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Vox Pop Review

Vox Pop Net – (This venue is now closed)

The “voice of the people” is the emphasis here, where there’s equal attention paid to raising consciousness and to serving coffee to fuel the impassioned conversations. For the latter, try the lattés, cappuccinos, and white chocolate mochas, all made with fair-trade-certified beans. For the former, owner Sander Hicks, founder of Soft Skull Press, has his own muckraking newspaper, The New York Megaphone. The school-bus-yellow interior has a comfortable, lefty feel, with a coffee bar made of salvaged mahogany and topped with recycled glass and cement. Wall décor features posters promoting self-publishing (available at discount rates), and chic Moleskin journals are arrayed among the radical titles near the cash register. A small stage hosts poetry readings and acoustic performances. Non-java libations include Six Points and Dogfish Head brews, as well as smoothies and excellent fresh-squeezed Granny Smith apple and ginger juices. A short, unremarkable menu covers pastries, sandwiches, and pizzas. On weekends in season, separate vegan and carnivore barbeques smoke away near the ramshackle sidewalk tables in front, for equal opportunity eats for all. — Ethan Wolff

Open Mic Night

Sundays at 7 p.m. are Open Mic nights. Additional musical performances take place throughout the week.

Many Still Mourn Vox Pop

By Julian Dunn
Special to Brooklyn Daily Eagle 

DITMAS PARK — There’s a brand new coffee shop in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, and it’s serving up more than just espresso.

First-time café owner Josh Ruben has opened Whisk Bakery and Café at the corner of Newkirk Avenue and Westminster Road, just east of Coney Island Avenue and directly across from P.S. 217. The café held its grand opening party on Sept. 17 in conjunction with local artists’ association Flatbush Art Studio Tour (FAST). FAST’s paintings, photographs and even a wooden sculpture remain on the cafe walls for another month.

Ruben and his team hope to not only show art, but also hold music performances, films, and trivia nights by staying open late at least once a week. Interim manager Todd Neufeld, 30, says they’re trying to create a casual community hangout space in a neighborhood still smarting from last year’s loss of Vox Pop Café, the only lecture/performance space in a neighborhood that both Time Out and AM New York have described as one of the best for food.

“We’re not trying to recreate Vox Pop — [it] wasn’t run so well,” Neufeld said of the café, which closed in April 2010 due to unpaid state taxes and fines. “But they did such a great job; the space had a lot of warmth.”

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