This Saturday: The Total Bed-Stuy Immersion


This Saturday, September 24th, Brooklyn Based and Brooklyn Brewery are coming to Bed-Stuy, and a little bit of Clinton Hill, for The Total Bed-Stuy Immersion. Here are details:

This neighborhood beer and food crawl, the last one of our Immersion season, includes stops at new bars and great local eateries.

The day starts at noon, and there are two ticket options. You can choose to go “express” and get one free Brooklyn beer at each of these four bars:

*The brand-new Do or Dive in the old Do or Dine space, run by the proprietors of Williamsburg fave, Luckydog
*Beast of Bourbon, a massive craft beer and bourbon palace that serves seriously good BBQ
*Chilo’s, a colorful bar with an excellent taco truck permanently parked out back
*Black Swan, one of our longtime favorite pubs in the neighborhood

If you want to go all in, you can also add food to your four beers with one of these lunches:

*A Cubano sandwich at Alice’s Arbor
*Three tacos at either Oaxaca Taqueria or Chilo’s
*A brisket sandwich with slaw or a pulled pork sandwich w slaw at Beast of Bourbon
*A BBQ chicken sandwich (grilled or fried) with slaw and fries or salad or a portobello sandwich with fries or salad at Black Swan

Tickets cost $15 for the four beers “express” option and $25 if you want to add lunch. (Buy them here.) Both tickets also include discounts like a $1 Brooklyn beer when you purchase a Porchetta, Italian or Veggie sandwich at Mekelburg’s, 10 percent off brunch and $4 Brooklyn Defenders at Alice’s Arbor, a $4 Brooklyn Lager tallboy at Swell Dive, a buy one ice cream sandwich, get one free at The Good Batch, a free homemade popsicle from Dinghy with the purchase of a sandwich and drink, a free cookie with the purchase of a cold brew at Stonefruit Espresso + Kitchen, and an empanada, croquette and plaintains special at Pilar Cuban Eatery for $10.

Photo via Chilo’s — EDITOR’S NOTE: The headlining image to this post was changed because as a reader rightly pointed out, it unfairly represented our neighborhood.

Reminder: Stuyvesant Heights Oral History Project is Tomorrow

Stuyvesant Heights Oral History Project

Just a reminder that the Stuyvesant Heights Oral History Project will be hosted by the Macon MacDonough Stuyvesant Lewis Block Association tomorrow evening. (Just scroll down slightly to see all the event details.) We spoke with the event organizer and she is hoping to sell about 10 more tickets!

Tickets cost $30 in advance and $35 at the door. All the proceeds go toward the continuation of the oral history project, which highlights the experiences of long-time Bed-Stuy residents. The event will be catered by Peaches Restaurant and Olivino’s Wine.

Buh-bye, Rabbit Moon

rabbit moon, bed stuy

A few weeks ago I noticed that the Rabbit Moon coffee shop, at 334 Marcus Garvey Boulevard between Putnam and Madison, wasn’t open its normal hours. And then the mural on its security gate was promptly painted over, and it looks like the place is permanently shuttered. The cafe, which also sold fancy grocery items and served as a CSA pickup, was running for a few years. There’s no news of the closure on the Rabbit Moon website or Facebook.

I sometimes get the impression that businesses along Marcus Garvey don’t get a ton of foot traffic/business, but I may be wrong. Readers, any thoughts about how businesses are fairing along Marcus Garvey? I hate to see things close because it means another shuttered storefront on that drag. Regardless, there’s been some new stuff opening in the past year or so, like Tree House, Locale, Tepache and Bohaus.

Upgrade Planned for Historic Pavilion in Fulton Park


I’ve always loved the pavilion that greets you in Fulton Park as you leave the Utica Avenue subway. Looks like it’s getting an upgrade! DNAinfo reports that the comfort station is slated for $2.7 million worth of work, including electrical, ventilation and plumbing improvements, as well restrooms that are wheelchair accessible. The Parks Department wants to make the space more accessible for community events so it will get security lighting. Porcelain fixtures will replace stainless steel in the restrooms, with new wheelchair-accessible stalls. Finally, “the current fixed grills on the building’s colonnade area will be replaced with locking gates that will open to face the plaza and alleviate its current ‘cagey-looking’ feel,” the Brooklyn Parks Chief tells DNAinfo.

The historic structure opened in 1910 and was designed by the architectural firm Helme & Huberty.

Work is expected to kick off in the fall of 2017 and could take up to 15 months. During construction, temporary security fencing will be placed around the building but it will not affect pedestrian or vehicle traffic.

Celebrate the Stuyvesant Heights Oral History Project on Wednesday, September 21st

Stuyvesant Heights Oral History Project

Here’s a neighborhood event that’s not to miss. Six years ago, the Macon MacDonough Stuyvesant Lewis Block Association began interviewing its most senior members of the community. Every year since then, the block association has recorded and photographed five people who grew up in the neighborhood, then they edit the hour-long interview to between seven and 12 minutes and pair it with a photograph of the subject. You can see all the past profiles here. In September, the association presents all five oral histories to the public.

Well, this year’s oral history project is ready for its public debut. Mary-Ann Monforton, the vice president of the association, says that “the evening is nothing short of a love fest, where we honor our seniors for their contribution to the project and sharing their stories with us.” The event has grown from about 40 attendees to 130. Peaches Restaurant provides a buffet supper, Olivino’s donates wine, and the singer Patsy Grant opens the event. See, told you this was not to miss!

This year, St. Philips Church (256 Decatur Street, between Lewis and Stuyvesant) is hosting. Tickets cost $30 in advance and $35 at the door. All the proceeds go toward the continuation of the oral history project.

3D Printing Crash Course Happening in Bed-Stuy — 10 Free Tickets Available!

make mode, 3d printing, bed stuy

Wanna learn how to 3-D print? Here’s your chance to do it free, and locally! Make Mode, a 3-D printing service based in Brooklyn, is hosting a two-hour crash course at its studio that will cover all the fundamentals of the industry. It’ll be taught by Make Mode co­founder Austin Robey on Tuesday, September 20th between 6:30 and 8:30pm at Brooklyn Fashion & Design Accelerator, 630 Flushing Avenue, Suite 704. Here are all more details on what the class will offer:

*Explore 3d printing use cases from a wide range of disciplines
*Learn how 3d printing could be applied to your practice
*See industrial and desktop 3d printers in action
*Review the current capabilities and limitations of 3d printing
*Learn how businesses today apply the virtues of 3d printing

Austin was kind enough to offer a coupon code to Bed-Stuy Blog readers. The course costs $25, but if you sign up via Eventbrite and enter the code “bedstuy3d” you’ll get a free ticket. It’s good for the first 10 attendees who register.

Book Signing Event This Weekend Will Raise Funds for Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center


Children’s book author Gemmesa Johnson has teamed up with the local Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center to host a book signing and book fair this Saturday, September 10th, at the Barnes & Noble Park Slope branch. The goal of the event, Gemmesa tells us, is to celebrate her children’s book Seacoo and raise funds for the DSPAC. The story is about a panda bear cub who loves to read and learns a lesson about friendship and forgiveness.

Gemmesa will be around for the book signing between 1 and 2pm on Saturday, but the book fair lasts until Saturday, September 17th. Be sure to use the voucher number 11911989 at the B&N Park Slope location (or online) to ensure that proceeds from the book benefit the Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center.