It’s been a long hot July, in Brooklyn and on our blog. Here are some of our favorite stories from the past month.
Our Immersions with Brooklyn Brewery may be over for the summer (and thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday and made the Bushwick Immersion one of the best yet), but Allison Meier’s guide to Bushwick galleries is still a must-read, especially since a few of the shows she covered are closing soon. Jordan Galloway spoke with the director of Heathens & Thieves, a new movie starring Don Swayze (yes, Patrick’s brother), scored by Greenpoint resident, Sean Ferguson. For his column Lit Lovers, Jack Palmer covered the Amor Towles reading at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Jon Reiss offered up some advice about navigating your way past literary agency slush piles, and also asked Mediabistro’s Galleycat editor, Jason Moog, to share his online haunts with us. We also offered you a preview of films from the second annual Art of Brooklyn Film Festival.
In our weekly BB Kids emails, Samantha Moeller has been been uncovering the coolest spots for you and your little ones this summer (literally and figuratively), like five playgrounds where you can beat the heat, a kids concert series at Littlefield, and the surprisingly family-friendly Dekalb Market. Get on the list for more children’s events, mom interviews, and family portraits.
Our food writer, Brendan Spiegel, awarded a new Brooklyn pastrami crown to HBH Gourmet Sandwiches and Smoked Meats on Smith Street, wrote about upmarket Oreos at Petit Bakery in Fort Greene, stopped in at the newly opened Kent Street Ale House, and checked back with the restaurants he listed as the most anticipated openings for 2012.
If you’re more concerned with department of health inspections and grades than the menu at your favorite eateries, Jordan Galloway wrote about nychealthratings.com, a new site that lists DOH reports and letter grades by neighborhood. And Julie Strickland reflected on making kimchi in Brooklyn after living in South Korea.
Colleen Kane worked over Coney Island, and its (blessed) lack of hipness, in another hilarious Brooklyn 2.0 column. We looked at the neighborhood name game, and what’s at stake when you identify your address as Bushwick versus East Williamsburg in Bushwick or Not? Julie Strickland interviewed pool goers at McCarren park to get the low down about the bad behavior at the new pool. And, Samantha Fodrowski ventured west to Nolita to check out Dalaga’s new Manhattan digs.
David Chiu, our very prolific music writer, interviewed Carina Round, Clare and the Reasons and Devin. The Australian electronica-soul duo Killbot Kindergarten shared their Brooklyn weekend with Jordan Galloway (they saw Questlove at Brooklyn Bowl and ate ice cream more than once).