We’ve just received an email from the folks at bushbaby. They will be having mixed wine tasting event this evening Friday, June 10th at 7:00 p.m. and Happy Hour Thursday and Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ($6 on mixed wine drinks only.) They’ve also changed their hours. Bushbaby’s new hours are
Thursday 4pm- 12am
Friday 4pm- 2am
Saturday 9am- 2am
Sunday 9am- 5pm
(I’m guessing that their Monday-Wednesday hours are staying the same.)
1197 Fulton Street (between Spencer Pl and Bedford Ave)
New York, NY 11216
Don’t you want to help humanely reduce the number of feral cats in Bed-Stuy? Of course you do! So consider taking this TNR workshop being held in Crown Heights on Saturday. Reclaimed Home has all of the details.
Here’s some cool news: Bed Stuy resident Rob Gaines will star in a new sci-fi comedy, Mad Mel and the Marradians. The play will premiere at the Main Stage Theatre (312 West 36th Street in Manhattan) on Monday, July 11 at 6PM at the 2011 Midtown International Theatre Festival for the first of five performances. The play will also run July 16, July 19, July 24 and July 28. Click here to visit the Midtown International Theatre Festival website and to purchase tickets. The tickets are under $20, so the price is quite reasonable. Also, they have discounts for students and seniors, so check it out.
Here’s a bit about the play and its star from the director of Mad Mel and the Marradians, Gary Morgenstein:
Rob plays Melvin Worthington, an insufferably vain writer who has invented best-selling “scholarly” books on the ancient aliens, the Marradians. However, the Marradians are real. Now they are mad and are invading Earth. In pearls.
Rob Gaines’ major stage credits include York Shakespeare (Merchant of Venice, Jew of Malta) and Peculiar Works Project (Off Project: East- and West-Village Fragments), with films ranging from The Tickets (3+4 Productions) and Betserai (Angela Gunn). He has playmastered and acted in countless performances with the Instant Shakespeare Company, where his favorite role was Sir Andrew Aguecheek. He is a founding member /sometime lecturer at the Killington, Vermont, Shakespeare retreat.
It’s so nice to see Bed-Stuy residents with starring roles in plays. Go Rob! And go see the play and support your Bed-Stuy neighbors!
Enjoying Dough’s delicious doughnuts in the playground may land you in court.
We received an email this week from a woman who received a summons for enjoying a doughnut in the playground across the street from Dough. Here’s the lowdown:
My boyfriend and I visited the doughnut shop Dough, on the corner of Layfayette and Franklin, for breakfast yesterday morning. We walked across the street and settled on a bench in a little park to enjoy our food/coffee, as some other people were doing. There was a playground there and as we ate, we had the pleasure of watching some children play, made some small talk with their parents, etc. Adam and I even had a nice discussion about having some children of our own one day. We were having a lovely time until two police officers approached Adam and I and a couple of other girls that were sitting a couple benches down.
“Do you have any children with you here?”
“You aren’t allowed to be here without children. Didn’t you see the sign?”
“No sir, we had no idea”
“Can I see some ID?”
In the end, all four of us ended up with summons to go to court for trying to enjoy our Saturday morning in what we believed to be a public space. We were shocked. The parents of one of the children, who we had been chatting with earlier, agreed it was ridiculous, saying “The police are never in the park when they need to be.” They felt badly for us.
This account sounds strikingly similar to the account reported by Gothamist the other day. So how do you feel about the cops taking the hard line on playground rules? On the one hand, in a world where pedophiles exist I see the reason for banning child-free adults from the playground areas. On the other hand, wouldn’t a verbal warning be good enough? I know this is not Dough’s problem, but it would be nice if they would add some outdoor seating so that folks could enjoy their delicious doughnuts right there on the spot.
I was pretty sad when Food 4 Thought on the corner of Marcus Garvey and MacDonough closed down, so Mausaic is a welcome encarnation of its former space! I haven’t had the chance to stop in, but I walked past it this evening and it appears to be a charming spot w/ outdoor seating. I will probably have to try it this weekend and post a review. Their site boasts an eclectic menu ranging from cafe to dinner items with a wine bar. Check their website and facebook page for a detailed menu and more information.
445 Marcus Garvey Blvd. at MacDonough Street
Bed-Stuy has had the nickname “Do or Die” for years now, but a better nickname, at least for Bedford Avenue, would be Do or Dine. It looks like a brand new restaurant has figured this out and has adopted this new nickname for itself. Do or Dine, located at 1108 Bedford Avenue (between Quincy and Lexington), opened its doors on Friday. Although their awning mentions West Indian American dishes (it’s the awning left behind by the previous tenant), Do or Dine offers a broad range of cuisines. New American? Check. Traditional American? Check. Cajun/Creole? Check. Italian? Check. It looks like the culinary team of Luke Jackson, George McNeese and Justin Warner made sure not to leave any cuisine off of the menu.
The owners said that they opened the place because they “got tired of stumbling home drunk and eating bodega food and Crown Fried Chicken.” Seems like a good enough reason for us!
Did anyone get the chance to try out Bedford’s newest restaurant? If not, then head over and check it out for yourself today. They open this evening at 5:00 p.m. Oh yeah, and be sure to report back by leaving your review in the comments section!