I’m not sure exactly when Brown Betty closed shop, but I’m bummed. Their dinners were amazing (and with only a few small tables inside, you were lucky to partake) and they made a mean thai iced coffee (see one of our posts from 2006 here). At least Cynthia’s bringing her tasty food over to Black Swan (mentioned yesterday). And, I hear that the space will soon be home to a creperie!
I’m psyched, as it’ll be something totally new and different.
Lots of ’em this week, since I’ve been slacking.
- Fulton Grand Bar opening next month [Brownstoner]
- B69 weekend service on the chopping block [My Little O] (That damn bus hardly comes anyway, which is a shame, since it could be really useful)
- Bahn mi sandwich shop to open at Greene and Classon [Brooklyn Paper] (YUM!)
- Anna Wintour speaks at Pratt [The Local]
- 379 Washington Ave [Brownstoner]
- Is Sputnik closed? [The Real Fort Greene] (bummer.)
- Fort Greene history book coming soon [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]
- Playground comparison [The Local] (while I don’t have little ones, I’m really into this new column that reviews local playgrounds)
- Haunted House for sale! [Brownstoner] (This one was once featured in our old Haunted! series.)
- CH Foodie on Poppa’s Place [CH Foodie] (I’m with him in that I was never into the fake meat of Red Bamboo!)
Bed-Stuy Blog tipped me off to this brand-new gastropub open on Bedford near Lafayette called Black Swan. The menu was designed by former Brown Betty chef Cynthia Walker. (more on Brown Betty in our next post). Man, this place looks amazing. Has anyone tried it yet?
I have some friends who lived near here in 2001 and I bet they’d be shocked to come back now.
Last week, I made most amazing discovery ever: A LOCAL (NON GROCERY) SHOP THAT IS OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK FROM 10AM-10PM. I have been in to Greenlight Bookstore before, but I never realized just how accommodating they were. In addition to offering a great selection (best sellers and NYC-centric books) and a beautiful space, they also host regular readings and author events. And are actually open after work. Wayyy after work.
I try to patronize as many local businesses as I can, and I know as a small business owner it’s difficult to keep early and late hours every day. But it is frustrating to come home and need something, try to pick it up from a local shop and then realize they’ve all closed at 6 or 7pm. Greenlight makes it easy for me to keep it local.
To show my appreciation, I will be spending my 3/50 local spending money this month at Greenlight, buying at least one book a week at 9:45 pm (because I can!). First up, City Kid by Nelson George.
Our friend Clinton Hill Chill is back from an all-too-long hiatus and shares some of his neighborhood memories of rapper GURU in one of his latest posts.
As always, he gives us some intriguing and passionate neighborhood history.
I’ve been having a problem with the CHB comments (meaning they’re not getting sent to my email), so I apologize if I am delayed in responding to anything.
But I just noticed a comment about a new wine shop on Atlantic, down near where the fresh fruit shop operated briefly. I’ll try to check it out this week, but if anyone has any details, please leave them in the comments.
UPDATE: Here‘s more info from the Village Voice.