LeNell Smothers Fears the End-times for Red Hook
A cry from the heart from Brooklyn's bourbon queen.
A cry from the heart from Brooklyn's bourbon queen.
On this morning's show, everyone in the audience got free $200 gift cards — but the audience didn't seem thrilled. And Whoopi was downright ominous: "Don't forget, you'll be putting it together, too."
The Pioneer Inn space is to become the Brooklyn Ice House and the Randolph might expand in today's neighborhood food news.
The new Fort Greene market welcomes the city's favorite Mexican and Central American vendors.
Busy, buzz-y bees transfix the UES, canine golden showers threaten the Tribeca ecosystem, and cool-coiffed Queens beep Helen Marshall rocks springtime style in Woodside. That and more in our breathless daily boroughs report.
A construction worker has purchased the forties diner and will restore it to its former splendor.
Plus! Hazmat suits invade the Slope, an unwelcome curvy hotel is headed for West Village, Johan Santana's new digs, and more in our far-roving Neighborhood Watch!
Naked butts in Prospect Heights, Pope dreams in Mott Haven, and a touching tale of man and squirrel out of Prospect Park. What other fun-size borough bites await in our daily Neighborhood Watch?
Find a recipe for pea shoots and a $5 wine tasting in today's neighborhood food news.
Not enough 'Times' newsroom workers are taking the buyouts, BlackBerrys are outlawed at a law firm, and Ikea is finally arriving.
Each week, we highlight one of the city's great but relatively obscure young chefs. Today: Sohui Kim, the talent behind the Good Fork.
The forces of good have triumphed! The Parks Department has issued a permit to the Red Hook food vendors, ensuring deliciousness at the Red Hook ball fields for at least another six years. But the vendors aren't out of the woods yet. "Two hours ago I got a call from Parks saying we won the bid," Carlos Fuentes, the vendors' leader, tells us. "This has been an uphill battle. It's by no means an end. It's a big victory though. Now the biggest challenge is DOH compliance. In winning the bid we understood that we need to comply with health regulations. It might change the character of the affair the ethnic, rustic, mercado style. We may have to turn into a more generic type of activity. We need to look at options in hopes of trying to find a way to preserve what we already had."
Brooklyn Heights: In addition to being way over budget, long-planned Brooklyn Bridge Park may damage marine life with its expected rowing and kayaking facilities, says state enviro-honchos. [Brownstoner] Chelsea: Work has been stopped on "car-chitect" (he-he) Annabelle Selldorf's much-hyped condo tower that allows folks to take their car right up to their own sky-high garages. "The pillars forming the exterior walls are misaligned," says a city buildings-department flack. "This could be characterized as a structural deficiency." Gee, you really think so? [Curbed] Coney Island: In the era of whole hoods going bank branch and condo, don't you just want to smack someone for grumping that the historic Child's Restaurant building will become a roller rink this summer? Come on, Grumpums, that's cool! [NYDN]
Cobble Hill: Whether that house on Kane Street where the old lady lives is infested with rats or squirrels is now a moot point — the city's ordered her to vacate, and trusty NY1 is on the story! [Lost NYC] Greenwich Village: The Department of Buildings is bitter because the developer of the units that went up over landmark Circle in the Square theater lied and said they'd be used for dorms. They're not, meaning no zoning breaks. Meaning pare down those hideous balconies! [Villager] Lower Manhattan: Also bitter are Seaport locals, who laughed in the face of moguls last night who offered them community use of the Fulton Market floor where the "Bodies" exhibit is in exchange for development. Looks like they want waaaay more public space than that. [Downtown Express]
Bedford-Stuyvesant: Some folks are skeptical that anything will change here, no matter who's elected in November. And they're employing their mailboxes to say so. [Newyorkshitty] Greenwich Village: After renovations of Washington Square Park found human remains there, folks will protest there tonight, saying the city should merely "repair" the park and not upset buried bones with a full-scale redo. [Metro] Jackson Heights: This is the home of the largest of 47 rent-stabilized apartment buildings throughout Queens just purchased for $300 million by Vantage Properties. Housing advocates fear the new owner will systematically push out low-rent-paying tenants in the nearly 2,000 units. [The Real Deal]
Schnäck, the Red Hook hamburger-and-hot-dog mecca that was one of our favorite additions to the Brooklyn restaurant scene — nay, to American vernacular cooking! Co-owner Harry Hawk tells us that the end is nigh, but he will not give an expiration date. We hear through the grapevine that the proximate cause of the closing is a lost lease, but having seen ever-thinning crowds over the past year, we are more likely to believe that the poor location and awful service softened the victim up for the final blow. Schnäck is a resilient entity, however, and it would not surprise us to see it pop up somewhere else; in the meantime, Schnäck burgers, or their near equivalents, will continue to be available at Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City.
Chelsea: All the fabulous old Chelsea freaks and bohos partied at Cindy Gallop's wacky loft in the old YMCA building, but this time, sadly, the waiters kept their pants on. [Living with Legends] Midtown: It's funny/sad that a fortune-teller here duped an entrepreneur out of nearly half a million by telling him he was cursed, but it's just plain funny that the Post said the guy was from "tony Wilson, Wyoming." Bitchy! [NYP] Red Hook Guess which "degentrifying" hood had the distinct honor of producing confetti for today's Super Bowl–victory parade? Local hearts were "aflutter" with pride…get it? [The Real Deal]
If Red Hook vendors want to cook at the ball fields, they’ll have to use approved food-preparation carts, according to a report in the Daily News. The city Parks Department is now accepting bids from vendors, but the traditional mom-and-pop stands may not be able to afford the upgrade. Plus, are those carts even suitable for the kind of deliciousness served in Red Hook? One vendor, who requires four grills to make her pupusas, says no: “We’re not just boiling hot dogs.” You said it, lady. The city will award vendor permits at the end of February. New Rules May Grill Taco Stands [NYDN] Earlier: Grub Street's complete coverage of the Red Hook vendors.
Bushwick: If you squint really hard, you can pretend this house is in a suburban glade and not next to the elevated subway in a tough hood. Or so this Realtor's poster hopes. [Newyorkshitty] Carroll Gardens: Locals rejoice at the news that his-buildings-don't-fit-with-this-hood architect Robert Scarano is off the job at 333 Carroll Street, but what will become of that inappropriately huge penthouse thingy they've been building on the roof? [Pardon Me for Asking] Corona: A husband-wife stripper team were busted for using MySpace to lure two teenage girls to their home, then to an orgy at a Manhattan strip club. Hey, why didn't they ask us instead? God knows we're of age. [NYDN via Queens Crap]