Category Archives: holiday

The Great PUPkin: October 30

October means Halloween time in the nabe, and it’s time to start prepping for one of my favorite events in the city: The Great PUPkin. This will be the 12th annual dog costume contest, hosted by Fort Greene PUPS.

The big event will be held October 30 from noon to 1pm, and I expect the competition to be fierce.

The official Westminster Dog Show photographers, Wild Coyote Studios, will be at the event to take dog portrait photography (in or out of costume). The suggested donation for a portrait is $25 (normally $475), and Wild Coyote Studios is donating all proceeds from donations to Fort Greene PUPS.

For more info on prizes, click here.

li'l panda!!!

Start planning, now.

Also in Fort Greene Park that day, the 11th Annual Halloween Festival in Fort Greene Park will offer face painting, hay rides, sack races, entertainment, pumpkins, a costume parade and more, FREE from 12-3pm.

Valentine Happenings

It’s that time of year once again to show your special someone how much you care.  If you’re going to participate in the holiday, here are some options for keeping it local:


Greene Grape and GG Provisions:
Fondue tastings and wine tastings, Friday and Saturday

Aqualis Grill
773 Fulton Street (between S. Portland and S. Oxford)
$55/person four course and champagne and/or wine included

Dajeh Restaurant and Wine Bar
919 Fulton Street (between Clinton & Waverly)
Caribbean-Influenced, Wine-Paired Tasting Menu for Valentine’s Day.
5-course tasting menu $129 per couple. Each of the five courses is
paired perfectly with a different wine in collaboration with Wine
Consultant Veronique Fitzgerald, DWS. (the price without wine: $105.00
per couple).

Stonehome Wine Bar
87 Lafayette (between S. Elliott and S. Portland)
4 courses for $65 per person, with wine pairings add $40 per person.
Seatings at 6, 7, 9 and 10pm
For Reservations, call 718-624-9443

Cure Beauty Bar:
Valentine Special:  Basic Mani/Pedi/ 1 Dozen roses/glass of sparkling
wine – $90 or for couples $165 (which can be friends/Spouses/sibling
etc.) Runs from Feb. 12th -14th. Must make a appointment and pre-pay
by Feb. 11th 2010

Social Therapy Group
What’s Love Got to Do With It?
Prepare for Valentine’s Day by getting better at loving.  Explore
where you are with love and friendship and create more intimacy in
your all your relationships. Come to a social therapy group and work
at making your Valentine’s Day more loving.  Come alone or bring your
loved one –whether it’s your friend, your partner, your mother or
lover.  We will help you get better at creating loving conversations.
Saturday, February 13, 2010, 11am – 1pm.  Fee: $30/person or
$50/couple or twosome.  Contact:  Ann Green, 718-797-3220 ext. 319 or


Brunch from 9am to 4pm and a $45 5-course-prix-fix Menu for Dinner from 5.30 to 11pm

Chez Oskar:
$36 Prix Fix menu Sunday evening


$25 Prix Fix 5:30-11 on Saturday
Jazz music at 7 and 9pm on Sunday

Chez Lola:
$32 Prix Fix menu Sunday evening

Tree Disposal

Stuck with a tree in your apt and don’t know what to do with it?  The Department of Sanitation will pick trees up at the curb Jan 4-15.  Remove tinsel, ornaments, etc!

If you have the means to drag your tree to Fort Greene Park this Saturday or Sunday, you can partake in Mulchfest, where trees are mulched and recycled in the park.  If you have a yard yourself, you can take home a bag of fresh mulch!  It’s a nice way to contribute to our local park.

More info from 311 here.

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.

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.