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Dec. 12th, 2007

Holidays on the Avenue

The corner stores are sold out of flour, the fabulous/kitchy over-the-top decorations are up on Windsor Place, I received a rather nasty email about my "Windsor Terrace Eleven," and mostly proudly, Icky was dubbed "The Anti-Smartmom" by a commenter ... it *must* be Christmas!

The Christmas Tree lot at Holy Name Field

Commerce as Good Cheer at Sondra's

Holy Name, Anchoring the Avenue

As the Man Says, "Up on the housetop ..."
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Dec. 3rd, 2007

Crazy Holidays, Crazy Tales, Crazy Crafts

Happy crazy New York City holidays!

So many things to see in our fair borough of Brooklyn, so much to get done, and so much to do! Most of the Icky holiday time is being spent hand-crafting and addressing creative pursuits. For more on that, and tons of great Brooklyn-based gift ideas, check out the post below. It's a compendium of handmade gift ideas, all crafted here in Brooklyn.

Adding to the crazy, "The Sad, Sad Saga of Icky and the Brooklyn Paper" continues on its path to near-operatic (or Beckett-like?) proportions. You might recall my Rather Opinionated Post concerning my poor opinion of The Brooklyn Paper. As the sordid tale wears on, it seems Editor Mr. K and AdMan Mr. Ross have decided to fight snark with snark - I am not only back on the hot-links mailing list, but I am now receiving "breaking news" updates, and emails from Mr. K himself. No matter, dear readers. The year is 2007, and the amazing Icky Spam Filter has been set to its task. God speed, Spam Filter.

In local Windsor Terrace news, a Blog-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named seems to be posting on the exact same topics I have written on in the past, which is really irritating. C'est la vie. All in the family, I suppose. Grrrr. However, I am excited to add ... my neighbor Oppendonnell wrote to say that Dub Pies on Prospect Park West is open, and was handing out free samples today! (Mmmm. Pies.)

Otherwise, Happy December, New Yorkers! I'm looking forward to being back full time once the holidays wind down, and in the time being, please rely on these fine blogs for your Brooklyn news, trivia, candid photos, entertainment, and general good times -

photo of hot links courtesy of holy land brand
spam hot links populating my inbox courtesy of the brooklyn paper

Nov. 27th, 2007

Handcrafted Brooklyn for the Holidays!

New Yorkers need gifts, and Brooklyn's got talent.

It's always a busy season for us here, so over the next few weeks we'll be dedicating our posting time to compiling a list of Brooklyn potters, weavers, knitters, photographers, and all manner of local pros who are ready-willing-and-able to supply one-of-a-kind handmade gifts.

Sure, ya gotcher Seventh Avenue and Montague Street for shoping; but Mamma is tired of pillows, and Daddy has grown weary of sweaters. We betcha you can find something completely original - and affordable - via our local Brooklyn artists.

We'll be adding and reposting each week thru the holidays. If you're a Brooklyn artist, leave a comment with your info and we'll add you to the list. Artists and Bloggers are more than welcome (and encouraged) to link or copy over other sites.



ADK creates custom handmade scarves & knitwear in luxury and natural fibers - chunky and fluffy alpaca, silk, mohair, merino, highland, and totally luxe blends. Custom orders can be ready in four days. Besides the fluffy pieces, there's a super heavy double sided man-scarf in the shop right now that looks like it may be suitable for the Arctic. or


Alex Richman

This year purchase hand-crafted personal New York City scenic holiday cards for your loved ones and friends. Alex's (stunning) original photographs are hand-mounted onto premium felt finish card stock and come with a matching envelope. (And he's an awesome blogger too.) 8 for $20 or $2.50 each. Send a little bit of New York this year! or


Alyssa Ettinger

All of Alyssa's ornaments, tumblers, vases, bowls and demitasse cups are hand-made. Fired in different firings, sizes and colors will vary slightly. That's the cool part - no two pieces are identical. That's art, baby. Special orders are always welcome, and priced accordingly. Turn around time is about two weeks. or



Jill picks up a new trick every week, it seems. She sews and knits small accessories and home items, cooks up natural home and beauty items, and designs cool tee shirts and paper goods. She's got a wallet up in the shop that my little sister might actually kill for. Cool stuff.


Nicole Block

Nicole is a stationery and event designer. Among other talents, she just came out with her own line of Christmas cards. Stop by her Etsy shop for some awfully cool cards, or stop by for custom stationery, invitation, or event design. or


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Nov. 19th, 2007

Brooklyn Blizzard

(Perhaps wishful thinking will help.)

The provinces received their first dusting, and we are jealous. Put aside those city-slicker thoughts of slogging-through-slush and stoop-shoveling, and help us conjure the white-stuff via these excellent Brooklyn shorts, from Kitch to Kids. (The artistic and hypnotic Greenpoint entry is a personal favorite!)

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Oct. 30th, 2007

The Windsor Terrace Halloween Hike

Happy Halloween from Terrifying Windsor Terrace!

A few of these beasts have told me their bigger
and more-frightening twins lived over in Greenpoint.
Seriously scary, and wicked cool. Check out the coverage
in my pal Miss Heather's 'hood.
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