The family took me to Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook for Father’s Day, and much fun was had by all. If you haven’t been, here’s a few tips:
1) Although they are open year round, now is obviously when you want to go. They have an extremely enjoyable upper patio that offers stellar views of the wide part of Hudson and refreshingly cool breezes. It’s a sweet setup. They’ll offer you a variety of seating when you arrive, but trust us: what you want is the patio.2) Even if you don’t have kids, you may appreciate the miniature golf course they have in the back. It may depend on how much you’ve had to drink, so plan accordingly. There’s also a game there called “Cornhole,” but I don’t know from that. Maybe it’s a New England thing.3) Get the blue crabs. In fact, we think it’s sound policy to always get the dish the restaurant is named after. And at Brooklyn Crab, they are certainly kind of pricey but they know what they’re doing with the preparation. Steamed, smothered in Old Bay, corn on the cob, slaw, and a pint of cold Narragansett. Yum.4) Bring a helper along to assist you with smashing the claws. This is without a doubt a two person job.
5) Wet naps. Ask for extras.
Ever been to Jane’s Carousel in Dumbo? An incredible new addition to Brooklyn Bridge Park, it is a vintage Carousel from 1922 positioned right on the waterfront and has jaw-dropping views like this of Manhattan and the bridges…
I like the story behind it, because it is one of persistence. An artist named Jane Walentas (wife of David Walentas, the real estate developer who created Dumbo as you know it today) spent more than 25 years bringing this Carousel to life.
It was a true passion project, and took an insane amount of work because when Jane and David purchased it at auction in 1984, the Carousel was a total wreck. They made hundreds of necessary carpentry repairs, and began the time-consuming process of hand-scraping away 62 years of “Park Paint” with a razor blade to reveal the original 1922 carvings, color palette, and designs. The horses were rendered in faithful detail based on historical photographs.
Missing embellishments such as faceted jewels, small beveled mirrors on the bridles, and delicate pinstriping were restored. Blackened varnish was removed from original paintings to reveal their true colors. Mechanical systems were updated with new gears, motor and an electronic controller. Totally rewired, the Carousel now dazzles visitors with 1200 brilliant lights. When finished in 2011, it was finally housed in an appropriately gorgeous glass and steel pavilion designed by the incredible Jean Nouveau.
And not surprisingly, the finished product is pretty damn amazing. Eve went completely bananas over it… Go, you won’t be disappointed!
I took a run over to the waterfront this morning in Red Hook and was struck by the massive amount of cargo being moved around at the container terminal. The facility has six active container cranes, 2,080 feet of berthing space, two major bulk-handling yards, and approximately 400,000 square feet of warehouse space. It’s an impressive operation moving at full speed, and on a clear day, pretty colorful too.