Monday, February 9, 2009


"He who's not busy being born is busy dying." -Bob Dylan

Life has been very, very full lately, much of it contained in North Brooklyn, some spilling into other parts of the city. Here's a fact sheet based on recent events, as well as a few cyclical things to put on the calendar (other than waking up, watching the moon wane, slipping underground...):

1. The tamales at Elote (Union near Grand) do not in fact contain chicken; the restaurant is offering a post-Friday the 13th special, which includes half off all bottles of wine (because love=corn-on-the-cob); and Eddie Vedder has a singer-songwriter soul.

2. The Union Pool Chili Takedown smells delicious even if you're not eating chili.

3. According to Mike at Soundfix (who also works at Royal Oak),the space as we know it will close in the next month or two, but they're trying to retain the liquor license for the next occupant. Hello CB1!

4. Melissa at Mousey Brown is wonderful.

5. Something is afoot on the corner of Metropolitan and Lorimer.

6. Campy decor and mango sushi kinda work if you're Kion (6th Street between A and B).

7. Poetry and tomatillos are alive and well on Troutman Street.

8. Poems + friends + injera + frozen yogurt = a lovely night.

(And check out SpeakEasy at Cornelia Street on 2/17, featuring the spectacular JM.)

9. Green card parties are a good idea, especially when guests are earnestly attempting to revive the spirit of 1973.

10. And the Fix Tape Exchange will not die. Folks will convene at a to-be-determined location next month (3/8) to swap mixes built around the theme "Television."

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