Craft beer takes over Brooklyn, New York

The Village Voice’s Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2011, from 3PM to 6PM at the Skylight One Hanson in Brooklyn, New York. The event will feature over 100 craft beers from local, national, and international breweries. Attendees can expect complimentary beer tastings (especially of seasonal brews), a souvenir glass, and entertainment. Some of the breweries in attendance include Brooklyn Brewery, Bluepoint Brewing Company, Weihenstephan, San Francisco Speakeasy Ales and Lagers, and many more.

General admission for the event is $40 (the VIP tickets have already sold out).

Not looking to make it an early night? The local biergarden Der Schwarze Kolner will host an after-party for the event. Ticket holders will receive free admission and discounted drinks all night.

Skylight One Hanson is located at One Hanson Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Der Schwarze Kolner is located at 710 Fulton St., right off of Greene Ave. in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

“Ground Zero Mosque” reality check

We’ve all heard about it–the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque”. Journalists, bloggers, and pretty much everyone else have been screaming at each other about whether it should open or not. All but absent from the debate, however, are hard facts.

Now the Village Voice has published an angry article with facts about the Ground Zero Mosque. First off, it’s a community center as well as a mosque. Secondly, it’s not at Ground Zero. The article has a map showing the proposed community center is two-and-a-half blocks away from Ground Zero at 51 Park Place. Even more revealing are photos of what’s also in the vicinity of Ground Zero–a Burger King, a bookie, and a titty bar. Nobody has called these places disrespectful to the memory of the victims.

Village Voice writer Foster Kamer goes off on people from outside New York City making judgments about the Park51 project, pointing out that the community center will have a 9/11 memorial and saying that people who want to stifle freedom of religion are almost as bad as terrorists. He also reminds us that dozens of Muslims were killed in the 9/11 attacks, including an NYPD cadet. Kamer then rips into the commercialization of Ground Zero. Thousands of tourists flock to it every year, feeding a small industry of guided tours and souvenir stands selling Chinese-made memorabilia. There’s even a hotel that’s using its proximity to Ground Zero as a selling point.

One thing Kamer doesn’t include, however, is a link to the Park51 project, so here it is. The site details what the developers are planning to do with the property.

Is an Islamic community center an appropriate thing to have two-and-a-half blocks away from Ground Zero? Is a titty bar? Is Ground Zero tourism respectful or simply ghoulish? Tell us what you think in the comments section.

Photo of 45-51 Park Place courtesy Gryffindor via Wikimedia Commons.

Taste of the Ivory Coast in the NYC

Treichville may be a neighborhood in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, but it is also a restaurant in New York City, both of which I have never explored personally. However, for a sampling of the Ivory Coast and for less than half the cost one may consider swinging in for some fare. This Village Voice piece does a fine job taking us to the real Treichville by describing its bustling open-air markets, transportation terminals and nightclubs complete with French influence, yet the most African part of town. And just as quickly as the writer takes us across the Atlantic he ships us back across to the Treichville located at 339 East 118th Street, NYC where crab legs, mussels, clams, and shrimp can all be found on the menu.

From the sound of the piece it looks worth filling your tummy with a plate full. Again, I’ve never been, but if I were near by, without a question I’d be fueling up too.