(Left to right: The Brady Brunch, Thyme Is On Our Side, The Brooklyn Squall, Pearallel Lines)
In the not too distant past, I was asked to participate in the “Beer Cocktail Brunch Off” at the East Village establishment Jimmy’s No. 43. I can’t say I was particularly thrilled at this prospect. Every beer cocktail I had ever had was not very good. Beer is so delicious on its own! Why mask the awesome flavor of beer with juices and syrups? I’ve always been a sucker for a challenge though, so I accepted.
With the help of my dear friend, the distiller & zineman Chris Elford, we spent a day slaving over a juicer, jiggers, and quite a few bottles of beer. Our entry to the Brunch Off, “The Brooklyn Squall” (a variation on a Dark & Stormy), didn’t win, but we came up with four recipes that made us both begrudgingly admit beer cocktails can be quite tasty.
The Brady Brunch 2 oz Marmalade syrup (1/2 oz OJ, 1 oz grapefruit juice, 2 teaspoon marmalade)
3 oz Brooklyn EIPA (or another English style IPA)
Garnish with an orange twist
Thyme Is On Our Side Rosemary & Thyme Tea (Boil 1 cup of water, add 3 springs of rosemary & 2 springs of thyme. Steep for 5 minutes)
Add 1 oz tea to 1 oz fig jam
Add 2 oz fig syrup to 8 oz Brooklyn Winter Ale (or another Scotch Ale)
Garnish with a spring of thyme
The Brooklyn Squall 1 oz ginger syrup 1 oz fresh lime juice 4 oz Brooklyn Brown Ale (or another Brown Ale) 1 oz Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout to top (there is no substitute)
Garnish with candied ginger
Pearallel Lines Poach pears in 24 oz apple juice, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons agave & 3 dashes of liquid smoke for 20 minutes Puree pears with 4 oz of poaching liquid – strain
Add 2 oz pear juice to 8 oz Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
4 dashes tiki bitters
This photo shows sledders in Prospect Park, January 1967. Equipped with the wood sleds, plastic discs, and pieces of cardboard, hundreds of winter revelers of all ages flock to the hills of Prospect Park every year. When Prospect Park opened in 1867, it provided a free and accessible public space for Brooklynites to congregate, exercise, and play in the heat of summer and the chill of winter. Today, Prospect Park remains one of the most popular sledding sites in Brooklyn.
The end of November also marks the beginning of the holiday window displays in New York. This photograph captures an elaborate window display, which appears to be made entirely out of handkerchiefs, at Abraham & Straus department store. The ornate building, located at 422 Fulton Street, became the flagship location of A&S in 1885, and is now a Macy’s store. The three-story arch that once formed the entrance to the building has since been filled in, but other original art deco details are still visible.
In addition to this photograph, BHS has an archival collection about Abraham & Straus from 1865 to 1995. The majority of the items date from 1964 and 1965 and were compiled by Abraham & Straus employee Juli Daves in preparation for the store’s centennial celebration. These items include newsletters, a history of Abraham & Straus, news clippings, and correspondence between Juli Daves and Mrs. Kenn Stryker-Rodda, Archivist at the Long Island Historical Society (later the Brooklyn Historical Society), regarding research for the centennial. Other materials in the collection include store directories, souvenir shopping bags, employee newsletters, various printed ephemera, and a catalog dating from 1886, when the store was known as Wechsler & Abraham.