Category Archives: intriguing/mysterious

The Brooklyn Free Store

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Writing in this space has become such a big part of my life, so I’m going to continue posting when the spirit moves me.

Anyhow, Mr. LH and I have been making regular trips to the Home Depot in Bed Stuy (yes, I know it’s a mess, but they do have most things in one giant store, at least when they’re not out of what we need, which happens regularly), and on several occasions I’ve noticed something interesting on Walworth Street across from the west side of the store parking lot – a makeshift tent filled with stuff and a giant sign that reads, “The Brooklyn Free Store.”  I’ve been almost jumping out of my skin to go take photos of it and poke around.  And then I remember that I didn’t say I’d never post here again!  So on our last trip, I jogged over to see what was up.

Surprisingly, the tent was filled with some decent stuff – clothing, some nice handbags, a decent collection of books.

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There was no one nearby, and I didn’t take anything.  Although I’m pretty sure the whole point is to take-something-and-leave-something in some kind of hipster experiment.  I Googled “Brooklyn Free Store” and came up with some references to something like this in Williamsburg in the early aughts that has since closed.

Are the same people behind this?  Have you ever “purchased” anything from this store?

Those Huge Bikes

Have you ever seen one of those oddly tall bicycles?

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I’ve always wondered how someone mounts and dismounts.

Awhile back, someone told me that these bikes were made in western Bed-Stuy, just over the Clinton Hill border.  The organization of people who make or ride these bikes (or both), Black Label NYC, were at least once located at Willoughby and Sanford.

Are they still there?

Wine Shop on Atlantic?

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.

Luv-n-Oven

I recently received this menu under the door:

Normally I wouldn’t pay much attention, but the name of this place is truly awesome.  A Google map search says this place is located near the park.  I know there’s a pizza place there, but I had no idea it had such a kick-ass name!  Have they recently changed their name, or has it always been Luv-n-Oven?  I’m sure I’ll get a few comments of the “What, are you some newcomer that you don’t know about this place?” variety, but I’ve been spending the last six years ordering from the equally-awesomely-named Not Ray’s on Fulton.  NR’s does NOT offer Buffalo wings, while LnO does.  Maybe I’ll give them a try?  (And speaking of that, I have on my to-do list a review of all of the Bflo wings in the nabe.)

So, what’s up with Luv-n-Oven?  How are the pies?

Bike Shop at 478 Myrtle?

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Last week, I noticed that the space formerly occupied by the Healthy Body vitamin shop (478 Myrtle) has been transformed into a bike shop!  I remember the space was once a makeshift bike shop and repair outfit, and now it seems to be back.

The folks at the Myrtle Ave Partnership confirmed that it’s the same operator as before (and the owner of the building).  No word yet on whether the shop is temporary or permanent.

Greenhouse Skeleton Moves Ahead as Church

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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?