A curious compulsion to forget work and remember alcohol may strike sometime today. Dec. 5 celebrates not only the 79th anniversary of Repeal Day, which signaled the end of the dark days of Prohibition, but the one year anniversary of the New York Distilling Company. In honor of the double date, and to help repair the damage done by Sandy, New York Distilling is holding a fundraiser party (100% of proceeds to Brooklyn Recovery Fund) which will involve many, many awesome things. Each ticket gets you in to a night distilling session, which they are opening to the public for the first time ever. There, you’ll finish a run of rye and take home one bottle fresh out of the still, and the received another bottle from the run, once it’s aged. Tickets are $125 each, but in addition to the charitable warm-fuzzies, they come with membership to the brand new New York Distilling Club, which gets you discounts, first cracks at limited editions and even more opportunities to come distill with their alcohol artisans in the future.
The Crown Heights restaurant scene these days seems to be a constant tug-of-war between the slew of trendy New American hotspots and the many longstanding Caribbean hole-in-the-walls (spoiler alert: there’s a lot more of the former opening, and a lot of the latter closing). But in all the ballyhoo about the rapidly changing face of Franklin Avenue and […]
The Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum (the last hurrah before the museum moves downtown) is four floors of surprises and astonishing sights. The artist is quoted in the museum’s family guide as saying, “If you follow your own interests, it can take you to a very magical place.” And with the blink of […]
We’re excited, and a little sad, to announce the fourth and final Brooklyn Based-Brooklyn Brewery Immersion of 2014: Saturday, Oct. 11 in Prospect Heights. It’s been an excellent Immersion season, drinking and eating our way through the South Slope, Greenpoint and Bushwick, and we can’t wait to spend the day hanging out on Vanderbilt Avenue. […]
It’s not just high-profile albums that are dropping this fall–there are more than a few memoirs from and biographies of musicians coming out this fall. We’ve tallied 16 and counting here. With the success of critically-acclaimed books by Patti Smith and Keith Richards, there have been plenty of recent tomes from from and about artists […]
Famous Nathan, a recent documentary by Lloyd Handwerker explores the history of a very special restaurant: a little family-owned hot dog joint on the Coney Island boardwalk. Founded in 1916 by a hardworking Jewish immigrant named Nathan Handwerker (the director’s grandfather) Nathan’s Famous was a neighborhood hub throughout much of the twentieth century, flourishing even […]