After more than a year of preparation, the Lefferts Community Food Co-op opened Sunday at 324 Empire Boulevard in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. They have produce from Miller’s Crossing and meat from Herondale Farm, according to Brokelyn, which was the first to write about the opening. “Most of their vendors are the same ones Park Slope Food Coop uses so we expect the selection to be pretty similar once they’re fully up and running,” said Brokelyn.

Prospect-Lefferts Co-op Opens Sunday With Open Shopping Day [Brokelyn] GMAP
PLG Food Co-op Opening Soon [Brownstoner]
Photo by Lefferts Community Food Co-op



We are sorry to report that Sunday was Kaz An Nou’s last day. After five years, the landlord did not renew the lease of the popular French Caribbean restaurant, which played ’70s funk on a record player in the dining room. It was located at 53 6th Avenue in Prospect Heights, close to Barclays Center, so perhaps the landlord is hoping to charge a higher rent. We would have eaten there more often but it was always so crowded we could rarely get a table. The owners said on their Facebook page they will take a break, then be back with something new. There will also be an auction of furniture and equipment Tuesday. DNAinfo was the first to cover the closing. GMAP

Photo by Kaz An Nou


We happened to snap a few photos of Starbucks’ second Williamsburg store, which opened at 154 North 7th Street earlier this month. Unlike the first one, which opened in east Williamsburg on the other side of the BQE, this location is right in the heart of North Williamsburg, just a few doors down from the corner of Bedford and North 7th, the Bedford L train stop and Dunkin’ Donuts.

When we stopped by at 9:30 am on Thursday last week, it didn’t seem super busy. This is the location that has applied for a liquor license, which the community board voted not to support. The interior features artwork from locals, according to DNAinfo. Click through to see. GMAP (more…)

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Home goods and crafts store Altamira Workshop opened last weekend at 217 6th Avenue in Park Slope. Owners Philip Sachs and Amy Fierro sell handmade items, many of them produced locally, such as ceramics, jewelry, stationery, art and home goods.

The owners have “created an in-house brand of goods that emphasize a combination of affordability and high design,” according to the shop’s press release. They’ve been teaching printmaking classes and selling their prints for years at outdoor markets like the Flea, and now they’ll offer consultations on printmaking and an onsite print shop at Altamira.

The shop’s name refers to the Cave of Altamira in Spain, which contains some of the earliest known Paleolithic cave paintings. GMAP

Photo via Altamira Workshop


Nunu Chocolates Cafe & Tap Room opened last week at 179 5th Avenue in Park Slope. The menu includes house made baked goods such as brioche and cookies, small plates such as cheese and charcuterie, the full line of chocolates, Blue Bottle Coffee, 10 craft beers on tap, wine, shandies, frozen hot chocolates, egg creams and frozen lemonade.

There will also be chocolate pairings with beer and wine flights, and customers can observe as chocolates are hand dipped. There is a backyard and free wi-fi.

A former Brooklyn Flea vendor, Nunu Chocolates started in 2007 and has a store in Boerum Hill. The cafe has extensive hours: from 7 am to midnight on weekdays, opening at 9 am on weekends, and closing at 10 pm on Sunday nights. Anyone checked it out yet? GMAP

Photo by Nunu Chocolates


When a tipster passed by Goldenrod this morning, city marshals were in the process of changing the locks and returning possession of the space to the landlord. As far as we can tell, the Carroll Gardens bar was still open for business until today. Before it became Goldenrod in August 2013, the space at 449 Court Street was P.J. Hanley’s, Brooklyn’s oldest bar, open since 1874.

Goldenrod owner James McGown, who has acquired a reputation for strange business dealings after a string of bankruptcies, bought P.J. Hanley’s in 2005, according to Crain’s, then declared bankruptcy in 2013. He opened Goldenrod in the same spot shortly thereafter. He and the landlord were involved in a legal dispute over unauthorized alterations and construction without a permit, said another story in Crain’s. Perhaps the landlord evicted McGown for breaking his lease, which ran through 2020, according to Crain’s.

Thanks to our tipster for the photo. Anyone know more? GMAP

McGown Coverage [Brownstoner]

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A coffee spot called Marcy and Myrtle opened early last month at 574 Marcy Avenue in Bed Stuy, according to a tipster who sent along these photos. Design and architecture firm Harbor Projects transformed the space, formerly a tire store, into a cozy coffee shop using salvaged wood, doors and sinks, and hand-painted concrete tile, according to a profile of the shop in Cool Hunting. 

“There hasn’t been anything like it in the immediate area for the nine-plus years that I’ve lived here,” said our tipster. “This cafe was really needed! I like grabbing a drink on the way to work.”

Beverages include iced chai latte. Click through to see shots of the interior. GMAP



Signage is up at Doughnut Plant‘s first Brooklyn location at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Bergen Street in Prospect Heights. The store, which said it planned to open in October, will replace Yummy Taco at 245 Flatbush in the triangular shaped island across from Hungry Ghost cafe. Thanks to Cara Greenberg of CasaCARA for the tip and photo. GMAP

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Workers are transforming a decrepit 870-square-foot garage at 1095 Bergen Street in Crown Heights into a neighborhood watering hole. From what we could see, the building appears to have been completely renovated, except for the cornice and the roof, and a new glass storefront has been installed.

While the bar doesn’t have a name yet, the owners are tentatively calling it “Bar Bertrand,” a combination of the street names Bergen and Nostrand, the closet cross street, DNAinfo reported back in May. The space will have 44 seats and a view of the Walt Shemal Community Garden next door on Dean Street. Owners Palmer Thompson-Moss and Dane Risch told the publication they want the bar to feel “casual, but elegant.”

Thompson-Moss is an architect who rebuilt a brownstone in the neighborhood, and Risch is a longtime bartender and manager who’s worked at Bubby’s in Tribeca and Botanica on East Houston, DNA said. The pair bought the building for $349,000 last year, according to public records.

Community Board 8 approved their liquor license in May, but the application is still pending with the state. Click through to see a closer photo. GMAP



Pratt will celebrate the official opening of its design incubator in the Pfizer Building in Bed Stuy with an invitation-only event Tuesday evening, a spokesperson told us. Located at 630 Flushing Avenue on the seventh floor of the former pharmaceutical factory, The Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator (BF+DA) has room for 30 startups and now houses 17 venture and research fellows, according to its website. Move-ins started some time ago, and Pratt held a ribbon cutting when it announced the center about a year ago.

The center is focused on fashion design and has a small sewing factory capable of producing one to 100 units of an item. There are also laser cutting machines, digital printers for textiles, and knitting machines, all of which are handy for quickly making samples and prototypes. There are also design and testing labs for new dyes, finishes and digital creation. A showroom and event space can be used for work, a lecture hall, performances or a fashion runway, according to the center’s website. 

Pfizer Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP


The noticeably sagging building on the corner of Berry and North 5th in Williamsburg that recently got a spruce up — and once housed storied bar The Ship’s Mast — is now a clothing store. Menswear boutique ID New York, which started at 232 Bedford, opened a second location at 107 North 5th Street a few months ago, a salesperson told us when we called. The new location carries women’s clothing as well as men’s.

Burg’s Sagging Wood Frame Building Fixed, Now Renting Retail Space [Brownstoner] GMAP