Happy Birthday Brooklyn Bridge

May 24, 2017

My favorite bridge is 134 today. Brownstoner has a post with their ten most popular Instagram pictures of the bridge. Click the link for all of them, but this was #1:

Perfect timing. #bk #Brooklyn #brooklynbridge #photography #photooftheday photo by @golden2dew

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Blossom Brooklyn

May 21, 2017

I blogged about this place already, but we were there again tonight and I took video. This is Tori’s order, Strawberry, Graham Cracker Vanilla (it has a better name, but those are the ingredients). If you don’t feel like reading the old post, the idea is that the pan is super cooled so it is freezing into ice cream while they smash the ingredients. Then they flatten it and roll it.

 


Department of Justice Pisses off NYPD

April 21, 2017

Largely due to lack of facts. From the DOJ:

New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable consequence of the city’s “soft on crime” stance.

That statement is basically a load of crap. So the NYPD responds:

New York City is experiencing a steady decline in overall crime that includes major reductions in murder and shootings. In fact, 2016 saw the fewest shootings ever in New York City history since record keeping began. Year to date the City is down an additional 17% from last year’s record low.

Since 1993, murder has decreased 82%, shootings have decreased 81%, and overall crime has decreased 76%. These are the facts.

Additionally, over the past year the NYPD has hosted dozens of other police departments from across the world to share our best practices of precision policing, which focuses on the most serious criminals.

Separately the NYPD commisioner said:

I’d like to think of myself as a pretty calm and measured person…but when I read that statement by DOJ this afternoon, my blood began to boil,” he said. “To say we’re soft on crime is absolutely ludicrous.

Trump vs. the NYPD. Get your popcorn…


Brooklyn Real Estate – Still Insane

April 14, 2017

From Brownstoner comes Q1 2017 Brooklyn real estate stats. The median price per square foot number is just crazy. This only covers actual sales, but it is for all of Brooklyn, not just the crazy hot neighborhoods.

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Of course, this place just sold for $15 million

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Death of the Bodega

March 8, 2017

This is a video made by NYU students rapping about gentrification in Brooklyn. I first clicked on it because the Court Pastry Shop has the best cannoli’s on the planet (among other amazing Italian treats). You can walk by on the other side of the street and still smell the sugar coming out of that place. Before Thanksgiving and Christmas, the line is out the door and down the block.

Brooklyn is definitely changing…


Romance = Pizza

February 16, 2017

My wife has always purchased little gifts for our daughters on Valentine’s Day. That’s a nice thing, but the end result is that they feel that Valentine’s Day is a family event. So Valentine’s dinner has to please everyone.

Obviously pizza meet that criteria.

To truly understand the history of New York pizza, this article about Patsy Grimaldi is a good start. Patsy has the unique honor of not being able to use either his first or last name for his restaurant due to legal issues (sold his last name, first name already in use). He opened the original Patsy’s in Brooklyn:

Aficionados soon began to make pilgrimages to Old Fulton Street. Next came the celebrities: Bill Cosby, Bob Costas, and John Turturro were regulars. Warren Beatty called to sweet-talk Carol into saving a table for him and Annette Bening, whom Patsy asked, “So, are you in the movies, too?” In 1995, Patsy and Carol were sued by Frank Brija, who had bought the East Harlem Patsy’s. Much legal wrangling ensued, the result of which was that the Brooklyn Patsy’s became Grimaldi’s.

Getting older, they sold the Grimaldi’s name. If you are eating Grimaldi’s anywhere in the country, know that it is no longer authentic. It’s good, it’s just not Patsy Grimaldi.

He recently opened a new place in Brooklyn called Julianna’s (his mother’s name) which may serve the best pizza on the planet.

We did not go there for Valentine’s dinner.

But we did go to Patsy’s. This is a place in the same NYC pizza lineage  but it’s not the same Patsy. This place (well, not the Brooklyn location) came first and it’s the reason Patsy Grimaldi can’t use his first name.

Is it as good as Julianna’s? No. Is the pizza awesome? Yes. Can you get in with two kids and not wait forever, and is it walking distance from our place? It was a school night, we didn’t have much time and the pizza was fantastic.

Was it romantic? Great pizza with your wife is always romantic.


Bodega Strike 2

February 3, 2017

Here’s a better roundup from Brownstoner: