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Camera Obscura & DJ Victoria Bergsman, at the Bell House

Victoria Bergsman

Vic­to­ria Bergs­man, DJing at The Bell House in Brooklyn.

Ned­ward: Vic­to­ria Bergs­man (for­merly of The Con­cretes) is DJing at The Bell House, much to my delight. Wait­ing for Cam­era Obscura!

As big a fan of Cam­era Obscura as I am, the more inter­est­ing bit Tues­day night was a spe­cial guest DJ, Vic­to­ria Bergs­man. A lot of peo­ple know her voice as the female coun­ter­point in Young Folks, the Peter Bjorn and John sing-along hit from a cou­ple of years ago. But she was also the singer in one of my favorite bands, The Con­cretes. (Cam­era Obscura fans should check out their epony­mous debut album.) She has since left the band, and formed a solo project under the name Taken By Trees, (also a great debut).

Any­how, I might have been the only per­son in the crowd that had any idea who she was – or cared – so Lisa encour­aged me to say hello. But, I’m just not one of those peo­ple who walks up to a famous per­son, and just gushes in their face. Call it shy­ness, call it fear of dis­ap­point­ment… the bot­tom line is that I chick­ened out.

To make mat­ters worse, Lisa went over to the DJ booth with­out me, and told Ms. Bergs­man that “her friend was a big fan,” but that he “didn’t want to bother her.” Nice. So now I’m shy, and embarrassed.

I don’t really regret it that much, but I would’ve liked to show off some dance moves from The Con­cretes’ On The Radio video. I’d like to think that she would’ve laughed.

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The Times on Brooklyn Food, Frank Bruni on Buttermilk Channel

Today’s Times Din­ing sec­tion has some great cov­er­age of Brook­lyn food. First, there is a great arti­cle on food pro­duc­ers through­out the borough:

These Brook­lynites, most in their 20s and 30s, are hand-making pick­les, cheeses and choco­lates the way oth­ers form bands and artists’ col­lec­tives. They have a sense of com­mu­nity and an appre­ci­a­tion for tra­di­tional meth­ods and fla­vors. They also share an aes­thetic that’s equal parts 19th and 21st cen­tury, with a taste for bold graph­ics, sal­vaged wood and, for the men, scruffy beards.

Make sure to check out the inter­ac­tive map, too.

Also, Frank Bruni reviews one of my favorite new restau­rants near our home in Brook­lyn, But­ter­milk Chan­nel, along with an audio slideshow:

But­ter­milk Chan­nel [is] a restau­rant of real stan­dards, note­wor­thy ambi­tion and uncom­mon slav­ish­ness to trends. It’s laud­able and pre­dictable in equal mea­sures. And it was packed every time I went…

The look of the restau­rant, whose cor­ner loca­tion affords it pretty win­dows on two sides, is on the pol­ished side of homey. There’s nicely buffed wood, a spi­dery brass light­ing fix­ture and a hon­eyed glow from it and hand­some sconces along the walls.

There’s also ample space between tables: the owner, Doug Crow­ell, isn’t try­ing just to jam in as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble. But he does ask you to trade some com­fort and con­ve­nience for the refresh­ingly low prices.

These few blocks on Court Street are start­ing to fill with inter­est­ing and tasty culi­nary oper­a­tions: But­ter­milk Chan­nel, Frankie’s Spuntino, and the newly opened and not-yet-visited soon to open Prime Meats.

UPDATE: The Times posted a Q & A between read­ers and sub­jects of the Brook­lynite food pro­duc­ers piece.

Memorial, 7 years

Memorial

Twin beams of the Trib­ute in Light in lower Man­hat­tan, as seen from the Prom­e­nade in Brook­lyn Heights.

Neighborhood Envy, Gossip Girl in Carroll Gardens

I’m no stranger to neighborhood-envy, but it’s nice to hear some directed our way:

Gos­sip Girl Invades Car­roll Gar­dens, Olds Are Befud­dled, Enraged »

I’m going to refer to my neigh­bors as “Smith Street whip­sters (wealthy hip­sters)”, uniron­i­cally and with zero self-awareness, from now on.

Carroll Will Never Be The Same

Carroll will never be the same

Bar­ri­ers erected out­side the Car­roll Street MTA entrance at 2nd Place and Smith Street, in Car­roll Gar­dens, Brooklyn.

Looks like the 360 Smith lux­ury condo devel­op­ment is going to shut down my sub­way entrance, and severely mess up the nice plaza in front:

Because the safety of our cus­tomers is of utmost con­cern, this clo­sure will be in effect on a 24-hour, 7 days per week basis for 6–8 months (sub­ject to the progress of the con­struc­tion project)…

See outside.in for more his­tory of this con­tro­ver­sial development.

Love is All @ Market Hotel

Josephine

Josephine Olaus­son, singer and key­boardist for the Swedish Indie band Love Is All, per­form­ing in Bush­wick last Saturday.

Despite the heavy rains, thun­der and light­en­ing last sat­ur­day night, I ven­tured out to Bush­wick on the J train to catch one of my favorite bands, Love Is All. They’ve acquired some­thing of a good live rep­u­ta­tion over the past cou­ple of years, and though it was a short set, they didn’t disappoint.

One glance at these pho­tos and video, and it should be clear that this was a very hot and sweaty show. And given that I found myself in the “pit” for the first time since my grunge days in high school, I’m pretty sure that I left the Mar­ket Hotel that night with a lot of other peo­ples’ sweat on me.

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Roast & Toast NYE

We spent New Year’s Eve this year co-hosting a potluck din­ner at Jason and Liz’s place in Park Slope. Here is a lit­tle video that I put together:

We served roast beef to twenty peo­ple, drank cham­pale, and made some res­o­lu­tions that we prob­a­bly won’t keep. More below the fold, includ­ing some of my and Lisa’s photos.

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Brooklyn Neighborhood Poster, by Ork Posters

Brooklyn Neighborhood Poster, by Ork PostersI love this typo­graph­i­cal poster of Brook­lyn neigh­bor­hoods, by Ork Posters of Chicago.

It won’t help me fig­ure out the “offi­cial” bound­aries of Car­roll Gar­dens, but it sure is pretty.

[via swiss­miss]

Crashing an Open House

awkward

A new Robert Scarano “lux­ury” condo build­ing at 326 State Street, in Boerum Hill.

A week or two ago, I walked past a new Robert Scarano “lux­ury” condo build­ing at 326 State Street, in the north­ern reaches of Boerum Hill. This past Sat­ur­day, Tyler and Sarah were down from Boston for a visit, and we walked by again – and they were hav­ing an Open House. Why not have a look? [from iPhone]

More below the fold.

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Halloween 2007

In 3D!

We cel­e­brated Hal­loween a lit­tle dif­fer­ent this year – by watch­ing Tim Burton’s The Night­mare Before Christ­mas in 3D. Thanks to Becca for the idea, and for get­ting the tickets.

I haven’t seen this movie since it came out almost 15 years ago, but it really is an ani­ma­tion clas­sic. The stop motion method looks just as cutting-edge and inspir­ing as any­thing done by Pixar in the past few years, and I love the many homages to Beetle­juice and other Bur­ton films, (details here). [from iPhone]

We saw it at the Pavil­ion Park Slope, but I think that it is up in other the­aters around the city this week. More pho­tos below the fold.

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Carroll Gardens Featured on Gridskipper

Grid­skip­per put together a nice fea­ture on our neigh­bor­hood in Brook­lyn, includ­ing a snarky comparison:

Car­roll Gar­dens fea­tured on Grid­skip­per
Car­roll Gar­dens is quaint, and for those in love with the West Vil­lage but who sim­ply can’t afford to live there, it will do.

I’m not sure that I agree with this – we chose to live in Brook­lyn over Man­hat­tan, and I would argue that the neigh­bor­hoods to the north (Cob­ble Hill and Boerum Hill) are prob­a­bly more fit­ting equiv­a­lents. Also, with few excep­tions, Car­roll Gar­dens is still very much a fam­ily neigh­bor­hood. Sure, it might be chang­ing, but take a walk down our street dur­ing the day, and you’re going to see a lot of old men who’ve lived there for 50 years, as well as kids play­ing on the side­walk. Err, maybe that is what the West Vil­lage is like.

Still, can’t deny that Car­roll Gar­dens is awe­some, and rel­a­tively afford­able, con­sid­er­ing the restau­rant and bar options – we rarely make it into the city on weekends.

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Promenade

Lower Manhattan

Lower Man­hat­tan

Had a lovely walk along the Brook­lyn Heights Prom­e­nade, on a fall day. [from iPhone]

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Saturday Scoot

Narrows

We unchained the scoot­ers this after­noon, and mean­dered around Brook­lyn in the sun. Not too many days like this left. [from iPhone]

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Heights

Heights

A sleepy Sun­day after­noon on Atlantic Ave. [from iPhone]

First Week in Carroll Gardens

We arrived last Wednes­day, and unpack­ing is an ongo­ing project. We sold, gave away, or threw out most of our “big stuff”, so this move is not only about a new space, but also a lot of new pur­chases. A lot of the stuff we got rid of was from our col­lege days, and had also already made it through our fire.

Room & Board sofaI’m most excited about our new sofa, which Lisa bought from Room & Board in SoHo. Thanks to Jason and Liz for tip­ping us off to this place – we loved every­thing we saw there. Their fur­ni­ture man­ages to be very mod­ern with­out look­ing uncom­fort­able or annoy­ing. (Of course, we real­ized later that we chose the same sofa as the Yovanoff-De Mase home… but hey, good taste is good taste, right?

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