Monthly Archives: December 2009

New Year's in the Nabe

Here’s a (incomplete) Fulton-focused roundup of some of the parties and special offerings happening locally next weekend to ring in 2010:

To Prep:
Greene Grape
: Free sparkling wine tastings [Dec 29 and 30, 5-7 pm)

Dec. 31:
Stonehome Wine Bar
: Prix Fix 4 courses for $55

Olivino Wine Bar (Fulton bt Vanderbilt and Clinton): Free glass of bubbly at midnight

“The Castle @ Fulton Street” Platinum New Year’s Eve Gala: 8:00pm
December 31, 2009
93 Irving Place (corner of 1057 Fulton Street)
Host: Wellington Sharpe
Cost:  Single $45, Couples $80
Complimentary Champagne as the ball drops, Noise Makers, Party Hats

Music by D Exclusive…. Let’s Welcome 2010 with Gratefulness & Togetherness
For tickets call 917-709-3462 or 917-743-1684 or 718-230-0011

Family Friendly:
Pratt Steam Whistles
(which I have still never seen!)

Know of more?  Add ’em in the comments.

Nearby in the Blogosphere

I’m trying to come up with a catchy name for my recurrung series of checking up on other local blogs.  Anyhow, here’s what else has been going on:

  • Myrtle Ave Holiday Window contest winners announced! [Myrtle Minutes] (My favorite window won second place!)
  • Red Bamboo to start serving meat, rename self Poppa’s Place [The Local] (There are plenty of places for meat-eaters (me) in the ‘hood, so this is neither here nor there for me.  But I will say that I am generally not a fan of non-meats overseasoned and masquerading as meats, so I will def be trying their new menu.)
  • Pratt Coffee Shop reno ongoing [Brownstoner] (Strangely, I had never been in the Pratt Coffee Shop.  Guess I always assumed Mike’s was superior based on the lines out the door.)
  • Images for Life moves to Myrtle Ave [Myrtle Minutes] (CHB first wrote about them when they were on Franklin Ave)

Brooklyn Totes, Made in Clinton Hill

It’s getting a little late for Xmas shopping, but I know some of you out there need to wrap things up (so to speak).

Here’s another suggestion- this adorable tote, made here in Clinton Hill by two local residents: artist Caroline Hwang and designer Bryn Smith.



Maybe we can convince them to make a”Spoon Me Clinton Hill” tote.

Lunchtime With Tillie: Sapolo

Hello neighborhood, hope you’re enjoying your holiday season! Welcome back to Lunchtime With Tillie: We missed being around these parts! As Lesterhead mentioned last week, the family was felled by a stomach bug.  (Don’t worry, no local restaurants contributed to that!) Tillie and I are back now in fine eating form and would like to thank those who sent along get-well-soon thoughts. For our return, we decided to try and play it simple by going to the recently reopened Chinese and Spanish eatery Sapolo, located on Myrtle Avenue.

I say “play it simple” because of the fact that it’s directly across the street from our house! And this was a good thing because the day we went was that brutally cold and windy one we experienced last week, so a trip with little travel time was definitely appealing.

After all this time in the area, I had never gone to Sapolo, primarily because of the whole “two separate cuisines” thing that I’m always leery about, which I mentioned when Tillie and I went to Mexican and Italian restaurant La Stalla. Why, oh why, can’t these places just do one or the other? Or maybe they could just go all out and do some kind of fusion thing, I don’t know: The separate menus always present a frightening prospect to me.

I put aside my concerns and rationalized Sapolo was our best bet, with the weather and all. We got in and the place had the feel of one of those big, modern-type diners, which I found comforting in a way. Tillie and I were shown to a booth and instead of strapping her into the high chair right away, I walked around with her some. I’m sure it’s just in my head, but whenever she’s all bundled up in her winter gear I think she must feel a little claustrophobic. But what do I know about little kids, winter clothes and what they think? I’m from Alabama!

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Two Local Craft Markets: Shop for Xmas This Wknd!

More holiday fun this weekend in Clinton Hill!  Check out these two local gift markets that just happen to be at two of my most favorite neighborhood buildings:


photo by Elizabeth Waugh

photo by Elizabeth Waugh

This is the last weekend for Janna Hyten’s Salon de Artists, held at her home at 313 Clinton Avenue (aka the Halloween House).

This weekend’s artists will be:

Wendy Krabbe    Collage Art and Poloroid Art
Janna Kennedy Handcrafted Nests as broaches, christmas ornaments, decor
Meg Prata  Sterling, brass jewelry with semi precious stones
Bob Bongard  Architectual pen drawings
Harvey Wilson  Water colors
Elizabeth Waugh Photography

Sat: 1-8
Sun: 10-6


Holiday Flyer

This building is my most favorite stop yearly on the SONYA stroll.  It’s an intriguing labyrinth filled with artist studios and lots of great talent.  I had no idea the space had a name, so stay tuned in the New Year for more information.

124 Washington Ave between Myrtle and Park

Update: Hours are 12-7

There will be handmade goods including, jewelry, hand knits, bags, clothing, lighting, art, glass ornaments, and more. There will also be great holiday food and an art auction.