The Unfancy Food Show


The much anticipated annual Unfancy Food Show was held this past Sunday at East River Bar, celebrating all things local, organic, sustainable, artisanal and Brooklyn. Organized by Annaliese Griffin and Tom Mylan, the show included nearly twenty vendors supplying a vast mouth-watering and curious mix of edible goods from raw chocolate and rooftop grown vegetables to authentic kimchee and peppery beef jerky. It was a packed mosh pit scene with sweat trickling from the pores of both skin and tongue. I arrived too late to sample Marlow & Sons’ brisket and whitefish sandwiches, or Salvatore’s freshly cut prosciutto sandwiches, but I left content at having tasted some of the best produce, cheese and sweets on this side of the East River.  More > >

At Pete’s Candy: A STOOP-ID TALE w/Kimber VanRy


Tonight at 7:30pm, Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer St) presents Kimber VanRy as part of their bi-monthly lecture series they call Open City Dialogue.

Few things better evoke the poetic pleasures of a Brooklyn summer than drinking a beer on the stoop on a hot evening.  Just one little thing, though: it’s ILLEGAL!  So Kimber VanRy found out last summer when he received a $25 summons for the nefarious act in his home hood of Prospect Heights.  He could have just paid the small fine–but where’s the fun in that? Mr. VanRy decided instead that he would fight for his right to party! After numerous court cases and even a New York Times profile, Mr. VanRy is ready to give the full tale!
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The Morning Photo + Links


Photo: Sean Ganann

Jay Mundy attacks Williamsburg again. [Brooklyn Vegan]

Man killed at E. Williamsburg block party. [NY Daily News]

Hit Factorie dresses up WORD bookstore window for July. [G Train Salon]

Studio B closing (?) for good. [Brooklyn 11211 via Brooklyn Vegan]

Crest Hardware Art Show and Crest Fest


Recently the Crest Hardware Art Show opened with a celebration that extended from the store itself to a full day of festivities at nearby Macri Park. Despite it being a bit of a dreary and rainy day, people strolled through the park and enjoyed great music played by various bands: from Twin Shadow and In Cadeo, to Wizardry and Brian Bonz. DJs kept the crowd afloat between gigs and the entire day was spent tapping and swaying whilst browsing through art & design provided by Artists & Fleas and feasting on BBQ from Papacitos. Highlights after the jump.  More > >

What Ales You: Dark Matter at Brooklyn Brewery


Anywhere you go in the country you are bound to find a craft brewery or brew pub serving up fresh beers for the local public, but here in North Brooklyn we are very privileged to have one of the best. Brooklyn Brewery is located right in our back yard near the border of Greenpoint and Williamsburg, and it is very easy for New Yorkers to take such a great institution for granted. Everyone knows their beers, especially Brooklyn Lager, but occasionally you find one on tap, or cask that you have never seen before…and this weekend that beer is Dark Matter.   More > >

“Walk to the Opera” Summer Series



Menotti’s ”The Medium”

Performances June 22 – 28

With smaller seasons at City Opera and the Met, people are finding that a surprising magic exists in small micro budget performances led by OperaOggiNY‘s artistic director Thomas Toscano and music director Bill Lewis. In the spirit of bringing affordable opera to the people, they have created a new concept in local opera performances called “Walk to the Opera.” By focusing upon the drama, text and music rather than pomp and extravaganza, they are forging an expressive repertory ensemble with up and coming young professionals. Beginning with Menotti’s “The Medium” they bring this opera to five different neighborhoods. Starting in Washington Heights, Manhattan, and with subsequent performances scheduled in Astoria, Queens, and Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Ft. Green in Brooklyn.  More > >

Mudpit Starts Six-Week Summer Sessions


The Mudpit will be starting their super reasonably priced, six-week summer sessions this week (June 22) and next week (June 29). Summer classes are only $250 and include materials and seven-day-a-week open studio time. Take classes in moldmaking, tilemaking wheelthrowing, and handbuilding, and if you like, work in their patio garden or in their spacious air-conditioned studio.    [Photo by Jefferson Siegel]

The Mudpit

228 Manhattan Ave