Earth Day 2009

– Bring your own shopping bag
– Return used hangers to your dry cleaner
– Use compact flourescent light bulbs (change them now! – you’ll save enough to make throwing away perfectly good, though ineffective regular bulbs)
– Tell your take-out/delivery places you’ll pass on the extra forks/knives when they deliver – after all, you have some in the drawer in your kitchen
– Is that espresso so hot you need a sleeve?
– Does that second glass of wine by the glass really require a second glass?
– Don’t patronize those “moving”, “trash-hauling”, or the “we’ll keep putting up unwanted flyers on anything that doesn’t move” companies. (How much plastic tape do they use anyway?)
– Shop local
– Eat local
– Play local

Add to this list. The possibilities are boundless…

Fort Greene: A “Green” destination

PHOTO: offManhattan.com

PHOTO: offManhattan.com

The website “offManhattan.com” promotes “destinations off the island that are reachable without a car” therefore being “GREEN” outings. A recent post titled “A Spring Fling in Fort Greene” called-out Fort Greene as a “Green” adventure with DEKALB AVENUE destinations MADIBA and LOU LOU, plus nearby OLEA leading the way. Not only can people reach the heart of Fort Greene easily by the ever environmentally-friendly NYC subway from any part of Manhattan (Westside 2/3/B/D/A/C…. East Side 4/5… plus the Q/R/N and even the M/Z) and from Queens and Park Slope, there’s the beloved G-train!).

LONG ISLAND residents: leave your car on the island and get to Dekalb Avenue by taking the energy-efficient LIRR to Atlantic Avenue and walking along the tree-lined blocks of the Fort Greene Historic District – lined with 130-year-old brownstones that are filled with recycled and reused period materials inside and out!

FOOT POWER? Reduce your carbon footprint even more by taking a nice walk across the Brooklyn or Manhattan Bridges to Fort Greene… made easier with thoughts of a bite to eat or something to drink waiting for you at an outdoor cafe at the end of your stroll.

BROOKLYN FLEA RETURNS TO FORT GREENE, SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2009
Another “green” activity in Fort Greene: the BROOKLYN FLEA -with its vintage treasures and crafts it’s recycling raised to an art form. The BROOKLYN FLEA on Lafayette Avenue is only one block from restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and boutiques of DEKALB AVENUE and the Olmstead & Vaux masterpiece Fort Greene Park where the FARMER’S MARKET sets up shop every Saturday selling lots of… greens!

Dine In Brooklyn at 14 Restaurants on Dekalb

MARCH 23 – APRIL 2, 2009
Dine In Brooklyn_2009_Poster Download a MAP of the participating restaurants on DeKalb Avenue.

It’s Here! 10-days of terrific deals at some of New York’s most wonderful restaurants, right here on Dekalb Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, USA. 3-courses for $23. And at some places two people get to enjoy 3-courses for $23. It’s all part of the Brooklyn Borough President’s “Dine In Brooklyn” promotion, and on Dekalb Avenue there are 14 restaurants participating – right here in the heart of Fort Greene, which the NY Times called “Brooklyn’s latest culinary mecca”. (3/8/09).

For more details and a complete list of restaurants participating in Brooklyn, go to visitbrooklyn.org.

Fort Greene’s DeKalb Avenue is easy to get to with 10 subway lines (B/Q/N/R/2/3/4/5/C/G) and the B38 bus line right here. B/Q/N/R trains to DeKalb Avenue, 2/3/4/5 trains to Nevins Street, C train to Lafayette, G train to Fulton or Clinton-Washington.

Reservations are recommended. Beverages, tax and tip are not included – so please, do take care of the hard-working wait staff. And enjoy yourself!

Bless this House

St. Patrick's Day on Dekalb Avenue, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, USA

St. Patrick's Day on Dekalb Avenue, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, USA


Brooklyn Public House, hedging its bets, had their establishment blessed by a Priest – in a tradition that has its roots in Ireland. Check out this article in the NY Times/Fort Greene Blog. And from DEKALB AVENUE in Fort Greene… yes, Greene!, a Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all.

Restaurant Week Wine Tasting x6 – Tuesday 6-8pm

Kermit Lynch at THIRSTOn Tuesday, March 24th from 6-8pm – in the heart of restaurant week in the heart of Fort Greene – there will be a free in-store wine tasting at THIRST WINE MERCHANTS with SIX WINEMAKERS IMPORTED BY KERMIT LYNCH (wines and the wine makers, all imported and through customs… and in this cozy store!). Kermit Lynch has been importing natural wines and writing about them for four decades. He’s primarily known as an importer of French wines, but he also brings in a number of excellent Italian producers that we’re proud to represent. This will be a unique opportunity to meet several of his winemakers and taste their wines – all within steps of Dekalb Avenue’s DINE IN BROOKLYN restaurant week restaurants. Thirst Wine Merchants, 187 Dekalb Avenue (@ Carlton Avenue), in Fort Greene (“Brooklyn’s latest culinary mecca” – NY Times 3/8/09)

Bittersweet – Making News and now… Ice Cream

PHOTO: Stephanie Land (New York Magazine)

PHOTO: Stephanie Land (New York Magazine)

Bittersweet is bringing back its wonderfully rich homemade ice creams as we head into spring. And at the same time, both NEW YORK MAGAZINE and TIME OUT NEW YORK spilled some ink on this Dekalb Avenue spot, between Carlton and Cumberland (map).

Catherine’s Cafe in NY Press

Have a look at this great review of Catherine’s Cafe that appears in the NYPRESS. Located at 184 Dekalb Avenue, between Fort Greene Park and Carlton Avenue. It’s just another installment in the story about Fort Greene being “Brooklyn’s latest culinary mecca“.