A summertime taste of the South is headed to the Meatpacking District. The traveling food vendor Imperial Woodpecker Sno-Balls will sell New Orleans-style shaved ice treats from a stand on Gansevoort Street starting later this month. The “snowballs,” as they’re called down South, will be sold at 54 Gansevoort St. near Ninth Avenue and will be available in 44 flavors, including traditional offerings like Mardi Gras King Cake and bananas Foster, along with more unusual options like watermelon jalapeño, chicory coffee, grapefruit and wedding cake.
The treats cost $4 for a small, $5 for a medium and $6 for a large, plus an extra dollar for sweetened condensed milk, marshmallow cream or vanilla ice cream. The Meatpacking District stand is set to be open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 8 p.m., through September. The snowballs are also sold at the Hester Street Fair on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Oct. 26.
Brooklyn mom Andrea Soto has created a comfy solution for the lack of space in small city apartments. The idea came to her as she sat with a friend pondering what to do with all the stuff packed into her storage-deficient space. In an interview with DNA Info, she describes the idea how she came up with Storage Beanbag. Soto’s beanbag chair is filled with organic Styrofoam beans on top, and has storage space underneath. The bottom compartment is meant for cushy items such as seasonal clothes, bedding and stuffed animals. Soto’s beanbag chairs are currently pending a patent, and already the response has been positive. “People love the idea,” she said. Soto’s beanbag chairs are on sale at Amazon and Wayfair, and she plans to show them at upcoming trade shows. To find out more visit her website.
A new public service music video from the Transport Workers’ Union is aimed at getting straphangers to ‘recognize’ subway safety. So you don’t throw your life away.” The catchy song is “Stand Back”, performed by MTA motorman Noah Rodriguez. It’s a take on the popular Fat Joe song “Lean Back.” The union says too many people end up on the tracks because they get too close to the platform edge or because they jump down to retrieve dropped cell phones. The MTA says trains hit or collided with riders 657 times between 2008 and 2012.
A city icon in its own tasty right, Katz’s Deli this weekend will celebrate 125 years of serving up pastrami, corned beef, brisket and more on the Lower East Side. For over a hundred years, Katz’s has been serving monster piles of salty, fatty, peppery smoked beef between mustard-slathered slices of rye bread. There may be better pastrami sandwiches in this city, but this is the one that is most beloved by New Yorkers and sandwich enthusiasts around the world. The restaurant will be celebrating the anniversary all weekend, including a Shabbat dinner Friday, visits from celebrity chefs and a pastrami eating contest Sunday. Katz’s says it sells up to 20,000 pounds of meat a week. NBC’s Ben Aaron went down to celebrate.
It can be very expensive parking your car at the airport when you are away on a trip but a Bay Area Start-Up launched a few months ago is trying to cut those prices down to size. You drop off your car, they clean it and then hand you a check. There is a catch, of course; you have to be willing to let a complete stranger drive your car while you’re gone. They first started in San Fransisco, now also in Boston, they make money by renting out ordinary people’s cars for half the price of Hertz or Avis and business has been huge for FlightCar. Renters get to pick what they drive and FlightCar’s job is to make every car rent-able, even the messy ones. You get paid based on how new your car is, and how much it’s driven and then upon return, your car’s all clean and they have a $30-$40 check waiting for you and Even if nobody rents it, the parking and the car wash are still free. FlightCar is growing and hopefully will expand in other cities.
Lauren Diaz is calling all dog owners to check out her Mr. Softee-style truck for pooches. Her Yappy Treats Cart, offers small-batch frozen yogurt ice cream for dogs in containers that make licking easy with flavors designed to tempt the canine taste buds — including tuna-carob and peanut butter-banana-carob. She will be taking the cart into Riverside and Central parks this weekend like other food carts, she’ll be tweeting her times and locations from her twitter handle @YappyTreatsCart and she’ll use every Saturday and Sunday this summer. She hopes that if the trial goes well, she’ll secure a permanent permit.
According to DNA Info….The Union Square Partnership has released the lineup for its free 9 week summer programming series, Summer in the Park, which is slated to begin June 13 and includes everything from lunchtime jazz performances, yoga, dance classes and much more. Every Thursday during the summer, Union Square will offer free activities for the community all day from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. All programs are free and no registration is necessary. For more information, visit unionsquarenyc.org.