The [email protected] Wine Bar and Kitchen Opens at 42 Hotel in Williamsburg

By Matthew Fischetti | [email protected]

The [email protected] Wine Bar & Kitchen at 42 Hotel, a chic wine bar and restaurant within South Williamsburg’s newest hotel, has opened up to the public.

As you walk into the rustic yet modern 42 Hotel, you’ll see stairs straight ahead leading down to The Cellar, a new Williamsburg Wine Bar and Restaurant, serving wine, beer, and modern American-inspired plates. The sleek 2,500 sq. ft. space features flatscreens, lounge seating, virtual fireplaces, an 850 bottle wine cellar, tables, and a cafe.

The menu features small plates and bites to share with friends, including: Wagyu Sliders with aged cheddar and bacon-onion jam and truffle fries. They also offer handmade flatbreads including different options like Margherita, Calabrese, Crispy Chicken, & Wild Mushroom. Beyond that, they also offer wings with housemade sauces including Thai Chili, Buffalo, Hot Honey, and a dry rubbed option.

The Cellar at 42 Hotel also boasts an 850 bottle wine cellar, with a wine list that includes by the glass and bottle selections of wines from all over the globe. In terms of beer, they offer 12 draft lines with rotating craft beers plus an extensive can/bottle selection featuring local breweries like Brooklyn Brewery and SixPoint.

“The food and vibes at The Cellar were amazing during my stay,” said model / actor / influencer, Blaise French, who stayed at 42 Hotel earlier this month. “Eating wings, drinking beer, and chatting with other hotel guests while watching football at The Cellar was the highlight of my NYC trip,” said French.

The Cellar at 42 Hotel just introduced a new series of promotional programs offering discounted plates and drinks. On Mondays and Sundays they will have “Bites n’ Pints”, where drafts will only be $5, Wings are only $10 and sliders are $12. On Tuesday and Thursdays, they will be hosting Social Hour events from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., where drafts are 5$, bites are $12, and wine by the glass is $10. And on Wendesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., bites are $12 while wine by the glass is $10 for Wine Down Wendesdays.

The Cellar at 42 Hotel offers brunch every Saturday and Sunday between 10am – 3pm. Hotel guests will receive 10% OFF their brunch tab.

The Cellar Wine Bar & Kitchen is located inside 42 Hotel in Williamsburg at 426 S 5th St., Brooklyn. The Cellar can be reached via the 42 Hotel phone number: 718.494.4242

 

The Lady in Greenpoint: North Brooklyn’s newest spooky walking radio play

The map for the Lady in Greenpoint, which starts at the Pulaski Bridge and ends in McGolrick Park.

By Matthew Fischetti

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Rick Paulas always loved Greenpoint. He wanted to do a project based in the neighborhood, especially after being able to move in due to a pandemic rent discount, but after 45,000 words and over a year into a novel – it wasn’t working. While stressing about a $400 rent increase with his girlfriend at local watering hole The Palace, Paulas got the idea to convert the novel into a radio play.

And that’s how “The Lady in Greenpoint”, the new three mile walking audio play was born. 

Starting at the Pulaski bridge, “The Lady in Greenpoint” takes you through Greenpoint with stops at The Astral Apartments on Franklin Street, St. Anthony’s on Manhattan Ave., as well as Capri Social Club on Calyer Street, before ending in McGolrick Park –  all while delving into Greenpoint’s history amidst a spooky backdrop. The 46 chapter play, complete with charcoal drawings at each stop, follows main character Pauline as you descend deeper into the neighborhood. 

“I’ve always been obsessed with ghost tours,” Paulas said in an interview, noting that he always attends the tours in whatever city he’s visiting. “It gives you history that isn’t otherwise available to you. Good ghost stories or good ghost walking tours, they take place in areas where they have a lot of old buildings.”

And Paulas thought with Greenpoint’s rich history, it would be a good fit. 

Paulas said that most of the historical research stemmed from reading local history books by Geoffrey Cobb, who has published a series of books about North Brooklyn including the 2019 “Greenpoint Brooklyn’s Forgotten Past.”

“This used to be an Irish place named Murphy’s,” he explained during an interview in Capri Social Club. “The separation exists because men and women back in the olden days, workers would come in at the side door to get their breakfast.”

Author Rick Paulas at Capri Social Club, one of the stops in “The Lady in Greenpoint.”

Part of the inspiration came from a Greenwood cemetery grant program for a walking tour that he never heard back from. Once he decided to pivot from a novel, he was able to get the script done in a weekend.

“Figuring out the path was a little difficult, because three miles is a lot. But also I wanted it to be something long, I didn’t want it to be a half hour, I wanted there to be an element that you’re stuck with this for a long time,” he said.

Paulas enlisted a slew of friends to do voice acting, which include New York City based writers and journalists. They did it D.I.Y style, simply recording into their phones. 

While creating a project like this could be daunting, Paulas said that he had a lot of fun learning more about audio production, working with actors and picking up charcoal drawing.

“You get the idea in your head of wanting to make something. And for something like an audio project, its not the hardest thing in the world. It takes a lot of logistics,” he said “I would hope that someones inspired to make their own thing somewhere else,it was really fun.”

“I came up writing blogs and those things are immediately disposable, the next day they’re gone. But something like this, you put it out there and hope for the best, people find it or they don’t.”

Readers who want to check out the play can find the project on https://theladyingreenpoint.mystrikingly.com. The suggested ticket price is $10, to be sent via Venmo (Rick-Paulas, last four digits: 0608) or PayPal ([email protected]).

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