Category Archives: gossip

A Creperie for the former Brown Betty

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.

Clinton Hill Psychic Coming to Myrtle

Thanks to the awesome reader who sent in this scoop!

A psychic will be opening shop in the former home of Sushi Okdol on Myrtle Ave!

Our tipster spoke to a contractor working there, who said that there would be a store on site “selling all sorts of books / posters / cards associated with the psychic lifestyle.” Awesome.

I’ve always wondered how clairvoyants can afford to pay rent in NYC.  Do they have a regular customer base?  Also, there is a typo on this sign (unless “Taror” cards are different from Tarot cards).

I will gamely try this place out when it opens and assess for accuracy.

(Anyone sad about the departure of Sushi Odkol? I had always heard either really awesome or really bad reviews.)

A Gym on Myrtle?


The retail space on the ground floor of the Absolute on Myrtle is mighty large.  A source told me that a gym might be interested in the space.

Thoughts?  Do you want a chain gym, or a local gym?

Personally, I’m cool with the Bed-Stuy Y, although it’s become about 100xs more crowded this year.  And I’m not surprised, given the affordable pricing and the nice facilities (although I do wish they would separate the cardio machines from the weight machines, which are cramped in so tightly that it’s hard to move around when people are using the machines!).

I hope it’s not a NYSC, which I found to be way overpriced (at least last time I was a member).  It would be nice to have an option closer than the Y or the Crunch (which I hear is also super crowded).

Barking Brown to Add a Second Location

Back in 2006, readers were less than pleased when a Quiznos opened on Myrtle Avenue. (And yes, CHB has been publishing since 2006!) We had all hoped for a non-chain.

They’ve since closed.


A source tells me that Barking Brown will be opening a second location there in order to split up their products (clothing and accessories).


Their current store is located at 468 Myrtle between Washington and Hall.

Greenhouse Skeleton Moves Ahead as Church

A few years ago, I noticed a mysterious structure that looked like a greenhouse skeleton on Clinton Avenue north of Myrtle.  Readers informed me that it belonged to the church on Waverly north of Myrtle.  They also noted that the church congregation was very noisy (and not just to newbies, either).  When I used to park on that block I often found the road blocked off by members’ cars (my own personal annoyance).

Brownstoner reports that the church is finally ready to finish this place up.  The discussion over there centered mostly around the anticipated aesthetics of the structure, and the idea of smaller churches renting space in beautiful old churches in the borough, thus helping those buildings stay open (and preserved).

So?  Have these folks still been noisy?  What do you think about their new digs?

A New Bar for Fulton?

Recently, a reader tipped me off to a potential bar opening on Fulton next to Brooklyn Cares Vet:

Hi! I think there might be a new bar going in around 946 or 948 Fulton St at Cambridge Place (next to the Brooklyn Cares vet clinic). It’s under construction, but the door was open the other day and I saw what looked like a big long plywood counter going in. Do you know anything about it?

I walked past last week and only saw what looked like construction – but no one was around to ask.  Have the scoop?  This could be pretty cool, and a good way to link western Fulton (home to Olivino wine shop and bar and the new Just Taste It) with the eastern end (Outpost).  Maybe they’ll even be open when the post office is.  I know I usually feel like a stiff drink after leaving that place.


Miranda, Steve and Brady Return to Clinton Hill

As many readers know, the brownstone used as Miranda and Steve’s home on Sex and the City (both the TV show and the first movie) is located on DeKalb Avenue between Washington and Waverly.

The movie sequel is currently filming in Manhattan, but the crews are scheduled to return to DeKalb next week.  Prop load-in is taking place this week, and filming is slated to take place over the following two weeks.

Maybe the ladies would like to meet CHB for a local cosmo?