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peter.hobbs Jun 09
“On Evan’s very first brew day here, he got heatstroke.” -Craig Frymark Simply put, local upstart Barrier Brewing is killing it. The year-old, two-man operation has already made a name for itself by brewing an impressive variety of notably well-crafted beers on a tiny single-barrel brewing system, out of a small garage-like space in Oceanside, New York. Evan [...]
lentejasrojas Jun 07
Editors Note: Long before it was culinary chic to retrofit a truck to sling awesome food, the Red Hook Ballfield Vendors started doing it out of necessity. When the city threatened to shut down the freewheeling weekly Latin-American food fest, Cesar Fuentes took it upon himself to stand up for his community of vendors, and helped [...]
peter.hobbs Jun 03
Christopher Nicholson’s day job is interesting enough. His daily commute takes him from his Greenpoint home to the Red Hook harborfront, where he’s a winemaker at the Red Hook Winery , shepherding Long Island and Finger Lakes grapes through the long and complex journey from vine to barrel to bottle. But his other work may be even [...]
jasonmgreenberg Jun 03
A mere stone’s throw from bustling Flatbush Avenue, on the charming residential Carlton Ave, lies the restaurant James. One of Brooklyn’s hidden gems. We talked with Chef Bryan Calvert who, along with his wife Deborah Williamson, owns and operates this small, intimate restaurant with an accessible, American-influenced menu.
So Bryan, can you tell me a little about how [...]
peter.hobbs May 27
Sycamore Flower Shop & Bar in Ditmas Park is like an oasis in a dream. Stumbling into Ditmas after passing through the surrounding city’s dense canyons of brownstone, brick and concrete leaves many first time visitors awestruck, as they’re greeted by block after block of big Victorian houses, sprawling lawns, wraparound porches and quiet tree-lined [...]
Jacque S May 27
by Jacque Lynn Schiller The Clover Club in Cobble Hill is, if anything, gorgeous: rich wood, tin ceilings, chandeliers… But don’t let the opulence intimidate. The bar staff is friendly and know their old time cocktails. And someone in the kitchen, Executive Chef Craig Rivard to be exact, knows his bar snacks. We melted into one [...]
peter.hobbs May 27
By Leda Meredith Two delicious vegetables plus several kinds of herbal medicine from one plant: what’s not to love? The plant is burdock ( Arctium lappa and A. minus ). One of the two vegetables it produces is in season for only a few weeks, and that season is now. I often say “One person’s weeds are another person’s dinner,” [...]
peter.hobbs May 26
By Jackie Goldstein I recently had the pleasure of joining Scott Bridi, the founder of Brooklyn Cured , as he cooked for a small group of friends at his cousin’s apartment. These dinners are a somewhat regular occurrence – with so much time spent at work, hand-crafting his line of pates, sausages, and rillettes, Scott loves the chance [...]
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Editor’s note: Sadly, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, this piece has become an epitaph of sorts. Early reports indicate that twenty of Brooklyn Grange Bees’ thirty hives were wiped out and ...
It’s true, you know. It’s not a dream. There is a secret world of verdant green fields spreading high above the city’s steamy gray streets. This world is growing, and a ...
Megan Paska (aka Brooklyn Homesteader), at Hayseed's Big City Farm Supply, Brooklyn's first shop dedicated exclusively to supplying and inspiring the borough's booming community of backyard, windowsill and rooftop ...
Before beekeeping was re-legalized in New York City last year, a handful of urban beekeepers operated in the shadows, surreptitiously tending hives hidden in backyards or on rooftops, and sharing their small but precious honey ...
Brooklyn Grange is going big. With their ongoing expansion to a second 45,000 square foot rooftop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, they’ve doubled their amount of farmable land. And they’re ...
Photo © Valery Rizzo. Winter Beekeepers Mixer Join Backwards Beekeepers at 61 Local for a holiday edition of their monthly gathering. Members will be bringing some honey to pair with a selection of cheeses and beer, ...
Findings on the prevalence of 'Honey Laundering' confirm that you're probably going to want to know where your honey came from. Photograph © Valery Rizzo, all rights reserved If you’re ...
This week’s eclectic roundup features cider, tacos, pie, and…art? Read on to see what’s in store. Beers ‘n’ Bees Tonight 61 Local is abuzz with local beekeepers ...
The first annual NYC Honey Festival, a celebration of the city’s booming beekeeping culture (and the honey that results), went down at the Rockaway boardwalk on September 17th. Despite a surprise shutdown of ...
by Joanna Shaw Flamm On September 17th, the Rockaway Boardwalk is going to be buzzing (har har) thanks to the first annual New York City Honey Festival. Organized by the folks at Brooklyn Grange and ...
by Joanna Shaw Flamm Oh, the things you don’t think about when you think about urban beekeeping… Tim O’Neal of Borough Bees spent the weekend trying to save his four ...
Michael Hegedus, founder of Three Sisters Honey, works on the hive. “[The bees] pinpoint the location of the nectar source through the dances. And what’s amazing is that they do this within the ...
Kimberly Sevilla, owner of Rose, Red & Lavender, a garden center and flower shop in East Williamsburg, set out this summer to build a garden to grow food on the vacant lot next to her ...
Kimberly Sevilla, owner of East Williamsburg's Rose, Red and Lavender, on her fledgling farm “When I look around a city like New York, I just see so many blank surfaces and empty ...
This video on Michael Leung of HK Honey has been making the rounds this week. It offers a beautifully-shot glimpse into life of a beekeeper in one of the planet’s most intensely urban environments, ...