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Join us for the BWNA Annual Meeting on Saturday November 14th
10-11am Register in to join us here After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Thanks to COVID-19, the Bryker Woods Neighborhood Association’s annual meeting will be on Zoom! We will provide important neighborhood developments in the past year, including the status of the City’s Land Development Code. Our City Council representative, Alison Alter, will be speaking. We also have great door prizes from Tiny's Milk & Cookies! Join us!
Halloween in a Time of Covid
This year’s Halloween will be unlike any in our lifetime. Many people are wondering whether there will be any children walking their streets, and if they knock on their doors, whether and how to answer. From a review of NextDoor, it appears that fewer people will be trick-or-treating and handing out candy, but there will definitely be lots of people participating.
Here are some ideas that our neighbors have put forward as to how to conduct Halloween:
Trick or Treating
Trick or treat bags on a stick.
Parents opening the candy wrappers for the kids so they aren’t touching the wrapper and putting the candy in their mouths.
Hand sanitizer & wipes periodically or between each house.
Expandable butterfly nets for the kids to use for candy collection while maintaining a 6-foot distance. They are around $10 on Amazon.
Download an app that will show which houses are handing out candy.
Handing Out Candy
Using caution tape on the front porch to keep children six feet away, and using PVC pipe as a candy delivery instrument. The resident wears gloves and a mask, and ask the child to put their candy bag at the end of the pipe (a candy chute), and sliding a piece of candy down the chute into their bag.
Sitting in the front yard and throwing non-breakable candy to the kids. Sort of mardi gras style. “Our family wants to each pick a candy to hand out and then ask kids to tell us their favorite. Whoever picked the most popular candy at the end of the night wins."
Tacking a clear shower curtain on the front door and cutting a hole in it just large enough to stick a gloved hand out to give candy. Or leaving individual bags out for them to take and they can still see you.
Clothes-pinning small bags with goodies to front-yard trees with a sign to take a bag.
Having kids approach front door to pick up candy, single-file
Leaving little paper bags of candy at the edge of your front yard and sitting outside (20+ feet away) to greet Trick-or-Treaters with a wave.
Using a long “grabber”to hand out candy. It is 3 feet long and with your arm extension it is about 6 feet. You can buy them on Amazon for $6.95.
Putting candy on sticks spread out over lawn.
Using an M&Ms program/app where you can buy and give out virtual treats.
For more information, please see the City of Austin Halloween Flyer here
Bryker Woods Business Spotlight Booming Bryker Woods Business:
Cucina on 35th
A Note from owner Jay McBride
A Heartfelt Grazie! To Our Friends
I’m excited to share some big news! After 20 years operating as a franchisee with Brick Oven on 35th, Magda and I are proud to announce the restaurant is evolving. Introducing our own Cucina on 35th Street Wood-Fired Italian Kitchen! We are so deeply grateful for the patronage of our customers and community over these past two decades, and are thrilled to take this big step to independent proprietorship with Cucina on 35th Street.
Well, namely, the name. When we became part of the Brick Oven story back in, 2000 in our quaint red cottage home on 35th street, we gained a long-lasting fan-base for our award-winning pizza, great wine and classic Italian food. As Austin has grown, and especially during the challenges of this year while we have sadly said goodbye to so many long-time Austin restaurants, we are deeply grateful to still be steadily serving our local neighborhoods (Ridgelea, Brykerwoods, Oakmont Heights, Pemberton Heights, Rosedale, Tarrytown, Highland Park, and Allendale just to name a few) and delivering far and wide to loyal--and hungry--customers!
We’re serving some new delicious
Since we will be independent from a corporate menu, we now have the opportunity to offer new, uniquely delicious items we can’t wait to share! >>Don’t worry, we will still have a distinctive wood-fired pizza that you will love.<< But, look for new and exciting pasta dishes as well as classic comfort Italian classics. Also, we will continue to carry many Gluten-free, Vegetarian, as well as Vegan options for our discerning customers. As usual, we will continue our affordable wine selections and offer great wines for a great price for our oenophile friends to sip at home or with us while you wait for that take-out or dining in.
We’re Curbside, Carry-out & Limited
During these crazy times, we are offering curbside, carry-out and limited dine-in, along with delivery through popular third-party apps. We remain committed to the safety of our customers and our awesome employees, but are eager to get back into the groove of serving friends and families, and drop-off catering for offices and large parties.
WHAT HASN’T CHANGED?
Our love for this town. Our commitment to helping our brave nurses, with our “buy a nurse a pizza” promotion and the Austin
Service Industry by providing free meals for our unemployed and struggling peers. Our continued support as one of Austin’s original restaurants who proudly support our community:
Most importantly, what hasn’t changed are the faces of our amazing, hard-working staff! Such a big part of this decision was frankly based on adjusting our operation to help keep all our restaurant family working. You have made that a possibility. So thank you!
And of course, there’s me, and my family! We are so grateful for all of y’all.
We are grateful for all the years as the Brick Oven on 35th, and are looking forward to many more in this exciting new chapter as Cucina on 35th.
Y’all stay hungry! And please stay in touch.
Jay, Magda and the Entire Crew at Cucina at 35th Street
512-453-4330 or visit: https://cucina35.com
CELEBRATE WITH US!
ENJOY A SPECIAL VIP OFFER
Until November 18th, 2020
Buy one Pizza, Get One Free with Purchase of Dessert.
Take-out, and Curbside ONLY PROMO
“Gates” to Bryker Woods By Bill Woods
When Bryker Woods was first being platted and built, homes east of Jefferson were the first to be built. During the 1930’s other subdivisions of Bryker Woods were being platted. Most of the homes on the west side of Jefferson were platted and built during this time. On March 3, 1940, The Austin American Statesman reported “Bryker Woods Sections Open.” In this article it is mentioned that “...since June, 1936, Bryker Woods “A,” “B,” C” and “D” have all been completely sold out with the exception of a very few lots. Practically every lot in these last sections of Bryker Woods has been developed into beautiful homes.” Of particular note in this newspaper article is that “Stone entrance gates will grace the approaches on Jefferson Street.” Most of these stone markers are still standing along Jefferson Street and are an important part of the history of our neighborhood! Your Board of Directors has been working to identify these stone “gates” and see that they are preserved for future neighbors.Property owners who have these on their corners are asked to help preserve these historic markers.
Please take a moment to read the Austin American Statesman article and to take a look at our historical “gates” as you drive down Jefferson, from Westover north to W. 33rd Street. For an interesting article on Jefferson Street and the markers, please click here.
Troop 9 Popcorn Virtual Door to Door Sales
This year Bryker Woods' Troop 9, chartered and headquartered at Bryker Woods Elementary School will conduct their popcorn sales entirely online. Scouts will be distributing a door hanger with their personal codes for online sales. 76% of sales apply towards scout's high adventure camps, including Northern Tier winter camp, summer treks at Catalina Island's Emerald Bay and BSA's New Mexico Philmont... as well as Eagle beautification projects that directly enhance Bryker Woods.
Established in Bryker Woods in 1917, Troop 9 has had a long and vibrant history with the neighborhood. Read about it here.
Volunteer Days to Clean Up Shoal Creek!
Shoal Creek Conservancy organizes periodic volunteer opportunities to clean up Shoal Creek. To keep everyone safe, they are limiting cleanups to no more than 10 individuals, all participants will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing, and they will follow an elevated disinfectant protocol.
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Excellent Food Within Walking Distance
Cucina on 35th Street The best pizza in Austin... period.
1608 West 35th Street
Monday-Saturday 11am to 10pm, Sunday: 11am to 9pm
FoodHeads 616 W. 34th Street
Monday through Saturday from 8 am - 3 pm Neighbor Favorites: BLT&Avocado, The Lami,
Steak & Arugula Salad
Spread 1601 West 38th Street (Jefferson Square at Kerbey Lane)
Wednesday-Saturday: 10:00a - 5:00p
Monday & Tuesday: Closed Neighbor Favorites: Spamwich (you HAVE to try it), The Lawful Beet, roasted squash & chicken soup
Visit Tiny's Milk & Cookies next door for homemade ice cream, pastries, and their famous milk and cookies.
34th Street Cafe 1005 West 34th Street
Lunch: Monday - Saturday 10:45am - 4pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 10pm Neighbor Favorites: Chinese Hack Chicken Salad, chicken piccata, coconut cake.
Specialty Items within Walking Distance
Over the Rainbow Toy Store 1601 West 38th Street (Jefferson Square at Kerbey Lane)
Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm Austin's oldest headquarters for all things FUN, is operating normal hours with social distancing. Free telephone orders, complimentary gift wrapping, and exceptional customer service makes this a neighborhood favorite.
Lees Meat Market 1601 West 38th Street (Jefferson Square at Jefferson Street)
Monday-Friday 12pm-5:30pm , Saturday 12-4pm Neighbor Favorites: Cooper's cheesesteak sandwich, smoked beef tenderloin, lemon bars
Valentines Luxury Fashion Boutique 1515 W 35th Street (Kerbey Lane Village)
512-436-8270 Open from 10 am - 6pm, Monday through Saturday. Social distancing assured and safer than going to the grocery store.
Looking for Ways to Help Others?
Central Texas Food Bank 6500 Metropolis Drive
Austin, TX 7874
PLEASE CHECK IN with older neighbors as they may not be tech-savvy and could be missing these wonderful resources. Call them, drop a note in their mailboxes, or have your children color a greeting card to leave under their doormats. Every act of kindness you offer another will be returned to you in multiple ways