The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce honored Mr. B, and Brownstoner.com December 15th at their 2009 WInter Gala, held at the El Caribe Country Club in Mill Basin. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle writes that Brownstoner.com was chosen as one of the “Champions of Local Business” by the Chamber, and awarded special proclamations from New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The article then goes on to say:

Now well-known borough-wide, Brownstoner.com is a site and blog about Brooklyn real estate and renovation, and all the tangential topics that impact life inside and outside the home in Brooklyn, says the online description. Launched in October 2004 by (Jonathan) Butler, the site currently has about 150,000 unique visitors and 1.5 million pageviews per month.

Congratulations, Mr. B!

Real Estate Blog One of Honorees at Annual Chamber of Commerce Gala [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]

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Lights, Camera: Yesterday the cast and crew of “Julie & Julia”, a flick about Julia Child starring Meryl Streep and directed by Nora Ephron, was rolling tape outside Moutarde, on 5th Avenue and Carroll Street in the Slope. Anyone spot Streep?

House of D: The controversial proposal to reopen and expand the House of Detention on Atlantic and Court is going to be discussed tomorrow afternoon at a budget hearing in the City Council Chambers. Dept. of Corrections Commissioner Martin Horn will submit testimony from noon to 12:30. An email that’s circulating from the plan’s opponents says community members are expected to show up in full force to protest the jail’s reopening.

Columbia St. Demo: L&M Equity is tearing down a building on Columbia Street, according to Lost City. The developer intends to build more than 170 units of housing near Columbia and Warren.

The New Gowanus: Per GL, The Dept. of City Planning is going to give an update about the effort to rezone about 25 blocks in Gowanus on May 29.