This week in Cheap Laughs, we have special ed improvs, sexual Mazel Tovs, a talent show, anniversary blow, liberal lions, albino sirens, and the powerful energy of Macaulay Culkin. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
Better not eat your wheaties.
Months ago, when we spoke with Ample Hills owner and ice cream maker Brian Smith about the history and future of his Prospect Heights parlor, his reason for expanding into Gowanus was pretty simple: "We can't make enough ice cream," he told us. "In the summertime, we make 500 gallons a week of ice c ... More >>
Aaron Lefkove insists that when he and Andy Curtin opened Littleneck in Gowanus three years ago, a second location was not part of the plan. But after that place became a neighborhood staple (and good reason to trvel to the neighborhood for people who live in other parts of NYC), the partners began ... More >>
I can't believe I'm going public with this, and I may well regret it, but here goes: I visited the new Gowanus Whole Foods (214 3rd Street, 718-907-3622) the other night and I really liked it. God help me. I need to emphasize: I'm not being paid to say this. I don't even write for this blog usuall ... More >>
Sometime very soon, the Environmental Protection Agency will release its final plan on how to clean up the incredibly polluted Gowanus Canal, a process that's expected to take years and cost $550 million. In the meantime, stop fishing there. No, seriously, that's something that people are still doin ... More >>
Chez Sardine, Gabriel Stulman's non-traditional izakaya, introduced a new brunch menu with funky Japanese-American combinations. Mushroom-baked eggs with goat cheese and ramps, miso-baked oysters, and a "Fedora burger" with smoked cheddar, cucumbers, and BBQ mayo will be served alongside funky cockt ... More >>
A cool frothy glass of Sheiss Weiss Dunkel Brooklyn breweries pumping out craft beers are now common enough, so it takes a new approach to cause a splash, and that is just what Sanford O'Sheiss, founder of fledgling Olde Gowanus Brewery, has done. This Stevens Institute graduate began his project ... More >>
Monday, April 1 Kale-essi Tastings at Chez Khalessi Chez Khalessi, the new Game of Thrones-themed bar in Dumbo, already serves King Joffrey Juice and Sansa Screwdrivers. But the pub recently added new items to the dinner menu, and will be serving a "Kale-essi" tasting on Monday night, as a tribute t ... More >>
View more videos at: http://nbcnewyork.com. Update 4: Well, we've finally found out why no one's sending a team of divers jump into the canal and guide the dolphin to safety before it dies. They're not allowed. "Unfortunately, all we can do is watch and wait for the tide to rise, so the animal can ... More >>
The Environmental Protection Agency released its plan for cleaning up the Gowanus Canal Superfund site yesterday, and as expected, the process is going to be complicated, time-consuming, and mind-bogglingly expensive. Since its completion in the 1860s, the Gowanus has been the home of virtually eve ... More >>
This Saturday a new market launches in Gowanus, with plans to run on girl power. Gowanus Girls will feature all-women designers and food makers, mostly from Brooklyn. The market is curated by Curious Jane, an after-school program and summer camp for girls that promotes design, collaboration and com ... More >>
[See More Interviews: North Fork Table & Inn's Gerry Hayden | Travis Post of Yunnan Kitchen] It's easy to eat Runner and Stone's amber-hued pretzel absently, nibbling the thin crispy arms that cross over themselves, the soft curves of the bulbous tops flecked with salt, without contemplating the Ch ... More >>
Pretty soon Brooklyn will join the Upper West Side in looking like a sterile, predictable American suburb. That's to say that Gowanus is def going to have a Whole Foods very soon -- as early as 2013 -- as a city board today gave the grocery conglomerate a key zoning variance, according to the New ... More >>
Even the best New Yorkers can sometimes feel a little antsy after spending too much time in the city. Perhaps this is why rich folks have their summer houses out in the Hamptons, and there is a new four-story REI in Soho trying to convince people to give hiking and adventuring a chance. Now, a new ... More >>
Don't clam up. This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema bites into bivalves at Littleneck, a Gowanus clam shack: "The most spectacular appearance of Brooklyn's iconic bivalve is on a clam roll ($16), featuring full-belly littlenecks with creamy tartar sauce and a few shreds of lettuce for colo ... More >>
Seafood choucroute--but you'll have to go to Gowanus to get it. Choucroute is a beloved Alsatian dish consisting of a vast heap of sauerkraut surmounted by a collection of sausages and smoked meats. New Gowanus clam shack Littleneck has reinvented it in spectacular fashion
Way down below the Gowanus lurks Schnitzel Bar. We really only ever hear about a handful of restaurants out of the 50,000 that I estimate exist in the city. Even in Manhattan itself, there are vast swatches in Inwood, Washington Heights, Harlem, the Upper East Side, and around the fringes o ... More >>
A rendering of something that may one day exist.After many, many, many months, the fabled Gowanus Whole Foods is one baby step closer to reality.
zavracky.comJake ZavrackyJake Zavracky is living the dream: tending bar by day and making music by night. Or is it the other way around? In any case, when he's behind the bar at Lowlands, the beer garden that opened in Gowanus earlier this year, he aims to please. What's on tap that's season ... More >>
Half of the iconic fried calamari hero from Catene Deli, Gowanus, Brooklyn. The hero represents one of the greatest accomplishments of Italian-American cooking, a method of packaging the abundance of the New World into a convenient transportable meal, one that permits options in the way it m ... More >>
Whole Foods may not be coming to Gowanus anytime in the near future, but On Monday, Union Market will bring its own brand of aspirational grocery shopping to the neighborhood a few blocks north.
Mark your calendars for Friday, February 26, hardcore fans. And read Jason Buhrmester's splendid recent Voice feature on the record's 25th anniversary here. We are all old, yes, but we can still gather at a swank Gowanus nightclub and run into each other one more time.
Channel your inner pilgrim . . . or turkey vulture
You've probably heard of Kurve, the futuristic Thai-fusion spot in the East Village so odd that it's prompted speculation that it's actually an art installation, not a restaurant. Well, Brooklyn has its own Kurve now, a place so strange that it's almost worth a visit just to see it. Imagine a wa ... More >>
Earlier this month, Inhabitat pushed out the story of MacroSea's Gowanus dumpster pool parties. This weekend -- cannonball! New York Times, Daily News, Newsday, WPIX, et alia are suddenly all over it. These tales of MacroSea's reclamation of ordinary trash dumpsters into sanitary swimming tanks ... More >>
Spring cleaning just got a little more fun
Here's one of the things we love about Gowanus Lounge: They noticed advertising for a new Williamsburg real estate hideosity, 80 Metropolitan, says the builders "converted" the beloved old Dutch Mustard Factory, when the Factory was observably torn to the damn ground and 80 Met gloatingly built over ... More >>
A smorgasbord of fresh farm foods for the fall
Interesting item in the New York Observer about the tendency of Park Slope's imaginary borders to expand outward, especially when described by real estate agents. The Argyle Park Slope condo is on Fourth Avenue and 7th Street, which some people consider part of Gowanus. The building's website boasts ... More >>
Could Sludgie the Whale, who briefly graced the Gowanus last year, have been an urban pioneer? Bioacoustical researchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation say that, for the first time ever, their recording devices in New York Harbor a ... More >>
No Land Grab and Atlantic Yards Report ride herd on rapacious developers every day. But other Brooklyn blogs are doing their bit. Gowanus Lounge keeps us posted on the campaign to prevent Bill Stein from building a 70-foot edifice in Carroll Gardens. (Stein suffered a reversal from the local Communi ... More >>
The Gowanus Dredgers, brave navigators and fans of the slaggy creek that gave its name to an instanabe, are having a BacChANAL, get it, on September 25 with old-timey music, BBQ, and canoe tours. We note also that the Newtown Creek Alliance is sponsoring a cruise along that future Superfund site on ... More >>
Spinach pies and baseball loukanika by the Gowanus Expressway