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A story in Gawker today confirmed the exact addresses of three buildings Vice Media is taking over as it expands its multimedia empire in Williamsburg, and yes, as suspected, Glasslands (as well as Death by Audio and a handful of other businesses) is being displaced. Williamsburg institution Glasslands, a once hidden and illegal performance space that later went legit, announced yesterday its last show will be New Year’s Eve.

The addresses are 285-289 Kent Avenue, pictured above, and two buildings at 49 South 2nd Street. Gawker found mention of the deal and the exact addresses in an interview with the broker that ran in the Commercial Observer in September. When Vice’s expansion was first announced, the exact addresses of the buildings were not given, although we speculated that 285 Kent was one.

It’s nothing new for gentrifiers to displace gentrifiers, and Glasslands is one of a long list of quirky Williamsburg businesses to shut in recent months.

No One Wants to Say It, But Vice Is Displacing Brooklyn Institutions [Gawker]  GMAP


An unnamed real estate firm is setting up shop at 11 Greene Avenue, a worker inside told us when we stopped by recently. This is in one of the 19th century storefronts in three Italianate row houses near the intersection of Fulton Street in Fort Greene.

Unfortunately, the new cement window surround looks out of place, but at least it didn’t replace anything historic. The retail space, previously the longtime home of Jessy’s House of Styles unisex salon and barbershop, had a modern metal facade. GMAP

Update: A Corcoran spokesperson just confirmed this will be Corcoran’s sales office for the Lefferts Place Mews condos in Clinton Hill.


Burly Cafe (or Burly Coffee, depending on where you’re looking) is planning to open next Monday at 832 Dekalb Avenue near the corner of Throop in Bed Stuy. According to its Facebook page, the cafe will be brewing and retailing Colectivo Coffee, roasted in Milwaukee.

Burly joins a few other new businesses that have sprung up on this corner. Vin de Table wine shop opened nearby at 354 Throop Avenue and Simple Pleasures Cafe opened last week across the street at 833 Dekalb Avenue.

Thanks to a tipster for alerting us to the October 27 opening. Click through to see a photo of the interior nearing completion.

Vin de Table Wine Shop Coming to Throop [Brownstoner]
Simple Pleasures Cafe Opened Monday on Dekalb and Throop in Bed Stuy [Brownstoner]
Lots of Development for Dekalb and Throop Corner
[Brownstoner] GMAP
Second photo by Burly Cafe


A new wine shop, Vin de Table, is setting up shop in Bed Stuy at 354 Throop Avenue. The “soft” opening is today, but the store plans to officially open for business next week, according to its Facebook page. The store is located in a new building at the corner of Dekalb.

Vin de Table will carry a mix of international and local wines, with an emphasis on quality wines for $10 and less a bottle. “Our mission to find great affordable wines,” according to its website.

Thanks to a tipster for the photo and intel. Do you think a wine store will be an asset in this location? GMAP


We are delighted to report that after a hiatus of almost two years, Manny’s reopened Monday at 212 Patchen Avenue with a full working kitchen and greatly expanded menu.

On the menu are four kinds of burgers and a variety of paninis, wraps, sandwiches, salads and soup. There are also prepared foods at the counter, including hanger steaks, salmon, rotisserie chicken, and beef empanadas. Also at the counter are Dough donuts and Choice pastries and cookies. There will also be daily specials, a worker told us. They are serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and will be open until 9 pm.

Manny’s opened as a cafe in 2012 serving items from Choice and Dough, but always intended to open as a restaurant. It shut a few months later, and has been greatly missed by neighbors. Click through to see the menu and lots more photos.

Manny’s Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP

Update: Manny’s will close at 5 pm tonight and tomorrow, then be open from 7 am to 9 pm starting Friday. Also, a reader stopped by for lunch today and said it was packed!



When last we stopped by 212 Greene Avenue, Finch’s exterior was just some pieces of plywood. Now a classy affair with panelling and big windows, it has received what looks to be a final coat of navy paint and a globe sconce. The inside is built out too, as you can see from the construction photos on the restaurant’s website.

The farm-to-table menu will include deviled eggs, raw fluke with sea urchin, pastured chicken and vegetable cassoulet. The chef, Gabe McMackin, formerly cooked at Roberta’s, Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Gramercy Tavern. Given those credentials, we are pretty excited about this opening.

Farm-to-Table Restaurant Finch to Open in August on Greene in Clinton Hill [Brownstoner]


Luke’s Lobster opened two weeks ago at 237 5th Avenue, in a spot formerly occupied by a shoe repair shop. Menu items include lobster, shrimp and crab rolls, New England clam chowder and other soups, and pies from Four & Twenty Blackbirds.

There will also be beer on tap, backyard grilled lobster tail parties and a CSA fresh fish pickup. This is the second Brooklyn location for the 14-store business. Anyone checked it out yet? GMAP

Photos by Luke’s Lobster (more…)


Two veterans of vaunted San Francisco eatery Slanted Door are opening a “modern Vietnamese gastropub” at 162 5th Avenue in Park Slope. The space was just vacated by Brooklyn Fish Camp because their 10-year lease was up.

Slanted Door, which won the Outstanding Restaurant James Beard Award this year, serves updated Vietnamese food, with dishes such as oven-roasted clams and crispy shrimp-stuffed squash blossoms. The Daily Meal was the first to report on the news.

Are you excited about this addition to the Park Slope dining scene?

Slanted Door Vets Opening Vietnamese Gastropub in Park Slope [Daily Meal] GMAP
Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark


A restaurant called Brooklyn Eats plans to open at 474 Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill, according to a sign draped over the front window. We couldn’t find any info about the food except that it will be reasonably priced, offering “good solid eats for $8 to $12,” according to the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership.

A sign on the door noted the restaurant is applying for a liquor license. It’s a spinoff of Chance 11 Bar and Grill on Fulton between Vanderbilt and Clinton, according to Fort Greene Focus. It will have eight tables and hopes to open later this month, said the story.

The new restaurant replaces Cielo bar and El Patron restaurant. GMAP

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Chika Mexicana is planning to open later this month at 814 Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights. When we stopped by earlier this week, the interiors looked partially finished and a worker was painting the exterior. Located about a block from Eastern Parkway between Lincoln and St. Johns, it looks like it’s going to be pretty casual. Northern Crown Heights also has Guero’s, Chavela’s and El Barrio Burritos on Franklin Avenue. Do you think the hood needs another Mexican joint? GMAP