Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mystery Photo X - Red Door

From the Farm Door of Mystery Photo IX, we move to a slightly scarred red door, lurking in the back streets of Newtown. Where exactly ?
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mystery Photo IX Revealed - Farm Door

Mystery Photo IX
asked where in Newtown the above 'farm door' could be found. It was a sinch for DarkStarDeity, who very quickly posted:
That's the boarded-up back door to the old stable in Crooks Lane (just off Church St), generally referred to as "The Shed" (since corrected to Shack). I was actually going to send you a photo of this building myself for one of the mystery photos as I live near it

Given that I was hoping this was a more challenging Mystery Photo I removed the comment to give others a chance at guessing the location, which no-one managed for three weeks or so until Smacky-wolf chipped in with the correct location.

Crook's Lane doesn't get mentioned in Google Maps, though from this street view you can just see the shed at the end of the lane. In the standard Newtown view, it's the elbow shaped lane in the pocket bounded by Church Street, King Street, Mechanic's Lane and Hordern Street.

Consenus is now that the Shed is actually known by its inhabitants as The Shack, but other than that, there's precious little to tell about this unusual-for-Newtown building - unless readers can provide more information

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hatches Batches and Dispatches

The Mayor's collection of comings (mostly) and goings in Newtown. The first in a possible regular series ...

New Openings
  • An Asian supermarket called Qmart across the road from the Marly
  • A highly regarded and well reviewed bar/restaurant called Bloodwood at 416 King St
  • Another highly regarded bar called Corridor, on the site of the old Sabor de Espana
  • A deli/cafe/bar called 2042 Cafe and Deli, reviewed in the SMH
  • A fancy looking Izakaya Japanese restaurant Iiza on site of the much lamented Lucky's Pizza and a less lamented Indian restaurant.
  • A fancy and tasty Mexican restaurant Izote at the far far end of Newtown (6 King St)
Upstairs at Corridor

Development Applications
  • Popular sort-of Irish pub Kelly's has applied to expand with a lounge over Janet's pies
  • Trinity Church on Erskineville Rd has applied for some internal reconfiguration and a carpark upgrade
  • Wilson Street cafe Ism (opposite Hollis Park) has applied for outdoor seating (Nimby opposition alert)

  • Rumour has it that Satellite is about to change hands, and the new owner maybe contemplating night openings
  • Popular Flower shop The Flower Room is up for sale
  • Random Thai joint (and former purveyor of Duck) Midnight Thai appears to have closed, although the coffee bar and pastry shop attached is still going strong (behind the 7-11 on Brown St)
  • Vinnies and the 7-11 are rebuilding their awnings
  • The much-loved and sadly vandalised steeple sculpture in Camperdown Park has gone AWOL
Gone ...

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mystery Bar I Revealed - Corridor

The first Mystery Bar asked you to identify the bar where this cosy lounge was to be found. It was relatively quickly indentified by justiceotb as Corridor; although happily not until after a few near misses, which has encouraged me to perservere with the Mystery Bar series ! It might have been easier to pick with some wider angle pictures ...

Corridor is the second attempt at making a success of the former site of Sabor de Espana, Newtown's short lived tapas bar. Early indications are that it will be a success. A fair bit of effort has gone into the renovation, although the basic form of the site has been maintained, with a limited bar area downstairs and more seating (indoors and outdoors) upstairs.

The night the mayor visited the outside area was full while the insides remained mostly empty, but I can see the front room upstairs becoming popular as the weather cools, even if the fireplace sadly doesn't look functional.

All in all, a welcome addition to the Newtown bar scene.

Corridor, 153a King St Newtown.