We noticed some paper up in the window of a recently redone corner space at 572 Grand Street in Williamsburg when we passed by Thursday. A peek inside revealed what appeared to be a setup for a cafe, with an l-shaped counter, shelves for pastries, and an espresso machine. A sign inside says “Bustle & Flow Cafe & Bistro.”

We’re not sure if it’s coming or going: It opened December 4, according to the cafe’s Facebook page, but then shut down a month or two later, according to reviews on Yelp. Was this a test run? A sign on the front door says “Grand Opening Coming Soon.”

Menu items include waffles, grilled cheese, soup, salad, and pastries, according to Facebook. Click through to see the interior through the window and a closeup of the sign on the door. GMAP


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The owner of Prospect Heights bar Bearded Lady on Washington Avenue plans to expand with a bar at 722 Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights. There will be food as well, such as nachos, ceviche, quesadillas and tacos, and a selection of sandwiches that includes lobster and shrimp rolls, hot dogs and pulled pork.

Community Board 8′s full board supported the bar’s liquor license application last month, but the State Liquor Authority doesn’t seem to have processed the application yet. It will have a backyard that closes at 10 pm Sunday through Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday, and the indoor space will stay open until 4 am at the latest. GMAP


When we passed by 253 Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn recently, we noticed big signs in the windows promising “IHOP coming soon 2015.” Another International House of Pancakes nearby, at 276 Livingston Street, shut down in 2014 to make way for TF Cornerstone’s big development at 33 Bond Street. The new location was slated to open in November, according to an article in the Brooklyn Eagle last year. GMAP

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The owners of Crown Heights coffee shop Little Zelda have revamped their cheese shop next door on Franklin Avenue, Wedge, into a bagel spot called Nagle’s Bagels. The employee behind the counter at 728 Franklin Avenue told us it opened about two weeks ago. They have a selection of bagels, flat bagels and schmears, and the bagels cost about $2. The shop also kept the same sandwich menu that it had as a cheese shop, which includes a bacon, egg and cheese for $6.75 and a croissant sandwich with salmon for $9. Has anyone been by the updated space? GMAP


Maple Street School, a Prospect Lefferts Gardens preschool founded in 1978, is expanding. The school signed a 15-year lease for 5,500 square feet at 626 Flatbush, the 23-story mixed-use 80/20 tower Hudson Companies is building in the neighborhood.

The school will mostly occupy the second floor of the community and retail space at the base of the building, pictured above. It will have a private entrance and a 1,200 square foot roof terrace, a Hudson spokesperson told us.

The school has been at 21 Lincoln Road since 2001. The new location will more than double the school’s space.

“Every year, Maple Street School has to turn away more students than it accepts. We are thrilled at the opportunity to expand to this second location, so that we can accommodate more children and help meet the great need in this community for quality early education,” said school Director Wendy Cole in a prepared statement.

The building is expected to be ready for occupancy in early 2016, said Hudson. GMAP

Rendering by Marvel Architects


Vinegar Hill House and Pizza East will open restaurants inside Empire Stores at 55 Water Street in early 2016, a spokesperson for the conversion project told us today. Pizza East will be located in the space at left pictured in the rendering above, with the schist wall. Vinegar Hill House will be on the right, in the space with the glass wall.

Both will have indoor and outdoor seating, although the outpost of the popular and nearby Vinegar Hill House will be “primarily grab and go and casual,” he said. The Vinegar Hill counter — apparently there will not be table service — will have its own menu and will serve breakfast, lunch, early dinner, coffee, and juices. It will also offer catering.

This will be Pizza East’s first New York location. The upscale eatery was created by private club Soho House and has locations in London and Chicago, all with different menus and decor. This one will offer ciabatta-crust pizzas baked in a wood-burning oven, as well as other dishes, according to a press release. Both restaurants will focus on “responsibly” and locally sourced ingredients. 

Empire Stores Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP


Walking down Broadway in the snowstorm Saturday, we noticed a sleek new salon at 113 South 6th Street in Williamsburg. Opened in mid-December, according to its Facebook page, Whiteroom was started by two stylists from another Williamsburg salon, the now-closed Woodley and Bunny, according to Racked. The salon carries hard-to-find shampoos and related beauty products. Cuts start at $76 for men and $96 for women, and include a blow dry. GMAP


Bakery and cafe IM Pastry Studio is prepping to open at 1131 Nostrand in Prospect Lefferts Gardens the first weekend in March, one of the three co-owners told us. Started in 2009 as a home-based custom cake business, IM Pastry Studio in its new space will serve coffee, cookies, cakes and cupcakes, as well as offer custom creations and a place for children’s birthday parties and bridal and baby showers.

The business is known for its remarkable looking confections and dessert tables for special events, including for magazines and sports stars. Click through to its website to see brightly colored cookies with gold seal designs, “Frozen” themed cupcakes, and a gravity-defying tiered cake that looks like a stack of spaghetti and sauce pots boiling over.

IM Pastry Studio had a preview Thursday, February 12, and will be taking custom orders only until the March grand opening. GMAP

Photo by IM Pastry Studio


The Bushwick Community Darkroom is moving to a bigger space and expanding the types of processing it offers as well as classes and other events. Founder and Director Lucia Rollow, who is also one of the organizers of Bushwick Open Studios, plans to shut down the current darkroom in The Loom at 108 Thames during the month of March, then reopen at the new location at 110 Troutman Street at the beginning of April, she told us. The new space, which measures 2,400 square feet, will be renovated inside and out during the month of March.

This will be the third location for the darkroom, which Rollow started in the basement where she was living. The darkroom offers classes, darkroom rental and exhibitions.

To celebrate and raise funds for the move, there will be a party and art show on Tuesday, February 24, featuring photographs by Wilson Novitzki, Scott Nyerges, Caleb Savage, Rollow and Sarah Graham. Brooklyn bands, including Dan Zanes, will perform, and there will be rum punch from an El Dorado bartender. A RocketHub campaign to help with the move concludes at the end of the month.

The new darkroom will offer more space, more processing stations, and large-format and alternative-processing facilities. There will be a group darkroom with eight to 10 stations, a private dark room for black and white and other alternative processes, four private color darkrooms, and one 33-inch Colex RA4 processor, among other things. The darkroom will also expand its classes, including middle school after-school programs, and there will be lockers, movie nights, lectures and workshops.

Annual memberships cost $75 or $115 a month; a lifetime membership is $2,000. GMAP

Photo by Bushwick Community Darkroom

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Hanson Dry’s Chris Buckley is opening his ’50s-inspired cocktail bar, Branch Ofc, tonight at 6 pm at 225 Rogers Avenue in Crown Heights. Vinyl floors, antique cash registers and steel bar stools all help channel that midcentury vibe, and there will be a pinball machine and photo booth to help keep customers entertained. The menu offers $11 cocktails, $7 beers, $9 wines and a selection of bar snacks and sandwiches. It’ll be open from 3 pm to 2 or 4 am seven days a week.

Hanson Dry Owner Branches out With 1950s-Look Bar in Crown Heights [Brownstoner] GMAP


La Lupe opened about a month ago at 9 Jefferson Street, a worker there told us when we stopped by yesterday. The restaurant has a full bar and serves snacks and street food, including chips, grilled corn, pozole, salad, queso fundido with chorizo, flautas, tacos, burritos and some interesting sounding sandwiches.

These include a hot dog (Perros Gordos, literally “overweight dogs”) consisting of sausage with bacon, coleslaw and chipotle mayo and the Mexican Burguer, which is made of pork and beef with pico de gallo, guacamole, cheese, bacon, coleslaw and chipotle mayo. Most of the items have veggie options, and tacos include fish.

Beverages include aguas frescas, Mexican Coke, and Mexican style hot chocolate. The space was formerly home to the Salad Wheel. GMAP

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The Pratt Station post office reopened today in its new location at 609 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill, on the ground floor of a five-story condo building. The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership‘s blog was the first to write about today’s opening.

As you may recall, the postal service closed its old location at 504 Myrtle Avenue (five blocks away) last October, to make way for a planned six-story apartment building on the site. The post office serves the 11205 zip code.

Pratt Station Post Office Reopening Today [Myrtle Avenue]
Pratt Post Office Coverage [Brownstoner]
609 Myrtle Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Photo by Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership