Monthly Archives: March 2008

More on Thistle & Clover

I received a press release from one of the owners of Thistle and Clover a few days ago, just after my original post. Sounds like they have some cool stuff planned. For example:

Thistle & Clover will produce 2 unique programs on a seasonal basis:

Tailored Events Nights: For these designer trunkshows cum meet-and-greets, Thistle & Clover will host neighbors, friends, and family in our storefront and back garden. Participating designers need not already have representation at Thistle & Clover, they may simply use the evening as an introduction to the Fort Greene clientele. Events will take place between 6-9PM.

Open Calls: Every quarter, Thistle & Clover will host a day of Open Calls, an opportunity for young, unrepresented designers to showcase their collections to the boutique. If selected, designers may sell their collection to Thistle & Clover on consignment, be featured on our website, and co-host a Tailored Event Night.


This is really awesome! What a great way for emerging designers to show their work! And count me in on that back garden action.

Thistle & Clover
221 DeKalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

BK Junior League Event

The Junior League of Brooklyn (JLB) Board Training & Development Program wants YOU. The JLB Board Training & Development Program was designed to meet the needs of non-profit organizations within the Brooklyn community seeking qualified Board of Director members. This program will train prospective Non-Profit Board Members within Brooklyn and meet the needs of non-profit community partners.

The program will consist of three sessions running approximately 90 minutes. Facilitators and speakers will discuss: “Why Serve on a Board”, “Minding Dollars and Sense”, and “Board Sustainability”. The program will culminate with a Volunteer Fair wherein all trainees will connect with organizations in need of Board of Director support. Please join us as we would truly appreciate your commitment to this rewarding experience of excellence in serving your community.

Date and times for all sessions:

* Kick Off and Session 1 – Wednesday April 2, 2008 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
* Session 2 & Sessions 3 – Tuesday April 15, 2008 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

(Both will be at Brooklyn Borough Hall)

* Volunteer Fair – Thursday May 15, 2008 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

If you’d like to learn more about our program and receive an application (application deadline is Friday March 21, 2008) please visit the JLB website: or contact Chinyelu Udoh:

Gibb Mansion

One of my favorite aspects of our neighborhood is the ability to constantly discover something new.

For the last several months, I’ve been dating a Bed-Stuy resident, which has given me an occasional reason to walk or drive east down Gates Ave. I’ve often been stopped in my tracks by this insanely awesome standalone mansion that sits on its own pristine lot. I never have a camera with me, and I always forget to come back with one.


Yesterday, I received an email from the PACC about a photography show being held there. Finally! Some answers! I did some research.

Seems the PACC took over the house and created a living space for critically ill neighborhood residents who are working towards independent living. PACC has done an amazing job at restoring old homes in the area, and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I found a photo of the mansion before renovation:


I know it’s small, but it’s all I could find!

Anyway, here is the press release for the photography event, which will be held tomorrow night!

When: Friday, March 28, 2008 at 6pm

Where: The Velmanette Montgomery Library at Gibb Mansion located at 218 Gates Avenue (near Classon Avenue) in Brooklyn.

What: Pratt Area Community Council and Gibb Mansion Social Services cordially invite you to join us for our very first Visual Journey of the Past, Present and Future, a showcase of images taken by Gibb Mansion Residents and Staff.

Hosted by Social Service Interns, Angie Dang and Carli Ovadek, the philosophy behind this “Visual Journey” is to explore the importance of society and environment and its impact on the residents of the Gibb Mansion community. Gibb Mansion will, for one night, become an art gallery, displaying 30 or so pieces that were taken with a photojournalistic approach. The show will present images representing the past, present, and future of its participants. Deb Howard, the Executive Director of PACC says, “The Visual Journey experience is a culmination of all the hard work and dedication of its participants.”

Gibb Mansion, PACC’s social service residential building in Bed-Stuy, is home to some 71 Individuals that are single, low-income adults, or that may be chronically ill but are working toward the goal of independent living. Equipped with a camera and a journal, the groups met weekly at Gibb to share techniques and images, and on some occasions engage in group sessions with a professional photographer.

The members of Visual Journey use photography to express personal life experiences and future goals. Group members had the opportunity to take pictures together or on their own. As a group they traveled to other neighborhoods and places of interest; i.e. Central Park to capture the beauty of winter or taking in the architectural grandeur of Rockefeller Center.

Angie Dang says, “This showcase represents weeks of hard work, soul searching and talent from residents and staff. The purpose for taking each of these photos were then shared and discussed with peers at our weekly meetings. This gave participants the opportunity to see images and perspectives through a different lens, in addition to sharing individual stories through their own photographs.”

Carli Ovadek continues, “Angie and I want to use this night to recognize the hard work of the Gibb Mansion residents, and give members the chance to present these pieces to the community and important people with their lives.”

The Visual Journey group members would greatly appreciate the support and attendance of PACC staff for this unveiling. Those attending will enjoy an evening of unique photography and the stories behind the pictures.

Thistle & Clover


I was finally able to make it over to the old Beezu spot (221 DeKalb) to check out a reported new boutique. It was, as one tipster described it, “kind of like Stuart & Wright.”

The clothing looked marginally less expensive (talking a tiny margin here), but they also carry some lotions and letterpress greeting cards (which will certainly allow me to pick up a few items and support a local store without breaking the bank).


The two women working were friendly and personable, available to customers and did not ignore me in favor of continuing a loud conversation on the phone. This in itself makes the shop so much more lovely than Beezu.

They’ve only been open for a week — check it out!

Thistle & Clover
221 DeKalb Ave (nr Adelphi)

Fire on Adelphi

Walking home from work just now (I took a detour to check out some new stuff), I saw what looked like a pretty serious fire on Adelphi just north of DeKalb.  I didn’t see any flames or smoke, but the fire dept had the ladder up and was unscrewing the hydrant.  While I continued on, at least three other firetrucks whirred past from different directions headed towards Adelphi.


Hope everyone’s OK!

Rapper Killed on Fulton Street Yesterday

fulton street fish

From Gothamist:

Leval Lyde, a 36-year-old Brooklyn rapper who went by the street name “Kevlar,” was gunned down yesterday on the corner of Clinton Ave. and Fulton St. in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn. Lyde was shot just before 5 p.m. on the street corner and declared dead on arrival at Brooklyn Hospital. Lyde had just exited Fish & Crustaceans Quality Seafood and was walking with his sandwich towards the maroon Jaguar (owned by the mother of his child) when he was shot once in the torso.

The NY Times describes the rapper of little renown as a holdover from Fort Greene’s grittier days, and sees his killing as a foil for the transformation that has occurred in recent years. “The shooting was a reminder of rougher times in Clinton Hill, where gentrification has turned crack houses into wine bars.” They quoted one resident who noticed the crime scene tape only after observing that a new French restaurant had opened on the block. He figured it must have been an accident and was surprised to hear that there had been a murder.

Info from the NYT here.

WTF???? A murder at 5pm on Fulton? Could this be related to the gunfire on Lexington a few days ago?  OMG!

Another Teen Crime

From a reader:

I was walking towards Myrtle on Clinton (between Dekalb and Willoughby)
this afternoon around 3 when someone tried to take my purse. I held on
to it as I turned around and it was a group of 6 to 10 kids. I tried
fighting back but then they knocked me down to the ground and started
kicking me. Fortunately, a gentleman crossed the street and scared them
off. He helped me up and waited until I told him I was ok before he
left. But then a girl, who said saw the whole thing, told me that the
same kids did the same thing to a guy walking a dog on Clinton Ave. last
night. She recommended I write you thinking maybe with enough
complaints, something could get done.

I did call the cops, and they did come by and told me they would be
looking for them. These kids were just out of school with nothing to do
and, without a cop in sight, decided maybe they could get a quick buck.
I’ve been in this neighborhood for the last 8 years and been mugged and
beaten now 4 times. I understand the cops have better things to do, but
these kids were not older than 16 (thankfully, otherwise I don’t think I
would have fared as well), and if given the opportunity, may grow up to
commit the same, if not worse crimes to someone else.

Again, more crime committed by what seems to be a restless group of teens. How can we get the cops to patrol during after-school hours?  And as for the part about cops “having better things to do,” I disagree.  I’d say making our streets safe DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS is a pretty main responsibility.

Biggie Movie Filming

You may have seen the crews and the orange signs around the nabe over the last few days.


(photo by la futurista)

Per IMDB, Notorious is about “the life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm.”

Any old schoolers want to weigh in on the movie?  Will it be cheesy?  Or does it have potential to be a great film?  At least they’re filming it where he actually grew up (instead of filming it in Toronto and pretending it’s Brooklyn).