Monday, February 4, 2013

Sign the Petition for a New Elementary School in Downtown Brooklyn

The group is called Downtown Brooklyn School Solution and is for parents of school-aged (or soon to be school-aged) children to learn about what their options are for public elementary schools and also to advocate that the city build a new school in the neighborhood. We've started the petition to show the City that there is a need and a demand in the neighborhood for a school to accommodate the building boom. The Department of City Planning made an error back in 2004 when they underestimated the number of residential units that would be built as a result of the rezoning and they and the DOE need to start planning for all the children moving to the neighborhood. Anyone can sign, because a new school would benefit all of the residents of the community and the surrounding neighborhoods. Click on the title of this post to be linked to the petition

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

DraftHouse coming to Downtown Brooklyn

Quote fromm GrubStreet: "The owners of the Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse movie theater chain announced this morning on their blog that their third New York location (Alamos in the UWS and Yonkers are in the works) will land at City Point, a 1.8-million-square-foot mixed-use development coming soon to the Downtown Brooklyn parcel that was most recently home to Dekalb Market"

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Downtown Brooklyn Book Fest this Sunday

Sunday August 23 is the Downtown Brooklyn bookfest. Don't miss out on meeting some A listers.

Friday, September 14, 2012

More Yummy options coming to Downtown Brooklyn

Brooklyn Paper: BBQ OMG! Much-anticipated meatery gearing up for Downtown opening

Real Estate Spotlight: 223 Warren street

In one of the Charming Downtown Neighborhoods Circa 1880 residence has it all- historic details such as pocket doors, inlaid wood flooring, etched glass doors, moldings, original shutters and ornate marble fireplaces as well as modern comforts, such as central air conditioning, top of the line appliances, built-ins throughout and a two story extension. The property has an additional 4,000 square feet of FAR and can be extended as it is on a double lot that is nearly 170 feet deep with the townhouse on Warren Street and the terracotta roofed two-car garage on Verandah Place. Zoned for PS29 and a short walk to Montessori, Packer, Saint Anne’s and Friends. If you don’t know the gem that is Cobble Hill- this property is on a tree-lined brownstone block yet around the corner from the best cafĂ©, restaurants, wine store, cheese shop, butcher, bakery and one block to the F train and is often likened to living in Europe.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Real Estate SpotLight: Downtown Brooklyn Rental at 365 Bridge Street

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New Restaurant in Downtown Brooklyn: "Dining Room"

Dining Room is a new restaurant that just opened up this past weekend. While I don't have a menu to share as of yet, they will be preparing seasonal dishes from locally sourced farms as well as locally brewed beers, local wines, local whiskey's and vodkas as well as some familiar favorites. For the residents of Downtown Brooklyn, this is heaven sent and a welcome addition to the burgoning new collection of retail and restaurant options. Be prepared for more news to come. If your not familiar with where they are located, they are in the former Kevin Barry's space at 56 Willoughby Street. Click the map for a location.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

You really need to check this website out. It's a way to see how your neighbors feel about community issues and who agrees with them. You'll be surprised by what's important to some people.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Deutsche Bank Takes 50K in Brooklyn (NY Observer)

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The Time to Vote is Now. DoBro for Neighborhood of the Year

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Let's not allow this opportunity to pass us by. Those of us living and working in Downtown Brooklyn have seen incredible changes to the neighborhood this year. Hotels are sprouting from every corner, residential buildings are filling up at a rampant pace and Dekalb Market was a huge success. Vote now. Be heard. Also, Curbed article reads Shack Shack soon to open. In fact, it's already open and delicious. Much more in the pipeline for 2012.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Article: Video: Why Are Blacks Leaving Brooklyn?

In my opinion, this appears to be a very one sided view of what is happening in Downtown Brooklyn. I wouldn't be surprised if FUREE funded it themselves. They forget to tell you that an unusually small amount of people have been displaced from there homes because the rezoning that happened in 2004 which was manly targeted at using under utilized commercial spaces and turning them into luxury rentals and condos. I was born and raised in Brooklyn and come from humble beginnings. Am I now supposed to feel guilty because I'm in a better place financially and am very interested in Downtown Brooklyn becoming more diverse? I think not. Neighborhoods in Brooklyn have gone through many changes over the last 30-40 years. It took all this time for people to realize that Downtown is a prime location to live and commute into the city. 

The truth of it all is Fulton Mall is changing to accommodate some of the new residential arrivals. It won't be exactly the way it was before. You can't freeze time because you liked the olden days. It just doesn't work that way. Does anyone remember what Park Slope looked like in the mid 1980's? Unfortunately, I do. Not a fun place to live or drive through. I welcome the new and improved Downtown with open arms.

On another note, the vibe I was picking up on in this video clip lead me to believe that the title should read "why are all of these OTHER people walking where I shop with my people".

I'm calling it like I see it.

Change is constant.

Article: NYC restaurant comings and goings: Double Crown, Mexicue, Sam Bahri's

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Complete guide to Dekalb market

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Brooklyn Eagle: Councilwoman James Protests Closure of Neighborhood Business

I'm sorry but I can't agree with James on this one. I understand that we want some things to stay the same but there are building codes for a reason. Just because they have been able to operate their business under the radar of the building department doesn't make it ok. If the building can't support it, they have to leave. It's a danger to residents. Doesn't anyone remember the antique statue business on the corner of 2nd Ave and Houston Street in the city. They were there for a long time an the building collapsed under it's own weight because the overloaded the floors. The building department has a responsibility to protect the public. That simple.

Fake 300lb Milkable Cow Grazes through Downtown Brooklyn on April 30th for Local Food & Eco Travel Expo

downtown-brooklyn-partnership-aims-to takeover MetroTech BID Funding

NY Post: Tug o' war for B'klyn biz bucks

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

Rum Tasting Saturday at Wright & Goebel

Rum Tasting Saturday!

Join us in the tasting room with the folks
from Bank's Rum. Every good barkeep 
knows about the old daiquiri test...

So that's how we're going to do it.
Please bring a friend!

3–6pm this Saturday, the 5th of February

And don't forget to sign up for our very, very
special Valentine's Champagne Tasting and 
amuse bouche on the 13th and 14th. 
Space is limited.


Stephanie & Owen

Wright & Goebel Wine & Spirits
147 Flatbush Ave Extension

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Wright & Goebel Wine shop on Flatbush Ave

Wright & Goebel is located at 147 Flatbush Avenue Extension, Brooklyn, NY 11201 and the # is (646) 495-1520. I passed by for the first time this past Friday night. I really have only great things to say about my experience. The staff is friendly and quite knowledgeable about wine. Know, that may sound like it should be a given but I've been in too many local wine & liquor stores that have clueless staff. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the owners, Owen. Owen showed me around the store and explained the layout of the wines. I was happy to see that they have quite the interesting selection and not the standard issue wines you see everywhere. They also have a huge selection of wines in a very reasonable price range (from $10 to $25) Suffice to say, I left with a case on my shoulder. Although, the next time I will take them up on the suggestion of having it delivered. That case got pretty heavy after a block or so.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Suddenly, A Brooklyn Skyline (NY Times)

Downtown Brooklyn Condo buyers get together online

Click the Link above for It's a great message board were all the residents of Downtown Brooklyn can discuss common interests that benefit the neighborhood.

Aloft hotel opening shortly (The Real Deal)

Taco debacle! Loading Dock, Downtown Mexican haven, to close (The Brooklyn Paper)

Turns out that there brand new truck was stolen during the blizzard on Dec. 27th and they are closing there doors. The will be sorely missed. I really loved there tacos.

Toren Grocery back on? (Curbed NY)

29 Flatbush Ave ground breaking (Brownstoner)

New Additions To DoBro's Skyline (Curbed NY)

Brooklyn Broadside: Brooklyn in 2011 Will See More Downtown Development (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Duffield Street Running in a New Direction

The Gothamist