction for months One is slated to be a wine shop while the other will be an organic juice bar I could have sworn this sign used to say this spring And even so summer s half over Open your damn juice bar already I have high hopes for this place I m hoping it s nicely designed This entry was posted in dining intriguing mysterious observations on July 25 2006 by lesterhead Yamashiro The Review 2 Replies Jay and I hit up Yamashiro last night the new sushi haunt on Myrtle Inside the place is small It s not totally lacking atmosphere but it s definitely not the kind of place to go for a trendy night on the town Most but not all of the tables were full when we arrived at 8 15pm not bad for a Monday night I immediately recognized the waiter as having worked at Sushi D He recognized me too He said that most of Yamashiro s staff came from Sushi D Interesting We also started with free edamame just like Sushi D However Yamashiro s edamame was kind of dry and wilty The menus were certainly not as flashy or nice as those at Sushi D and were kind of confusing We started off with some apps I had the kani salad and Jay had the salmon skin salad The kani was just fine Jay wasn t very happy with his The salmon skin on top of the salad was actually very tasty but it was sprinkled on top of a boring pile of iceberg lettuce Our apps took for e ver to come out which was annoying The rolls were very tasty specifically the Waterfall and the Dynamite both pictured on the left Waterfall is topped with crab

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  • December | 2005 | Clinton Hill Blog
    neighbors to share neighborhood news Good eats good shops good art good beers and good neighbors This entry was posted in Uncategorized on December 7 2005 by lesterhead Search for Recent Posts A Fresh Look Comments Closed What s New Clinton Hill Lost Cat on St James Place Free Trees Recent Comments B E on Call to Prayer Too Loud Maggie Tobin on Call to Prayer Too Loud charlie on What s New Clinton Hill How Cheesy Is This The Life and Times of the Anxious Freelancer on Lunchtime With Tillie Anima Round 2 Weird Things that I Do Killing Superwoman on Pleasant Stay Hotel Archives April 2013 May 2012 April 2011 January 2011 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007

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    Damn 3 00pm 4 00pm Ronald Edmonds Middle School 113 Choir 6p 7p Maracatu New York Brazilian Percussion This entry was posted in arts events MARP myrtle on June 21 2010 by lesterhead FABfest Schedule for June 20 1 Reply FABfest Sunday June 20 12noon 6pm Salsa Dance Party Dance Lessons Performances on the mainstage presented by Greenlight Bookstore all with a focus on local artists and organizations including Performance poetry by URBAN WORD Stand up comedy from the STEAM BOAT series Readings by authors such as VICTOR LaVALLE TOURE NELSON GEORGE and more Environmental demos and activities presented by Habana Outpost Walking tour of historic Fort Greene with Adrienne Onofri author of WALKING BROOKLYN 3rd of 3 different tours during FABfest SONYA Collaborative Action Mural with Ellie Balk participatory painting allowing residents to make their mark on a collective community image Crafts activities and giveaways for kids all day Streetside Mad Libs game for all ages 3 on 3 Soccer Games for Kids hosted by Ft Greene Soccer This entry was posted in arts events FAB fulton kids on June 18 2010 by lesterhead FABfest Schedule for June 13 Leave a reply An awesome foodie based lineup this wknd at FABfest My personal picks the mozzarella and jam making sessions Cooking demos food tastings moonshine sipping and a chilled organic soup pureed making with the aid of a human powered bike blender are all part of the line up for second weekend of FAB fest a month long three block s treet festival EVERY SUNDAY IN JUNE on Fulton Street between Lafayette Avenue and South Oxford Street in Fort Greene Brooklyn A schedule of demos and tastings is below Also at FAB fest on Sunday June 13 from 12noon 6pm 12noon 1 30pm Salsa Dance Party Dance Lessons featuring Brooklyn Salsa Party everyone is welcome to join in 1 30 2 00 Live Gospel Concert featuring the Lafayette Inspirational Ensemble performing as they make their way down Fulton Street to the stage 2 00 6 00 Toasters Delight a Reggae Party featuring DJs Geko Jones and Matt Shadetek of Dutty Artz Jahdan Blakkamore Cool Places Soundsystem Gael Dubourg DJ Gravy and special guests Toasters Delight celebrates the June 15 th BAMcinemaFEST screening of the Brooklyn indie film Wah Do Dem http www duttyartz com 2010 wah do dem bam block party Visit BAM org for screening info Plus games crafts balloons and activities and 3 on 3 soccer on the street all afternoon Schedule for A Taste of Fulton at FAB fest 2010 12 noon Louisa Shafia author of LUCID FOODS shows how vegetarian food is both delicious and healthy creating a chilled cucumber soup from organic produce from Fulton Street s MetFoods 985 Fulton St James with the aid of the Bike Blender from Habana Outpost 757 Fulton S Portland and powered by spectators at FABfest Mozzarella making at Greene Grape Provisions 753 Fulton S Portland 1 00 Buka 946 Fulton Cambridge Place Nigerian restaurant 2 00 Jam

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