New York City little known points of interest


Brooklyn Museum

Image via Wikipedia and Neighborhood Concert Series sponsored by Target present Juan-Carlos Formell & Son Radical.

Cuban guitarist Juan-Carlos Formell and his band Son Radical have forged their own brand of smoldering Latin rock. Come join them tonight at 9pm at the Brooklyn Museum located at 200 Eastern Parkway. Call 718-638-5000 for additional info.

The Brooklyn Museum can be reached by the number 2, 3,  and 5 trains.

This is a part of Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays.



June 4, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Best Beef Patties in Bed-Stuy

This may now be my all time favorite food ever...

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I heard that these are the BEST beef patties in Bed-Stuy (Brooklyn for you non New Yorkers.) Here’s the thing. I need you to try them and report back to Nuggets in the Hood. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

New York City is the only city where finding a freshly made beef patty is not a rarity. In many parts of the country, people don’t even know what a beef patty is. (It’s like the bagel. ONLY IN NEW YORK!!!) So here’s the list from an article in the BED-STUY PATCH:


Island Taste at 1403 Fulton Street. The spicy filling is cooled down by the thick, harder crust.

West Indian Caterers at 321 Nostrand Avenue. Thick, soft and crumbly crust with a slightly sweet flavor. Filling is smooth and has a distinct savory taste that compliments the sweetness of the crust.

Rowe’s Restaurant at 310 Tompkins. Firm crust that is thick and bready with a warm, salty and spicy filling that oozes out of the patty when you bite into it.

Jamaican Way at 1557 Fulton Street. Huge patty with thin, crispy crust. Filling is soft and spicy.

Tastee Pattee at 1371 Fulton Street. Thin, flaky, buttery crust with a mildly seasoned filling that doesn’t overpower the crust.

Another place was mentioned in the article: Christie’s on Flatbush Avenue. They also have chicken and veggie patties as well as beef.

Recommended: eat these patties with coco bread. No better combination. Hat’s off to Jamaican food!


Don’t know about you, but I’m really hunger now. May have to go to Brooklyn to get a good meat patty.

Happy eating.


May 29, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Outdoor celebration of jazz

Hunterfly Road Houses, Weeksville, Brooklyn

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Here is where you need to be on May 15, 2011. Weeksville Heritage Center, in conjunction with the 12th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, is hosting ECO SOUL featuring Jose James and Friends, Amy LaCour and Saunders Sermons.

Jose has been blessed with a warm, rich baritone reminiscent of Gil-Scott Heron and Jon Lucien and has toured internationally at venues such as the Nice and North Sea Jazz Festivals, Billboard Live Tokyo and Central Park Summerstage, to name a few. Treat yourself to this smooth combination of soul, hip-hot and jazz.

Weeksville Heritage Center, 1698 Bergen Street, between Buffalo and Rochester Avenues, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Gates open at 2pm, concert begins at 3pm. Cost: FREE

For more information, contact

Go out and enjoy the music!!!

May 12, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , , | 1 Comment


Coney Island cyclone

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Hey my Brooklyn friends,

Coney Island was supposed to open today for the 2011 season but it was rained out. I’m sure everything will get moving as soon as this weather clears up. Looking to see you at Luna Park and on The Cyclone Roller Coaster.

Coney Island was the original hot spot to go to for fun and games back in the day. The home of Nathan’s foot long hot dog and french fries made with fresh potatoes, not frozen. (The hot dog bun was never as long as the hot dog though.) Cotton candy, candy apples, popcorn, sausage and peppers. Back then there were 3 roller coasters, the Cyclone, the Thunderbolt and I think the other one was the Tornado. There was also the world famous Steeplechase, the Parachute Tower and the Wonder Wheel ferris wheel. The Parachute Tower and Steeplechase have long since closed but Coney Island is still a nice outing for the family.

And they have cleaned up the beach. Got to check it out. So glad someone had sense enough to know that this is a landmark and should not be scraped for more unaffordable housing. In this economy, let’s have as much fun as possible.

The fun is back in Coney Island!!!! See you on the Wonder Wheel.

April 16, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Let’s Go To Brooklyn!

Every heard of Weeksville located in Brooklyn? Neither had I until several years ago when I visited the Weeksville Society Museum located at 1698 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11213, between Buffalo and Rochester Avenues.

The Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC) documents and preserves the history of the free and intentional 19th century African American community of Weeksville. The Hunterfly Road Houses are the original domestic structures of this historic community, dating from 1840 to the 1880’s.

Some history: in 1838, just eleven years after the abolition of slavery in New York, James Weeks, a free African American, purchased some land in Brooklyn, which marked the establishment of Weeksville, a free community of laborers, laundresses, craftsmen, doctors, entrepreneurs and professionals, all African Americans. This community also boasted schools, an orphanage, a home for the elderly, churches and other benevolent associations,  newspapers and was very active in anti-slavery activities.

The houses had been threatened by urban renewal near the end of the 1960s until they were granted landmark status in 1971 by the New York City Landmarks Commission, restored and opened to the public in 2005.

Weeksville is now one of the only African American historic sites in the Northeast still on its original property and among the ten most prominent African American cultural organizations in New York City.

In 2009, Weeksville began construction of a new 19,000 square foot Education and Cultural Arts Building set to open in early 2012. This new building will house a performance space, exhibition space, education and workshop rooms, a Resource Center and a media lab.

Sounds like a great place to visit. I visited the original house back in the 1990’s. Definitely intend to revisit once the new building is open. Make this one of your Nuggets in the Hood to see when you come to New York.

March 20, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Some history

A building of the Brooklyn Academy of Music in...

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I was so excited to start this blog, I neglected to give you some history about us. We began this project way back in the summer of 2001. As I said, the idea came from my friend and former co-worker, Robert Cornegy Jr. Immediately I thought it was a fabulous idea. He said the idea came to him when he traveled to various cities as a member of a basketball team. BTW, Rob is almost 7 feet tall and back then wore his hair in braids. Whenever he arrived at a city, he would look for the barber shops that knew how to care for his braids. He suggested we put together a guide that would contain the information a first time visitor would need. With the help of my daughter, the three of us got together to brainstorm what could be found in the “other” New York. That’s when the name hit me, NEW YORK ON THE FLIP SIDE, NUGGETS IN THE HOOD. This blog is called Nuggets in the Hood but the book will have the entire name.

I wanted Flip Side to be different from your average visitor’s guide. Don’t get me wrong. There are some excellent guides out there. The problem is they ignore most of the places you might want to visit if you knew they existed. New York is rich in culture and diversity. There are so many different people living here, many in their own little communities. Surely, you have heard of New York’s Chinatown, Little Italy or the Hispanic sections of Washington Heights. If you were Asian or Italian or from one of the Caribbean Islands, wouldn’t you want to visit that part of New York that you recognize as well as the usual attractions? That’s how this venture was born.

For instance, New York is well known for it’s theaters, particularly on Broadway. As a visitor to New York, you might be here to see a Broadway play, like FELA which is now starring Patti LaBelle, but as a lover of the arts, you might also want to know what is playing at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (B.A.M.) or the National Black Theater in Harlem. After shopping at Macy’s or on Fifth Avenue, you might want to check out B, The Brownstone (for women) or B Oyama, exclusive men’s store , both in Harlem or Nubian Heritage in Brooklyn and Queens. Instead of or in additional to the usual tours of New York, you could check out the Queens Jazz Trail which highlights the homes of jazz greats, the Braggin’ about Brooklyn tour for historical and cultural sites in Brooklyn, or the hop on, hop off Bronx Trolley cultural tour. Just a few examples of why this guide/blog is needed. And the other reason is so New Yorker’s will know what gems and nuggets they have in their own backyard. You’d be surprised how many New Yorker’s DO NOT know what they have here. Nuggets in the Hood hopes to shed some light on our treasures, not just for the visitors but also for ourselves.

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