Friday, December 31, 2010

Hanson Dry in Clinton Hills, Brooklyn is my 2010 top pic for a new bar /lounge

I was recently invited to attend the opening of this truly exquisite, cozy yet sleek space. As I walked into Hanson Dry, I was softly blown away by the decor which is seductively compared to a "fifties throwback motif". While throwback is used as a nostalgic gesture, the warmth of the light blue and wood walls are neatly balanced and the Restroom in script is duly noted.

Many of the invitees, were smiling and delightfully chatting all in a row at the 26 foot American Oakwood, hand crafted L-shaped bar. I was aroused by group of booze enthusiast and quickly took a seat. I glanced over this bar's modest selection of liquors, wines,vodkas, and beers. Liquor 43 (is a Spanish type of liquor), there is a selection of red wines (Argentian & California) and a selection of white wines (Italian Pinot Griot and Californian Riesling). In addition, there are several types of Vodka which include Skyy and Stoi and eight distinct beers to name a few.

After glancing over the bar's offerings, I decided to order a Kiev Kooler from Chris (co-owner with Matt and Toly) which is a perfectly mix of cherry vodka and lime served in a chilled martini glass which is now my favorite. With the hint of cherry still dancing on my palate, I was swaying to the grooving sounds of Stevie Wonder. I was OVERJOYED to learn that in addition to the lounge that has " a feeling apart of a group" this bar offers an outdoor section to continue the party from spring to summer and fall.

Hanson Dry is located at 925 Fulton Street between Clinton Street and Waverly Place.

Make sure you make Hanson Dry your new place to sip and honor the drink right away!


Friday, November 26, 2010

Brooklyn's Black Friday supports Small Business

November 26 is not only the day after Thanksgiving where families have cooked laughed and stuffed their guts. It is also Black Friday which is coined "the biggest shopping day of the year"!!!

This year Shop Brooklyn has launched Brooklyn Friday to attract consumers to grab door buster deals from the largest retailers to the small business that are notable as our darling neighborhood specialty stores.

Below are three quaint stores that have received favorable press and are conveniently located near major subway lines such as #2,#3, at Brooklyn Museum or #4, or #5 trains at Franklin Ave.

About Time is a destination spot nestled in a store space with an array of strong, unique, limited quantity tee shirts and gorgeous dresses and sheek tops which has been mentioned in New York Magazine and Time Out just to name a few. Many of their tee's are limited editions with a great art work. The owners are very friendly and will assist you if you have any questions.

Breukelen Coffee House offering it's customers coffee, delightful pastries along with a DJ to hear great tunes while shopping at it's highly anticipated new pop up vintage clothing store. This coffee house made such a splash that New York Times took note. Find this great place on facebook.

Calabar Imports is more than just a little nook in Prospect Heights which recently favorable mention in this weeks Daily News shopping section and mentioned on CNN. This speciality store is a neighborhood gem because it offers unique artwork, clothing and jewelery from many areas of Africa Asia, Central and South America . Great shop to visit for a birthday gift and definitely a Christmas or Kwanzaa gift.

So if you are out and shopping definitely stop by one of theses great stores to support small businesses and grab a unique item with a door buster price.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Poetiquette " a night of conscious poetry" kicks off @ Stratosphere in BK!!!

Do you love poetry but hate a potty mouth?

If the answer is YES! Then Poetiquette " a night of conscious poetry" is the exact event for your stylist taste.

This event kicks off tonight at Stratosphere 227 Utica Ave... from 7:30pm to 10:00pm.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Crown Heights residents take a stand against Pawn Shop opening!!!

At this very moment, a rally is taking place over the opening of a Pawn Shop on Franklin Ave near Park Place. Hundreds of Crown Heights residents are taking a stand to the street by expressing their anger over this newbie shop owner. Several politicians such as Leticia James along with Senator Adams along with Crow Hill Community Association showed up in support of the rally.

There is good reason for this outrage. Franklin Ave has gone through it's share of troubles in the past from crime and violence. As a result, at times, there were vacant store fronts which were an eyesore to the community. Recently, this neighborhood has changed it's look to add murals, a fancy tee shirt company (About Time), restaurants (95 South,Bristons, Sushi Tatsu, Dutch Boy Burger, Happy Wok, ect ) Beer Garden (Franklin Park) and coffee shops (Breukelen Coffee, Pulp and Bean). Many of the shop owners have received favorable press mentions such as The New York Times which has keep great residents and has attracted new ones.

This rally will take place over the next several hours with a press conference scheduled immediately afterwards.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Restaurant week is.....

Are you a die hard foodie in search of the next great eatery? My suggestion is going to grab a bit at a fantastic place for cheap during Restaurant Week!!!

According to the ad in yesterday's Metro New York newspaper, Restaurant Week , runs from July 12 to 25.

During Restaurant week, hundreds of outstanding eateries offer a three course meal for a set price of $24.07 lunch and $35.00 for dinner. A reservation is a must at certain places.

For a compete list of dinning choices visit

Bon Appetite!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

4th Annual Make Music New York, Michael Jackson lives at NYC Taj!! and more events that will sizzle...

Summer is here!!! New Yorkers looking to party this week have several great events that are guaranteed to sizzle just like the current heat wave!!!

For all of the five boroughs
TimeOut New York 4th annual Make Music New York is today, June 21 on the first day of summer. Not familiar with this event? No problem... According to the website "Make Music New York is a live,free musical celebration across the city that takes place each June 21-the longest day of the year. On that day, hundreds of public spaces throughout the five boroughs-sidewalks, parks community gardens, and more-become impromptu stages for over 1,000 free concerts. Musicians for ages, creeds, and musical persuasions perform for new audiences, who come out from under their headphones to hear unfamiliar groups risk-free on the first day of summer"

For the complete schedule visit Be sure to join the fun, dance and sing until the event ends...

Michael Jackson lives at NYC's TAJ II on June 25! is featuring this fantastic event!!!

Michael Jackson will be known as one of the greatest entertainers the world have every seen and his death last year caused many to mourn his passing. I can't believe it has been a whole year since his departure.

If you are a true fan of this Multi- Grammy award winner, then moon walk on down to TAJII, for "Who's Bad- A Michale Jackson Tribute Event " featuring the music of Michael Jackson and the ENTIRE JACKSON FAMILY! Door open at 6pm and there will be free prizes such as Michael Jackson Mix CDS and white gloves.

About TAJ II
This restaurant by day and club by night is one of the hottest spaces in the New York City area. It is located at 48 West 21st Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

This is an RSVP event so email Who's Bad..............


Melissa DeTroy , a Holistic Food Therapist, Life Coach and Natural Gourmet Chef,is hosting an event which is set to "learn five ways to get back your vibrant, glowing energy finally".....

DeTroy gives her audience five things to look forward to from Observing imbalance with food, Reducing bloating and the benefits of vital greens and Superfood.

For more information visit:

About Breukelen Coffee House
This quaint coffee nook opened it's doors on Oct 2009 which has caused such a splash that The New York Times newspaper took note... This is not your average dark coffee house. As you walk in this this well lit space, a calming affect is immediately felt due to the warm exposed brick walls and smiles from the barrista down to each of the owners-Leeza, Jason and Frank!!!

A new patron can't miss the hypnotic aroma of fresh, fair-trade organic dark drinks to be served hot or cold. My favorite is the CORTADO which is a gentle mix of a couple of shots of espresso and perfectly steamed milk served in a small depression style glass. Also, there are several types of organic muffins bursting with natural fruit and nuts, bit size perfectly shaped Macaroons and large old fashioned style cookies!!! Yummy.....

Become and fan on Facebook, Twitter or drop a note by emailing

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Jetblue airfares Fall flights from east coast starting at $40 each way

Are you looking to travel from the East coast in the Fall for 40 bucks?

Right now, Travel zoo is advertising a great deal on flights. According to their website, Jetblue's is now offering airfares Fall flights from East coast starting at $40 dollars each way!!!

Book by June 25..

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Franklin Park is showing the Britain vs. USA game now!!!

I am here at Franklin Park since they are showing the, FIFA World Cup series, on a projector screen in the garden and a ten dollar Stellar beer, Dutch Boy burger with Fries Special at Dutch Boy Burger. The momentum has been increasing by the millisecond and now the game has begun and this spot has standing room only. Whoa!!!

I recently learned of an ugly urban legend that Americans don't watch the World Cup which is crap. Here in America, there is nothing but appreciation for this game. Trash Talking against the rival Britain team has hit an all time high!!! Even some of the patrons here who are American are even routing for other Non-American teams. Being a newbie fan of soccer and watching this world cup will give me the best opportunity to learn about the best players,beginning in a kicking short span of time!

So come on down and watch the entire FIFA World Cup series on the screen in the Garden, showing until 4pm and sample this great food special, along with happy hour offering $4 dollar beer specials.!!!

About Franklin Park
According to the website,,"Franklin Park, FP, was built in early 2008, from the rubble of a dilapidated mechanics garage (small bar). We opened the last week of April "08". Franklin Park serves many delicious types of domestic and global Beer, Whiskey, and Cognac to name a few. They also offer an array of award winning wines and specialty cocktails such as a Blood Orange Margarita! Happy hours are 4pm to 7pm. Open seven days a week. Yard closes at 11am weekdays and 1am weekends. 681 St. John's Place, Brooklyn, NY (between Classon Ave. and Franklin Ave.) Cash bar only. All guests must be 21+.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Brooklyn Bridge Park opens today!!!

According to NY 1, all of Brooklyn is buzzing over the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge Park today, June 5.

What is all the hype about Brooklyn Bridge Park?
This park is massive (1.6 acres) offering, a clean outdoor space, sure to please all ages.

Brooklyn largest sand box and whimsical slides which will attract those busy tike's.

For the adults, a winding stretch of walkway guarantees to get the blood pumping and of course this park has a Dogie run!!!

In addition, a free ferry ride leaves from this park and arrives in a whopping three minute at the famous Governor Island ,, where an Art Exhibit lies, bike rentals are plenty, along with row of hammocks for viewing the skyline at ease.

So don't remain in the house and sweat. Simply jump on the train, bike or drive to this new outdoor haven and have a blast!!!

For more information visit,

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Brooklyn Beauty Bar host a post movie SEX AND THE CITY 2 soiree kicking off @6pm!!!

New York City is buzzing with excitement over the upcoming release of the latest "SEX AND THE CITY 2" film on Thursday, May 27.

As such, The Brooklyn Beauty Bar, will be the hot spot to party, post movie!!!

Sponsored by the premiere, Skyy Vodka, this soirée is guaranteed to POP all night long while fans are sipping on signature Cosmo, Sky style...

If a Skyy infused Cosmo doesn't wet your palate then accessories by Patricia Fields, as giveaways, are sure to excite any fan!!!

About Beauty Bar
Dim lighting, disguises this retro inspired bar which according to their bio states it "was given a soulful seventies makeover featuring sparkling lifesaver stripped walls and retrofitted with vintage salon furnishings from Marlenes Beauty Shoppe in Lancaster, PA". Despite it being a national chain, The Beauty Bar Brooklyn is an exquisite destination spot. This darling place, mentioned on The Village Voice blog, offers a unique Martini and Manicure Happy Hour along with the opportunity to hear upcoming local bands.

The Beauty Bar Brooklyn is located at 921 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11206, steps away from the Myrtle/Broadway Stop on the JMZ line, 347. 529. 0370. Visit the website at


Sunday, April 11, 2010

I strolled over to Bristens Eatery to work on my blog but I was delightfully interrupted by a Tofu Scramble W Vegan Sausage dish!!!

I went to my favorite local eatery for bunch to work on a writing piece but instead I was delightfully interrupted. I never look on their menu because I know it so well. Therefore I glanced over at the overhead board and noticed their new Tofu Scramble W Vegan Sausage dish and then my mouth started to water. Yet, I am now a meat eater (former vegan). I ordered the dish which was amazing with flavor, color, perfect serving portion and extremely fresh. The Tofu Scramble was fluffy, light and seasoned, the vegan sausage was juicy and golden brown.

So if you are at or near Franklyn Ave, simply drop in for brunch or lunch and dive into one of their scrumptious big beef burgers. In the mood for a sandwich? Try their specialty, such as the St. Johns Turkey, Provolone cheese , pear and mayo sandwich, which is named sandwich of the month, just to name a few. Bristens Eatery is located at 751 Franklyn Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, tele number 646. 393.9422, closed on Mondays. Become a fan and follow on Twitter
Bon Appetite.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Calling all Ipad users, check out the list of Free Wi-Fi hot spots.....

The Ipad frenzy is well on it ways as the print, television and the web have scores of coverage phenomenon.

However, some new users are getting frustrated by the minute due to Wi-Fi needs.

So , I will list free Wi-Fi hot spot which will continue to grow over the next few days.

UPS is looking use new hire technique and attract 25,000 new employees with an average salary of $74K......

Planet Fitness $1 start up fee; $10 monthly fee offer end April 9.

Looking to get fit, quick and for cheap?

Check out the Planet Fitness for its $1 start up fee; $10 monthly fee offer that ends tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Computer March Madness Sale at New !!!

Staring now , is having a promotion sale only for their subscribers which ends March 29. This promotional is loaded with hugh deals such as Lenovo Laptop for $399.99, a pair of Polk Audio speakers f or $119. ,just to name a few items.

So subscribe to and take advantage of this hugh, great sale.!!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

BJ is offering a 60 day free trial membership starting today.

According to BJ website, "BJ’s Wholesale Club is a membership-based warehouse club that sells high-quality brand-name and private label food and general merchandise at BJ’s Everyday Low Prices."

BJ's is a nationwide wholesaler offering customers various types of products such as baby items, toys, jewelry, and sports accessories at discounted prices. However this chain is best known for large bulk grocery items such as meats, produce, condiments, fruit, drinks, just to name a few..!!!.

Starting today, BJ's is offering a 60 day free trial membership.

Enjoying the shopping!

This is a printable coupon deal.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Princess And The Frog Blue Ray + DVD Combo Pack coupon

Having a kids movie night?

If so, check out fatwallet ( cash back rewards site) for this great deal.

With this coupon, purchase this wonderful move which is guarantee to entertain the entire family.

Metropolitan Pavilion space will host the Dolce & Gabbana sample sale starting today!

The Metropolitan Pavilion is a large space which host dinners, media events and sample sales. This beautiful space is located in Chelsea, at 123 W. 18th Street between 6th and 7th ave, New York City.

The Dolce & Gabbana sample sale will take place from Thurday, March 11, 2010 and ending Sunday, March 14, 2010, from 9am to 7pm from Thurs-Sat. Sunday from 9am to 6pm.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Need to sooth a harsh comfort food craving? Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar is the answer!!!

This eatery offers patrons a "wing fling heavenly experience" guaranteed to sooth the harshest comfort food craving. Their wings are so juicy, so fresh, and so plump and each order is served with a choice of over fourteen sauces. From traditional sauces such as sweet bbq, to specialty sauces such as Parmesan garlic, Spicy Caribbean Jerk and fiery sauces such as Mango Habanero sauce.

The L shaped bar is enormous and seats nearly 30 people to ensure a sports bar feel. A 70 inch screen is stretched lengthwise in front of the bar keeping patrons entertained with such events as March Madness. This bar is a hot area by offering $2, $3 dollar tap beers during the daily happy hour from 4pm to 7pm, and a friendly bartender that literately runs to with another drink per request.

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar is located in the Atlantic Ave Mall, Brooklyn, NY. During four nights a week, this spot offers super wing deals. Monday kicks off with their unlimited boneless wings deals for $10.99. Tuesday is their 50cents per wing deal served in a traditional sauce but Wednesday and Thursday, the wings are a bit more pricey, 60cents per wing deal, served with traditional or bbq sauce.

Don't have a wing fling fetish? No problem. This eatery has an array of beef burgers, ribs combo's, wraps, flatbread and even grazing greens (salad) for the calorie conscious. They also offer a kids menu. So don't ignore that comfort food craving and instead drop in Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar to get down and grub! Bon Appetite!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

25% off entire check at the delicious Ruby Tuesdays

Love eating out but hate when the bill comes?

Located this deal strictly for all those bill haters!!!

For a limited time only, grab a bit and get 25% off the check at the delicious Ruby Tuesday starting February 23 until March 2.

This is printable coupon deal........

Be a Hero- Baskin Robbins 31 cents scoop nite, April 28 from 5 to 10 pm!!!

Are you a ice cream addict? If so, here is some exciting news. On Wednesday, April 28, from 5 to 10pm, Baskin Robbins is kicking off their 4th annual "Be a hero 31 cents scoop nite" to honor American FireFighters!!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Come and experience a real LoveJones NYC this Monday at Sylvia's!!!'

Imagine being serenaded by Sophia Nicole and J-Harris sultry voices, wooed by dancer LaShonna, while glancing across the room, to view Fernando Mora's whimsical brush strokes creating a vibrant masterpiece. But wait!!! All this and more, is a show called, the LoveJones NYC, an event which takes place at the famous Sylvia's Also Lounge in Harlem. It begins at 7:30 and will occur in room swirling with hints of nutmeg, orange, jalapenos, and rosemary simply completing this LoveJones tantalizing experience!!!

What is this LoveJones NYC event?

Love Jones NYC is a live Music, Dance, Poetry, Live Art show that has been mentioned in several publications such as the NY Daily News, Post and Heed Magazine.

J-Harris, creator and host of LoveJones NYC, explains this concept best "I wanted to create something different, something uplifting and event that truly celebrated the arts, as I presented the best in live music, spoken word, dance, fashion and live art,"Fleming explained. "We are very excited that we have had sold out nights since our first show." Visit the website for further information.

This show is a must see! See you there and maybe you will meet the face behind Krystal Knows!!!.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Condom Sampler from Durex, Trojan, Lifestyle and more...100 for $20 bucks!!!

I just located this incredible deal. Happy Shopping!!!!

Up to 70% off at Victoria's Secret.....

Alright ladies, according to the Victoria Secret's website, is advertising their clearance sale up to 70% off 2300+styles.

Panties, Bras, Sweet Scents, oh my......

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ways To Find Discount Broadway Theatre tix and parking in NYC

LION KING, Les Miserables, FELA and RENT, just to name a few, have and continue to make a splash in the theater circuit. However, to purchase a ticket to see one of these glorious shows is expensive!!!

I just learned of a trick that a co-worker shared with me.

Simply go online and enter "discount code for NYC Broadway tickets" and a list of websites and codes appear.

Also, click on and on the right of the site is the icon $10 parking theater parking coupon. In addition, this site pinpoints garages that offer discounted parking throughout NYC.

So, select a show, find a discount and enjoy an evening on Broadway.

Talking all that Jazz......

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

An owner of Kombit resturant is missing...

Over the weekend, my heart fell as I learned that a friend's sister, is amounts the missing, in Haiti. Pascale and her two sibling , one went to Haiti days before the earthquake, are the owners of the beloved, Kombit restaurant, located on Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY.

I met Pascale years ago as she was a co-worker of my best friend Lori and we immediately became friends. After, I learned that she became a restaurant owner, I frequented the eatery which always served up spectacular dishes. It was at Kombit, that I learned of the Haitian Independence Day, which is celebrated on Jan 1, and sampled their infamous pumpkin soup.

Burberry, Chloe and Juicy Couture kids sale......

I was searching the internet for highend infant girls clothing and stumbled onto the Saks online Just Kids sale. Designers such as Burberry, Chloe, D&G, and Juicy Couture, to name a few, are among the big eye catchers...<>ast_id=1408474395222441&Ns=P_306418053_sort&N=1553+30641

Monday, January 18, 2010

Winter blues? Take a short vacation within the US or outside.

Do you have the winter blues????

Why not take a short vacation within the US or outside?

Visit my travel site,

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, events around town........

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a minister, father, educator, peaceful, resourceful along with being a civil rights leader, who's, life was shortened. Yet, in a short span of time, he made a remarkable change in America.

On Monday, January 18, 2010, is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr national holiday and many events are planned. Here is a list of events spinning around the New York City area:

Brooklyn Academy of Music annual event
24th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Danny Glover anchors this year’s celebration: In addition to a speech by theLethal Weaponactor, the event includes performances by Brooklyn’s New Life Tabernacle Mass Choir and beat-boxer Kenny Muhammad. Plus, catch a screening of the documentarySoundtrack for a Revolution, about the music that drove the civil-rights movement.FREE BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-636-4100, Mon 18 at 10:30am.

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MLK 2010 Facility Award Reception
The New York University Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award is presented to recognize faculty members who exemplify the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. through their positive impact within the classroom and the greater New York University community. We recognize and honor these faculty awardeesfor their scholarship, social or political activities that serve as inspiration for students to dream! Offered as part of MLK Week at NYU, and sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs.
Martin Luther King Day Celebration featuring Harlem's Gospel Choir @ BB King's


York College Community Commemorative Quilt Committee 11th Annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King and Art and Quilt Exhibit.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Don't have dental insurance? Need a free dental cleaning?

Don't have dental healthcare??? No problem!!!!

I located this mention on the NY1 Community calendar center,while searching for something to do this weekend!!!

Get a free cleaning on Friday, Jan 15 from 12pm to 7pm at Park Dental Center located in Park Slope,Brooklyn. is having a 50% percent off beauty sale

Are you running out of beauty supplies?


Do you need to add beauty supplies for a different climate? (Jan 2010 to April 2010 is winter for NYC)

Right now,according to website, this company is offering 50% off beauty sale on such name brands as Go Smiley, Zeno, Nuxe and Decleor to name a few brands.

Also, they are offering free samples of various items. One item in particular that caught my attendion is a small sample of USHER's new cologne.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Pink Tea Cup is closing only Temporary until February 2010

Over the weekend, a good friend of mine called me to sadly mention that " The Pink Tea Cup restaurant, located in the West Village of NYC, is closing on Sunday, January 2, forever. I am dramatic, so I gasped for air. My mind immediately flipped back to nearly twenty years ago, to a distant memory, I had nearly forgotten. It was the year 1993 and my now ex (who is happy married) (I am in a wonderful relationship to my soul mate) wanted to take me to a restaurant, that he considered to be quaint, stylish and served some "slamming southern food". He scooped me from work, gave me a kiss and off we ran to The Pink Tea Cup. We arrived at this tiny eatery with foggy windows. But once I entered this place, a warm feeling fell over me and my nostrils began to flare caused by the sweet aroma of mac and cheese, collards and ribs. Oh wee... I had the golden fried whiting fish, sweet potato salad and spicy collards followed with bread pudding. That was the closest to a home cooked southern meal, I have ever experienced at an eatery!!!

Then my mind snapped back to the present and I was very sad. So, I jumped on my computer and located this article on the Village Voice blog " The Pink Tea Cup Closes..... But Owner Plans To Reopen Nearby" by Roy Edroso. I am so relieved and will probably see you at The New Pink Tea Cup upon it's reopening....