Greenpoint’s Park Luncheonette on Driggs Avenue, right across from McCarren Park, had a history of being the classic American food spot before it closed down four years ago. Now the team behind Matchless and No Name is reopening the place as of this Saturday. It will maintain the traditional diner feel with some twists: open 24 hours, bar service, and a pizza slice window on the Lorimer Street side. More →
Oasis, the venerable falafel and shawarma café that, let’s face it, is everyone’s favorite bathroom to use when the Bedford L is down, is opening a new branch on the north side of Greenpoint. According to the owner, the menu will more or less match that of its Williamsburg counterpart, with a few additions. Like another Greenpoint newcomer, Oasis is opening in a former pizza place with the brick oven still intact, so expect “pitza” staples like lambajin as well. More →
Not to be outdone by the forthcoming Russ & Daughters Cafe, that other East Houston Street institution, Katz’s Delicatessen, has just announced its own plans for an expansion — albeit a temporary one. As part of its 125th anniversary celebration, Katz’s is moving into the adjacent storefront it usually rents out (it was last occupied by Tim Horton’s) and opening The Space, a two-month-long pop-up that will “celebrate all the local artists and designers that live and work and create art down here on the Lower East Side,” per owner Jake Dell. More →
Ki and Sei Smith during happier times. (Courtesy of Apostrophe)
It was around 2 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, when a dozen officers — including a smattering of cops, fire men, and building department officials — found their way into Apostrophe. The police had come by before, but owner Ki Smith, 21, knew this wasn’t one of their “normal trips.” More →
The Rookery opened quietly a couple of weeks ago (last week, Bushwick Daily spoke to Jamie Schmitz, who, along with his wife Shana Bellot, built the handsome British-West Indian gastropub in a former warehouse on Troutman Street). But it’s only now celebrating it’s grand opening, and it’s doing so in style. By “in style” we, of course, mean with free food: Bellot tells B+B that starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday they’ll be offering complimentary sweet-and-spicy chicken wings (a new menu item) along with drink specials: $4 rum punch, $4 well drinks, and $1 off all cans and bottles. Plus, North Brooklyn dub legend Dr. Israel will be preforming in the front yard and then spinning all night.
For a look at the place, check out the promo video above as well as its Facebook page.
Back in August we broke word that Fuse Gallery, the art space behind Lit Lounge in the East Village, was set to close on September 11. That date has come and gone, and owner Erik Foss has been keeping busy retooling the space for its reopening as a rec room, and also lending his paintings to an upcoming art exhibit featuring a slew of downtown fixtures. More →
The Chris Burden retrospective, “Extreme Measures,” opens at the New Museum tomorrow, but for foodies, today’s opening might just be more exciting: Hester Street Fair opened its cafe in the museum’s lobby, and our friends at Hester sent us the above shots. Click through to check out the 2-foot-tall gingerbread reproduction of the New Museum created by Krystina Holak, baker at Cafe Grumpy. It’s just about the sweetest thing we’ve seen since that Game of Thrones cake. Even if it doesn’t include Chris Burden’s sailboat. More →
The corner of Bowery and Houston is about to become the cornucopia of Bowery and Houston.Just steps from the Whole Foods that hosts Brooklyn Flea’s Smorgasburg, the Flea’s Manhattan counterpart, the Hester Street Fair, is teaming up with the New Museum to open the Hester Street Cafe. More →
“I’m actually fairly shy,” said Eric Gorsuch last Friday night, just hours before he strutted onto a small stage on the Bowery, flicked off some six-inch heels, and stripped down to a thong that resembled a sparkling sea anemone. “I’m not the best conversation starter,” he said. “I’m very self-conscious.” This is a man who, at six-foot-four in height, regularly does the splits upside down over a tiny stool, with abs painted on before each show.
First sign of Dunkin’ on Bedford. (Photo: Christopher DiScipio)
Sure, some Williamsburgers are outraged about the Dunkin’ Donuts opening on Bedford Avenue, and sure, some East Villagers are outraged about the 7-Eleven bound for Avenue A. But which of the chains is causing the most outrage? Yesterday afternoon, we asked 30 passersby at each construction site to tell us just how outraged they were, on a scale of 1 to 10. Here’s how it panned out. More →