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Friday
May132011

The Park Slope Week in Review: 5/9/11 - 5/13/11

The soon-to-open Couleur Cafe
On Monday, word got out that Falafilo, the new Falafel/ Middle Eastern place on Union right near Fifth, will be moving into the old Mama Rosa Space, located right next door. It was also announced that the Great Food Truck Gathering of 2011 (not the actual name) will be taking place in Grand Army Plaza NEXT SUNDAY.

Tuesday brought another announcement, the Prospect Park Bandshell's 2011 lineup of summer shows. I also got a behind-the scenes preview of Bicycle Habitat, opening this weekend on Fifth between 10th and 11th.

Wednesday brought word that Clear, the odd little wifi store on Fifth between St. Marks and Warren, had shuttered. We also got a glimpse inside the new burger joint coming to Flatbush by Sixth. Not much progress there.

On Thursday all hell broke loose with Blogspot, so these links may still not work: One reported that Asha Veza, the Indian-inspired clothing store on Fifth between St. Marks and Prospect that donated all proceeds to helping disadvantaged Indian women, had closed. The next was a follow-up to that, explaining how while the store was closed, the show will be on the road for the summer and it'll move back into Brooklyn come fall.

Friday the 13th brought news that Couleur, a new French cafe, will be opening in the former Ajami Hookah Lounge space, on Seventh between 15th and 16th. Looks like it'll be a nice addition to the neighborhood. I was also curious about the odd "Pub" signage on a house on Prospect Avenue, but lo and behold, it was once a pub!

Friday
May132011

Friday Foodporn: Bierkraft's Cheese


While Bierkraft, on Fifth between Union and Berkeley, is best known for (of course) its beer, the selection of cheeses behind the display case is equally satisfying. There are about 25 varieties ranging from fresh goat to aged Gouda, and the salespeople can help you pair one with their variety of meats, which range from fresh-roasted turkey to salami and cured ham. Layered onto bread with housemade toppings like pickled fiddleheads and roasted garlic, it's a sandwich combination made in heaven, best enjoyed in their new backyard.


Bierkraft, 191 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217. 718-230-7600.

Friday
May132011

The Mysterious "PUB" of Prospect Avenue

There's an odd sign hanging on a house on Prospect Avenue between Sixth and Seventh, and I can't figure it out for the life of me. Take a look:


Only one of the two panels it's designed to hold is installed, but the word "PUB" faces inward. You can barely make it out when viewed from the other side:


It's pretty obvious that there's no pub in this building, unless it's a speakeasy (which would make the sign a little superfluous). Maybe the homeowner just found it somewhere and decided to hang it up? No clue.

Friday
May132011

French Cafe Coming to 435 Seventh Avenue


Couleur Cafe, a French-style coffee shop, is headed to the space formerly occupied by Ajami Hookah Lounge, on Seventh Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets.

The owner, French native Murat Ozcan, tells me that his cafe will serve organic coffee along with pastries, salads, sandwiches, soups, and daily specials like Beef Bourguignon.

Along with partner Francois Ronget, he also owns Lucky's Cafe in the Village, and is dedicated to using only fresh, organic ingredients. The cafe will host community events like movie nights, and a goal is to make the cafe a prime gathering place for the South Slope community. 

Couleur Cafe should be open within a couple weeks.

Thursday
May122011

Asha Veza on the Road, Temporarily Homeless

While Asha Veza, the mission-based clothing store formerly on Fifth between St. Marks and Prospect, has closed up shop, thankfully they're just taking the show on the road for the summer and will be back in town in four months, owner Shanti Crawford has informed me. 

Their mission is to fundraise against the trafficking of women and to alleviate poverty in India (where all the clothes they sell are made), and as they've decided to stick to private events and trunk shows for the summer, it didn't make sense to continue to pay rent on the storefront.

She's also collaborating with Circa Trade, a collection of Asian art and artifacts, and come autumn they'll be settling down together in a new storefront in Brooklyn, but not necessarily in Park Slope.