More politicians voice their support of extending the city’s Open Streets program
City Comptroller Scott Stringer and State Senator Jessica Ramos in Queens wrote an open letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday expressing “disappointment” that the city’s Open Streets program — which allowed restaurants to set up outdoor dining areas in the streets on blocks closed to car traffic — is set to shut down at the end of October. Instead, Stringer and Ramos argue that the program should be made permanent in the city, extend to cover more streets, and include retail businesses as well as restaurants.
“It makes no sense to forfeit these vital public spaces, especially as the pandemic and the need for social distancing continues,” they write.
Earlier this week, several City Council members introduced new legislation to make outdoor dining permanent in the city. Separately, de Blasio said in a press conference on Tuesday that an announcement on whether or not outdoor dining will be extended is coming “very soon.” The mayor has previously voiced his support of making outdoor dining permanent in the city, and the outdoor dining program is already slated to return in 2021.
In other news
— Neighborhood fixture Carroll Gardens Classic Diner has permanently shut down, Brooklyn Paper reports.
— Food festival “Tastes of Brooklyn” is swinging through Crown Heights and Prospect Heights next weekend. There are over 20 participating restaurants, including 95 South Soul Food, Mexican spot Citrico, and Gloria’s Caribbean Cuisine. Tickets are $30 for four tastes or $80 for 12 tastes.
— LES food hall the Market Line will be hosting an Indonesian pop-up on October 22 highlighting dishes from the Padang region, including Rendang Daging, or dry curry beef, and Gulai Kepala Ikan, or fish head curry. Tickets are $125 apiece and include a set 15-course meal for two people.
— Time Out recommends top restaurants to hit on a food tour through Brooklyn’s Little Caribbean.
— Ramen chain Kyuramen, which currently only has one NYC location in Flushing that has made headlines for its extensive outdoor dining setup, will be opening a second outpost in Manhattan, near Union Square, according to Commercial Observer. The opening date was not disclosed.
— A poll to usher in the weekend:
If you could have your home look like one restaurant dining room in America, which one would it be and why?
— emmaorlow (@emmaorlow) September 24, 2020
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NBA Star Jimmy Butler Started a Coffee Shop in the Bubble—Now He’s Filed for a Trademark
Jimmy Butler, an All-Star forward for the Miami Heat, has filed three trademarks for “Big Face Coffee.”.That’s the coffee side-hustle he’s been running out of his Florida hotel room.Butler lets fellow NBA athletes take advantage of his french press skills for $20 a serving.But now he’s taking the coffee gig to the next level.He is seeking trademarks for apparel like hats and shirts, housewares like mugs and cups, and “general cafe items.”.But his days running the only java joint in the Bubble might be coming to an end.On Thursday, the @NBABubbleLife twitter account shared a pic of a handwritten sign from what could be his new competitor
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This ‘World’s Strongest Beer’ Is a Collaboration Between Two Rival Breweries
Back in 2009, the Scottish BrewDog brewery released a 32% ABV beer called Tactical Nuclear Penguin.The made it just to swipe the “world’s strongest beer” title from Germany’s 31% ABV Schorschbrau Schorschbock.The Scots and the Schorschbrau brewery traded the title several times over the coming years.But the rivalry ended in 2011 when the Germans dropped a 57% ABV that brought the Scots to their knees.But BrewDog and Schorschbrau hadn’t forgotten. And to honor their previous battle, the brewers have collaborated.Strength in Numbers is a 57.8% ABV beer made with Schorschbrau’s eisbock method, and it uses Brewdog’s ice distilled, 10-year cask aged ale.Strength In Numbers was released on September 17th, in tiny 40-milliliter bottles with a big $38 price tag.Unfortunately for extreme beer fans, those bottles appear to already be gone
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2,600-Year-Old Wine Press Unearthed in Lebanon
Part of the appeal of drinking wine is the history: partaking in a tradition that has endured for thousands of years.Thanks to this intermingling of wine and history, archeologists continue to make discoveries that add to our understanding.And that’s exactly what happened in Lebanon where researchers recently uncovered a 2,600-year-old wine press.The press was in a “remarkable state of preservation,” confirming that the location was the site of innovative winemaking.The interdisciplinary approach adopted by the Tell el-Burak Archaeological Project has allowed understanding how this installation was built, its technology (with special regard to the plaster), and the process of winemaking from the trampling of the grapes to the storage of the final product in amphorae, Adriano Orsingher,Co-author.The plaster basin could hold about 1,200 gallons, and much of the resulting product was apparently shipped abroad.These findings also help solidify the Phoenicians’ burgeoning reputation as ancient wine traders and influencers.So next time you need something to toast to, consider clinking glasses in honor of the early Phoenicians
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