Sunday, June 29, 2008
2. A Panelle at Ferdinando's Focacceria: This old-school restaurant near the Columbia Waterfront District offers a taste of summers past. So stroll over one afternoon and get the fried chickpea and ricotta sandwich called a panelle, says Levine, and wash it down with an icy cold bottle of Manhattan Special. 151 Union St., Brooklyn; (718) 855-1545
(image above from project-me.com)
Just days after the opening of the new Erie Basin Park by Ikea, a short walk South from the Columbia St. Waterfront District, the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has announced that a temporary park will also be opened for the summer at Pier 1, part of the future Brooklyn Bridge Park to the North of the neighborhood.
The park, located on the East River at the base of Old Fulton St and Furman St, boasts beautiful harbor views, first time public access, a close up look at the temporary "New York City Waterfall" installation by Olafur Eliasson, a cafe, sand, grass, picnic tables, and more. The plans of the space by by Diand Studio, as seen above, also show what looks like a giant sandbox!
The park opened on June 26th and will remain open until Labor Day
Thursday, June 26, 2008
After recently taking a walk down Degraw St, Frank Jump of the Fading Ad blog apparently also took a walk down Union St and found a lot worth photographing. Below are some of the pictures that he took as well as links to the posts they appear in, which in some cases contain more photos.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
On my many walks through this neighborhood, i've often passed by the above mural on Degraw St. between Columbia and Van Brunt in not only admiration, but also mystery. I've wondered, who lives in this building - an artist, an art collective, someone who decided to pay for an artist to paint a huge mural? Short of knocking on the door or asking random bypassers, I just assumed I wouldn't be able to figure it out.
Well, thank God for the internet. While stumbling around random blogs, I found out some info about the mural on Fading Ad Blog and a link to the artists website.
Apparently, the artist is Damon Ginandes, who is a Brooklyn based artist with other large scale, 3 dimensional and public mural projects in the works, and this mural was commissioned by the buildings' landlord. Be sure to keep an eye out for this piece and more!
Monday, June 16, 2008
This past Saturday, 4 days before the scheduled opening of Ikea Brooklyn, my family and I decided to take a walk down to the new location and check out the massive waterfront park that Ikea built around its new store. While not really looking forward to the massive crowds and traffic that the store will bring to the area, we must say that the park looks rather promising. While workers were still busy putting on the finishing touches, here are some of the sights we saw:
Saturday, June 14, 2008
- Lamb and Eggplant Brochette with Provencal Dressing
- Orange, Mustard and Ginger Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Dried Fruit Chutney
- Korhogo Mini Beef Burger (photo attached)
- Grilled Marinated Tilapia (Poisson Braisé Abidjan Style) with Mango and Tomato Salsa
- Smoked Black Pepper Crusted Salmon Filet with Aubergine Sauce
- West African Style Grilled Jerk Chicken
- Grilled Whole Lobster with Nigerian Piri Piri Sauce
Side Dishes (Local Organic Vegetables Produce): Grilled Ratatouille, White Rice, Atieke.
Regular Menu Available on Request.
Chef Abdhul Traore is also available for private barbecue parties in our garden or in yours...
Korhogo 126 is on Union St. at Columbia Street. Entrees: $16-$24. The restaurant serves dinner Sunday through Tuesday, and Thursday through Saturday. Closed Wednesdays. For information, call (718) 855-4405 or visit www.korhogo126.com.
We have great hopes and projects for this special place (Thank you again Julie Farris): free yoga sessions, movie nights, potluck picnics... If you are interested in being a part of the meadow's events, please send your name and email address to jessievencat ( at )
Here are some pictures of the opening:
Friday, June 13, 2008
The BGI Fundraising Event:
You’re invited to join the Board and supporters of Brooklyn Greenway Initiative for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music along the Brooklyn waterfront – the perfect way to kick off summer! We’ll be celebrating the significant progress the Greenway has made over the past year, as well as building support for the upcoming design and construction phases of several segments along the route.
This year our Guest of Honor is Andrew Kimball, President and CEO, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, who will be honored for his role in implementing the Greenway around the Brooklyn Navy Yard. We will also honor Teresa Toro, Community Board 1 Transportation Committee Chair, as our Community Partner of the Year for her outstanding work in Greenpoint and Williamsburg.
Mark your calendars – we look forward to seeing you!
When: Wednesday, June 25th, 6:00-8:00PM (music continues until 10:30PM)
Where: On the Terrace at One Brooklyn Bridge Park (360 Furman Street, between Joralemon and Atlantic)
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative is submitting proposals for several million dollars in design and construction funds and we need letters of support! Please take a moment to write a letter to NYS DOT in support of these funding applications. Below is a model letter, which you can adapt as you wish. Just make sure to sign the letter, then fax, email, or mail it back to BGI for inclusion in our application. Please do not send directly to NYS DOT, as these letters need to be attached to our application package. Contact info: fax 718-643-6736; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; mail: Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, 145 Columbia Street, 11231. Letters must be received at BGI by Friday, June 20th.
Thanks in advance for helping to secure the next stage of construction funding for the Greenway!
Astrid C. Glynn
New York State Department of Transportation
50 Wolf Road
Albany, NY 12232
Dear Commissioner Glynn:
I am writing to request your approval of the application to the TEP program from NYC Department of Transportation for funding the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. This project will create a Class I bike/ped facility that will be a valued route in these waterfront areas that have little transit service. It will also take cyclists out of the street along the waterfront truck route. The greenway will include separate paths for bikes and pedestrians and continuous landscaping. It is part of the new opening up of waterfront access that has been long awaited by communities from Red Hook to Greenpoint.
The surrounding communities have been advocating and planning for this greenway segment since 1998. Their efforts have been supported by federal and state funding and New York City Government.
Please determine favorably to provide the funding needed to construct it.
(full name and contact info)
1) "Green on Presdient Street"
The Brooklyn Paper's coverage of the newly opened Urban Meadow Bklyn. We'll be posting up our pictures of the opening event soon, but in the meantime take a look at this article.
2) "Columbia Street wants normalcy"
Could Columbia St. construction finally be nearing the end? The Brooklyn paper gives an update as well as points out recent concerns over garbage on the street and bus routes
Monday, June 9, 2008
We hope to see you there!
Friday, June 6, 2008
Alternative Garden Design