Lunchtime With Tillie: Bubby's

Hey everyone out there, it’s the whole family once again (me, Tillie and Tillie’s mom) with tales of our latest dining adventure. And since it was the whole family, we decided to go to the family-friendliest restaurant of them all, Bubby’s in DUMBO. None of us had ever been before, but we heard the legends of how this place is supposedly a Mecca for the with-kids set, and I have to say after going, it pretty much was. But I shouldn’t get ahead of myself: Let me add our tale to the story of Bubby’s.

We went on a Sunday, when we had all intentions of getting out of the house and doing something fun for the day, especially as how Tillie started feeling better after suffering from an ear infection for about a week and a half. Tillie’s mom was suffering from a cold over that time, too, but was coming around the bend on her illness as well. So after I added up all the factors – healthier baby and mom, nice but cold day, starving dad who needed to write an LWT for this week on a place he’d never been before – the choice was made to go to Bubby’s.

We decided to take a car service down to the restaurant and bring the stroller along instead of trying to march all the way to DUMBO through the blistering wind. The trip was pretty smooth and we entered the sprawling place ready for a fun time. I looked over to my side while we were at the hostess stand and saw a couple of strollers parked, and thought, “Wow, that’s really cool. You don’t have to bring your stroller over to your table and worry about folding it up.” Then I thought, “Wait, where’s our stroller?” I blurted out “Stroller!” then ran outside because I realized we had left ours in the trunk! I ran to the edge of the block, but the car was nowhere in sight. I called the car service and the driver made a return trip, I got the stroller and headed back in.

When I got to the table, Tillie was already in her high chair, coloring on one of those kid’s paper place/activity mat and nibbling on a piece of a biscuit. Tillie’s mom was preparing more biscuit, this time with jam, for the little one and I thought, “Man, that was fast!” As I was starving, I laid claim on a whole biscuit upon taking my seat.

We took a look at the menus, and I had gotten one that just had lunch and dinner options on it, while Tillie’s mom had the one with brunch and lunch choices. We just shared hers as it had the specials of the day, which included such options as an apple bacon omelet and a jalapeno scramble with gruyere. There were so many intriguing options, but I just went with – yep, you probably guessed it – a burger with bacon and cheddar. But before you say, “Not another bacon cheeseburger!” let me explain.

One of my doctors said I need to stop eating red meat, unless it’s organic and then only once in a while. So since I’m such a diligent doctor-heeder, it had been a while since I had a burger. Plus, these burgers were flagged on the menu as being made of grass-fed beef, so it made the choice easier. Granted, the bacon probably wasn’t grass-fed ...

Tillie’s mom ordered the apple bacon omelet and we figured there’d be plenty for Tillie to have from our plates. TM placed the orders while I was doing what we really came to do – go to the play area!

It’s not every day you go to a restaurant that has its own play space, but I guess that’s what makes Bubby’s Bubby’s. Some kids were already down there and Tillie nestled her way in there, too. There were books and tons of toys for her to play with. The electronic toys didn’t have batteries, but that didn’t matter to the kids, who I’m sure must’ve been like, “Now this place is fun, not those lame-o places mom and dad usually take us.”

Anyway, as TM and I were hovering outside of the play space and letting T do her own thing, our waiter came by and told us our food was ready. We pried Tillie away to go to our table where some good-looking dishes awaited.

Once we got all settled back in, I dove into my eagerly anticipated burger. It was good, but for some reason, organic beef just doesn’t do it for me that much. This might be a sad statement, but sometimes I find it tastes kind of weird as opposed to the other way around! Tillie had some and seemed to like it, that and my french fries. The omelet Tillie’s mom ordered looked absolutely delicious; I never would’ve thought of bacon and apples combined with eggs, but I guess that’s why I’m not a chef! TM hooked me up with a bite with all the ingredients, and I found the apple to have a subtle taste mixed in with the omelet. The bacon really balanced nicely with it.

We finished our food, then took turns watching over Tillie in the play area. She was covering some territory there and beyond the play-space boundaries! The whole restaurant was roomy, so there was no containing her! But alas, we couldn’t stay in Bubby’s forever, so we got the check, paid it and left to walk around DUMBO a little more.

I think it’s safe to say that we’ll be back as it really is THE child-friendly place around. We can’t really rush back there too soon because for all its perks – super-nice staff and accommodations, tasty food – it was a little expensive when you factor in our car trips, too. I would recommend all parents of young children get there at some point. The restaurant’s motto for parents with young kids in tow should be, “You have arrived.”

Last Day of the Myrtle Avenue El

goodbye glance 10.3.69 lr The New York Transit Museum will feature a very cool photography exhibit documenting the last day of the Myrtle Ave El - the elevated train that ran down Myrtle Avenue from 1888 - 1969.  Go far enough down Myrtle, near Bushwick, and you can still see the El's structure, never fully taken down.  It's crazy to imagine so many NYC streets beneath elevated trains!

The press release includes some wonderful historical facts about the line and the exhibit:

Opening in 1888, the Myrtle Avenue el ran from downtown Brooklyn to Queens, passing through Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, Ridgewood, and Middle Village.  After eighty years, to the dismay of many passengers, the Myrtle Avenue el closed in 1969 and was demolished the following year. Yet, in the mid-20th century, the el’s wooden train cars and antiquated stations still held fond memories for riders who grew up in those neighborhoods.

THE LAST DAY OF THE MYRTLE AVENUE EL: Photographs by Theresa King is a photo essay shot in a single day forty years ago. The photographer recalls, “At midnight on October 3, 1969 over a thousand people eagerly awaited a train – not just any train, but the final train to run on Brooklyn’s Myrtle Avenue elevated line.  These people were taking the last ride on this historic elevated train.  As soon as they crammed on, the train rolled along from Brooklyn’s Jay Street station to the Metropolitan Avenue station in Queens.  At the end of this sad journey, some passengers took artifacts to remember this very special old timer and bid a fond farewell. The pictures were taken during this last day at various stations along the Myrtle Avenue el in Brooklyn.  During my childhood, I rode this train daily and loved the look of the station stops and the train itself.  When I realized the line was due for demolition, I wanted to document a part of Brooklyn’s past that would be no more.”

Myrtle Avenue—named for the myrtle trees that once grew in the area – has been a major roadway since the early 1800’s. In the mid-nineteenth century, the Knickerbocker Stage Coach Line ran omnibus service on the avenue. In April 1888 the Myrtle Avenue elevated train began operation from downtown Brooklyn to Grand Avenue Junction, where Pratt Institute had opened one year earlier. That September, the line was extended west to Sands Street, where passengers could transfer to a cable car to cross the Brooklyn Bridge into Manhattan. In 1889 it was extended east to Wyckoff Avenue in Bushwick, and then to Metropolitan Avenue in Queens in 1906. When it first opened the neighborhoods along the western end of Myrtle Avenue – downtown Brooklyn, Fort Greene, and Clinton Hill, were already densely populated. The Brooklyn Bridge had been completed five years earlier and omnibus lines and railroads served the area. Beyond Grand Avenue Junction, however, the area was still mostly rural, and much of eastern Myrtle Avenue developed along with the el.  Bushwick’s housing and industry boomed in the late 1880’s, as German immigrants opened successful large-scale breweries, and Ridgewood developed just after the line was extended there in the prosperous years before World War I.  But beginning in the 1930s, with the decline of business along Brooklyn’s once vibrant waterfront and the opening of what is today the G subway line, ridership on the Myrtle Avenue el began a decline that would culminate with the closing of the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 1966.

The exhibit features color and black and white photographs by Theresa King, along with historic photographs, archival material, and station signage from the New York Transit Museum collection.

New York Transit Museum Located on the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn Heights Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission: $5 Adults, $3 children (3-17) and Seniors (62+) Seniors admitted free every Wednesday

TOMORROW: Free Shuttle Between BK Flea and other BK Destinations

The Brooklyn Flea has become a hotspot for NYC bargain hunters near and far. This Saturday, May 30, Brooklyn Flea visitors can score another deal: Heart of Brooklyn’s FREE hop-on, hop-off shuttle to the cultural attractions near Grand Army Plaza will be running from the Flea in Fort Greene between 10am and 6pm. The HOB Connection stops at Brooklyn Public Library, Prospect Park/Prospect Park Zoo, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Brooklyn Children’s Museum. A full schedule with times can be found at The Connection will depart the Flea at 10am, 12:30pm, 2pm and 4pm on Saturday.

More than just free transit, the shuttle features on-board tour guides providing information about the restaurants and shops in nearby Prospect and Crown Heights, summer calendars with suggested activities and coupon books full of local discounts (also available to print online at

The HOB Connection regularly offers free transit to the cultural attractions in the Heart of Brooklyn from various neighborhoods in Brooklyn (Bay Ridge, DUMBO and Williamsburg) each Saturday, and from Manhattan’s Museum Mile each Sunday.

Brooklyn Blogfest 2009

It's time once again for the ever-growing Brooklyn Blogfest!  This year's event looks to be the most diverse and interesting yet -- the program is full of new faces, and will include breakout sessions based on blog-type. bfest

May 7, 7pm powerHouse Arena, DUMBO

It was the very first Blogfest that inspired me to start this site.  If you have a blog, love blogs, or are thinking about starting a blog, come by to network, learn and meet others obsessed with blogging.

Memorial for Bob Guskind

Several dedicated Brooklyn bloggers have been working together on a memorial event to remember and honor Bob Guskind, founder of Gowanus Lounge.  Details are now available:

A memorial gathering to honor the memory of Robert Guskind will be held from 2 pm to 5 pm Saturday, April 4 at the Brooklyn Lyceum, 4th Avenue between Union and President Streets in Park Slope.
Please RSVP if you can. (There is an opportunity to sign up to speak.)
If you’d like to make donations in Bob’s memory, four charities have been designated.
For updated information, please check Gowanus Lounge.
Bob, we will miss you and your enthusiastic dedication to the borough of Brooklyn.

Return from Dubai

My apologies for not posing more while I was away!  I meant to, but with Flickr not accessible (and the regular Wordpress photo uploader not working), I just didn't make the time. One of many giant buildings on Sheik Zayed Road in Dubai

So, a brief recap:

Dubai couldn't have been less like Clinton Hill.  The entire place is a buzzing hive of development and almost everything is brand new and very tall.  It's impossible to cross any major street.  In fact, one night we went to a bar across the street and had to take a cab!  There are approximately six major malls there, with more on the way.  The malls are filled with expensive chain stores that cost twice as much as they do in NYC or London.  And that's what you do there (as a Westerner, anyway) -- go to malls, or go to hotels so you can drink.  It's not unlike Vegas in many ways.

Our host, a friend in his late 20s, is there to make money.  Yes, he's met and made friends there, through work and other connections.  But he's not chilling with the Emirati, and he's not having TV night with neighbors in his building, and he's not chatting with people on the street.  It's a very segregated place, between service workers and the wealthy.

Still, an interesting trip nonetheless, but not a place I'd consider putting roots down.

More lovely was a side trip to Khatar, Oman -- a little ancient town on the Arabian Gulf.  While there, my boyfriend and I just happened to get engaged!  I mention that sappy little bit only to say that we're going to try to use at least a few Clinton Hill businesses in the planning process.

I'm planning on getting right back to business as usual, but bear with me this week.  I am going right back to work and I expect jetlag to be a bitch (Dubai is 9 hours ahead of NYC).

Happy 2009!

A traditional dhow in the Arabian Sea, Oman

Root Stock & Quade Makes Myrtle Their Home Base

Received a blog post notice from the fine floral/plant gurus at Root Stock and Quade on Myrtle.  It seems their Park Slope headquarters were damaged in a fire, and they're making Myrtle their official home base. Sad to hear about the original store, but nice to know they'll be investing even more into their gorgeous Clinton Hill shop!

Resources South of the 'Hood

Received this from a reader and neighbor: Hello.  I am opening a cafe on Washington between Pacific & Dean avenues.  Although technically in Prospect Heights I live in Clinton Hill and look forward to reaching this community as well.

I am also trying to contact some block associations in the area but am having trouble finding any contact information.  Could anyone help me with this?  I am trying to find contact information for the Wa-Greene Association, the Prospect heights heibghborhood Development Council and the Atlantic Avenue Betterment Assocation.

Please leave your tips for Sarah in the comment section.  This isn't too far from us, so I suspect it could be a good hangout for neighbors in the soutn end of CH!

Crown Heights House Tour

This October, Crown Heights North Association, Inc. is hosting its 2nd Annual House Tour on Sat. Oct 4, 2008. Opening ceremonies will begin at 11:15 a.m. in front of St. Gregory’s R.C.C. School at 991 St. Johns Pl. between New York and Brooklyn Avenues.  Self-guided tours will start at noon and end by 5 p.m. The tour is preceded by a free homebuyer’s workshop with info on mortgages, avoiding predatory loans, and financing, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Attendees will have a once yearly opportunity to enter and view some of Brooklyn’s finest residential and sacred architecture. Among the homes this year, we are featuring a Romanesque Revival mansion restored from ruin, a period perfect Renaissance Revival limestone, a thoroughly modern townhouse, as well as homes with enviably large, landscaped gardens. We are also highlighting our newly renovated Children’s Museum, designed by world class architect Rafael Vign*oly, three remarkable houses of worship, and our entire neighborhood of architecturally significant free standing houses, row houses, apartment buildings and churches that have been praised by the Landmarks Commission as some of the finest in New York City.

The recent designation of the Crown Heights North Historic District - Phase 1, has sparked enormous interest in Crown Heights North, not only for its history, but for its housing stock and business opportunities. As Brooklyn real estate values skyrocket, the beauty of this neighborhood, and its local attractions such as the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the world famous West Indian Day Parade, as well as the close proximity of the Brooklyn Museum, Botanical Gardens, Prospect Park, and convenient public transportation, have attracted more and more people to the area.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the Tour.

The Crown Heights North Association, Inc. (CHNA) is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization.

CH Resident Leads Children's Culinary School!

Clinton Hill Resident Lisa Sicilia will be the head instructor at a cooking school for children in nearby Boerum Hill: Creative Cooks Culinary Center is a culinary school designed just for kids between the ages of 3 and 13!! We will be opening our doors in June for summer programs, after-school classes & birthday parties. Come check out our new space at one of our Open Houses on June 4th or 11th from 6:30-8:30pm.

Young tastemakers learn the art of cooking in our kid friendly kitchen. We provide a warm and nurturing environment where kids are taught kitchen safety, basic food handling and preparation, following recipes, measuring and most importantly, self expression through food. Students work in small groups and are supervised and taught by professional chefs.

Creative Cooks is located at: 298 Atlantic Avenue between Smith & Hoyt, Brooklyn, NY 11201 US (our page is still in the works!)

Plant-Related News

This just in from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden: I just wanted to give you a heads up that BBG's annual benefit Plant Sale, the largest in the Northeast (with over 20,000 plants!) opens to the public tomorrow and continues through Thursday morning.  (BBG members have access to the preview sale tonight, from 4:30 to 8.) The Plant Sale takes place on Cherry Esplanade, where right now hundreds of flowering cherry trees are dropping their petals like pink snow to form a breathtaking petal carpet. Considering the multitude and diversity of the colorful plants for sale, the beauty of the setting, the BBG hort experts on hand to answer questions and the little red wagons we provide for shoppers for their "plantsportation,"  the sale is a really dynamic experience all around. If any of your readers are thinking about their backyards or windowsills, there's no better place to shop for their plants.

They're also offering a bunch of free classes.  Check out their website for more info!

And speaking of plants, Root Stock & Quade is slated to open today on Myrtle Avenue!

BK Junior League Event

The Junior League of Brooklyn (JLB) Board Training & Development Program wants YOU. The JLB Board Training & Development Program was designed to meet the needs of non-profit organizations within the Brooklyn community seeking qualified Board of Director members. This program will train prospective Non-Profit Board Members within Brooklyn and meet the needs of non-profit community partners. The program will consist of three sessions running approximately 90 minutes. Facilitators and speakers will discuss: “Why Serve on a Board”, “Minding Dollars and Sense”, and “Board Sustainability”. The program will culminate with a Volunteer Fair wherein all trainees will connect with organizations in need of Board of Director support. Please join us as we would truly appreciate your commitment to this rewarding experience of excellence in serving your community.

Date and times for all sessions:

* Kick Off and Session 1 – Wednesday April 2, 2008 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. * Session 2 & Sessions 3 – Tuesday April 15, 2008 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

(Both will be at Brooklyn Borough Hall)

* Volunteer Fair – Thursday May 15, 2008 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

If you’d like to learn more about our program and receive an application (application deadline is Friday March 21, 2008) please visit the JLB website: or contact Chinyelu Udoh:

Learn How to Grow Your Own

Sorry this posting is so late, but this cool (FREE) event at the BK Botanic Garden is tomorrow! GreenBridge, the Community Horticulture Program of Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Presents the 27th Annual Making Brooklyn Bloom:

Edible NYC: Green It! Grow It! Eat It!

Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With Featured Speakers, Panel Discussions, Workshops, and Hands-On Exhibits; Learn about Neighborhood Greening and Growing Local Fruits and Vegetables

Brooklyn Botanic Garden presents Making Brooklyn Bloom, the Garden’s annual community horticulture event and spring gardening kick-off day, Saturday, March 8, 2007. For 27 years, BBG has produced Making Brooklyn Bloom—an event that has grown more popular as it has become increasingly resonant to the borough’s citizens. The focus this year is community agriculture and the many benefits of urban greening—including growing fresh, organic food. The free event offers hands-on workshops, experienced and passionate speakers who are nationally recognized trailblazers in local food phenomena, and exhibits by regional experts who will present innovative, organic, home gardening techniques. The experts will also provide ideas and techniques for greening urban communities, so that attendees can learn how to grow their own food easily and reap the benefits of a healthier lifestyle. Other experts will describe the community health benefits that derive from cultivating open green space and keeping a focus on local food.

I hear there will even be a lecture on "Raising Chickens and Bees in the City." Sweet. When I lived in Hell's Kitchen our local community garden was equipped with bee hives, and the honey was sold at the garden's annual fall event. Wouldn't it be fun to have Clinton Hill Honey? Maybe those movers and shakers at the Hollenback garden can set up some hives near the composting toilet.

Full info in the Botanic event here.

March Blogade in Kensington

The Bad Girl Blog will be hosting the Brooklyn Blogade on Sunday, March 9, at 12 p.m., in Kensington at the Old Brick Cafe, a little Italian/Balkan/Mediterranean restaurant on Church Avenue. The cost is $15 and includes a meal. To see the lunch menu and to find out more about this event and/or to RSVP please click here. The Blogade is a monthly roving meetup of Brooklyn bloggers (who write on all sorts of topics!).  It's a great chance to meet some very cool people and brainstorm all things blog.

SCH Meeting Recap

I'm sad to say that I arrived at the meeting late and missed the presentation on the potential food co-op (more info on this on the official site, and on Brownstoner [check out the entertaining comment thread]).  Personally, I've never been to the Park Slope Food Co-op.  To me, it has always sounded a little too cultish and crunchy for my taste.  Then again, I hear there are amazing deals to be had. I think if we did this up FG/CH style, it could be awesome.  Now, will someone with a membership please bring me into the PS co-op so I can see for myself what it's really like?  Thanks. Speaking of groceries, next on the agenda was Admiral's Row in the Navy Yard.  I'm no expert on this, but what I gleaned is that the crumbling Admiral's Row houses are slated to be demolished and replaced by a giant grocery store, with a parking lot for 300 cars (!!!!!).  Various presenters suggested that the parking lot be reduced to accommodate approximately 80 cars (akin to the Key Foods lot in Park Slope), and retain the old homes at the same time.  Since the supermarket is being touted as being for the benefit of public housing residents (who would WALK there), why are so many parking spaces needed?  The renovated structures could be used for anything ranging from a bakery and fish market, specialty food stores (all of which could employ local teenagers), to condos or for use as the Navy Yard museum (which is being planned currently as a new building).

Someone at the meeting suggested the city (or whoever is ultimately in charge) consider bringing a Trader Joe's to the Navy Yard space, pointing out that it offers reasonable, high-quality food, produce and meat that the entire neighborhood desires.  I am ALL FOR THIS plan.  The city is home to far too many shitty Pathmark stores that smell like the 1970s.  Of cours, Trader Joe's means LOTS of shoppers.  Perhaps extra bus service could be extended to the area?

Another general suggestion regarding the Navy Yard was guided tours, or ferry tours from Manhattan.  This is an interesting idea.  The Navy Yard is vast, fascinating, mysterious and full of history.  It annoys me that no one can get in just to look around.  I think, ideally, the yard should be open to the public, contain public space and offer interesting retail.  Creative reuse, people!

Moving on...

Atlantic Yards was mentioned briefly.  The bridge on Carlton Ave is slated to be closed soon for construction of the Ratner Nightmare.  This means that firetrucks will be rerouted to drive AGAINST TRAFFIC ON TWO STREETS SOUTH OF ATLANTIC.  Giant trucks hurdling the wrong way down one-way streets?!  This is a solution?!  Maybe in the 'burbs, but jeez!  No one even pulls over for siren vehicles here!

Finally, there was talk of forming various committees to interface with local police about neighborhood issues, including crime and trucks illegally driving on several streets (Washing Ave. specifically).  The idea is that if we can present evidence that police action needs to be taken (for example, photographing and counting illegal trucks), the precinct will not be able to claim there isn't a problem.  Also, residents were reminded to REPORT any and all crime.  I know the cops sometimes make this difficult.  One of the SCH board members explained that his car was recently broken into, and the cops wouldn't come out until the next day to look at it.  By the time they arrived, he had moved the car due to street cleaning.  They told him that once he moved it, they couldn't do anything about it.  Classic.

(And speaking of cops, I've noticed several cop cars casually breaking traffic laws -- running red lights and driving the wrong way on one-way streets.  There were no sirens or high-speed chases.  They were doing it because they couldn't be bothered to abide by regular citizens' rules.  I'm sure this is not unique to our neighborhood, but it really pisses me off.)

The meeting moved along more smoothly than usual, although a few speakers were kind of rude when prompted that they had gone over their time.  One man actually mouthed off to the SCH officer who told him they were out of time.  I find this extremely disrespectful.  I know everyone has a lot to say, but the meetings are meant to be an overview of what's going on in the area.  I think each issue presented should offer an email signup list, and those who are interested in discussing said issue in depth should sign up and attend a separate meeting or participate on a message board.  My advice?  Please tell us about your news, but don't be a dick about it.  Be courteous of other speakers' and attendees' time!!!! Thanks!

(Special thanks to Thirst and Tamboril for the wine and appetizers!)

October Blogade

Since this past summer's second annual Brooklyn Blogade, we BK bloggers have been meeting monthly to, well, see one another in human form. The events are open to all (bloggers and blog appreciators). Here's the info on this month's event: This Sunday, October 21st, Rob from the Luna Park Gazette will be hosting the October Blogade Roadshow.

The Blogade is a great way to meet new people, interact with fellow bloggers and have a good time. You don’t have to be a blogger to come–if you’re thinking about starting a blog or if you just want to know what all of us bloggers are like in person, then come on down! It’ll be fun!

The Blogade will be held at Omonia Cafe, 7612 Third Avenue, Brooklyn from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. The cost is $8. Please RSVP as soon as possible so that Rob can get a head count. You can contact Rob by visiting Luna Park Gazette and following the instructions there. Make sure that when you RSVP you send him your name (your real name and online name if they are different), where you’re from in Brooklyn, your blog’s name (if you have one), the blog’s URL, and a line or two about you and your blog.

Crown Heights North House Tour

The Crown Heights North Association (CHNA) is sponsoring our first Annual House and Garden Tour, this Saturday, October 6th, from 12 – 5. We are celebrating the beauty and culture of our neighborhood, and our recent designation as the first new Historic District in Brooklyn in over 10 years. This inaugural year, we are showing 10 houses, 2 historic churches and one community garden. There will be a celebratory kick off at 10:30. Mayor Bloomberg, Marty Markowitz, LPC Commissioner Tierney, and local officials have been invited. We will also be thanking sponsors and committee members. Because of our new HD status, and possible appearance by the above, there will be media coverage.

Celebration and first stop/ticket location: St. Gregory’s RC Church, 991 St. Johns Place at Brooklyn Ave. By subway: 3 train to Nostrand or Kingston Ave. Brooklyn Ave is between the two stops. Go north on Brooklyn Ave 3 blocks to St. Johns Place. Church is on corner. Other subway stops: A train to Nostrand Ave. or 2/5 train to President St.

Tickets are $25, and are available via the website, or at St. Gregory’s day of tour. Self guided tour begins promptly at noon, and no tickets will be sold after 3:30 pm. Houses close at 5 pm sharp. Tour will take place rain or shine.