Cool Art Show: Harold Feinstein “Coney Island of the Heart” – A Brooklyn Life

Bond Street Gallery (in Brooklyn) opens a show on Coney Island that highlights Harold Feinstein’s work on March 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with an artist’s reception. Feinstein is best known for his black-and-white photography of Coney Island. The above photo is “Coney Island Teenagers” and vintage prints are available.
The interesting thing about flipping through the images on the Bond Street website is that despite their back-in-the-day quality, they seem to be telling a modern Coney Island story as well. Other artists’ works being exhibited are Bruce Davidson, Bruce Gilden, Sid Grossman, Harold Roth and Henri Silberman. The show runs from March 27 through May 8, and looks to be a nice warm-up to what might be the last “vintage” Coney Island summer.

Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2008 – A Brooklyn Life

Forgot the big camera guns, so I had to make due with the iPhone for Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade snaps. Here are my two best pictures from the day. And there are, of course, a ton more on Flickr.
What’s missed is this guy had one green glitter 4″inch pumps! I was on the same float! Anyone have more pics of this float so i can fwd. to to the group?

No, Not a Bar Crawl, a BOOK Crawl – A Brooklyn Life

I love a good bar crawl, but this is not a bar crawl, it’s a book crawl. It is, at least, a book crawl about a book with a sexy name–My Name is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs and Shakespeare. And it does involve bars (free drinks always bring out the poor intellectuals).
So here are the details. With the support of Carroll Gardens bookstore Freebird Books, and the publisher Twelve Books,  author Jess Winfield will be attempting to set the world record for most Shakespeare plays performed solo in Brooklyn in a single day (hopefully you are already a little bit drunk when you are reading this and that will sound really impressive). To join the party, meet at Pier 11 in Manhattan  at 2pm on Saturday, July 19, or Rocky Sullivan’s at 2:30pm, Brooklyn Ice House at 2:45pm, Red Hook Soccer Fields at 3pm, Jalopy at Columbia and Soodfull at 3:30pm, B61 at 4pm or Freebird Books at 4:30pm onwards.

Marco Polo 25th Anniversary Specials – A Brooklyn Life

I have a little confession: I’ve never been inside Carroll Garden’s Marco Polo. It seems a bit impenetrable with its valet parking and old-schoolers congregating for cocktails and dinner. But this I know: The Italians of Carroll Gardens wouldn’t have kept it in business for 25 years unless it served up some tasty Italian food. And now I have an excuse to go–the restaurant is serving a three-course $19.83 lunch, in honor of the year it opened, and a three-course $25 dinner, in honor of its anniversary. The special lasts throughout the summer and includes dishes such as house-made pasta with spicy cured anduja sausage and guanciale, grilled octopus, a prosciutto and mozzarella stuffed pork chop. Anybody want a lunch date with ABL?
And if you’re not in the mood for fancy Italian, I can heartily recommend Marco Polo’s pizza annex. The sausage, onion and broccoli rabe pizza is just about the perfect combo.
Marco Polo’s sausage, onion and broccoli rabe surpassed my favorite broccoli rabe and sausage slice at Sal’s
Marco Polo gets by simply on its reputation I think. I was totally unimpressed by the food – wouldn’t be surprised if it was all dried pasta from a box and jars of prego. I ordered the lobster ravioli and was shocked when the ravioli stuffing was mashed potatoes! I mentioned to the waiter that my dish in no way tasted like lobster, but rather potato he said that’s the way they make it – the lobster is finely pureed and mixed in with potato. no apology, no nothing. so if you like pierogies covered in marinara sauce, Marco Polo is the place to go!

Fujiya to Become a Gourmet Grocery – A Brooklyn Life

Dennis said: Charles, I agree… where are the toppings? With Caputo’s an…
charles g. said: where are the toppings? They can’t even seem to get the chee…
3rd generation said: hm what to say i love han’s the pizza is good but i do have …
Josh said: Nice find! I’m checking this out next week. There’s a shor…
Dennis said: Sorry, we never got the tracklist out of ’em….

ABL:Radio – Dynamic Tension – Mixed by Carrie White[noise] – A Brooklyn Life

We’ve been so busy promoting our DJ night, Suspiria, we haven’t had much time to make mixes for the podcast. Thankfully Carrie sent me this one our way other day. I’ve been listening to it ever since.
As always, Carrie has pulled together a nice menagerie of tunes. My favorite is the Midnight Juggernauts track “Into the Galaxy” right at the end. Nice touch!
Carrie’s next appearance at Suspiria is May 25th.

Jake Walk … Like It’s Always Been There – A Brooklyn Life

Jake Walk is an odd name for a cute bar. At least that’s my assessment from the street. Owned by the Smith & Vine/Stinky Brooklyn people, it’s been open for a couple of weeks now, and on St. Patty’s Day was serving a roomful of drinkers. Wine, cheese and little snacks are keeping the yuppies happy … heh, I said it. Yuppie or not, I love a good wine bar and will probably quaff a cocktail or two once I get this whole pregnancy thing over with.
I can’t say I’m sad to see Quench (the space’s former occupant) go. Jake Walk is on the corner of Smith and Sackett streets. And if you’re wondering about that weird name, it’s a reference to the paralytic gait that many Southerners got from drinking bad moonshine during Prohibition. Drink up!
Stupid and offensive name for a tony wine and cheese place. See the following:
Jamaican Ginger Extract (known in the United States by the slang name Jake) was an early 20th century patent medicine that provided a convenient way to bypass Prohibition laws, since it contained between 70-80% ethyl alcohol by weight.
Jake was not itself dangerous, but the U.S. Treasury Department, which administered the Prohibition laws, recognized its potential as an illicit alcohol source and required changes in the solids content of jake to discourage drinking. The requirement of at least 5 grams of ginger solids per cubic centimeter of alcohol resulted in a fluid that was extremely bitter and difficult to drink. Occasionally Department of Agriculture inspectors would test shipments of Jake by boiling the solution and weighing the remaining solid residue. In an effort to trick regulators, bootleggers replaced the ginger solids with a small amount of ginger and either castor oil or molasses.
A pair of amateur chemists and bootleggers, Harry Gross and Max Reisman, worked to develop an alternative adulterant that would pass the tests, but still be somewhat palatable. They settled on a plasticizer, tri-o-tolyl phosphate (also known as tri-ortho cresyl phosphate or TOCP), that was able to pass the Treasury Department’s tests but preserved jake’s drinkability. TOCP was originally thought to be non-toxic; however, it was later determined to be a neurotoxin that causes axonal damage to the nerve cells in the nervous system of human beings, especially those located in the spinal cord. The resulting type of paralysis is now referred to as organophosphate-induced delayed neuropathy (OPIDN).
In 1930, large numbers of jake users began to lose the use of their hands and feet. Some victims could walk, but they had no control over the muscles which would normally have enabled them to point their toes upward. Therefore, they would raise their feet high with the toes flopping downward, which would touch the pavement first followed by their heels. The toe first, heel second pattern made a distinctive “tap-click, tap-click” sound as they walked. This very peculiar gait became known as the jake walk and those afflicted were said to have jake leg, jake foot, or jake paralysis. Additionally, the calves of the legs would soften and hang down and the muscles between the thumbs and fingers would atrophy.
Within a few months, the TOCP adulterated jake was identified as the cause of the paralysis and the contaminated jake was recovered, but it was too late for many victims. Some users recovered full or partial use of their limbs, but for most, the loss was permanent. The total number of victims was never accurately determined, but is frequently quoted as between 30,000 to 50,000. Many victims were migrants to the United States and most were poor and consequently had little political or social influence. The victims received very little in the way of assistance, and aside from being the subject of a few blues songs in the early 1930s, they were almost completely forgotten.

New Restaurant Alert: Olive Vine Cafe – A Brooklyn Life

Dennis said: Charles, I agree… where are the toppings? With Caputo’s an…
charles g. said: where are the toppings? They can’t even seem to get the chee…
3rd generation said: hm what to say i love han’s the pizza is good but i do have …
Josh said: Nice find! I’m checking this out next week. There’s a shor…
Dennis said: Sorry, we never got the tracklist out of ’em….