An Arena Grows in Brooklyn
Even though the Barclays Center has yet to fully stock his beer, Brooklyn Brewery boss Steve Hindy still loves the project, as he makes plain in this email to The Observer, which we excerpted in the previous story. Even when people were hating on him for supporting the project, Mr. Hindy stood by it, and he believes prospered because of it. He covered a lot of territory in his note to us, so we figured why not post it in full.
An Arena Grows in Brooklyn
The Barclays Center is open, and like Brooklyn’s favorite son who has been performing there all week, the arena lives up to the hype. It may not be universally loved, for its tortured past or rusticated design, but there is no question the Barclays Center is one of the most unique and interesting sports venues in the world. It is certainly the most exacting, with every inch of the place being burnished and detailed. It is like a Swiss watch—everything in its right place—albeit a Swiss watch with a discrete EmblemHealth logo on its face, the kind of thing handed out for a Christmas bonus. You eagerly wear it and just hope no one wants to see the thing up close.
One thing was out of place, though, when The Observer took in Wednesday night’s packed Jay-Z concert: drinks, drinks everywhere, but not a drop from Brooklyn.
The G train gets a bad rap sometimes. Residents of Brooklyn and Queens often grumble about the train’s sporadic service, long waits, lack of weekend service, and its general uselessness. But there’s at least one champion of the G out there (which will be extending its service thanks to the MTA’s new budget allotment), and they want you to show your love as well.
The Williamsburg beer factory/garden Brooklyn Brewery is holding a contest for songsmiths to pen a tune about their experience riding the green rails, which, as they point out, is statistically a pretty decent train. The winning band will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Sweden, where the hops palace has teamed up with Debaser to hold the first ever Brooklyn music festival in Stockholm. (Why? Who knows.)
It was perhaps inevitable. Even a beloved boutique manufacturer could only survive for so long on the condo-crazed shores of Williamsburg. Brooklyn Brewery was the city’s first big-time microbrewer and helped bring the sudsy movement to the East Coast in the 1990s. Now, the brewery’s home has been quietly sold, and it looks like a Read More
Sodom by the Sea
So maybe instead of upscale, the Coney Island concretewalk-to-be will trade in downmarket for mass-market.
There has been a fair deal of handwringing over yesterday’s announcement that nine out of 11 boardwalk stalwarts will be gone next year. “People in the summer love to come in for a drink in their Read More
What: The Great American Beer Festival
Where: Denver, Colo.
Why: Because the Mile High City celebrates its craft beer culture in a way New York is just coming around to
The City of Denver, along with the trade group the Brewers Association, hosted a jolly bus tour of Denver’s more Read More
The Brooklyn Brewery has gotten the seal of approval from the state for a grant to expand its factory/beer hall in Williamsburg. The $800,000 subsidy is about one-sixth of the cost of the total $4.6 million expansion, which is expected to retain 27 jobs and add a grand total of nine permanent jobs, according to the Read More
Williamsburg You Ever Hear of It?
Neville Ross, a Douglas Elliman broker, is clean-shaven in the photograph on his business card. But at Wednesday evening’s grand opening party for the condos at 58 Metropolitan in Williamsburg, he was sporting a thick, bushy and, dare we say it, hipster beard.
Mr. Ross wouldn’t comment, but the beard seemed to represent at least Read More
“The Brooklyn Brewery was a confirmation of the American Dream,” co-founder Steve Hindy wrote in a commentary released today by the Center for an Urban Future called "Trouble Brewing."
“But after a frustrating, futile four-year search for a new Brewery site to expand operations in the city, I am now asking myself Read More
With that in mind, we thought we’d present this modest introduction to the neighborhood. It’s not much, but it will encourage your natural curiosity and soften the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune by directing you to the elements of Williamsburg life that will be the most comfortable to you and that have been developed Read More