Check it out – our shirts are now on display and available for sale at South Slope coffee shop Roots Cafe, 639 5th Avenue.
We set up shop on Smith Street in Brooklyn this past Sunday. Problem was, the annual Smith Street Market was the previous Sunday and we were the only two idiots there, as you can see from the pictures below.
Just kidding. We had the right day, and as we expected our new Brooklyn Bomb tee turned out to be quite popular (great job, Sandie) and we enjoyed hearing the various interpretations of exactly why the basketball is illustrated as a bomb. We also enjoyed Vinny’s of Carrol Gardens’ interpretation of an eggplant parmigiana hero (great job, Vinny).
Overall, it was a fun day, but it’s difficult to hang out with Dan without drinking (I had to drive home).
Here we have our Eric Silver, friend of BQT and overall pretty princess, rocking his BQT Press tee in Prospect Park. We can hardly look at this picture without sneezing. Follow Eric on twitter to keep up with him as he entertains Brooklyn and the world with improv and stand-up comedy, tales of #TheAmazingWallyBagg, his quest to determine the perfect last meal for a death row inmate, and God knows what else.
We set up at the Carroll Park Flea Market on Sunday for a few hours of shirt-selling. The sun was more intense than we’d expected and we weren’t smart enough to bring sunscreen. Frank resorted to selecting from our table the shirt he deemed least likely to be sold and improvised some back-of-neck sun protection from it.
We are offering that shirt at a discount. If you’re short on funds and not scared of a little neck sweat, this is your opportunity to own a somewhat like-new BQT at a great price.
Our first annual spring party, BQThaw 2012, was a huge success. Friends, family, supporters, business partners and of course our exceptional designers all got together to celebrate the latest additions to our line. The crowd was as excited about our new shirts as they were for our newest merchandise: onesies for infants, cooking aprons and tote bags.
Special thanks to Joe of 718 Cyclery for providing a great space to have a party and whose product selection and service make his store the best bike shop in all of New York City. Big thanks also go out to Marcello and Enzo at Zito’s Sandwich Shoppe in Park Slope, whose dedication and passion for classic Italian food reveals itself in every bite.
And thanks to all of you who attended. We appreciate your support and are already starting to plan the next shindig.
Many of you may be aware of the wild parrots that have resided in Brooklyn since about 1968. (If you’re not, check out brooklynparrots.com for more information and join them for their next Wild Parrot Safari.) But it’s surprising how unfamiliar most New Yorkers are with the other wild Brooklyn Parrots, the team that represented Kings County in the long defunct Interborough Baseball League, a semi-pro league that began in the beginning of the 20th century and prospered until December 7, 1941.
Those Parrots were quite a crew. Stories about their off-field antics are embedded in Brooklyn history, and in fact, the handful of old-timers who remember the IBL are more likely to recall those anecdotes than they are the Parrots’ success on the field. With baseball season quickly approaching, we’d like to spend the coming weeks waxing nostalgic about the Parrots and their opponents in the IBL. Check back often for new posts that will reveal just how crazy the Parrots and their adversaries were as they rampaged their way through the city drunk, young and stupid. We’ll also be releasing shirts with the logos of other IBL teams, starting, of course, with Queens.
Both halves of the BQT team were traveling over the holidays with their better halves. And although we weren’t traveling together, we managed to connect in Paris to share a bottle of wine (or two). Don’t be fooled by the fact that Frank is the only one wearing a BQT in the photo below (his beloved Unisphere) — this meeting of the minds was all business, with Nancy and Jill offering some great ideas that we plan to implement in 2012. (Or else.)
Oh, and that couple in the foreground…they got engaged! Congrats, Dan and Jill!
Happy holidays everyone! And a special thanks to all of you who supported us in 2011.
I came across this video at http://nikkiglaser.tumblr.com and thought that everyone in Brooklyn and Queens, as well as the rest of New York City, would enjoy watching it.
Here’s a blog entry that we recently posted on Why Leave Astoria, a great local site that’s essential reading if you want to know what to do, where to go and what’s going on in Astoria and Long Island City.
Several weeks ago WLA member Steve Moskowitz contacted BQT with a great idea for a t-shirt. We loved it, and since 1/2 of BQT headquarters is located in Astoria, we were especially happy to bring his idea to life.
We reached out to one of our designers, Jim Haines, a former Astoria resident who now lives in Queens Village, and asked him to help us pay homage to his former stomping grounds. The result is our latest BQT and our second Astoria-specific shirt, the other being the Hell Gate shirt photographed by Ted Alexandro, one of the nation’s top stand-up comics and fellow Astorian.
Thanks to Steve and Jim for making this shirt happen and thank you, Astoria, for always being awesome!
You can find the shirt at BQT Shirts and at the Astoria Market this Sunday.