Brooklyn Life


Smith and 9th. Photo by Travis Ruse.
Gray Market in Sunset Park [NY Times]
How Cabbie Scored $40 Mil Townhouse [NY Post]
CI Boardwalk in January [NY Daily News]
Mortgage Apps Up 9.9% Last Week [Bloomberg]
A Trip to the J Condo [53 Boerum via Curbed]
Luna Lounge to Williamsburg [Curbed]
Photography Exhibit at Brooklyn Museum [Kottke]
Nuevo Latin Brunch in FG [A Brooklyn Life]
Pseudo Resolution: Finish Apartment [Listen Missy]
They Grow Up So Fast [Daddy Types]


We’re not exactly sure how this relates to last year’s debate over landmarking 184 Kent Avenue, but it seemed like an interesting jumping-off point for discussion. In yesterday’s article in the Times, Herbert Muschamp writes the following in specific reference to 2 Columbus Circle:

A building does not have to be an important work of architecture to become a first-rate landmark. Landmarks are not created by architects. They are fashioned by those who encounter them after they are built. The essential feature of a landmark is not its design, but the place it holds in a city’s memory. Compared to the place it occupies in social history, a landmark’s artistic qualities are incidental.

So does considering 184 Kent’s social history increase the case for it being landmarked?
The Secret History of 2 Columbus Circle [NY Times]


Don’t be surprised if your tap tastes faintly like coffee chocolate this week. Over the weekend, a freighter docked off Pier 7 in Brooklyn tipped over, depositing 10 containers–at least two of which were filled with raw cocoa beans–in the East River. The 800,000 pounds of beans, bound for a factory in Chicago, were being stored at the Brooklyn Marine Terminal and most likely had come from Ivory Coast. The incident is under investigation. In the meantime, beware of over-caffeinated worms and snails.
There’s Cocoa in the River [NY Times] GMAP


Homey, easygoing and urbanely rustic, Applewood manages to evoke the country smack dab in the middle of the city. Chalk up that feat to its quiet, tree-lined street, the green wood bench on its raised front stoop, the broad fireplace in the middle of one of its dining room’s yellow walls, and the seasonal, locally grown produce that works its way into dish after dish.
(718) 768-2044; 501 11th Street (Seventh Avenue); $$.

Bar Minnow’s brick walls and tin ceiling give the place the feel of a venerable tavern, inviting customers to sidle up to the stretch of marble bar. The owners, Aaron and Vicki Bashy, who are also the chef and the pastry chef, offer sandwiches, salads and bar food, often based on meats and fish they smoke at their parent restaurant, Minnow, two doors down.
(718) 832-5500; 444 Ninth Street (Seventh Avenue); $$.

This is a new spot for seafood prepared by Frederico Duarte, who worked at Dos Caminos and Da Silvano. The menu includes lobster risotto, king crab legs, tuna burgers and thin focaccia pizzas.
(718) 857-2004; 833 Union Street (Seventh Avenue); $$.

With its wraparound windows and neon sign, Cafe Steinhof is just about New York’s homiest Austrian outpost. The cooking is simple, and nothing costs more than $13. There are bacon-studded sauerkraut and thin-crumbed, acceptably chewy pork Wiener schnitzel blanketing cold, cubed parsley potatoes, and marinated cucumbers.
(718) 369-7776; 422 Seventh Avenue (14th Street), $.

The popular Southwestern restaurant on 415 Bleecker Street in the West Village opened this branch last year. True to its name, the menu features grilled items including sirloin burgers, chicken and pork chops as well as a selection of quesadillas and catfish tacos.
(718) 369-4541; 222 Seventh Avenue (Third Street); $.

This new, sophisticated Italian place doesn’t let its ambitions trump the relaxed atmosphere or distract it from trying to win diners’ hearts in direct, unpretentious ways. The chef, Amanda Freitag, formerly of ‘Cesca, has a way of taking familiar dishes and administering subtle tweaks, like tuna, rolled in ground fennel seeds before being seared and topped with olives and preserved lemons.
(718) 499-7767; 207 Seventh Avenue (Third Street); $$.

Seventh Avenue Chow [NY Times]
Diner’s Journal: Applewood [NY Times]
Black Pearl Cometh? [Eater]
Pilsener and Schnitzel [NY Times]


Christopher Gray serves of some Brownstone-y goodness in his regular Sunday column this week. The topic? The twelve unique Queen Anne rowhouses on the south side of 95th Street between Park and Lexington–a favorite stretch of ours. The brick, sandstone and terra cotta houses were designed by C. Abbott French & Company for the developers John P. C. Walsh and William J. Walsh. The variety of the houses is due to the a la carte approach of the developers, which gave buyers the ability to pick from a wide range of colors, materials and architectural details. We were interested to learn that cartoonist Abe Hirshfeld bought number 122 in 1948 and his widow still lives there today. Good stuff.
Where Variety Reigns [NY Times] GMAP


Gouverneur Kemble Warren, Grand Army Plaza. Photo by Frank Lynch.
A Fireplace Glows in Brooklyn [NY Times]
The Brownstone Whisperer [NY Times]
Counting Graying Heads in Bay Ridge [NY Times]
A Townhouse for a Penthouse [NY Times]
Sundance Fest Goes to Brooklyn [NY Post]
The Year in Brooklyn [NY1]
Bushwick Gentrification Update [Curbed]
Equinox Comes to Brooklyn Heights [Equinox via Curbed]
Best Brooklyn Blog Awards [OTBKB]
Screaming on Vanderbilt [Daily Heights]


Just emerged from the rainforest to find that comments and permalinks for all 2006 posts weren’t working. Not sure what happened but looks like most posts are fixed now. Please take the time to go back and comment on the nabe photoblogs that ran earlier this week–the authors put in a lot of work and would love to hear your feedback.