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The owners of Wally’s Square Root café told me the other day while I was brunching at their place that they noticed I, along with Clinton Hill Blog and Clinton Hill Foodie, had stopped blogging. I replied: “Actually I never stopped blogging. It’s just that I switched to “micro-blogging” ahem… tweeting.”

Too bad I never got around to posting about this switch. But it is never too late. So yes, please refer to @myrtleshuffle on Twitter from here on. It also feeds live to this blog at the bottom left.

See you around the hood!

Just so you know, philosophically I am now at a different place than when I started this blog. Whereas new restaurants were exciting to me a few years ago, now as the neighborhood looks and feels increasingly more like Manhattan, they sometimes make me nostalgic for the way things used to be. So I’ve decided to post more about the things that do not cost money and less about the stuff that might give folks considering moving to the new trendy hood but who only care about “amenities” the wrong kind of idea about the soul of Fort Greene. In other words: I would rather no longer contribute to the cultural carnage that has slowly taken place in Fort Greene over the twelve or so years that I have lived here and therefore I no longer post exclusively about the things I do here that happen to cost money.

Also, as I feel more and more bored by Fort Greene’s boilerplate Mcmakeover, I am increasingly hanging out everywhere else in Brooklyn that reminds me of the old Fort Greene: Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights and Flatbush. Hope you enjoy the ride if you choose to come along.

Hi all,

I was gone to a different continent and far far away from Myrtle this summer which is why I didn’t post on Twitter or the blog then. I was back in the beginning of fall and resumed Twittering (hopefully you noticed!) but not blogging.

Why didn’t I post a goodbye note when I left this summer? Because part of me felt very guilty of not being able to Myrtle blog and of letting my beloved readers down. First my excuse was that I needed to concentrate on getting everything ready for my trip and that I’d write the note once in Africa. Then when I got there, internet access was not as regular and I kept prioritizing other things when online. I know, lame. Hopefully you’ll take this weird block as a sign of how much I care…

For now I am back and as soon as I figure out how to mobile blog (especially photoblog) from my new iPhone, I will resume mobile blogging.  I don’t think it will be that long. In the meanwhile I’m a little amused that learning how to  mobile photoblog from a Palm Centro came much easier than learning how to do the same from an iPhone! But it could just be me and where I’m at right now.

In any event, Twitter is definitely the best way to get your Myrtle Shuffle on as my Twitter stream features my tweets and any blog posts. See you on Myrtle soon?

Oh and if there are any new Fort Greene/Clinton Hill tweeps that I haven’t yet added to the neighborhood tweetroll on the blog, please leave me a note in the comments or tweet me.


[Where: Brooklyn Flea, Vanderbilt Ave & Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn 11205]

I’ve never been a cheerleader of the flea. But that may have changed today. Maybe the difference is that I actually needed something specific (some work-appropriate jewelry) but I also think the endeavour finally fits in with Fort Greene.  The deejay playing everything from Michael Jackson to Fela Kuti to British House may or may not have contributed to that. And then there were these unexpected treats:

  • Cocoa and Agave together i.e. “good for you chocolate” – Sadly I can’t remember the dark chocolate merchant’s name who sold me the cocoa ice cream. Got a rich cocoa ice at the Fine & Raw Chocolate booth. I was enchanted to recognize the wrapper of the chocolate bars on the table as I bought some at Choice Greene last sunday. Both the “ice cream” (which is dairyless) and the chocolate bars are made with agave syrup and 70 to 80% cocoa.
  • McClure’s pickles – Not something I set out to get. But the merchant sought me out and was quite charming. He explained that the pickle company employed three people: him in NY and the owner’s parents in Detroit. There were dill pickles and hot (capsaicin) pickles. There was also a lovely grainy mustard. So fresh. Sulfite free. I was in heaven. Now in my fridge, the pickles are irrestible and I’m eating them as snacks.
  • Oh and I should mention I tasted some excellent ricotta from Salvatore, a ricotta maker which sells to restaurants but not yet to stores. They were serving it on bruschetta with prosciutto and in canolis. Yum. The name will come back to me eventually.
  • Bracelets made out of old records – Didn’t get to buy any but may end up going back for these.

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[where: BAM, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn 11217]

Charlotta Janssen, founder of the Great Wall of Brooklyn, explains that 4 artists will be displayed a year and community residents will get to vote them in at a community meeting.
[where: Chez Lola, 387 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn NY 11205 ]
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The Great Wall of Brooklyn people asked me to share this with you:

April 24, 2009

*Launch of the Great Wall of Brooklyn in Fort Greene, Brooklyn (Saturday,
May 9th).*
Bad Timing. So What?  There is never a bad time for great art.
Yes, we know all about the economic crisis.  Many people are surprised to
hear our ambitions about starting a new arts organization in the present
climate.  But, great art can, and will, flourish in difficult times.*

And so, we present our highly anticipated launch project:

*”Achtung Baby… Here Comes the Next Great Depression”*
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myrtle minutes: Myrtle Avenue Time Capsule.
This exciting new project invites you to share your memories/mementos of Myrtle Avenue.
I’d like to contribute this blog of course but they do not list electronic submissions as an option. I’m sure it’s am oversight. I’ll keep you posted.

[where: 11205]

A good case for why it’s worth fighting for Fort Greene/Clinton Hill’s mixed and integrated identity. (Made by a Brooklynite, Nate Silver, to boot.)