• The Greatest Craft Fair You’ll Ever Go To

    There’s all sorts of places to shop during the holiday season, but only one is filled with two weekends of pure awesome …

    Brooklyn Craft Central (Sat. and Sun, Dec 15+16 & Dec 22+23) takes normal craft fairs and punches in the face! Ok, not really. But metaphorically it totally does. Why you ask? Cause it’s like fight club and…. No wait it’s not really like fight club… Sorry, not sure where the focus on fisticuffs is coming from. Oh wait, yes we do. It’s cause this event is badass and here’s 5 solid reasons why you are going…

    1) It’s at Littlefield

    You of course know Littlefield the 6200-square foot warehouse venue with shows like Kurt Braunohler and Kristin Schaal Hot Tub and former Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac comedy show Night Train. (If you didn’t go to either of these, know we are totally giving you the stink eye). Aside from the celebratah’ that perfumes the joint, Littlefield is super close to where you live. It’s in a little neighborhood that we love called, Gowanus! Which is conveniently located in between your laziness and the fact that you need holiday gifts.

    2) The Media is telling you to!

    The following places have said you are going and you wouldn’t want to disappoint them: CBS Local NYC , GadlingTime Out New York,  New York MagazineGreenpointersHey MishkaPark Slope StoopBKLYNOTBKB,  Krrb.com,  Industry MagazineBrooklyn Exposed,  The Voice, and GowanusYourFaceOff. Note that New York Mag is specifically telling you to “[t]ake advantage of the full bar serving up holiday cocktails while you pick up…local crafts and edibles.” Don’t make New York Mag cry by not going! Read more ›

  • “Sugar in my Soul” Vanilla Extract is made with love

    Well this is pretty sweet!

    Sugar in my Soul is a vanilla extract made right here in Brooklyn from Tahitian Vanilla beans harvested in Papua New Guinea. The extract from Elisa & Armistead Booker is made by spitting each Tahitian Vanilla beans by hand a scraping out the the tiny vanilla packed seeds inside. These seeds are then placed in a gallon of high end vodka or bourbon for 3 months and left alone in a dark place. Finally the mix of booze and seeds are shaken up, at which time the alcohol extracts the flavor from the beans! Check out this video of the making of Sugar in my Soul below and support a Brooklyn makers by getting yourself a bottle at Elisa & Armistead Booker’s etsy store here.

    Homemade Vanilla Extract from Armistead Booker on Vimeo.

  • Whole Foods Gets Variance – the Wars Over (?)

    Photograph provided by Eymund Diegel taken July 2011 of Whole Foods Site by the Gowanus Canal Conservancy's 'Gowanus Low Altitude Mapping program' (Liberty Industrial Gases donated the balloons helium used to take the shot)

    It’s official after 8 years Whole Foods Market has received everything it needs to build its Whole Foods store here in Gowanus. On Tuesday afternoon the Board of Standards and Appeals gave a variance for food, which was the last hurdle the national food chain needed to begin construction on its 3rd Ave. and 3rd St. location. There was a mixed bag of emotions from locals. Some are very happy about getting an organic market, while others are not excited that a food chain store will be moving into the area. One of those less than pleased about the Boards decision is the Gowanus Institute who recently proposed a different alternative for the Whole Food’s Gowanus site. The Institute posted a statement on their Facebook page saying they were:

    disappointed by NYC Board of Standards and Appeals decision to grant…the variance to build a large, suburban-style retail food market in an area that has been a haven for well-paying manufacturing jobs protected by New York City’s zoning law and economic policies.”

    The Institute went further in detail with their disappointment by saying:

    If BSA [Board of Standards and Appeals] could so easily determine that manufacturing is not viable at the WFM [Whole Foods Market] site, then the standard for a variance must be so low that the developer of any site could carry out similar plans by pursuing the same process–one that not only completely undermines zoning law, but more importantly eliminates the opportunity for the public to participate in decisions about development in their communities.”

    While on the other side of the spectrum the Gowanus Alliance, who represents many industrial businesses in the area, posted utter jubilation about the Board’s decision on their Facebook page:

    Congratulations whole foods. Congratulations to the people of Gowanus!!!!!!!!!”

    The Alliance even specifically called on Whole Foods to reach out to the community it will now be apart of by saying:

    Lets hope whole foods, can reach out to our members for local services….we are iron workers, we are glass manufacturers, we are refrigeration contractors,, we are [have] contractors…We are the manufacturers of Gowanus.”

    Two very different opinions on an issue that will surely change Gowanus. It is likely that the store will bring many people from all over Brooklyn to Gowanus, but will it be a blessing for the industrial art neighborhood or will it be a curse? only time will tell.

    The big question is whether or not the battle for Whole Foods is truly over? With years of media outlets saying “Whole Foods coming to Gowanus”, its hard to believe that its actually going to be built. Whole Foods is surely eager to build and we will keep to up-to-date on construction as it happens and information on what’s going on with the Coignet building on the corner of 3rd Ave. and 3rd St.

    Discovered via Brownstoner


    *we do know that the media will eat this story up and reporters are rolling into Gowanus to get their photo op and sound bite.

    Hey reports, be sure to shop local while you’re here. Not only do we have some tasty food and great boutiques, we also have a Super Canal that you could write about some more. 

  • Gowanus Barista has a Shot to Win

    If you have ever been to Root Hill Cafe then you have probably met or seen the barista with the brightly colored hair, Rose-Emma Lunderman. Rose-Emma’s cheerful attitude and wonderful smile makes every drink she makes automatically taste better. But behind the cheerful demeanor is a person gearing up for a fierce competition. You see Rose-Emma has taken her love of coffee to a new level. She is taking part in the Northeast Regional Barista Championship, which takes place this weekend.

    The Brooklyn Paper has the story here: Coffee clash

  • Swoon(ing) for Triomph – new cafe open

    Triomph Fitness Center is know for being a great place to work out and a place where we personally got our asses kicked cause we sit around lazily in front of a computer all day. Recently they added a new element to their ‘fitness, health, & wellness’ facility that offers something tasty and healthy when your body graves substance …aka… when your wicked hungry!

    Swoon is run by Chef Taso and offers mouthwatering foods that just so happen to be healthy. They have a breakfast that includes buttermilk waffles and irish style oatmeal that is somehow magically good for you… which we won’t argue with, cause we know the owners of Triomph and they know a lot about keeping a body healthy. The lunch has the same feel as the breakfast menu and offers thing like veggie meatball sliders, wraps, sandwiches, and salads. It all sounds to good to be true and again totally healthy.. yum! They also offer vegan and gluten free options for you herbivores out there. If it’s not a full meal you are looking for they offer a whole host of snacks including: handmade pop tarts, cupcakes, banana breads, cookies, brownies, smoothies, protein shakes, and of course fruit.

    Download the menu here: Swoon Cafe Menu


    Triomph Fitness is located at 540 President St, Brooklyn, NY

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The crack between two hipster neighborhoods, home to the now superfunded Canal, the flash point for the new 'Buy Local' and textile revolutions, & filled with brilliant bohemians. . . this is Gowanus & it’ll awesome your face off.

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