Monthly Archives: June 2008

Bar Olivino


It’s open!!!!

I checked it out last week. The space is very teeny, but gorgeously designed. The bar was filled with a good cross-section of neighbors, and the wine list was descriptive.

For now, they are giving out free cheese plates but plan to have a more full cheese-meat menu soon.

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Fingers crossed that they do well. It’s so close to the C train entrance! Very convenient for an after-work glass of wine. I know I need them often.

Open 5-12
5-1 Friday and Saturday
Closed Tuesday

bar Olivino
899 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238
t. 718 230 4675

BREAKING: Myrtle Ave Citibank Robbery

“Hey Robin,

Did you hear that the Citibank on Myrtle and Clinton was robbed this afternoon, at 3pm? I was walking by, and I saw all the commotion. Now the tellers are closed, but the atms are still open. There are signs that say because of an emergency, the bank is closed. I went inside at around 4:30 to get some cash out, and there were some plain clothed officers inside talking to the employees.



Beloved Bar Closing

I have received word from TWO different sources that Grand 275 (located at 275 Grands, obvs) is closing.

Fear not — it doesn’t seem to be an issue with poor business or rent increases, but more that the owners are ready to do something new (hopefully in the same space?).

Apparently these last few nights have been packed.  The final night of operation will be Friday. Get your drink on, one last time, at this super comfortable, friendly spot.

275 grand

More General Greene Info

On an ambitions jog last night, I noticed that the door to The General Greene was open. Inside, a lone woman worked on a laptop. Of course, I walked right in. Turns out she’s the manager, and she had good news!

The space will be open tomorrow night after 9pm, as well as over the weekend, for drinks and bar snacks. The official opening will be TUESDAY, JULY 1.

A reader who checked it out last weekend described the beer selection as being “great (small but delicious),” and said the eggplant spread was “pretty tasty.”

The General Greene
229 DeKalb Ave.

The General Greene!


Several of you emailed me over the weekend about the former June space, which has suddenly turned into a new restaurant: The General Greene!


I have to say, this place seems like it has the potential to be pretty cool.  First, the name: a play on a general store / outpost AND a shout-out to General Nathanael Greene for whom the neighborhood and park are named.

Inside, it looks bright and airy:


Apparently it was open this past weekend for a sneak peek.  Anyone go??? It wasn’t open Monday or Tuesday.  (Believe me, I have been walking by incessantly.)

Off on Monday

Just a note that I will be taking Monday off.  I am headed to Orlando for a wedding this weekend.  Stay tuned for photos of Celebration, FL.

Also, a drive by the 88th last night revealed that cops were either parallel parking OR driving the back of their cars up onto the curb as to not block the bike lane!!!  Yay!!!

Bakesales for Obama

I received an email that two different MoveOn groups are hosting Bakesales this weekend for the Obama campaign.  Being that Clinton Hill had the highest percentage of Obama voters, I thought you all might be interested:

Saturday, 21 Jun 2008, 11:00 AM

Hungry for Change in Brooklyn – 0 miles away
Clinton Ave. between Gates & Greene
7 registered participant(s) (100 maximum)
451 Clinton Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Directions: We’re about equidistant between the Clinton/Washington stops on the C or the G train.
Description Come help us bake back the Whitehouse, one cookie at a time!

Sunday, 22 Jun 2008, 1:00 PM

Movin’ On Up with Barack Bakesale – 0 miles away
Clinton Ave bet. Fulton & Atlantic (Brooklyn)
2 registered participant(s) (100 maximum)
538 Clinton Ave. (on our stoop)
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Directions: Clinton Ave. between Fulton and Atlantic. Right off the Clinton-Washington C train stop.
Description We’re hosting a bake sale on our stoop to support MoveOn’s campaign to support Obama for president. There is no maximum number of attendees, but please let me know if you’ll be bringing baked goods. Otherwise, feel free to swing by and do good by Barack and your tummy!

Historic Fort Greene – Clinton Hill Walking Tour

Fort Greene and Clinton Hill have been selected to have their very own Big Onion Walking Tour! And it starts this weekend!! There has long been a BK Heights-Fort Greene tour run by a local resident, but it was very BK Heights-centric. I’m really psyched to try this new tour out and see what I learn. Here is the press release:

Fort Greene Neighborhood Groups Win Big Onion Walking Tour
BEDC Announces Winner of the Brooklyn Neighborhood Tourism Initiative – First Tour held on Saturday, June 21st

Brooklyn, NY, May {16}, 2008 ─ The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) announced the winning neighborhood for the first ever Brooklyn Neighborhood Tourism Initiative. And the winner is… Fort Greene/Clinton Hill! This heterogeneous community, just east of downtown Brooklyn, boasts majestic brownstones, pre-Civil War frame houses, lively shopping areas, historical churches and world-renowned cultural institutions, and will now feature a series of walking tours to present these treasures to visitors.

Joan Bartolomeo, President of BEDC, announced, “Fort Greene is a community that is both unique and quintessentially New York. We are excited to partner with Big Onion Walking Tours to make this vibrant Brooklyn community a primary destination for tourists and New York residents alike.”

Big Onion Walking Tours, in business for over fifteen years, is among New York City’s leading tour groups. Big Onion Walking Tours President, Seth Kamil said, “Fort Greene lends itself perfectly to the breed of tours we offer. Our guides specialize in peeling back the many layers of history that make up the fabric of our city. Fort Greene is rich with cultural, literary and architectural record, as well as unknown treasures we plan to reveal. I look forward to working with the winning community organizations to create a tour that is thought-provoking and exciting.”

The Brooklyn Neighborhood Tourism Initiative Contest was open to more than 100 community organizations served by BEDC’s Re-NEW Brooklyn Program, which works to promote strong and vibrant commercial corridors as the backbone of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods. Applicants were asked to demonstrate that their community is of historic and architectural interest and has a vibrant commercial corridor that would benefit from the additional foot traffic drawn in by walking tours.

From the applications, BEDC and Big Onion Walking Tours selected three local organizations they will cooperate with to design a tour: The Fort Greene Association, the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, and (jointly) the Pratt Area Community Council and Fulton Area Business Association. BEDC will fund the research and development of the 90-minute walking tour, while the local organizations will assist in tour development and growth.

“We are very pleased to launch our Tourism Initiative in Fort Greene/Clinton HIll,” said Matthew Rao, BEDC’s Director of Commercial Revitalization. “It has a plethora of high-quality historic and contemporary attractions as well as three flourishing main business corridors: Fulton/Lafayette Streets, Dekalb Avenue and Myrtle Avenue.”

Dale Charles, Economic Development Program Manager at the Pratt Area Community Council, said, “Fort Greene has some of the oldest houses in the borough, as well as historic Fort Greene Park, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and revolutionary and civil war era historic sites. The active commercial corridors of Fort Greene/Clinton Hill feature minority and women-owned businesses and a famous Afro-centric fashion industry that help make our neighborhood special.”

M. Blaise Backer, Executive Director of the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, said, “Myrtle Avenue was once the Main Street of the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill community, but it went into decline during the 1970’s. Today, Myrtle Avenue is regaining its role as a bustling commercial corridor.” Backer adds that the neighborhood is so rich in history that “any number of tours could be designed here, based on everything from the area’s military history to the emergence of Fort Greene as a stronghold for African American culture and community.”

An architecture critic once wrote of Fort Greene, “Better than this it does not get.” BEDC and Big Onion Tours hope that this series of walking tours will reveal the beauty, history and vitality of the neighborhood to a wider audience.

The Historic Fort Greene Walking Tour will be held regularly, with the first tour held on Saturday, June 21st, at 1pm. The tour will meet at the southeast corner of Flatbush Avenue & Hanson Place, under the large red BAM sign. Admission to the tour is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors, students, and NYHS members. For more information and tour schedules, please see or

BEDC, a private, non-profit, organization, was established in 1979 to stimulate Brooklyn’s economy and create job opportunities for Brooklyn residents. More information on BEDC’s programs and services can be found at