Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Santa in the 'Hood!

Neighborhood bar MikNic Lounge reports that the "real" Santa is paying them a visit this Sunday the 16th from 2pm until 5pm. Have your photo taken with him for $10 or just come and meet him. There will be hot chocolate for the kids and adult drinks too.

MicNik Lounge
200 Columbia Street, between Sackett and Degraw

Friday, December 7, 2012

Brooklyn Collective Holiday Party Tonight

Brooklyn Collective is hosting a holiday party tonight from 6 to 9pm with a raffle to benefit Sandy victims in Red Hook. 

Here are the fabulous local artists selling their work at Brooklyn Collective this season: http://www.brooklyncollective.com/artists.html I found the perfect presents for four people on my list this week!

Brooklyn Collective
212 Columbia Street Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 596-6231

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Shop Red Hook!

Help Red Hook get through a tough winter of recovery by doing your holiday gift shopping below the Battery Tunnel. Most of the neighborhood's unique shops and eateries have reopened for business. Here are just a few of my favorites. Add your recommendations below in the comments. 

Red Hook wine store Botta Di Vino offers free gift wrapping and special offers, some of which include free glassware, 10% case discounts and 5% discounts on 6 bottles. Gift certificates can be ordered over the phone and shipped to you. They also offer free delivery on most case sales.
357 Van Brunt Street

Shopping Metal and Thread is like exploring a mysterious gallery of jewelry and art. All the work here is handmade from metal, thread, felt, leather, gemstones, and whatever else these artists feel they can turn into something unique and unusual. They'll wrap your purchases in vintage reusable bags, and they are including a pair of drop earrings with each purchase, while supplies last. They post specials at facebook.com/metalandthread, and you can donate to help them rebuild their workshop at http://www.gofundme.com/rebuild-metal-and-thread.
398 Van Brunt Street

Next door is Foxy and Winston, one of my go-to gift shops. I love their whimsical bags, children's clothing, and unique greeting cards. While you're there, say hi to Miss Hope the Beagle, who watches over the store. 
392 Van Brunt Street

Across the street, Baked is back at it, serving up their delectable cakes, bars, pies, and cookies. How about one of those Baked t-shirts or cookbooks for the aspiring chef in your life?
359 Van Brunt Street

Steve's Authentic Key Lime Pie was flooded by three feet of water but they are open to the public again for pie purchases. They're also fundraising at http://www.gofundme.com/1ire9o to repair the damage to their building and equipment. 
204 Van Dyke Street, Pier 41

Also hard hit but open again is Flickinger Glassworks, who have one-of-a-kind enameled tableware and lighting. 
204-207 Van Dyke Street, Pier 41http://www.flickingerglassworks.com/

If you are looking for a gift for a dancer or a fan of dance, consider a donation to Cora Studio in their name. Cora Studio offers pay-what-you-can dance classes and rehearsal space rentals. Their electrical system was damaged and they lost thousands in income after the storm.  
201 Richards Street between Coffey and Van Dyke Streets

Lots of bars and restaurants are open too! One of my favorites, Hope and Anchor, will write up a gift certificate for your friend who loves a hearty meal and breakfast any time of day.  
347 Van Brunt Street