Brace For Coney’s – New Bar Graces SH

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Coney’s Bar is the kind of place you go to escape a sudden rain, but end up staying all day even after the weather has cleared. The jukebox, cheap at 3 plays for a dollar, is stocked with well-worn favorites (Lou Reed, the Ramones, Talking Heads) and the popcorn machine fills  bellies with a delicious snack and the the bar with the smell of butter.

Coney’s moved into the space that Bar Tweed vacated and has made major changes.

“We’re less into gimmicks and more into just having a good time.” Continue reading

English Drive

The canvassers were hopeful as they stood on a sunny 8th Avenue, one Saturday afternoon last week, clipboards tucked under their arms, trying to flag down speeding pedestrians and hand out fliers.

No, they were not trying to give people lunch special coupons to Seafood Delight, these were volunteers for a new education drive aimed at ESL courses for Shang Heights’ Chinese residents.

Canvasser“Not too much luck so far!” said plucky volunteer and  area local, Sara Greenwald. “I’ve had a few people stop but no takers yet.”

Sara and many others have signed on with community volunteer, Rachel Pappas, who holds an ESL class at Brooklyn Spiritual Center on Monday nights that has so far been sparsely attended.

“I started the program on Monday nights because of a few of my neighbors who wanted to improve their English,” Pappas said “but now we want to try and expand that program and help even more people.”

Back on the street, Sara had successfully engaged a group of teenagers.

“They could all speak English but were going to tell their parents about it. That is the most important thing, getting the word out. Unfortunately the Chinese-language abilities of our staff are limited, that’s why we’re always looking for English instructor volunteers as well!”

The course is available on Mondays nights with a suggested donation of $5 per person, which includes one hour of instruction and access to the Wellness Center’s donated lending library of over 100 titles.

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A stack of donated books at the BSC

Visit the Wellness Center for more information on taking the course, or for volunteer/teaching opportunities.

ShangHeights Unwinds At The Greasy Spool Diner

Greasy Spool owner Adam Yorwitz talked heritage, history and brunch with us this week over a cup of his delicious stand-your-spoon-straight coffee.

“I just wanted people to come in and enjoy the surroundings, like I used to when I was growing up.”

Yorwitz grew up in Park Slope just as the neighborhood was changing; he remembers the buttery smells and boisterous sounds of a diner on 5th ave. He wanted customers to have the true Brooklyn experience when they came to Greasy’s.

“It was still old school Park Slope so there was a lot of soul food and a lot of Southern cooking back then,” he recalled. “What we’ve tried to do is bring those old recipes back, the biscuits and gravy type dishes that can’t be beat, but then we also have stuff on the menu that is a totally new reworking of things.”

Those menu items include Tilapia and grits, the “Monster Mash” plate full of homemade hash, eggs and sausage, and their signature Cadbury Cream Egg egg creams. Continue reading