Category Archives: services

Props for Urban Vintage

Back during my first visit to Urban Vintage, I noted what a lovely space it would be to host a bridal shower.  Thought I’d share this brief note from a reader about a recent baby shower:

Wanted to share with you the great baby shower I had at Urban Vintage this past weekend. The ladies there are so great and put together a wonderful event. They even made the cutest cupcake boxes for guests to take with them that had my name and date of the shower on it. Very happy they are in the neighborhood!

Nice!  I love to hear about people staying local for their special events. Check out the space if you’re looking to organize a small event.

Urban Vintage
294 Grand Avenue

NabeWise Profiles CH

A website called NabeWise.com recently contacted me about their site, which helps New Yorkers (and people in a few other cities) find the right neighborhood for them.  Of course, I looked up Clinton Hill to see what it had to say:

Clinton Hill is home to the Pratt Institute and beautiful late 19th century mansions. The area is a mecca for students, creatives, and families seeking a more affordable alternative to Manhattan, or even from neighboring Fort Greene. Home to brownstone-restoration enthusiasts, Clinton Hill is also celebrated for an ever increasing number of foodie restaurants and independent boutiques.

According to the page, the neighborhood is good for empty nesters, singles and families.   Site users who live in CH also identified the neighborhood as having: students, gay/lesbians, liberals, hipsters and “beautiful people.”

It ranks other neighborhood characteristics such as cleanliness (“somewhat clean”), community (“strong”), and hip factor (“very trendy”).  If you play FourSquare, it also lists the most popular venues for check-ins (Choice and Mike’s).  It also displays transit options, an area map, and adjacent neighborhoods.

The photos on the site are pretty captivating, and it’s fun to see how the nabe compares to other neighborhoods in NYC.  What do you think of the site’s presentation of Clinton Hill?  Leave a comment or review that reflects your experience!

One complaint: the site creates a new neighborhood near the Navy Yard called “Navy Hill.”  That’s news to me.  Last I checked it was Wallabout.

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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Piano Lessons on Hall Street

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I’ve always loved this house on Hall Street, just south of Myrtle.  The windows have custom ironwork and the front walk has a trellis covered in climbing roses.

The house is home to the Clinton Hill School for Piano, run by Jim Porter.  While his website does say he teaches beginners and children, it looks to be mostly a school for advanced students.  Have you taken a lesson here? What do you think about the school’s philosophy?

Hours for Customers: Greenlight Bookstore


Last week, I made most amazing discovery ever:  A LOCAL (NON GROCERY) SHOP THAT IS OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK FROM 10AM-10PM.  I have been in to Greenlight Bookstore before, but I never realized just how accommodating they were. In addition to offering a great selection (best sellers and NYC-centric books) and a beautiful space, they also host regular readings and author events.  And are actually open after work.  Wayyy after work.

I try to patronize as many local businesses as I can, and I know as a small business owner it’s difficult to keep early and late hours every day.  But it is frustrating to come home and need something, try to pick it up from a local shop and then realize they’ve all closed at 6 or 7pm.  Greenlight makes it easy for me to keep it local.

To show my appreciation, I will be spending my 3/50 local spending money this month at Greenlight, buying at least one book a week at 9:45 pm (because I can!).  First up, City Kid by Nelson George.

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.

Coffee for Fulton; Fashion for Myrtle

The Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is working with FAB, Myrtle Ave BK Partnership and PACC to bring new businesses to Fulton and Myrtle.  They have asked that as many neighbors as possible take the following surveys to help better assess the needs and shopping habits of neighborhood residents.  Here’s a chance to weigh in on new local services- jump on it!

Dear Friends,

BEDC (Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation) along with Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, FAB (Fulton Area Business) Alliance, and PACC (Pratt Area Community Council) have partnered up to attract several new businesses to your area.

But we cannot do so alone – WE NEED YOUR HELP!

This week we have launched a survey of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill residents about their coffee drinking and clothes buying habits. We are committed to finding business that will complement the existing retail character and provide a much-needed amenity for the neighborhood.

It would be EXTREMELY helpful if you took 2 minutes to fill out the following surveys:

Coffee For Fulton:

www.surveymonkey.com/coffeeforfulton

Fashion for Myrtle:

www.surveymonkey.com/FashionforMyrtle

ABC Pet Supply Coming to DeKalb

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The fun hat store on DeKalb closed recently, and a pet store will open in its place.  The merchandise has been loaded in over the last week.  No idea yet what it will be like, but this past weekend I could see a whole selection of cat trees / scratching posts in the window.

Will this be an outpost of the ABC Pet Supply on PPW in Windsor Terrace?  (I’ve never been there – just did a quick Google search).

Negative points for the unimaginative name; positive points for the hearty supply of scratching posts.  What do you think?

(Aside – I remember when there was at most one pet store nearby.  I think perhaps we’re reaching our saturation point of pet services.)