Category Archives: fulton

WA-GREENE Block Association Street Fair

The WA-GREENE Block Association, on Washington Avenue between Greene and Gates, will hold its first ever street fair on Saturday, September 18 from noon to 6pm. The active block association, which has been in existence since 1973, is hosting the fair to celebrate some of its recent accomplishments – working with the DOT, the block now boasts a new speed bump in front of the PS 11 entrance on Washington Avenue, and new truck route signs to prevent trucks from illegally using Washington Avenue.

The Association will be including merchants from Fulton Ave between Vanderbilt and Classon at the fair, to help residents learn more about new local businesses and support businesses on that stretch of Fulton. The Greene Hill Food Co-op to have a representative on hand to register new members.

If you’re around, stop by to meet your neighbors and celebrate the strength of community. And if you live on or near the block, find out how you can get involved!

Beny’s Delice Opens on Fulton nr Clinton

Welcome to another new business on Fulton!  A new bakery’s opened on Fulton between Vanderbilt and Clinton, on the same strip with Chance, Olivino, Bar livino, Just Taste It, etc.  I think this might fill a big void for folks on the way to the C train at Clinton-Washington.  Have you been in early yet?

I stopped in quickly after work for a chocolate croissant ($2.25, smaller and non-greasy, bready), but I’m due for a longer visit in the morning when the selection’s fresh and full.

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The hours are (I think) 7am-10pm.  Props for the open early – open late.

Area Antiques: Mercantile Gallery

Received this email from a reader awhile back and realized  I never posted it:

I did a little walking around in the rain today and came across an
amazing store of antiques – full of quality RESTORED antiques.
I spent some time talking to the owner, a very nice man, Ken. He’s
been in Clinton Hill/Bed Stuy for a long time but doesn’t advertise.
He certainly had some beautiful pieces and very fairly priced (a tall
5 drawer, curved front, oak dresser – $300!).

Just wanted to point out another resource!
-g

Mercantile Gallery
1055 Fulton Street (Near Bedford)

Google street view shows them closed, but it’s not clear if they were just closed at that time.

Have you been?  How’s the selection?

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Wasabi: OPEN

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Wasabi, the new Japanese place on Fulton at Waverly, is open for business!  For now, they’re offering 10% off of a meal to celebrate grand opening.

Sorry I didn’t get better shots, but it was a snap decision to dine when I saw the flags heralding the open doors.

Mr. Lesterhead and I enjoyed sushi there last night.  First impressions: very friendly service, good prices, some tasty special rolls.  We split the spicy roll combo and two special rolls (Birthday roll and Christmas roll). Wasabi offers several roll combos- 3 rolls with soup AND salad for around ten bucks (this is a lot of food for $10!  Who else gives both soup AND salad?).  The combo rolls were on the small side, but tasty nonetheless.  The Christmas roll was fine, but the Birthday roll was excellent (shrimp tempura with some other delicious ingredients).

The space is small but nice- maybe 3-4 booths and a few small tables.  For both of us who left stuffed – sushi and green tea – the bill was under $30.

I was surprised more people weren’t there, but I wonder if being in between the two C train exits means not as many people walk past?  Maybe it just opened last night?

If you happen to live down this way, definitely check it out.

(I did not look closely at the check to see if they had taken 10% off.)

Chocolate Croissants: Desserts by Michael Allen

I stand firmly by Michael Allen, (Fulton nr Grand) who made my wedding cake.  This guy’s a pro and his pastries and sweets are amazing.

Chocolate Croissant:

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Price: $2.17

Chocolate Distribution: The entire croissant was filled with soft chocolate!

Outside Appearance: The largest of the bunch; smooth

Description: The best part about this croissant was the chocolate, which filled the entire pastry.  The chocolate also tastes a bit like Nutella.  It wasn’t greasy at all, but it tasted heavy and wasn’t very fluffy.  It earns points for it unique flavor, but loses a bit since I was looking for a “traditional” croissant experience.

Score: 7

Chocolate Croissants: Outpost

Outpost Lounge on Fulton near Grand has been a favorite of mine for years now.  Great decor and a nice outdoor space make it a great coffee homebase for people in eastern Clinton Hill.  They also offer cute coffee drinks named after streets in the ‘hood.

Croissant:

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Price: $2.72

Chocolate Distribution: One row of chocolate, but the chocolate was soft and blended nicely with the bread.

Outside Appearance: Smaller than the others and on the greasy side.

Description: This croissant was a little greasy, but the croissant itself was flaky and light.  Despite being the smallest of the bunch, the flavor was great. Service took longer than expected.

Score: 8

Chocolate Croissants: Provisions

Provisions offers a lovely variety of goods on Fulton at S. Portland in Fort Greene.  I love them for party meats and cheeses (delicious selection and great, helpful staff), but full on grocery shopping will break the bank.  In the front at the register, they also sell pastries and coffee.

Chocolate Croissant:

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Price: $2.50

Chocolate Distribution: Two rows of firm chocolate

Outside Appearance: Textured and matte

Description: I enjoy the double rows of chocolate, but the croissant is a little bit heavy.  Consistency is “bready.” This is well-suited for someone who is looking for a heartier taste.

Score: 7.5

CHB Visits Chance II

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Cleaning out our drafted post queue, I realized I never published this short review of Chance II on Fulton near Clinton.  Back in December, we stopped in at PACC‘s holiday party, held at the then brand-new Chance II on Fulton!  While it was a private event and not a regular night at the bar — and so I can’t attest to a regular night — the staff was strikingly friendly and the light up bar is pretty cool (see above).  The space will be great for parties, and has a small upstairs area as well.

Have you been?  What did you think?

FABfest Schedule for June 27

FABfest Sunday, June 27, 12noon–6pm:
• Salsa Dance Party & Dance Lessons
• BK Misses MJ: On the anniversary of his passing, Brooklyn remembers the life
and legacy of the King of Pop Michael Jackson with an all-day music tribute and
community dance party featuring DJ Reborn
• Readings and prizes from Brooklyn literary magazines A Public Space,
Armchair/Shotgun, BOMB, and Electric Literature hosted by Greenlight
Bookstore
• Literary trivia contest
• Dogs on Parade presented by Fort Greene PUPS and Brooklyn Cares
Veterinary Clinic, plus Pet CPR and First Aid classes and Ask the Trainer
sessions for pet owners
• Crafts, activities and giveaways for kids all day
• Streetside Mad Libs game for all ages
• 3-on-3 Soccer Games for Kids hosted by Ft. Greene Soccer
• SONYA Collaborative Action Mural with Ellie Balk – participatory painting
allowing residents to make their mark on a collective community image
• Environmental demos and activities presented by Habana Outpost
(Schedules subject to change. To get updates, visit faballiance.org)