10/01/13 1:00pm


A good meal starts on the farm. And in this case, it ends there too. On October 6th, Edible Queens and Brooklyn Grange — a rooftop urban farm in Long Island City — will launch Butcher Paper Dinner: Farm-to-Table Dinner Party Series, which will happen sporadically during the warm weather months. For the first supper, Will Horowitz, chef of Ducks Eatery in Manhattan’s East Village, will sling fresh oysters, followed by a crab boil. The seafood will be enhanced by wine from Bedell Cellars on the North Fork of Long Island, suds from Queens Brewery and music by celebrated DJ and saxophonist Neal Sugarman of Daptone Records. Dinner will be served on a massive, reclaimed white oak communal table, covered by butcher paper. For future meals, other accomplished chefs will prepare dishes using victuals from Brooklyn Grange, which grows more than 40,000 pounds of organically cultivated produce every year, most of which ends up in local restaurants.

Details: Butcher Paper Dinner: Farm-to-Table Dinner Party Series (sponsored by Douglas Elliman Real Estate), Brooklyn Grange’s rooftop, 37-18 Northern Boulevard, LIC, $80, October 6th, 3 pm, limit of 65 people. Click here for tickets.

Editor’s Note: None are scheduled now, but future Butcher Paper Dinners will be listed on the Brooklyn Grange website. (more…)

08/30/13 12:00pm


Foodies, nature lovers and beach bums are abuzz about the Third Annual NYC Honey Fest on September 7th. To be held on Rockaway Beach’s 86th Street Boardwalk, which was recently rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy, vendors of all stripes will sample and sell everything from local, monofloral honey to honey-infused desserts to beeswax-based candles and cosmetics to bee-inspired, silkscreen t-shirts. Children-friendly activities (face-painting, costume-making, puppetry), a movie screening on the beach, observational hives, live performances and introductory beekeeping classes will round out the event, which is sponsored by Brooklyn Grange (located in Long Island City) and Rippers. There will also be an avant-garde, beachside, honey‐based Rosh Hashanah ritual.

Details: NYC Honey Fest, 86th Street Boardwalk, Rockaway Beach, September 7th, 10 am – sunset, free.

Photo by NYC Honey Fest/FB

07/22/13 11:00am


The 1919 factory building found at 37-18 Northern Boulevard, the Standard Motor Products Building, has long outlived its built purpose. Currently owned and operated by Acumen Capital Partners LLC, the gargantuan industrial building (301,000 Total SF in six stories) offers stoutly engineered and capacious floor space. Modern anchor tenants include the company which once owned the structure — Standard Motor Products -- as well as the Franklin Mint, the Jim Henson Company and Broadview Networks.

It’s an iconic structure, well known to those who use both the automotive path of Northern Boulevard or the locomotive path of the Long Island Railroad to commute to and from Manhattan. It’s a point of transition in the neighborhoods as well, the exit from Astoria and entrance to Sunnyside, where the designation of Steinway Street gives way to 39th Street.

The SMP building is across the street from the Hook and Ladder 66 building discussed in a Brownstoner Queens posting Long Island City’s Hook and Ladder 66 back in June, and looms over Northern Boulevard’s “Carridor” (a term which will be explored in the near future). In the shot below, after the jump, you are looking eastward, with Woodside and Jackson Heights on the horizon. The southern extant of Astoria is to the left and the triangular orange structure just off center is the end of Steinway Street at Northern Boulevard.

So, now you know where you are, but what you can’t see from the street is one of Queen’s hidden treasures, up on the roof. (more…)

08/08/12 11:30am


When Brooklyn Grange first opened in Long Island City (food.curated. produced a great video of the farm in its early days), there was understandable confusion going on with the name (no, they weren’t “settling” for Queens, it was a legal issue). They went on to grow a lot of produce, host fancy tasting events, start an urban farmstand in their building, and connect with local restaurants and caterers – including Vesta, Pachanga Patterson, LIC Market, and Astoria Park Catering in Queens – which fill happy bellies throughout western Queens. (more…)