The new Downtown party spot (Rihanna et al.), a food writers diverts his attention from high-end badass food to laud "the Deli & Grocery bodega," an upcoming comic book on gentrification, and a lovely program at the local library
Sunset Park: The Latest Party Spot in Brooklyn (NY Times)
Also last month, Club Lust, a high-energy strip club on 47th Street surrounded by beverage distribution centers and welding supply companies, hosted a party for Fool’s Gold Records, a label that has released music by Kid Cudi and Danny Brown. Amid a sea of ricocheting colored lights and quivering flesh, 700 visitors paid $20 at the door to hear D. J.s like Sonny Digital, while dancers in thongs ascended poles and Alexander Wang (again) made it rain dollar bills.
... Persuading the downtown crowd to undertake the odyssey to this outlying patch of Kings County is often the first challenge. On Google Maps, Sunset Park looks like the other side of the moon. But the rise of Uber, Lyft and other car services has made far-flung locations less intimidating. Chasing livery cabs through deserted streets is no longer a ritualistic hazard of getting home.
Food Writers and Critics Pick their Favorite Meals of the Year (Eater)
Kenzi Wilbur, Food 52 managing editor — Can I have two? One: The single bite of mackerel sushi at Ko. I could taste every grain of rice. I washed it down with a Painkiller, because Jordan Salcito is a fucking badass. Two: The carnitas tacos from the back of the Deli and Grocery bodega in Sunset Park. I understand fully that I am late to this party, but I care more about shouting my love for those tacos from the rooftops than looking like I knew what I was doing in 2009. I did not know what I was doing in 2009.
Coming in 2016: Ron Wimberly's Sunset Park (Paste)
Something’s up in Sunset Park, and it ain’t just the rent. Are Brooklyn’s gentrifiers more than just economic vampires? A cartoonist draws a macabre story from a collection of notes, journals, movies and other ephemera he finds boxed, abandoned in the studio he’s recently rented along the latest frontline in gentrification’s relentless march over Brooklyn in SUNSET PARK.
Dancing the Tango in the Sunset Park Library (Next Avenue)
“We started out with 20 people registered,” says Luz Acevedo, office manager for the Services for Older Adults at the Brooklyn Public Library, “but the turnout weekly is more like 30.”
The artist/instructor, Walter Perez, who hails, appropriately, from Argentina begins each class with a warm-up. People then partner up, and he teaches the steps — no mean feat considering some of the participants use walkers or canes. Perez also has taught some steps with the participants forming a circle so they could support fellow learners with balance problems. The class began at 9:30 a.m. and lasted two hours, with a break in the middle.