Category Archives: Brooklyn

Kings Theatre in Brooklyn – a phoenix rising from the ashes.

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Wow!

That’s the word that came to mind when we stepped in here last night to see the Whitesnake concert in this beautifully renovated theater.

The Kings Theatre is easy to get to from Manhattan by taking the Q subway to the Beverly Road station and walking a few minutes over. It was that simple.

I just could not fathom that this theater was closed for decades. They did a wonderful job bringing it back to its ornate glory. The thick dark woods, chandeliers, red velvet curtains, period furniture, images along the walls, the ceilings in the lobby and main theater, the regal architectural stylings, the amazing faces and carvings along the walls around the stage, and the old school marquee out front listing the night’s event were all breathtaking. There truly is so much to see here, especially if you are one who enjoys the grandiosity of old-school architecture, and a piece of Brooklyn that harkens to a bygone era of NYC entertainment. Continue reading Kings Theatre in Brooklyn – a phoenix rising from the ashes.

Where an egg Mek Muffin grows in Brooklyn

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Mekelburg’s – a hidden gem. Photo credit – Yelp.

I am still daydreaming about the Mek Muffin at Mekelburg’s……..

I’m all about a good egg sandwich and killer beer list. Especially when I am ultra-hangry after running my butt off at an early morning 5K. So many folks told me about this hidden gem of a place in Brooklyn NYC.  A below ground specialty food market, deli, and cafe tucked away off a side street at the bottom of a nondescript apartment building. Normally, this part of town is a bit of a hike for me to get to, but as I happened to be fairly close by I decided to make the trek over and check it out. My stomach and taste buds were ecstatic that I did. Continue reading Where an egg Mek Muffin grows in Brooklyn

Take a trip back to Pig Island for a porktastic time in NYC!

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Oh, I remember last year when we washed ashore in Red Hook, Brooklyn, then went whole hog and feasted on some tasty porky eats and brewtastic libations! Well, looks like we will raise the sails and wash the poop deck again as we are headed back to Pig Island on Saturday Sept 12 to pig out on all things hog, and wash it down with cold beer, wine, cider, and some whiskey too! Now that’s the way to spend a NYC weekend afternoon at the end of summer. Who said the summer is over? Not when we have these kinds of festivals going on.

Oh, that’s right, did I say there will now be whiskey featured at this swinetacular event? Yes siree Bob! What better way to wash down some pig than with a fine liquor to soothe the palate. An artisan whiskey tent on hand is expected to include local and regional spirits from High West, NY Distilling and Van Brunt Stillhouse, among others. Reverend Nat’s Cider, and Sixpoint craft beer will be among the other libations. Get in mah bellah!

My mouth is already watering just thinking about it! Drool. Hopefully the weather gods will grace us with a decent day out, but rain or shine make no mistake and arrive hungry and ready to eat! Continue reading Take a trip back to Pig Island for a porktastic time in NYC!

Having Dinner With The Boys off-Broadway in NYC!

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The cast posing for a pic with us after the show. We’re now part of the family!

Man, does this play bring back memories…..

Growing up in an extended Italian family, on my mom’s Calabrese side, that all lived on or around our street in Brooklyn, and then followed us to Long Island, I was regaled with so many stories. My great aunts and uncles told us tales of the mob, ghosts, and what old NYC was all about. They are all gone now, and I miss those days in their kitchens eating wonderful homemade Italian food while also dealing with the good-natured arguing and bickering among them. As you have heard Italians can be very loud and passionate. It was all in love, and to this day I can still hear their voices inside my head. The yelling. The screaming. The laughing. I miss all of it.

Suffice to say, I was extremely pleased to be invited to a blogger event to view a recent performance of Dinner With The Boys. This off-Broadway play was written and performed by Dan Lauria/Charlie (The Wonder Years), and along with Richard Zavaglia/Dom (Donnie Brasco), and Ray Abruzzo/Big Anthony Jr ( The Sopranos) put on a terrific show!  Continue reading Having Dinner With The Boys off-Broadway in NYC!