Corktown – Daily Detroit What To Know And Where To Go In Metro Detroit Fri, 20 Jul 2018 15:20:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Top Two Floors Of Michigan Central Station Planned As Residential Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:18:31 +0000

Have you ever dreamt of living on the top floors of the old train station in Detroit? That could be a real thing.

In an interview with Roger Gaudette, director of Detroit operations for Ford Land (that’s Ford’s real estate arm) on our Daily Detroit News Byte podcast, he outlined the beginnings of restoration plans and some of the nuts and bolts steps of restoring Michigan Central Depot.

Those including spending the first year putting on new roofs and repairing the exterior skin of the building.

Inside of the top floor of Michigan Central, where residences may be upon project completion.

There are a couple interesting points he shared with Sven Gustafson.

  • It’s going to take a year just to get the building water tight.
  • Their timeline is 2022.
  • There’s a chance the old Detroit Public Schools Book Depository site may become a parking deck.
  • The intent would be residential on the top two floors of the train station, then offices in the tower below. The lower level would be brought back to look like the original, include restaurants and retail, and be open to the community.

If you’d like to see additional photos from the top floor of Michigan Central from yesterday, scroll on.

Be sure to listen to the entire interview in the player above. Don’t miss another episode of our daily podcast and subscribe free with your favorite podcast app here.

Looking up at the corner of the station’s top stories.

Looking toward Canada and the Ambassador Bridge.

Looking down on the old platform.

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Slows BBQ In Corktown Wants To Celebrate Sausage With New Hot Dog Pop-Up Called “Side Piece” Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:19:24 +0000 Slows BBQ is getting into the pop-up hotdog stand business.

On Wednesdays this summer, the popular BBQ joint is turning their patio on the side of their Corktown restaurant on Michigan Avenue into “Side Piece.”

The hotdog pop-up with a menu curated by Chef Ryan Esker includes sausages topped with ingredients like pickled carrot, cucumber and kimchi mayo; pastrami, kraut and hot brown mustard; and sherry caramelized onion, gruyere and bacon jam.

The menu, according to a release, will rotate weekly with snacks, sides, a list of summery beers as well as boilermakers, rye punch and wine in a can.

Side Piece opens up for the summer on Wednesday, June 20 starting at 5 p.m.

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LISTEN: Historic Detroit’s Dan Austin Talks About Michigan Central Station Tue, 12 Jun 2018 16:24:21 +0000
The news that Ford purchased Michigan Central Station from the Moroun Family was the biggest headline of the day for those of us who live in metro Detroit.

Sven Gustafson on our Daily Detroit News Byte podcast spoke with author and historian Dan Austin about the news. Austin is the curator for the website Historic Detroit He is also our go to guy when it comes to historical architecture in Detroit.

The interview covers Austin’s reaction, some history of the train station, what this could mean for the city of Detroit, and what other buildings Austin would love to see restored.

Postcard of Michigan Central Station c. 1915

Here are some highlights of the interview:

7:54- Austin’s reaction to the news.

9:30- Austin’s reasoning for why Michigan Central Station was the symbol of Detroit’s rise and fall.

12:05- Looking back at some failed proposals over the years.  Like Kwame Kilpatrick’s bid to turn the station into the police headquarters and why the depot was never demolished.

14:23- Austin reflects on some buildings that were demolished before Detroit’s turn around, and underscores the value of historic architecture.

16:49- Sven and Austin speculate on how much money Ford will have to spend to renovate and restore the MCS.

19:20- How will the city of Detroit benefit from Ford employees working in the city.

20:25- Austin talks about the last time he was inside MCS, and what he saw when he was inside the building.

22:40- So now that MCS has a brighter future, what are some other buildings that could use some love? Austin gives his top picks.

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Ford Begins Moving 200 Employees Into New Corktown Offices Fri, 25 May 2018 14:13:45 +0000

Ford Motor Co. is beginning its new chapter in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood.

The Dearborn-based automaker has begun moving about 200 employees to a refurbished hosiery factory in Detroit.

It’s the first step in what may become a much larger, consolidated urban campus housing the automaker’s electric and autonomous vehicle and mobility operations.

Word is an announcement is coming in mid-June about the purchase of the long-empty and blighted Michigan Central Station. No deal has been struck yet, however.

The new Corktown office that kicked is called “The Factory,” though no products will actually be made there.

The goal is to expose employees to the mobility challenges of an urban environment so they can identify problems and devise solutions to aid in mobility and the development of electric and self-driving vehicles. Ford’s Dearborn campus is decidedly suburban in design and layout, the reverse of the major cities where Ford’s new products will be used.

Talent attraction has been a problem for Ford. Young talent is leery of working in suburban office settings to the organization. The 45,000-square-foot building has been renovated to feature rolling desks and customizable work spaces.

The move back to Detroit represents a homecoming of sorts for the Blue Oval, which launched in the Motor City 113 years ago. For the first time in three decades, Ford, General Motors and Fiat-Chrysler all have offices in the city of Detroit.

In general, Ford is considered to be trailing competitors in developing autonomous vehicles. They repeated plans on Thursday to produce a self-driving hybrid vehicle by 2021.

The company also plans to offer 40 electrified vehicles globally by 2022.

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Your City 5: Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of May 11-13 Fri, 11 May 2018 04:21:31 +0000 Hello, hello, hello!

Let me be the first one to wish all of our moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day.

You are all doing a great job. Sometimes this forest can really suck, but each day you wake up and make a difference in the lives of your children.

I see you out there getting stuff done. Keep up the good work you guys. May you all get the self care you need and deserve this Mother’s Day.

Alright, let’s get to the City 5.

Mother’s Day Pop Up Shops at the Detroit Foundation Hotel

Are you one of those last minute shoppers? What are you waiting for? Since you like waiting for the last minute to get those important people in your life something special I have the solution for you.

You’re welcome.

The Foundation Hotel will be hosting special a Mother’s Day Pop-Up shop.

Maison Farola will have floral arrangements. Love & Buttercream all have yummy treats, and The Purpose Planner will have stationary.

Oh, just a heads up. The patio at the Apparatus Room will be opening on Monday, May 14. So get ready to drink Frosè al fresco.

When: Friday, May 11 from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Saturday, May 12 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Where: The Foundation Hotel 250 W. Larned Detroit, Michigan 48237

Grand Opening of the Grand Marketplace 

There is a new pop-up maker’s space over on Grand River and Greenfield. It’s called The Grand Marketplace, and it sounds pretty great.

The space is a 14,000 square foot market that features individual units for small businesses to set up shop.

My friend Brianna over at DCreated Boutique will be there. I’m sure she has some super cute spring and summer baby clothes. Just in time for warm weather.

There will be over 12 independently owned vendors and makers at the grand opening party this Saturday. There will be lingerie from Breakfast at Six, jewelry from The Queens Treasured Jewels, and the Yogurt Box.

Stretch Sumn will be doing beginning yoga at 11:00 a.m. it is $10 to participate in the session.

There will be entertainment, food, and shopping during the grand opening party.

When: Saturday, May 12 from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Where: The Grand Marketplace 15400 Grand River Avenue, Second Floor, Detroit, Michigan 48227

Love, Midtown- Spring Event

On Saturday Midtown is going to be hopping during the Love, Midtown event. There will be sidewalk sales, trunk shows, live music and kid friendly activities for many of businesses in Midtown.

Here are my top picks for the entire event.

Detroit Clothing Circle x Sfumato Fragrances/Castalia will be having their official patio opening party.

Celebrate Spring at Will Leather Good by dancing around the Maypole.

Check out Source Booksellers and their “Mother’s Read Out Loud” event.

Avalon International Breads will have cookie decorating outside on the patio for kids and a gift box for mom.

Head over to 3rd Street to get a peek at the newly reopened Willis Show Bar. They will have live music and cocktails.

When: Saturday, May 12 from 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Where: Multiple locations around Midtown

Mommy Dearest 

If you have ever picked up a wire hanger and held it up over your head and screamed “NO WIRE HANGERS… EVER!” this event is for you.

Our/Detroit will be showing the 1981 classic Mommy Dearest on  Saturday. Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford is everything.

Dress in your best Hollywood flair and have a little pre-Mother’s Day celebration. What better way to really appreciate the moms in your life like by watching the epitomy of a toxic and abusive parent.

Come for the movie, but stay for these specialty cocktails:

“Box Office Poison”
“Aces Beats Kings”
“Smart-Alek Back Talk”

There will also be snacks.

When: Saturday, May 12 from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Where: Our/Detroit 2545 Bagley Street Detroit, Michigan 48216

Brunch It Up for Mother’s Day

You know your mom doesn’t want to have to cook y’all breakfast. Because if she cooks breakfast, she’ll probably have to do the dishes after. And if she does the dishes, she’ll have to put them away.

It’s kind of like the mom version of If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. 

So, why not take your favorite mom out for brunch.

Now, just remember that most restaurants will be crazy busy. Mother’s Day one of the busiest days of the year in the restaurant industry.

So what are some of my top picks?

Batch Brewing will be having Mother’s Day Bruch with Anthology Coffee, beer slushies, Caprese Benedict, Smoked Salmon Frittatas, Bubble Waffles and Pineapple Upside Down Bread Pudding.

The best part? There is no reservations needed.

Brunch at Batch Brewing will be from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and the regular menu will be available after 4:00 p.m.

Batch Brewing is located at 1400 Porter Street Detroit, Michigan 48216

The House of Pur Vin will be hosting an afternoon brunch for Mother’s Day.

Chef Cedric Andrews will be preparing Chicken and Waffles, Shrimp and Grits, and more.

There will also be wine selections from Master Sommelier Claudia Tyagi and Sommelier Michael Calvert.

Brunch will be served between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The House of Pur Vin is located at 1433 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48226



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News Byte Podcast: PGA Tour Coming To The Motor City, Growing Detroit’s Young Talent & More Tue, 08 May 2018 21:25:34 +0000

Here’s your Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast for Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Development gets moving at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull…
The PGA Tour looks like it’s coming to Detroit. What could that mean having such an event in a Detroit neighborhood?
City Year Detroit & Gensler Detroit have teamed up to improve a Detroit school…
Comerica Park gets a farm-to-table restaurant, partnering with RecoveryPark
And we talk about a summer program that looks to Grow Detroit’s Young Talent and keep kids off the street as school winds down.
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18 Townhouses May Be Coming Soon To Detroit’s Corktown Tue, 01 May 2018 23:19:12 +0000

A local developer is looking to construct 18 new townhouses over on 11th street in Corktown, according to a public hearing notice.

The notice to neighbors from the city’s Buildings, Safety, Engineering and Environmental department outlines that the new development by the Ferlito group would go on nearly 18,000 square feet of empty land at 2037 11th Street.

That’s behind a Firestone Auto Repair center and near the very desirable residential streets of Church and Leverette. Those streets are full of historic homes as part of what’s called “Detroit’s oldest neighborhood.”

The Ferlito Group is a veteran of Detroit development, and is responsible for a variety of projects including most recently The Selden in midtown, next to Honest?John’s.

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Your City 5: Fun Things To Do In Detroit For The Weekend Of April 20-22 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 01:42:43 +0000 The weekend is almost here, and I am really looking forward to it. I hear the weather is actually going to feel spring like, so that’s exciting.

This weekend is also my 6th wedding anniversary. So we will be hitting the highway for a little road trip for a few days. We were originally going to head north, but after all that snow this weekend I’m going to take a hard pass. Who know’s where we will end up, but I’m up for an adventure.

So anyway, let’s get back to this week’s City 5. There are a ton of great events happening this weekend. I had a hard time narrowing them down, so I threw in a bonus.

Let’s get down to business.

Whiskey Experience 2018

I know, I know I had another Whiskey event in City 5 last week. But you know what, I don’t care because I really like whiskey. Plus, this event is for a good cause so it deserves to be here.

The Whiskey Experience is a benefit for the Luella M. Harden Foundation. The foundation is a local organization that raises money for college scholarships and also contributes to the Leukemia Society.

This event has everything; educational whiskey sampling, industry expertise, the Whiskey Experience 2018 Guinness Record Highball glass filled with Jim Beam and Faygo Ginger Ale, and an all you can eat buffet.

If you’re not in the mood for sampling whiskey they will also have some different cocktails available.

General admission tickets are $60 per person. Want the VIP treatment? Those tickets are $80. They also have discount tickets if you are the designated driver, so pick one of those up too.  You can pick up tickets here. All proceeds will go to the Luella M. Harden Foundation.

This should also go without saying but this event is 21 and over. Get a babysitter or drop those kids off at your mother in law’s house.

When: Friday, April 20 from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Where: Eastern Market Shed 5 2934 Russell Street Detroit, Michigan 48207

The Chug-A-Lug

Do you like running? Do you also enjoy tasty cold beers? Do you ever think that the only think that would make a 5 mile run better is to make stops along the way to have a beer?

If this sounds like you, then you should sign up for the the 5th Annual Chug-A-Lug.

This event celebrates Detroit Champions’ Week. If you want to learn more about Detroit Champions’ Day and Week head over to the News Byte. Jer spoke with the organizer of the events last week.

Anyway, back to the Chug-A-Lug.

The fun run will start out at Nancy Whiskey and will end at McShane’s.

Just a few quick things. Drinks are not provided during the race, so be sure to bring some cash. You only have a limited amount of time at each bar. So no need to get slowed up with plastic. Also, bring your ID with you because this is a 21 and over event.

It’s too late to get a shirt, but you can still sign up for this free run here.

When: Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Where: Nancy Whiskey 2644 Harrison Street Detroit, Michigan 48216

Record Store Day

If you are a lover of music then you should probably already know that this Saturday is Record Store Day. This annual event is a celebration of the independent record stores around the world.

There are plenty of great indie record stores in Detroit and Hamtramck, so why not check one of them out.

Many of them will be participating in Record Store Day by having specials, new records, and live performances.

Some of our favorite record stores in Detroit and Hamtramck are: Peoples Records, Hello Records, Third Man Records, and Detroit Threads.

When: Saturday, April 21 

Where: Multiple locations 

Belle Isle Park Spring Clean-Up

Hopefully this weekend is nicer than last weekend because it’s time for the Belle Isle Park Spring Clean-Up!

Come out and celebrate Earth Day by polishing up Detroit’s Jewel.

The cleanup is island wide, so they can use all the volunteers they can get. If you do go to help out be sure to bring your own rake and work gloves. The DNR will supply lawn bags, but will have limited rakes and gloves.

Have a large group of 15 or more? Want to help clean up the canals in a kayak? Have a large truck and want to help out? Email Genevieve Nowak at the Belle Isle Conservancy to let her know you’re coming.

Recreation passport requirement will be waived for Spring Clean-up volunteers.

This year the Spring Clean Up registration and hot dog lunch will be located at the Belle Isle Athletic Complex.

When: Saturday, April 21 Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. and the island-wide clean up will go between 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Where: Belle Isle Athletic Complex on Belle Isle State Park 

Corrado Parducci-The Man Who Made Detroit Beautiful

I have had a long love affair with the work that Corrado Parducci did all over the city of Detroit.

If you love the ornamentation of the Penobscot Building, Guardian Building, Buhl Building, Masonic Temple and David Stott Building then you too are a fan of Parducci’s work.

This Sunday the you can see Jennifer Barross and Jack Johnson’s film Corrado Parducci: The Man Who Made Detroit Beautiful at the Masonic Temple.

You can check out the trailer to the film below.

As someone who has seen this film, I have to say it is pretty great.

There will be a tour before the film for people who purchase the VIP tickets.

Stick around after the film to hear the panel discussion with Barross, Jackson, and a Masonic Temple Historian. There will also be an organ performance after the panel.

General Admission tickets for the film are $10 but you can also get VIP Tickets for $25.  You can buy tickets here.

When: Sunday, April 22 the film starts at 3:00 p.m.

Where: The Detroit Masonic Temple 500 Temple Street Detroit, Michigan 48201


Pewabic’s Member Appreciation Days

This week is the Member Appreciation Days at Pewabic. If you are a member already, I’m sure you already know this.
But if you have been toying with the idea of getting a membership to one of Detroit’s most iconic potteries I suggest getting it this week.
During the Member Appreciation Days members get up to a 20% off discount of Pewabic giftware purchases.
Pewabic’s Glaze Development Specialist Alex Thullen will be giving an artist’s lecture on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday artist Susanne Stephenson will give a gallery talk and popup at 1:00 p.m.
When: Pewabic’s Member Appreciation Days is Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22.
Where: Pewabic is located at 10125 E. Jefferson Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48214
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Brunch All The Time? Yes, Please. Meet Corktown’s Newest Cafe, Folk Tue, 10 Apr 2018 02:55:20 +0000 If you love brunch, look no further. Your dream place may arrived.

FOLK, Corktown’s newest café and coffee shop will be opening to the general public on Wednesday, April 18.

The café is owned by Kiki Louya and Rohani Foulkes. The are also the women behind The Farmer’s Hand. Both businesses are in the building on the corner of Trumbull and Bagley.

We had a chance to take a look around and to try some of the dishes at FOLK before it opens to the public.

The café is small with only 24 seats but it is still inviting. The large windows in the front of the building bring in plenty of light and it makes FOLK feel welcoming.

There are communal tables and seating at the bar that overlooks the open kitchen.

Louya and Foulkes have also made sure the menu is filled with seasonal ingredients from local farms. You can listen to the interview with both of them on the Daily Detroit News Byte below.

The menu has a selection of brunch dishes that are familiar with an international flair. Think quiche, hashes, parfaits, egg sandwiches and meat pies. There is even a section dedicated to different types of toasts.

Since FOLK is a coffee shop there is a nice selection of coffee, espresso drinks, teas, and infused milks.

They also have a nice little sweet section to the menu they make muffins, scones and other goodies in-house. You can also get ice cream from Reilly Craft Creamery and items from Sister Pie.

Let’s run through what we tried in order of what we liked most with the clear caveat that this is a first taste and not a review, as it was a media preview. But it should give you an idea what you’re going to run into here.

The first thing we tried was the Rose Milk, which is one of the three infused milks on the FOLK menu. It is a mixture of beet root powder, ginger, chili powder, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla bean and rose simple syrup.

I don’t think I have had anything quite like it. It was a mix of earthy, floral and warm. The rose simple syrup makes the drink taste how a flower smells.  I liked it, plus it is really pretty to photograph.

The next thing I tried was the Avocado Toast, which has a hearty mix of avocado, beet hummus, tahini, sprouts, radish and a sprinkling of benne (aka sesame seeds.)

I’m not generally a fan of hummus, but the beet hummus was tasty. Not to mention the seeded wheat from Zingerman’s Bakehouse holds up nicely to all of the toppings.

I’m sure there is a joke in there about avocado toast, but I’m not going to be the one to make it. Because I love it. No shame in my game.

Next up was the Basic Brekky, which is FOLK’s take on your standard breakfast of egg on toast with seasoned potatoes and greens.

If you are a fan of soft scrambled eggs, then this dish will be your jam. The greens were dressed nicely and the potatoes were crispy and spiced well.

Finally, on to my favorite thing from FOLK, which is silly since it’s a Yogurt Bowl. The yogurt bowl had ginger honey yogurt, lime apricot compote, lemon basil seed pudding and toasted coconut. 

The lime apricot compote is bright and vibrant. The lemon basil seed pudding looks weird, but it adds texture to the yogurt bowl. Then there is just enough crunch from the toasted coconut.

I am looking forward to going back on the weekend because there is a Waffle Brekky on the menu that looks amazing.

Everything on the menu is available for carry-out order. FOLK also have some grab and go items, like coffee and the Yogurt Bowl.

Folk is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and is closed on Tuesdays. On Saturday and Sunday FOLK is open from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

FOLK is located at 1701 Trumbull Detroit, Michigan 48216

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LISTEN: New Life For The Old Train Station? Eastern Market Micro-Grants, Dan Carmody, Macomb’s Terrible Roads & More Wed, 21 Mar 2018 02:50:49 +0000

This is your Daily Detroit News Byte For Tuesday, March 20th, 2018.

  • Ford may breathe new life into the long-empty Michigan central station
  • Michigan gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer locks up a big union endorsement
  • Macomb County’s road situation is in dire straits
  • Eastern market is offering micro-grants to boost local businesses
  • Three of Detroit’s Golf Courses won’t close after all
  • Baseball will be played at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull again
  • You’ll be able to bring your dog to not just one, but two Tigers games this year
  • A Hatch Detroit contest winner is opening in Corktown
  • Antiques Roadshow is coming to metro Detroit

And we caught up with the head of Detroit’s Eastern Market, Dan Carmody, to talk about what’s ahead for the historic and popular neighborhood.

Thanks to our sponsors, Milo Digital and Digital Marketing Secrets Revealed. 

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