Neighborhood Watch

Jacques Torres Opening at Dekalb Market; Seersucker Hosting Farm Fundraiser Dinner Tonight

Astoria: Self-serve yogurt purveyor 16 Handles is partnering with “urban retailer” Dr. Jay’s to open several outposts throughout Queens and the Bronx, and the first one’s coming to Astoria on December 1. [Grub Street]
Carroll Gardens: To help their partners affected by Hurricane Irene, Seersucker is hosting a Farm Fundraiser Dinner tonight. They’ll be donating 10 percent of the evening’s proceeds to NYC Greenmarket’s Hurricane Irene Relief Fund and another 10 percent to the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund. [Grub Street]
Downtown Brooklyn:Dekalb Market has confirmed a number of new vendors opening up shop this fall, not least of which includes choco-holic facilitator Jacques Torres. [Grub Street]
East Village: Veselka’s Bowery location is being delayed another month; owners are “pushing hard” to open in early November. But, on the plus side, they’ve secured a strong chef in Michael Sullivan, formerly of Flex Mussels. [Loca/NYT]
More sweets for the EV: Zucker Bakery, just opened on East 9th Street, is serving up Stumptown coffee and a wide array of baked goods culled from the owner’s family recipes. Savory treats are in the works, too, including “dough stuffed with olives and cheese.” [Local/NYT]

Lower East Side: Remember Tammany Hall’s crazy album-release-party-turned-drunken-riot fiasco back in June? The five rabble-rousers arrested that night appeared in court yesterday and defense lawyers will allege excessive police brutality. [DNA Info]
Park Slope :The Brooklyn storefront of Fleisher’s butcher shop opened today! [Butcher’s Case]
Prospect Park: The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s upcoming 19th Annual Chile Pepper Fiesta (Saturday, October 1) will feature a “Chile-Chocolate Wonderland,” an all-day tasting where visitors can meet local chocolatiers and sip “chocolate and chile beer on tap.” We’re intrigued. [Grub Street]
West Village: Sherry lovers, get ready for the Spotted Pig’s first wine dinner this Monday at 6:30 p.m: a four-course menu accompanied by sherry pairings. Tickets are $125; to make a res, e-mail [Grub Street]
Citywide: GrowNYC is calling for donations to help provide relief to Greenmarket farmers who have been profoundly affected by flooding this season. To help, please bring long-lasting basics, such as canned goods, peanut butter, pasta, and cereal, to Greenmarkets in the five boroughs between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on select dates in October; visit GrowNYC’s website for more information. [Grub Street]

Jacques Torres Opening at Dekalb Market; Seersucker Hosting Farm Fundraiser