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Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Affordable Housing, Brooklyn’s Greenest Block

Are These Bed Stuy Apartments Starting at $2,100 a Month Really Affordable? An affordable housing lottery that stretches the idea of affordability has opened for three newly constructed units in a four-story building at 1032 Dekalb Avenue in Bed Stuy. — Park Slope’s Park Cafe Diner, Longtime 7th Avenue Staple, Suddenly Shutters Park Cafe,… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Affordable Housing, Brooklyn’s Greenest Block appeared first on Brownstoner.

See You At Stonewall: Stacy Lentz

To celebrate Stonewall 50 and WorldPride in NYC, we gathered a group of remarkable people with their own Stonewall stories to tell. Read them all in our blog, and say hello when you see them at Stonewall. As a co-owner of The Stonewall Inn and CEO of The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, Stacy Lentz channels decades of outspoken activism to make the world better for LGBTQ+ people. At a young age, however, that never seemed possible. “I grew up in a small Christian town in the middle of a cornfield in Kansas,” she says. “I never thought I’d be able to come out without being scared to death of the social …

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Domino Rising, Amy’s Bread Opens New Heights Spot

Second Building in Massive Domino Development in Williamsburg Nearing Completion The exterior of the second building in the ever-growing Domino development in Williamsburg is getting close to the finish line. — Well-Preserved Bay Ridge Townhouse With Stained Glass, Fancy Dining Room Asks $1.275 Million An early 20th century bow-fronted brick row house is located… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Domino Rising, Amy’s Bread Opens New Heights Spot appeared first on Brownstoner.

See You At Stonewall: Kurt Kelly

To celebrate Stonewall 50 and WorldPride in NYC, we gathered a group of remarkable people with their own Stonewall stories to tell. Read them all in our blog, and say hello when you see them at Stonewall. “How did I get involved with Stonewall? Well…I bought the place.” Even coming off a week of travel and press interviews and “running on zero sleep,” Kurt Kelly is quick with his jokes. The co-owner of The Stonewall Inn has to be, as he’s one of the most recognizable…

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Ingenious Ideas in a Designer’s Cobble Hill Rental

The Insider: Designer Conjures Style in Cobble Hill Rental With Ingenious, Inexpensive Ideas In six years as an associate at Gensler, the behemoth global architecture firm where he developed concepts and strategies for major corporate clients, and five more years designing residences for private clients at some of Manhattan’s toniest addresses,… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Ingenious Ideas in a Designer’s Cobble Hill Rental appeared first on Brownstoner.

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A New Park for Williamsburg, an Unfortunate Renovation

New Low in Townhouse Design? A Brownstoner reader sent in this photo of a renovated wood-frame townhouse close to the corner of Bedford Avenue in Bed Stuy with the comment “a new low in townhouse design.” — The Insider: Historic Hoboken Firehouse Transforms Into Light-Hearted Bachelor Pad Hoboken’s Engine House No. 5, built in… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A New Park for Williamsburg, an Unfortunate Renovation appeared first on Brownstoner

See You At Stonewall: Tatenda Ngwaru

To celebrate Stonewall 50 and WorldPride in NYC, we gathered a group of remarkable people with their own Stonewall stories to tell. Read them all in our blog, and say hello when you see them at Stonewall. As an intersex activist, Tatenda Ngwaru strongly believes in speaking out truthfully. “I remember seeing someone use a microphone, and being drawn to it.” She says, “I wanted to be loud, and to speak my truth.” But for much of her life growing up in Zimbabwe, that outspoken drive literally risked her life. Intersex people are born with ambiguous organs, so sex cannot be determined at birth…

A Roman-inspired flatbread restaurant has opened in the old Dumont space

A new spot called Montesacro Pinseria Romana is now open in Williamsburg at 432 Union Avenue, very close to the Lorimer L stop. The Italian joint will focus on Roman-style flatbreads, called pinsas, but will also serve cheese, meats, and some staple entrees like pork chops and fresh pastas. Currently, they’re only open for dinner, but brunch and lunch will begin soon. The original, critically acclaimed Montesacro was launched four years ago in San Francisco by Gianluca Legrottaglie and quickly became a true …

See You At Stonewall: Zara Barrie

To celebrate Stonewall 50 and WorldPride in NYC, we gathered a group of remarkable people with their own Stonewall stories to tell. Read them all in our blog, and say hello when you see them at Stonewall. Zara Barrie has played a major role in bringing queer voices to mainstream media. From starting Elite Daily’s first-ever Queer Culture vertical, hosting and writing on shows including  “Love Is The Drug: Navigating Sex, Love and Mental Illness with Zara,” serving as a board member of The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, a host of credits ranging…

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: The Future of Real Estate, Demolition Downtown

Demolition Planned for Terra-Cotta Survivor and Its Neighbors in Downtown Brooklyn A whimsical, early 20th century low-scale holdout may soon disappear from the increasingly tower-filled skyline of Downtown Brooklyn. — A Spanish Neo-Colonial With Two-Car Garage and Three Others to See, Starting at $685K Our picks for open houses to see encompass a wide… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: The Future of Real Estate, Demolition Downtown appeared first on Brownstoner.

Louis C.K. performed at Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Bazaar last night

In what is assuredly not controversial at all (um, okay) C.K. made a surprise appearance at the Skankfest Comedy Mayhem Festival last night. TMZ reports that he got a standing ovation from the crowd, despite his recent controversies and terrible behavior. The comedian hit up Skankfest NYC Saturday night in Brooklyn … where the crowd had ZERO clue he was about to take the mic. Check out the video … the packed house gave Louis a standing ovation. Some of them literally jumped for joy. You can see a woman going berserk. We’re told Louis opened up…

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A Curved Tower Coming to Dumbo, a Park Slope Reno

Curved Tower Will Rise on Former Jehovah’s Witnesses Lot Next to Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo A tilted, glassy tower is coming soon to Dumbo, where it will be wedged between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. — Would You Pay $5.5 Million to Live in Shipping Container Luxury in Williamsburg? The slanted, corrugated… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A Curved Tower Coming to Dumbo, a Park Slope Reno appeared first on Brownstoner.

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Navigating Brooklyn Heights in the 1930s

Brownstone Boys: Tiles, Counters, and Hardwood…Oh My! In the past five months a lot of demo and building has been going on, but the next few weeks are going to show the biggest transformation so far. Work is finally happening for the tiling, hardwood flooring, and plaster. — Park Slope Co-op With Two… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Navigating Brooklyn Heights in the 1930s appeared first on Brownstoner.

See You At Stonewall: Devin Norelle

To celebrate Stonewall 50 and WorldPride in NYC, we gathered a group of remarkable people with their own Stonewall stories to tell. Read them all in our blog, and say hello when you see them at Stonewall. Growing up in Harlem, New York, Devin-Norelle knew from an early age that ze didn’t identify as a girl, “per se.” Instead, “throughout my young adulthood I knew that I wasn’t just a boy or just a girl, I was something in between, something that maybe didn’t exist yet, at least within our language.” As a teenager, Devin-Norelle confided zeir feelings to a close friend, who felt the same way. However, when zeir friend said…

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A New Research Resource from Brooklyn Public Library

Get Ready to Get Lost in Time: Brooklyn Library Digitizes Thousands of Historic Newspaper Articles In a move sure to get history-loving hearts racing, Brooklyn Collection at Brooklyn Public Library is making more than 40 borough-specific newspapers available for online hunting. — Landmarked Brooklyn Heights Carriage House With Lofty Living Room, Indoor Parking… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A New Research Resource from Brooklyn Public Library appeared first on Brownstoner.

The 6th Annual Taste of Bushwick is on June 10

Taste of Bushwick arrives next Monday and this year its taking place at the spacious Brooklyn Cider House. Proceeds will go to the not-for-profit theater The Bushwick Starr. Tickets are available here. Vendor list (thus far) is below: Archie’s Bar + Pizza, BKE Kombucha, Brooklyn Cider House, Brooklyn Crafted, Bushwick Food Cooperative, Bushwick Grind, City Bear BK, Dock Asian Eatery, Elisa’s Love Bites, Fine & Raw Chocolate, Glazed & Confused, Guadalupe Inn, GuS Soda, House Of Kava, House of Yes, Interboro Spirits & Ales, Kings County Brewers Collective (KCBC), Le Garage, Pine Box Rock Shop, Precious…

Where to #PourProudly in San Francisco

We’ve been partnering with The Stonewall Inn for three years now, but this is our first Pride Month since we started distributing in the whole state of California. This means that we’re finally bringing The Stonewall Inn IPA to the birthplace of the rainbow flag: San Francisco. You’ll find The Stonewall Inn IPA on tap at a few of our favorite watering holes around the city, and be on the lookout for more parties and happy hours on the way. In the meantime they’re already pouring it at 440 Castro, Q Bar and Zeitgeist, so head…

Acclaimed restaurant closes after 5 months, it was “too ‘ambitious’ for Bushwick”

Cast-iron skillet okonomiyaki. credit: Melissa Hom/Grub Street Well that was quick. Izakaya restaurant Teo has closed after just opening last December. Operated by the Momofuku alum Joaquin Baca, the restaurant was popular with critics, so it’s closing is a huge surprise. From the Teo website: It is with much regret that Teo will be closing it’s doors. Thank you to the welcoming community in Bushwick, fellow businesses that supported us on this journey, and every guest that has come and shared in this experience with us. From our hearts to yours. ♥️ Eater has more information from Baca: Baca says in an email that he found out before service on Friday about the closure from his investors, who told him that the concept was…

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A New Cobble Hill Townhouse, Designing a Deck

The Insider: A New Townhouse in Cobble Hill That Feels Both Traditional and Modern “I want a row house that doesn’t feel like a row house,” Brendan Coburn’s client told him, as Dumbo-based CWB Architects, founded as a two-person shop in 1995 and now one of the borough’s leading firms for… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A New Cobble Hill Townhouse, Designing a Deck appeared first on Brownstoner.

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A ‘Burg Bachelor Pad Transformed, a Covetable Kitchen

The Insider: Bright Park Slope Condo Stands Out for Covetable Kitchen and Out-of-the-Ordinary Baths When a developer purchased a century-old eight-family building outside the Park Slope historic district, he hired a childhood friend, architect Idan Naor of Gowanus-based Idan Naor Workshop, with a plan to massage the corner building, much wider… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A ‘Burg Bachelor Pad Transformed, a Covetable Kitchen appeared first on Brownstoner.

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Weeksville Endangered, Design Shows to Catch

Breaking: Weeksville Heritage Center in Danger of Closing, Launches Crowdfunding Campaign The Weeksville Heritage Center is in danger of closing. It could happen as soon as July, according to an email sent today by the organization’s President and Executive Director Rob Fields. — Take in Some Interiors Inspiration at Design Shows During NYCxDesign… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Weeksville Endangered, Design Shows to Catch appeared first on Brownstoner.

Dystopian Oscar Wilde-themed musical coming to Bushwick

A Dystopian immersive musical about Oscar Wilde! Well that sounds like a lot of fun. Check out OSCAR at The Crown at 3 Dollar Bill in Bushwick beginning May 11. An immersive nightclub musical about Oscar Wilde, which ran for three sold-out weeks earlier this year, will return this weekend to start an open-ended run. The second coming of “Oscar at the Crown,” which starts previews at Bushwick’s 3 Dollar Bill on May 11, offers even more thrills than the first, said its creator and star. “It’s bigger, better, faster — all of that!” laughed Mark Mauriello. “We’ve been able to level up the aesthetic of the costumes, the set piece…

Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A Townhouse Reno Brings a Garden View

Two Recently Renovated Brownstones and More to See This Weekend, Starting at $1.25 Million For these open house picks, we have a spectrum of period homes in a range of conditions, all with impressive original details. — 6 Things You Must Know Before Installing a Fence When the groundhog tests the weather in early… Read More >The post Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: A Townhouse Reno Brings a Garden View appeared first on Brownstoner.

Bel Air Sour Is Your Cocktail Companion

Thanks to its tropical aromas and tart edge, our Bel Air Sour is a tasty and versatile candidate for making beer cocktails. At first, Bel Air Spritzes were something of a brewery secret, but as more recipes came to us we decided we had to share the fun. Check out our recipes below and try them at home or at your next party. And don’t forget the secret ingredient: another Bel Air Sour for …