Filed under: Area 51
With the 4th of July just around the corner I imagine a number of you will be heading to Coney Island for a frolic on the beach or to watch Nathan’s hot dog eating contest. In regards to the latter, I certainly hope no public vomiting will be involved this year. I understand there are people who would disagree with me on this, but they are not married to a man who simply had to watch the You Tube video of Takeru Kobayashi losing his lunch. Over and over. IN SLOW MOTION.
In any case I thought this breathtaking photo taken in the dead of winter by Rowan5 was a nice counterpoint to the craziness that undoubtedly will be Coney Island this weekend. Keep cool!
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic
It should be known that I am a big fan of sangria. Thus it is very fortuitous that I live in Greenpoint. The Garden Spot has a number of establishments that make the stuff— and for the most part, it is all quite good. Casa Mon Amour and Papasito’s serve sangria of the red variety. The previous is absolutely wonderful, the latter is tiny bit too sweet for my taste but delicious nonetheless. I have also heard the Habitat sports some good sangria but I have yet to taste test. (If anyone out there has, do give me your assessment!)
As tasty as the previously mentioned sangrias are, the fact of the matter is I am somewhat doctrinaire in my wine consumption. In colder months I veer towards reds, in the summer I stick to roses and whites. Which brings me to the above photograph. This is the tropical sangria from Cafecito Bogota. I tried this concoction last weekend and have to confess: it’s fucking amazing.
As you can see it is of the white variety. What you can’t see is this is essentially a fruit salad served in booze. Bits of banana, cantaloupe, honeydew melon and apple grace this beverage. When topped off with passion fruit juice (providing the frothy foam) the effect is quite amazing. At $8.00 for a hefty glass, the price is right as well. I highly recommend giving this beverage a try. Check it out!
1015 Manhattan Avenue
Punta Verde, New York 11222
Be sure to get a fork. You WILL want to eat the fruit!
P.S.: Just a quick reminder— tonight the Black Rabbit will be unveiling their latest batch of ginger beer!
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic
From Manhattan Avenue.
This was the hilarious sight that awaited me when I was walking down Green Street yesterday. Anyone who lives on Green Street between Manhattan Avenue and Franklin Street will attest that the Viridian has been quite busy installing styrofoam insulation over the last week. As a result the entire block and some of the people on it are blanketed in white flecks of foam. A little touch of winter on the cusp of July. To alleviate this problem, the above chap is vacuuming the sidewalk. Priceless.
I mention this anecdote because I was recently forwarded one of the finest complaints to the Department of Buildings I have ever seen. Jonathan writes:
look at the recent complaint for 156 Guernsey St! love it
It would appear that Green Street is not the only block afflicted by summertime snow storms. What’s more, one of the more attractive blocks in Greenpoint is set to get its very own Belvedere! Lucky them. Interested to see what a building “covered in styrofoam” looks like, I headed to 156 Guernsey without delay.
Styrofoam? What styrofoam?
The front of this building looks like a piece of Swiss cheese.
Swiss cheese with Friedrich boxes that is.
The building on the left was meticulously restored and put on the market by Corcoran. Given the recent absence of a “For Sale” sign, I would presume it has sold— probably for a very tidy sum. I wonder what the buyer thinks of its neighbor’s face lift?
I imagine many of you have noticed there are some new faces at the Franklin Corner Store of late. This is because two weeks ago it changed ownership. Andre’s uncle, the owner, divested of all his property in New York City and has moved on to Pennsylvania. Andre is still on hand to make sure the transition goes smoothly. The same great sandwiches will still be served by the same staff. This includes Oreo, who as of today was making sure no one was trying to steal the Pirate’s Booty under her watch.
Andre’s last day will by July 13, 2008. The very next day he and his fabulously adorable son will fly to the Dominican Republic to spend two WHOLE MONTHS with his parents. Now that’s what I call a vacation!
Why not swing by and wish him safe trip and thank him for seven years of fantastic Cuban sandwiches?
P.S.: I have also been told the new owner plans to do a complete renovation of the store, so if you want to capture the old Franklin Corner Store grab your camera and get down there!
Different people have different ways of starting the day. I for one like contemplating street meat over my morning coffee. Keeping the previous in mind, the above photograph taken in (where else?) Greenpoint by ecstace kicked off my Monday smashingly. Be sure to check out her “Greenpoint Glory” set on Flickr. When you do you will realize that not only does ecstace have a great sense of humor, but she is curiously adept at finding sea creatures roaming about the Garden Spot.
It’s tough being young buck at an adoption event teeming with kittens. This was certainly the case yesterday for Jake at Empty Cages Collective’s first adoption event at The Beehive Salon.
How can a tough-looking 1 1/2 year old chap possibly compete with this?
It is a shame actually, because Jake is an exceptionally friendly guy. Unlike his fellow kittens who were a bit skittish having people look at them and pick them up, he took it all in stride. If any of you are looking to adopt a feline friend who has known life on the mean streets of Brooklyn and has a heart of gold, Jake is your man. Not only does he have a great temperament, but he sports some of the most beautiful orange eyes I have ever seen. Jake has been neutered, is up-to-date on his shots and is ready to come home with you today!
Anyone interested in giving Jake a home should contact Empty Cages Collective via email at emptycagescollective (at) gmail (dot) com.
Filed under: Area 51
Life has a strange way of unfolding. Just over a week ago I wrote about the latest salvo of visual discomfort the MTA has seen fit to let advertisers inflict on public transportation patrons: Hongo Killer.
My immediate reaction to the above image was as follows:
- Why are they forcing us to look at people’s feet?
- This is kind of gross.
- I wonder if someone gets turned on by athlete’s foot?
As it would happen the junk shop recently got in a shipment of a very special nature. Among the “marital aids”, leather restraints and yes, enemas, was a stack of a magazines called Foot Fraternity. The following is a personals ad from the thirtieth issue.
So there have you. You go to the local pharmacy and outlay $8.00 for a tube of Hongo Killer or you can contact this guy and receive treatment for no money whatsoever. I suppose it is entirely a matter of priorities. Are you are a hongo lover or a hongo fighter?
From Nassau Avenue.
Squirrel is quite the spitfire, much to her neighbor Vera’s confusion as you will see in this short video taken from my visit to The Beehive today to meet the lovely kittens of Empty Cages Collective. I am pleased to announce that both of these lovely ladies having applications for adoptions pending, but there are still plenty lovely cats needing homes. I will be featuring an especially sweet adoptable tomorrow, so stay tuned!