We previously compiled a list of the Top 10 Coffee Shops in Manhattan for design buffs and now we’re tackling Brooklyn. The following is by no means a complete list of coffee shops in Brooklyn, but after checking out many, many coffee shops, we decided to highlight some of our favorites.
Naturally, we were intrigued when we heard about this flower shop/coffee shop that opened recently in Greenpoint. Spina, which means “thorn” in Italian, started as a floral design company. Owners Vanessa Chinga-Haven and Paul Diaz hope to lure people in the door with Blue Bottle coffee and donuts by Dough, then keep them hanging around for floral arrangements and gift items. There’s not a lot of space to sit, but the pint-sized shop is a nice place to stop for a coffee and flower bouquet to go. (more…)
San Francisco boasts delicious and ethnically diverse cuisine, with the Mexican influences in the Mission district, the dim sum spots in Chinatown, and the Italian flavors of North Beach. But lately, there is another San Francisco neighborhood that has been on our culinary radar – North Panhandle. To find out the must-visit food spots in the area, we went on the NoPa/Alamo Square food tour with Gourmet Walks where their food experts introduced us to the local favorites in the neighborhood. Here are some local highlights to check out:
On December 2nd 1657, The Nieuw Amsterdam City Council ruled that Tavernkeepers could not sell liquor in exchange for household goods. Believe it or not, the Dutch wives of the era (back in the day of gender norms, eh?) were coming to their local politicians complaining that their possessions were dwindling with the presence of an alcoholic family member.
In 1964, a father and son were renovating a former speakeasy in the East Village into a theater when they came across two unopened safes in the basement. The speakeasy had been sold eagerly for a very cheap price and the entertainment business then was closely linked to mobsters. To touch their belongings meant death. Opening it with the former owner, $2 million dollars were found inside. What happened next has shaped the lives and the theater for the next sixty years.
Join us for a tour and cocktail at this former Prohibition speakeasy on December 8th at 3:30pm, which includes a guided walk through of the Museum of the American Gangster. You’ll see the original safes that were discovered, the former escape routes for the mafia, and more. There are only a few tickets left, so grab them now!
We’ve been noticing this disturbing but unsurprising trend recently on the Upper West Side: food carts branded with advertising for big banks. On a stretch between 67th Street and 70th Street, every food cart had multiple umbrellas with Capital One emblazoned on it. With permits for food carts going for up to $20,000 on the black market, it’s not surprising that they might need some additional source of revenue. (more…)