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June 9, 2010 / Brooklyn news / Brooklyn Is Awesome

It was a celeb-filled night in Brooklyn last night

for The Brooklyn Paper

The fight against cancer unfortunately didn’t turn into a catfight on Tuesday night, as Alex McCord, the lone Brooklynite on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City,” hosted a benefit for the American Cancer Society without any of her rival castmates.

McCord, 36, kept pretty mum about her televised beef with Jill Zarin, merely saying “As far as reconciliation goes, we are all forced to get along.”

That didn’t look like it would be the case at Thursday’s “Housewives” reunion, what with all those Bravo teasers showing McCord and frenemy Zarin going at it like Blahnik-wearing versions of Biggie and 2Pac.

Rather than rehash her TV battles at the Belltel Lofts event, McCord kept it real at the Society’s “Eat, Drink and Be Hopeful” food and wine event. Perhaps she just wasn’t tipsy enough (too bad Kelly wasn’t there to go on one of her usual rants).

McCord’s event also drew Miss Brooklyn Mallory Hagan — but across town, it was the Brooklyn Blogfest that bagged the biggest bold-faced name.

Manhattanite Spike Lee hawked his Absolut Brooklyn vodka at the fifth annual Blogfest at the Brooklyn Lyceum in Park Slope. We were there, too, but since the event celebrates the borough’s Internet voices, we’ll let the bloggers describe the big show themselves:

• “The [Spike Lee Absolut] bottle itself looks pretty damn cool. It’s supposedly a nod to the stoop where Lee grew up… I don’t know about all that, cause my ass doesn’t have a stoop. But we live in a neighborhood with a s—load of stoops.”

F***ed in Park Slope

• “[The] Blogfest audience … managed but a few boos when Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz was invited by Lee to sit next to him when Lee’s beloved New York Knicks play the BP’s Brooklyn Nets (or whatever their name is) at the new Brooklyn arena.”

Atlantic Yards Report

• “We decided weeks ago not to attend, because it was becoming clear to us that that the event’s organizer and some of the other participating bloggers had completely sold out to the evening’s sponsor, Absolut, which was using the blogfest to launch its new Spike Lee-branded line of vodka.”


• “And after Lee offered a few choice words about housing cost, his parents’ $40,000 brownstone (40 years ago), and the time ‘Fort Greene was Fort Greene,’ he ran into some internal conflict. ‘I’m not going to get into gentrification, but g—damn,’ he said, musing about ‘white linen tables’ on Lafayette and DeKalb avenues. Then he corrected himself: ‘This is to celebrate Absolut, so we’re not going to get into gentrification tonight. Sorry, Absolut.’

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Not Goish from Prospect Heights says:
June 9, 2010, 1:52 pm
J from Brooklyn says:
Amazing to hear someone complain about gentrification while he's shilling an alcohol product which depicts his very own Brooklyn home.

Ft. Greene didn't you sell you out, Spike. You sold out Ft. Greene.
June 9, 2010, 2:58 pm
gowanee from guess where says:
That's the end of Blogfest's integrity. Corporate endorsement is the kabash. Spike Lee and Markowitz will have front row seats at loser Nets games. Now that's a real thrill to ruin OUR neighborhood for.
June 11, 2010, 11:38 am
enufalready! from Cobble Hill says:
Harmony, Spike Lee did not make the vodka. He's touting it, that's all. For bucks, I'm sure. Brooklyn does not need some corporate logo vodka, and Spike Lee does not live in Brooklyn so what the f**k?
June 12, 2010, 2:08 pm
He's Gotta Have It from Ft Green says:
Spike Lee is the biggest sell out on Earth., Aren't there stoops and brownstones near his digs on the Upper East Side where he can peddle his wares? By the way, maybe I am a cretin, but I can't tell the taste difference between Sveda and Absolut-only the doubled price of Absolute —probably due to the company's needing to jack up the price to funnel into Lee and (maybe Marty's?) bank account.
June 13, 2010, 11:33 am
Third Street Regular from Park Slope says:
Funny that this is the only coverage of the "Shillfest" on this site/in this paper. Hmmm....
June 14, 2010, 12:24 pm

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