Michael Allen is putting the good back in Good Friday.
The renowned baker — now with the Fresh Fanatic supermarket on Washington Avenue, but about to open a new freestanding shop — is not only churning out classic hot cross buns as a fundraiser for the Queen of All Saints Church, but he’s dedicating himself to restoring the greatness of the traditional Holy Week sweet roll.
“I’m doing it the original way,” said Mr. Allen, who grew up in his father’s bakery and eventually opened his own shop on Fulton Street, though it is now closed. “I really want people to see how a hot cross bun should be.”
The key to Mr. Allen’s hot cross bun is the hot cross. A symbol of the crucifixion (you think?), the cross on Mr. Allen’s buns are fashioned from the dough itself, not a thick lacquer of cloying white icing.
Meet the city’s newest public space: Putnam Plaza. The epoxy and gravel surface just went down on the block of Putnam Avenue between Fulton Street and Grand Avenue in Clinton Hill. Seating and tables should arrive before the week is out.
NYC DOT is implementing this pedestrian plaza in partnership with the Fulton Area Business Alliance. We’ll have a detailed story on the project in the days ahead. For now, enjoy the pictures.
By Saturday, 22 shipping containers in an array of colors will be in place for the opening of Dekalb Market, a collection of food, clothing and other retailers in Downtown Brooklyn that will be open year-round.
Ten food vendors have signed one-year leases for the 160-square-foot containers, some open on the long side with a counter and others open on one end.
A series of flourishing vegetable gardens line the Willoughby Street side of the area, wheretomatoes, squash, chard, collards, Asian greens, corn, kale, peppers, carrots, amaranth and more are being grown. Each plot is maintained by a different community group, including Malcolm X Grassroots, which will distribute the crops to low-income areas, and New York City College of Technology around the corner, which will use the garden to supply its restaurant run by culinary students. Behind the garden there will be a kitchen and classroom, and in the center of the market, a tent with picnic tables.
The market is the first permanent American installation by Urban Space, a company founded in London in 1979 that has more than 20 container projects in Britain.
Dekalb Market is about a square block, at 332 Flatbush Avenue Extension, bordered by Willoughby Street and Gold Street, north of the Fulton Mall in Brooklyn. All vendors will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and some will be open as early as 8 a.m., and stay open as late as midnight. The market will have four entrances; dekalbmarket.com .
Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Clinton Hill, Fort Greene), who is also kinda running for Congress against Ed Towns right now, talks to Nick Reisman about redistricting (!) and its relationship with counting New York’s prison population especially: