Monthly Archives: September 2007

Waffle Weekends @ Frank White

Starting this Saturday, Frank White is launching Waffle Weekends! They’ll be serving waffles/toppings Saturday & Sundays (10-1).
They’d like to offer Clinton Hill Blog readers something special for stopping by this weekend — a complimentary ‘lil kim’ size coffee or fresh squeezed orange juice with waffles! Just mention CHB for your free beverage 🙂

Frank White
936 Atlantic Ave. at St. James Pl.

More info on FW here.

Sports, Philanthropy and Networking

There’s a new touch football league based at Brooklyn Tech in Fort Greene. Here’s the info:

ZogSports, the charity-focused, social, co-ed sports league for young professionals in their 20s and 30s, is coming to Brooklyn for the first time this fall and there is still room for people to sign up for our awesome co-ed Touch Football league!

ZogSports has spent the last four years helping young New Yorkers break the monotony of the typical day – work/gym/bar/home – by offering sports leagues, trips, social events, and volunteer opportunities. To date, they have brought together 33,000+ participants and given more than $290,000 to charity.

This fall, ZogSports expands to Brooklyn with Kickball in Prospect Park and Touch Football at Brooklyn Tech.

Participants can sign up as an entire team or as an individual/small group and we’ll place them on a team. Teammates get to know each other at the organized post-game happy hours at local bars.

As a philanthropy-focused organization, ZogSports donates a portion of all proceeds to charity, and helps all participants Play For Your Cause by making donations to winning teams’ charities of choice. Teams have the opportunity to win both on the field as well as off, with awards given for Best Team Name, Best Team Spirit, and Best Happy Hour Team. ZogSports also partners with local charitable organizations to promote/co-sponsor their events, and organizes charity events of its own.

If you are interested in posting some information about us, please feel free to check out our website at We’re in the last few days of registration for the Brooklyn league, so people should sign up soon. If they want to come out and meet us, we’ll have a table at the Atlantic Antic this Sunday.


I suggested they start up a kickball league in FG Park, as that would be more my speed. My contact said she’ll keep it in consideration.

Desolate Fort Greene Corner

The corner of Myrtle and Flatbush is such an incredible eyesore. I know it’s WAY out of CH, but I notice it every time I come home late-night in a cab. Everything save for a check cashing place is shuttered and ready to fall apart. Wonder if the same person/company owns the whole block and is just waiting to raze it in favor of more condos.
I know this is right near the projects, but it does seem odd that such a prime locale is sitting in decay.



UPDATE: Restaurant on Waverly and Greene

A few weekends ago, I ran into Josie Smith-Malave, one-time Top Chef contestant and Clinton Hill regular, standing outside the in-the-works restaurant opening in the former bodega space on Waverly and Greene.  She told me the space was slated to serve “global comfort food,” and was aiming to be “a real neighborhood place – one you’ll eat at three times a week.”

Since then, there’s been a lot of activity.  The newspapers are off the windows now, and I spotted some stuff being moved in on Friday night:


I’m going to do a little interview with Josie in early October to coordinate with the restaurant’s opening.  Stay tuned…

Haunted Church Update

The Haunted Church (447 Clinton Ave) has been covered in a black shroud the last several weeks.  Now the plywood barricade facing Clinton holds an interesting announcement:


According to a comment on Brownstoner way back from 2005, it sounds like “Clinton Rising, LLC” has owned the building since January ’05.  If they’re responsible for all that nasty trash sitting outside for the last 2.5 years, I’m worried.  Then another ‘Stoner post says it was sold this past April.  Wait, now I can’t find that post from 2005!  Am I hallucinating?  This is certainly one of the most confusing situations in the nabe.

I couldn’t find any info about the project on the architect’s site, and a Google search for Living Space Design on Ryerson yields nothing.

Wonder how this reno will turn out…

October Events in the Nabe

It’s never too early to plan ahead!

Monday, Oct. 1, Fort Greene Park Conservancy Gala Wine Tasting
This annual party will be held at the roof top gardens and penthouses of the Forte Condo project on Fulton/Ashland which provide stunning views of our park and communities. There will be 100 wonderful wines, food, wine experts, and friends of the park. The VIP session will start at 5:30 pm for a ticket price of $150, the general admission starts at 6:30 for $80 advance and $90 at the door. (All tickets are tax deductible.) Tickets are VERY limited, so purchase early. Contact Amy Bennett at Tickets available at

Sunday, Oct. 14, noon, DDDB Annual Walkathon to support the Legal Fund.
This exciting event is for the whole family and features entertainment, our favorite elected officials, community activists and others. We need coordinators, team leaders, behind the scenes volunteers, artists, technical experts and others to make this all happen. So, save the date. Plan to walk or sponsor a walker or team. Make a generous contribution. For more information, contact: or Scott Turner at scott@fansforfairplay.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , (718) 499-8729

Saturday, October 20, Daffodil Bulb Giveaway, 1:30 pm to 5 pm.
Free daffodil bulbs will be distributed for planting in tree pits, sidewalk containers, front yards, community gardens or anywhere they can be enjoyed by the public at large. Bulbs are being provided by the Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District as part of the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill greening initiative. Planting is up to you. For more information contact

Saturday, October 20, Artisan Market, DeKalb Ave. near park entry.
What the Fort Greene Greenmarket does for locally-grown food products, the Artisan Market does for local art and design. Open 9am to 6pm. For information contact

Saturday, Oct. 27, Fort Greene Park Conservancy Children’s Halloween Fest.
Bring the kids in their costumes for a day of excitement. There are free pumpkins, costume parade at 2pm, hay ride, ponies, games, great sponsors, and the dog costume contest listed below. Everyone loves this day in the park. For more information contact: SCH is proud to be a sponsor of this wonderful event.

Saturday, Oct. 27, noon, PUPS Dog Costume Contest, Fort Greene Park.
Bring your dogs in costume, many owners are also in coordinating costume attire, join the pageant and maybe you’ll win one of the fabulous prizes. Meet M.C. Christine in her lime green tuxedo. Hilarity is guaranteed for all. For more information contact:

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5 pm. Society for Clinton Hill Children’s Halloween Walk.
This event gets bigger and more exciting every year. Meet at the SCH Garden at DeKalb/Hall to pick up maps for the best locations for entertainment and treats. Parents must accompany children. FREE.

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 6-9 pm, 313 Clinton Avenue, Continuous Halloween Show.
The show is put on by the Clinton Hill Players featuring Janna Hyten, DK Holland, Claudia Howard, Andrew Watts, Kelsey Hyten and other Clinton Hill stars. Show to be featured in Time Out NY. SCH is proud to be a sponsor. Janna is currently raising money for this year’s set and show. Anyone who provides a $100 donation will receive a free ticket to the famous Halloween party at 313 Clinton Ave. (The show is very expensive to put on, and Janna has bankrolled it herself for many years.) Contact