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This Thursday’s Society for Clinton Hill meeting will be focused entirely around local blogging.

I’ll be there with Van (of Lunchtime with Tillie) on behalf of CHB.  Also slated to present are Jon Butler of Brownstoner and Andy Newman, recently departed from The Local.

Come on out to learn more about the folks behind these blogs, ask questions and get aquainted with the Society.

Hope to see you there!

General Meeting Thursday, January 21, 2010, 7 – 9 pm

St. Angela Hall, St. Joseph’s College, 267 Waverly Ave., (DeKalb/Willoughby)

AGENDA 7:00 pm Refreshments. Meet and greet your neighbors.

7:30 pm Welcome and announcements: Dave Haberer, President A special welcome to all those new to the neighborhood.

7:45 -8:45 pm The World of Blogging – how we all get our up-to-date news.
Presenting a panel of our neighborhood’s most powerful and interesting websites and blogs…those sites that keep us all informed – an“informal” Q&A about what they do, what their challenges are today and how they find that balance between comments from the really angry to those that may be civil but boring. So, bring your questions and plan to be entertained
Don’t we all love blogs? We do!

Moderators: Sunny Argan


Clinton Hill Blog – Robin Lester

Brownstoner – Jonathan Butler

Clinton Hill Blog – Cultural Events – Van

NYT Local Blog – Andy Newman

8:45 pm Open Mic – please sign up at the door to make your 1 minute announcement or comment.

9:00 pm Adjourn

SCH Meeting: Tonight

Society for Clinton Hill

General Meeting

Thursday, September 17, 2009, 7-9:15 pm

Saint Angela Hall, St.Joseph’s College, 267 Waverly Avenue, (DeKalb/Willoughby)


7:00 pm                 Refreshments from KIF, the Middle Eastern restaurant located on DeKalb.

7:30                        Welcome & announcements: Dave Haberer, President, SCH

SCH is very busy. Find out what’s going on and how to get involved.

7:40                        Comments on film & theater: George Bartenieff, acclaimed actor & CH neighbor,                                  currently appearing in the film Julie and Julie, and also starring in The Bacchae,                                  currently at the    Delacorte Theater in Central Park.   Introduction by Brent Porter.

7:55                        A Conversation on Roses: Anne O’Neill, from the BBG, who has voluntarily                                   worked on the Pratt Rose Garden, and John Rattigan from Root Stock & Quade.

8:15                        New Business Introductions:

-Fulton Street Veterinarian

-Green in Brooklyn, Myrtle Ave., Elissa Olin,  “10 Ways to Go Green in Brooklyn”

8:25                        Development on Lefferts Place: John Katsos, update on proposed CNR building.

8:40                        Proposed Food Coop:  update from Lawrence Eichorn

8:45                        Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project – 10th Anniversary Celebration:  Blaise                             Backer,  Exec. Dir. & Meredith Phillips Almeida, Dir., Community Development,  will tell you about the activities taking place on every Sunday in September on Myrtle Avenue and the coming new Myrtle Avenue Pedestrian Plaza.

9:00                        MillionTreesNYC: Ashley Willhite . trees for  Brooklyn.

9:10                        Open Mic – sign up at the door to make your one-minute announcement.

SCH will sponsor one block of the “Move About Myrtle,” on Sept. 20.  We will have a booth with  MillionTreesNYC and will be giving away free trees and also the NO FLYER signs.  Please stop by!

Halloween is coming up and promises to be bigger and better than ever.  There will be many homes offering trick or treats, decorations and entertainment.  Of course there will be the usual Spectacular at 313 Clinton Avenue.  T-Shirts and tote bags for Halloween will be available for sale at the meeting.  $15 and $20.

We have a gift for you…. free “NO FLYER” signs will be available at the meeting.  These really work and do reduce litter!  Be a good neighbor and take a sign for them as well.

CALL for VOLUNTEERS:  If you can help on Sunday at the MARP event, please sign-up at the meeting. We need help between 11 am and 5 pm.

NEXT MEETING:    Thursday, November 19, 2009, 7 pm, Saint Angela Hall

House Tour Recap

It was certainly not the best weather for the Society for Clinton Hill House Tour today, but I do applaud SCH’s variety of houses on the tour.  Two years ago (the tour is biennial), I felt we saw too many institutional spaces and not enough personal homes.  This year, almost every stop was a private residence!

Some of the highlights:

298 Washington Ave, a single-family brownstone with a gorgeous kitchen and a screening room in the basement!  The owners’ daughters, who did much of the interior decorating, were on hand to answer questions. Also in this house, the world’s coolest bathroom lined with mirrors!

amazing kitchen

coolest bathroom

433 Waverly Ave, decorated with “Bali” and “sustainability” themes. The decor was gorgeous! This year’s House Tour program was also great, and included this cool bit on this house: According to feng shui, experts with whom [the owner] consulted, the spaces possessed an exceptional positive energy from all the equine inhabitants who had abided there in its previous incarnation as a stable.


447 Clinton Ave – the Haunted Church revealed! There’s some really cool details inside, and the units will be available for rental this summer (if all goes according to plan). We took guesses on how much the apartments will go for. $3k/month, maybe? And that always confuses me – if you can pay that much to rent, why not buy? Anyone want to weigh in?
giant apartment entry door

Biggest Disappointment: The deletion of 86 Cambridge Place from the tour. When we arrived, a handwritten sign declared: THIS HOUSE IS NOT ON THE TOUR. DO NOT RING DOORBELL. Too bad – I would have loved to see the inside.

86 cambridge, not on the tour

What were your favorites?

The rest of my photos here.

Clinton Hill House Tour and Kelso of Brooklyn Open House


It’s time for the biennial neighborhood house tour!  According to Society for Clinton Hill’s website, it sounds like this year’s tour will include a lot more residential stops.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s nice to see the interiors of institutional buildings, especially when they are normally off-limits.  But personally, I prefer to see neighbors’ living spaces.  It’s so intriguing to get a glimpse into someone’s life.

Kelso of Brooklyn, the bewery on Waverly Avenue, will also be holding an open house and BBQ in conjunction with the house tour!  Owner Kelly Taylor and his crew are really nice, and the space is excellent.  Here’s the info:

One afternoon of beer tasting, some BBQ, music, and a tour or two of the brewery. Beer tasting free. Food $10 suggested donation for all you can eat BBQ. All proceeds and leftover food to City Harvest. RSVP to info@kelsoofbrooklyn please, so we can be sure to have enough food.

Sunday, May 3, 2009
2:00pm – 9:00pm
The Brewery
529 Waverly Ave (between Fulton and Atlantic)
Brooklyn, NY

kelso of brooklyn brewery

SCH Meeting: 3/19

Society for Clinton Hill
General Meeting

Thursday, March 19, 2009, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Saint Joseph’s College, Saint Angela Hall, 267 Waverly Ave. (DeKalb/Willoughby)


7:00     Refreshments – featuring Red Bamboo Restaurant from DeKalb Avenue.

7:30     Welcome – Jim Barnes, President

House Tour – Linda Scher – call for volunteers

7:40     Councilperson Letitia James – How the new City budget will affect our    neighborhood, and how the current economy is affecting our neighborhood       retail tenants. Q&A.

8:00     Sisters of Mercy – status report on their Classon Ave. property

8:10     SCH Annual Excellence in Interior & Exterior Restoration Awards – Brent        Porter

8:25     Sister Elizabeth Hill, President Saint Joseph’s College      Presentation of the plans, models and renderings of the newly proposed Athletic   Center to be constructed in a portion of the garden in front of the Dillon School  for Children on Clinton Avenue between DeKalb and Willoughby.

Q&A to follow.

8:45     J.P. Morgan Chase – new on Myrtle Ave.  Meet manager, Michelle Lynch- Melbourne.

8:50     Community Announcements – Sign up to make your announcement, comment  or question. (1-minute max.)  We welcome your ideas and suggestions.

Next meeting:

Thursday, May 21, 2009.  Elections. Contact Linda Scher, Nominating  Committee Chair, if  you  want to be considered for the board.


Sunday, May 3, noon – 5 pm.  Advance tickets: $20. Day of sale: $25. Pick up maps on day of tour at St .Luke’s Lutheran Church, 259 Washington Avenue, between DeKalb & Willoughby.  To be a House Sitter, sign up at the meeting or contact Abby Healy at  House Sitters are important to the tour and get to purchase a reduced price ticket.

SCH New Comers Party

New to the neighborhood?  You might want to check out the Society for Clinton Hill’s annual New Comers Party!

The Society for Clinton Hill



To its

Annual New Comers Party

Thursday, February 19, 2009

7:30 – 9:30 pm

315 Washington Avenue

Between DeKalb/Lafayette

New Comers are guests.  Old-timers bring a vegetarian dish. SCH will provide drinks.  Children are welcome and babysitters will be available.

Please invite your friends and neighbors and anyone new to the communtiy. We want to welcome any and all new neighbors.

Tonight: SCH Meeting

General Meeting

Thursday, January 15, 2009, 7-9 pm

Saint Joseph’s College, Saint Angela Hall, 267 Waverly Ave. (DeKalb/Willoughby)

7-7:30              Appetizers by KIF, located on DeKalb Ave.

Wine from Olivino, located on Clinton/Fulton

Presentation by the Hempstead Select Chorale from Hempstead High                             School under the directorship of Rachel Blackburn.  Introduction by Brett Truitt, SCH board member.

7:30                 Welcome and announcements –  Jim Barnes, President

7:40                 Update on Atlantic Yards – Daniel Goldstein from DDDB

Find out what is happening on the legal, construction, and PR fronts.

8:00                 Real Estate Tax – NYC Tax Commission

Myrna Hall, Director of Operations

Carlo Silvestri, Director of Appraisal and Hearings

R/E tax increases, appraisals, appeals, and other issues of interest to you.

8:30                 What’s Up with Fulton Street?  The Fulton Street BID

Get an update on street construction, retail vacancies, marketing activities,  how the current tenants are doing, and what we can look forward to.

8:50                 Steffon Isacc, SCH VP – Comments from the Audience

If you want to make an announcement of up to 1 minute, sign up at the                           sign-in table when you arrive.  As many people as time allows can                                                 participate.

HOLD THE DATE:  SCH Annual New Comer’s Party, Thursday, February 19, 7:30 pm.  315 Washington Avenue, near DeKalb.  New Comers are guests, everyone else please bring a tasty vegetarian dish.  (Remember last year?  We did vegetarian and had the most interesting and marvelous food.)  So, give the animals a break and our bodies a benefit!  SCH will provide the liquids, entertainment, and babysitters.

House Tour 2009: Sunday, May 3, noon to 5 pm.  Sign-up with Linda Scher and Brett Truitt to help.  There are many needs and lots of important things to do.

Next Meeting: Thursday, March 19th, Saint Angela Hall, 7-9 pm.


Check your mailing label for the date of your membership expiration. If there is no date, your membership needs to be renewed.  Remember, we are all volunteers, and sometimes we make mistakes. So, if you know you have paid, and we are not reflecting it, let us know and we will correct the error.

Also, we think we are still sending multiple mailings to the same addresses.  If you are still getting duplicate mailings to the same, different or incorrectly spelled names, let us know, and we will correct that as well.

Membership:  Individual: $20,  Family: $30,   business: $40,   Supporting Group: $30,  Angel: $You decide

Neighborhood Christmas Caroling, TOMORROW

Christmas Caroling in Clinton Hill

Friday, December 19, 6:30 pm

Community Garden (DeKalb/Hall)

Join a 40-year tradition of song and celebration…bring family, friends and neighbors to share in the season, sing to the residents of our neighborhood, and share cookies and hot chocolate.  The route is not long, the spirit will be high, and the joy of song will go right into your heart.  Bring an instrument if you play.

Call Marge Othrow 718-789-1619 with questions or to volunteer with arrangements.


Come by and see what’s new in the neighborhood!

Society for Clinton Hill

General Meeting

Thursday, November 20, 2008, 7-9 pm

Saint Joseph’s College, Saint Angela Hall, 267 Waverly Ave. (DeKalb/Willoughby)


7-7:30         *Food by Grand Dakar – Chef Pierre Thiam will be available with his  new book of recipes.  Signed copies available for sale.

*Re-live Halloween in Clinton Hill, slides and video

7:30            Welcome, Jim Barnes, President

7:40            Arts & Artists in Clinton Hill, local photographer, and Pratt professor,  Bill Kontsias will show and discuss his BAM-sponsored art exhibit “The Face of Tillie’s,” which features candid portraits of neighborhood residents.

Introduction: Ken Korman, SCH Board Member

8:00            Greening Clinton Hill, greening professionals
There are so many interesting and economical things we can do to reduce our individual carbon footprint.  Come and learn from the experts.

Introduction: Sunny Argan, SCH Board Member

8:30            Committee Reports – Dave Haberer & Suzanne DeBrango

8:40            House Tour –  May 3, 2009 – Linda Scher & Brett Truit

8:50            Neighborhood Development

The contractor for 271-275 Washington Ave., the site next to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, will discuss his development plans.  Q&A to follow.  Introduction: Mary Cole

8:55                 Make Your Own Holiday Wreath – Brent Porter

9:00                 Adjourn