Today was the last day of the Sakura Matsuri. If you didn't get a chance to see the Japanese Festival of Light at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, you should put it on you calendar for next year. The garden was packed and the cherries were starting to bloom. It is probably better to see the cherries in full bloom next week-end -but- you will have missed the folk dances, samari swords and numerous other performances. I am glad to have made it this year and I look forward to you comments about the event? The tulips where amazing!
Apr 29, 2007
Apr 27, 2007
As many people already know
One of my favorite video sites Rocketboom shows us a beautiful tribute.
Here is a list of the Top Rides at Astroland. What is your favorite?
- Power Surge
- Top Spin
- Thrill Ride
- Cyclone Roller Coaster
- Water Flume
- Pirate Ship
- Bumper Cars
- Dante's Inferno
- Break Dancer
Apr 20, 2007
I was having tea with my wife the other day at Marquet and she ran into a guy whom she had met before and introduced me to him. His name was Carl Thompson and he was an older dude who seemed relaxed and cool. I asked him if he lived in the neighborhood and he told me that “he was the neighborhood”. He then proceeded to tell me about his custom bass making business. He told me that he just finished making a Bass for Lou Reed and that he has be making customized basses since 1974 at the rate of about ten or so every year. His site says he makes the Stradivarius of the electric bass guitar. He has made instruments for such greats as Anthony Jackson, Stanley Clarke, Les Claypool, and the Allman Brothers bassist, as well as created the first electric 6-string bass and the first piccolo bass. All of his instruments are custom order and completely unique, there is no assembly line. He has even made a 10 million dollar bass.
When I mentioned to Carl aka “The Jazz Cat” that there was no great jazz spots in the neighborhood, he told me that I was mistaken and that the best spot for jazz was Sunday’s 7-10pm at Downtown Atlantic, where you can see Carl Thompson and Friends play each and every Sunday!
Here is a list of some Top Jazz Spots in
Barbes (Park Slope)
Bar Tabac (Boerum Hill)
Freddy’s Backroom (Boerum Hill)
Koze Lounge (Park Slope)
Sista’s Place (Bed Stuy)
Tea Lounge (Cobble Hill)
The Jazz Spot (Bed-Stuy)
Liberty Heights Tap Room (Red Hook)
Puppets Jazz Bar (Park Slope)
Night Light Cafe & Jazz Club (
Soft Spot (
Art Land (
Sugarcane (Caribbean Jazz)
Apr 18, 2007
We thought that the Coney Island Aquarium was the top place to whale watch in
Yesterday there was a special visitor to the infamous
The Gowanus Creek Canal is a canal in Brooklyn that borders the neighborhoods of Red Hook and
South Brooklyn. There are five east-west bridge crossings over the canal. Once a leading national transportation hub, the canal's fate has mirrored the decline of shipping via water. A legacy of serious environmental problems has troubled the area from the time the canal was first built out of the local tidal wetlands and fresh water streams. In recent years, there has been a call once again for environmental cleanup. In addition, development pressures have brought speculation that the wetlands of the Gowanus should serve waterfront economic development needs which may not be compatible with environmental restoration.
There are numerous blogs that discuss the development of the area but the one that really stands out is The Gowanus Lounge. The area is home to many industrial businesses, artists and a growing residential base.
One of the best places to sit and enjoy the summer heat is the nearby Gowanus Yacht Club. This outdoor beer garden on
Apr 16, 2007
This past week-end I went to visit my brother in
- Melody Lanes (Best of
Search) New York City
- Maple Lanes
- Shell Lanes INC
- Mark Lanes Bowling
- Bowling Fun Center
- Gillhodges Lanes
- Diplomat Lanes Incorporated
There are many forms of bowling, with the earliest dating back to ancient Egypt here are a few more.
Where do you bowl?
Recent poaching of Brooklyn Parrots has forced Brooklyn Parrot expert Steve Baldwin to take down his location maps from his blog. There are two large flocks flying around Brooklyn, one in
Jackie Robinson became the first player in fifty-seven years to break the Baseball color line.
Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (January 31, 1919 – October 24, 1972) became the first African-American Major League Baseball player of the modern era in 1947. The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted Robinson in 1962 and he was a member of six World Series teams. He earned six consecutive All-Star Game nominations and won several awards during his career. In 1947, Robinson won The Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award and the first MLB Rookie of the Year Award Award. Two years later, he was awarded his first National League MVP Award. In addition to his accomplishments on the field, Jackie Robinson was also a forerunner of the Civil Rights Movement. He was a key figure in the establishment and growth of the Freedom Bank, an African-American owned and controlled entity, in the 1960s. He also wrote a syndicated newspaper column for a number of years, in which he was an outspoken supporter of Martin Luther King Jr. and, to a lesser degree, Malcolm X.
Apr 12, 2007
In honor of the death of the Brooklyn Fish King, who died today at the age of 86. I have put together a list of the top fish spots in Brooklyn.
April 12, 2007 -- Rubin Caslow, the chairman of the largest producer and distributor of smoked fish in the country, has died. He was 86.
Caslow, whose Acme Smoked Fish Corp. in Greenpoint,
Brooklyn, sells certified kosher smoked salmon, herring, whitefish and pickled lox, died Sunday at his home in Roslyn, L.I., his granddaughter, Emily Caslow, said yesterday.
Acme sells more than 7 million pounds of smoked fish around the country to such food-specialty emporiums as Zabar's, Balducci's, Barney Greengrass and Russ & Daughters, among others.
Brooklyn Fish Camp
Blue Ribbon Sushi Brooklyn
The Atlantic ChipShop
The Brooklyn Seafood, Steak, & Oyster House (Hey wait a minute! This is in
Cube 63 Brooklyn (is Sushi considered a fish restaurant?)
Linberts Fish Chips
Mitchell Fish & Chips
Terras Fish & Chips
Island Fish & Meat Cuisine
S W Fish Fry Etc
Nick's Lobster Fish Market,
Fish is difficult to categorize because everyone serves it but if you have a spot that can’t be beat let us know in the comments section below!
Social Responsibility Alert: We all need to eat less fish from the ocean and as a result my wife an I limit our fish intake to once a month.
Best Fish Market is Fish Tales and the new Fairway in Red Hook
The Brooklyn Cyclones are a minor league baseball team in the short season single "A" New York - Penn League, affiliated with the New York Mets. The Cyclones play at
On July 20, 2006, the Cyclones and the Oneonta Tigers took part in the longest game in the history of the New York-Penn League, a 26-inning marathon which the Cyclones lost, 6-1. The game took 6 hours and 40 minutes to complete. The Cyclones scored their lone run in the first inning; Oneonta tied the game in the fourth and then did not score again until they scored five runs in the top of the 26th.
Their season begins June 19th and if you haven’t been to a game before it is one of the most interesting things to do on a hot summer day, watching the sunset over Coney Island and eating way to many hotdogs!
As we begin the 2007 baseball season I thought it would be interesting to tell you a little history about the very first All-Star Game in 1858. "But wait... I thought The first Major League All-Star Game was played on July 6, 1933 at Comiskey Park in Chicago?" Read on!
"Every once in awhile there is a new and important find that becomes available to the collecting community and is exceptionally important to the development of the game of baseball. On June 23rd just such an item will come up for auction at the SCP Sotheby's live auction in New York City. The pieces are two hand scripted Official Scoring Reports that were used to score the match between the New York All Stars and the Brooklyn All Stars in 1858.
These Official Reports date from the second pivotal game of the very first All Star Game series held at the Fashion Race Course in Queens on August 17, 1858. The hand written Official Scorers Reports are enormously significant for two main reasons. First not only were the Fashion games the very first time ballplayers played in an All Star capacity but it was also the first series where patrons actually paid for the privilege of seeing a game of baseball. As such these gems represent the very awakening of the National Pastime as a business."from: Baseball Almanac
BROOKLYN — The State of New York Legislature passed an act of incorporation on April 12, 1816, giving Brooklyn its first charter. In this act the village boundaries were set forth: “Beginning at the public landing south of Pierrepont’s distillery, formerly the property of Philip Livingston, thence running along the public road leading from said landing to its intersection with Red Hook Lane, then along Red Hook Lane to where it intersects the Jamaica Turnpike, thence a north-west course to the Wallabout Millpond, thence through the center of the millpond to the East River, and thence down the East River to the point of beginning.”
At the time the farms of Clover Hill, or the Indian name “Ihpetonga,” meaning a long sandy bank, (the original names for Brooklyn Heights) were famed the country over for their fine fruits and vegetables, which always found a ready sale in Manhattan. There were waving fields of grain, orchards of apple, peach and plum trees, huge vegetable gardens and berry patches.
Apr 2, 2007
This week-end I put air in the tires of my bike and did my first official bike tour of the year. I drove around Brooklyn Heights, then down to Dumbo and then through Red Hook. I had a blast! The time has come to skip the taxis, buses and cars and bring out your bikes. There are many hazards driving a bike in this city but there is a day where bikes roam free. - The 5 Boro Bike Tour looks like a lot of fun of course comes through Brooklyn.
This year I am going to sign up!
Are you ready for the Tour? Stop by Grand Army Plaza (Brooklyn) for a free bike checkup with Five Borough Bicycle Club volunteer mechanics, and confer with NYC Department of Transportation experts about helmet safety.
Prospect Park Bike Clinic
Sat., April 14, 11:00-3:00