Monthly Archives: July 2008

Wallabout Memorial

I’m feeling totally in love with city living today.

Recently, I came across this on Washington Ave up near the Navy Yard:

in memory
A small, subtle memorial that one can quietly come across if they’re paying close attention. This little planter is certainly one of my favorite finds in the city.

I hope the loved ones of Reggie and Arlaine know that their small gesture gave me some peace today.

Brooklyn Urban Arts Market: EVERY OTHER SUNDAY ON MYRTLE!

The new Brooklyn Urban Arts Market will take place every other Sunday (until Sept. 21) on Myrtle between Emerson and Hall. There’ll be vendors, live music, DJs and seemingly cool people. If this is going to be anything like the Afro-Punk festival (the event is organized by Afro-Punk, BAM and MARP), it’s going to be mad cool.

MARP is also doing drawings to win a shopping spree on Myrtle!

Here are some related links with more info:

Intriguing Loft Condos

There’s a lot of action up on Grand between Myrtle and Park. Most intriguing is the “Retro Loft.”

Unlike the other stuff flying up nearby, this building was already here and is being repurposed.

Directly across the street, we have this dorm-like building with a wonky awning and a nice parking lot:

What do these places look like on the inside???

(Brownstoner coverage here!)

The Never-Ending Construction Work

I noticed this nicely-designed sign on Fulton and Putnam over the weekend, and I hadn’t noticed it before:

such a nice sign for such a shitty job

This is a shockingly pretty sign coming from the city. Additional irony is earned from the crappiness of Fulton Street and the ridiculousness of the street renovations that have been going on now for, oh, two or three years.

I have high hopes, now that we’ve been afforded a city B.I.D.

Thanks to the Pratt Area Community Council for their hard work on making this happen!

Status Check at Il Porto

The brick-oven pizzeria and sidewalk cafe on Washington near the Navy Yard is chugging along to opening. Several people have emailed me with details on how good it looks inside.

I checked it out on Sunday, and I wasn’t able to see much. Of course, no one was doing any work.

outside il porto

The boys at RePop tell me they hope to be open within three weeks. August is generally a slow time for local businesses, so let’s make sure to check them out when they open the doors!

This is horribly old news, but here is a short piece that Brooklyn Independent Television did on me back in January, where I interviewed the owners-to-be:

'Hood in the News

  • Clinton Hill chef discusses African cuisine [NY Times]
  • Suspect identified in local robbery [NY1]
  • Afro-Punk — the Next Great Music Genre? [PSFK]
  • All You Need is Love [Slow Burn]
  • Solo Picnic in Fort Greene Park [Eat Out More Often]
  • Gentrification in Bed-Stuy [LA Times]
  • Fort Greene high school providing lots of personal attention [NY Times]
  • Walt Whitman’s Brooklyn [Gothamist]
  • Executive producer moves to Ft Greene to be a “cool dad” [NY Press]
  • Clinton Hill students dance at Lincoln Center [Brooklyn Eagle]
  • PS 270 in Clinton Hill: One of BK’s most improved schools! [NY Daily News]