A Fresh Look

Hello, old fans. There have been several problems with the old design of this site, and as a way to simplify (as well as a way for me to practice my very basic CSS skills), I’ve given CHB a facelift.

I still have some work to do, like attributing old posts to the correct author, as well as restoring old embedded photos.

Yes, I am still homesick. But I love that whenever I’m back in the neighborhood I still run into someone I know.

Hope to see you around the Hill sometime soon.

xo

Comments Closed

It’s been nearly two years since we left Clinton Hill. While it’s important to me to keep the site up as an archive for the neighborhood, the site keeps being bombarded by spam comments which is apparently related to the site’s occasional crashing.

Occasionally, I do still receive a comment on an old post that is valid and related, but it’s just not worth it to deal with the spam/virus situation. So for now, all posts older than two weeks – which is all of them but this one – will be closed for comments.

Hope everyone is well.

xo- lesterhead

 

What's New, Clinton Hill?

Lesterhead here. I just now got around to updating our “About” page, to explain that daily posting ended in July 2010.

It’s been almost a year since I left the neighborhood. The homesickness was honestly heartbreaking for a long time, but I’ve slowly acclimated to a new setting. (In case you were wondering, we moved to Stuyvesant Heights.)

I was visiting friends back at the CH Co-Op this afternoon and realized how much has changed – new businesses on Myrtle (a Polish food restaurant!), organic produce at the Associated on Waverly, etc. But also, how much has stayed the same – the glorious magnolias!

Would love to hear from residents and old friends – what’s new in the nabe? What’s changed in the last year? What blogs are you reading these days?

xo- LH

Lost Cat on St. James Place

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted here – that’s what happens when renovating a house and simultaneously getting a promotion at work!

You all know how much I love pets — I felt compelled to share this message that just came in to the CHB inbox:

I lost my cat on St. James Place between Gates and Fulton. I fell on the snow and her carrier broke. I would so much like to post her lost flier to your site. I need people to look for her in their back yards and under their stoops.
Can you please help? I can’t attach the flier I made to this message.
Please ask people to look for a very scared solid black cat (with a tiny white spot on the chest.) She’s eartipped and very frightened (formerly feral). Please ask from them to call me if they see her so I can pick her up. They should not approach her. She is too scared. Just leave her food if possible, give me the exact location, and I will pick her up. Please help me find Safie, my cat. I am at 212-759-9890. I lost my cell phone while looking for my cat in the snow.
Thank You.
Liora


Hope all my old readers and neighbors are having a wonderful new year!

xo-

lesterhead

Greenlight Bookstore Turns One!

It seems like Greenlight Bookstore has been around for so much longer than it has, since it has quickly become a neighborhood institution known for great service, selection and ambiance.  But in fact, it is just about to turn one year old!

Join the staff and supporters for a fun-filled evening:

Greenlight Bookstore To Celebrate One Year in Business

With Champagne Toasts at Anniversary Party on October 16

Greenlight Bookstore will celebrate the conclusion of one full year in business with a day of festivities on Saturday, October 16, 2010.  Two events, at 10:30 AM and 7:30 PM, will feature authors, refreshments, and special offers and announcements to help to mark this special day in the Fort Greene bookstore’s life.

On October 16, 2009, a Fort Greene neighbor – with exact change in cash – bought the first book from Greenlight Bookstore, and the store was officially in business.  The store’s launch party the following week hosted more than 300 excited fans for champagne toasts by Borough President Marty Markowitz, City Councilwoman Letitia James, local author Toure, and bookstore owners Jessica Stockton Bagnulo and Rebecca Fitting.

The opening was a fulfillment of the dreams of Bagnulo and Fitting, and of the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, as evidenced by a 2008 survey of residents that named “bookstore” as the number one retail need in the neighborhood.  The community has actively supported the bookstore during its first year through book purchases, word of mouth, event attendance, and praise for the store’s selection and staff.

An August 2010 New York Magazine article documented the rise of new independent bookstores in New York City, including Greenlight; the store opened its books to the magazine for the article, revealing better than expected sales figures. The store’s sales during 2010 are projected to exceed $1 million.

Greenlight will host a First Birthday Party for kids and families at 10:30 AM on Saturday, October 16.  Balloons and cake will be provided for kids, and many of the local children’s authors who have read at Story Time will be present for activities and celebration, including Elisha Cooper, Gilbert Ford, Maya Gottfried, George O’Connor, and others.

At 7:30 PM on Saturday, October 16, the store will host a One Year Anniversary Party for adults, with champagne and refreshments provided.  Bookstore staff and friends will read toasts written for the occasion by luminary authors who have appeared at the store during the past year, including Jennifer Egan, Nelson George, Jhumpa Lahiri, David Mitchell, Rick Moody, and Gary Shteyngart.  Neighborhood residents, including Paul Holdengraber of the New York Public Library and Johnny Temple of Akashic Books, will be present to offer their toasts as well.

Greenlight Bookstore will also use this celebration as an opportunity to unveil several new offerings, programs and services to be launched in the store’s second year.  Partygoers are encouraged to RSVP on Greenlight’s Facebook page (which also contains updated information on featured authors), but all events are first come, first served.

Lost Dog in Fort Greene

Received this email recently and had to post it. As someone with pets, I cannot imagine the worry the poor owner feels, knowing that his/her dog has not only been stolen but needs medication and medical attention. There’s also a $200 reward (suggestion: return the sick dog and use the $200 to go rescue a homeless dog from the pound).

Well known to any who frequent Ft Greene park’s off-leash hours, Basil, a 10 year old Yorkshire Terrier, has apparently been stolen. I spotted this poster on Greene Avenue (contains details) at Fulton, and learned a little bit more from the dog’s owner, who was at the park this morning. Apparently the Basil was tied up outside a deli on Greene Avenue, and when his owner came out of the store, he was gone. According to witnesses he was last seen headed east on Greene Ave, being lead by a young teenage girl.