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The couple behind Senegalese spot Cafe Rue Dix last week opened a clothing and housewares boutique with an unusual contemporary interior next door at 1453 Bedford Avenue in Crown Heights. Marché Rue Dix sells a variety of vintage items, including clothing, shoes, ceramics and jewelry.

It also offers new accessories and textiles designed by Crown Heights locals, such as jewelry designer Lisa Levine, candles, coffee and tea. Husband and wife Lamine Diagne and Nilea Alexander hope to sell their restaurant’s signature Senagalese hot sauce in the future.

The space, located between Park and Sterling, is open from 11 am to 9 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Click through to see the interior. GMAP


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The rents in Crown Heights seem to get crazier every day, so we guess we shouldn’t be surprised to see a nice studio asking $1,700 a month east of Nostrand Avenue. The apartment in a 19th century building is newly renovated with stainless steel appliances and Caesarstone countertop. The decorative fireplace has a sweet mirrored mantel with elaborate wooden details, and there is a vintage tub that appears to date from the early 20th century. Utilities are included too. Do you think it’ll fly for this price?

1261 Dean Street [Rutenberg] GMAP


It’s less than two weeks until Christmas, and holiday markets are popping up all over Brooklyn. Besides the Brooklyn Flea at 1000 Dean Street, there are local craft markets happening in neighborhoods from Windsor Terrace to Greenpoint. Here’s an incomplete list of where you can find some interesting handmade items:

Holiday Crafts Fair and Christmas Tree Sale at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, 3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Windsor Terrace, Saturday, December 13, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Record Sale and Craft Fair at Bossa Nova Civic Club, 1271 Myrtle Avenue, Bushwick, Saturday, December 13, 5 pm to 10 pm
Pop2 Brooklyn Holiday Market at 200 Livingston Street, Downtown Brooklyn, Saturday, December 13, 4 pm to 10 pm and Sunday, December 14, noon to 8 pm
Brooklyn Pop-up Holiday Market at Bat Haus, 279 Starr Street, Bushwick, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas, Fridays 8 pm to 12 am, Saturdays and Sundays noon to 6 pm
Hand Makers Holiday Market at Golden Drum, 97 Green Street, #G1, Greenpoint, Sunday, December 14, 1 pm to 8 pm
Proteus Gowanus Holiday Fair at Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union Street, Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14, 12 pm to 6 pm
Arts East New York Holiday Market at 170 New Lots Avenue, Saturdays and Sundays, December 13, 14, 20 and 21, 11 am to 7 pm
Brooklyn-Made Holiday Pop-up Market at Times Plaza at 4th, Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues (across from the Barclays Center), Saturday and Sunday, December 20 and 21, noon to 8 pm

Image via Downtown Brooklyn Partnership 

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The owner of Crosby Coffee in Crown Heights is starting a doughnut shop nearby at 1031 Bergen Street, where he plans to serve up twists on classic flavors and even a savory doughnut or two, starting in January. Dubbed Elsie’s, the tiny storefront will offer eight to 10 types of doughnuts, pastries, breakfast sandwiches on savory doughnuts, coffee and juices.

Owner Jeremy Mustakas has spent months developing recipes in a commercial kitchen in Queens, and has come up with “playful variations on classic breakfast,” in his words, such as pistachio-vanilla scones and a jelly doughnut filled with fig jam and glazed with ricotta, honey and almonds. There will also be a rosemary doughnut and gluten-free cake doughnuts made with rice flour. Flavors may rotate depending on the season.

When we asked how they’d compare to local favorite Dough, Mustakas explained that his doughnuts would be “a little more recipe-based, and in terms of taste, they are pastry: crispy on the outside, light, fluffy and airy.”

Elsie’s is named after Mustakas’ late grandmother, a native of Naples who loved all things sweet, including zeppoles (aka Italian doughnuts).

Located between Rogers and Nostrand, the shop plans to be open from 7 am to 3 or 4 pm and will offer only window service and delivery. The coffee will come from Plowshares, a roaster based in Hillburn, N.Y., and the dairy from Hudson Valley Creamery. GMAP

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The Municipal Arts Society is hosting a walking tour of churches in Cobble Hill this weekend, exploring existing houses of worship, converted ones and even ones that were demolished. Local historian Mary Ann DiNapoli will lead the walk through Cobble Hill’s historic district.

Pictured above is the Christ Church and Holy Family Episcopal Church at 326 Clinton Street. The tour will take place Saturday at 11 am, and tickets cost $20 or $15 for MAS members.

And at 2 pm on Saturday, our Montrose Morris columnist Suzanne Spellen and preservationist Morgan Munsey are leading a tour of Crown Heights North. Tickets are also $20, and can be purchased here.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

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A coffee shop is in the works for the corner of St. Johns Place and Rogers Avenue, right next to the B44 SBS stop. We’ve seen workers renovating the interiors and installing a storefront, and they told us the spot would be a coffee shop. Anyone have any more information?

The building’s main address is 764 St. Johns Place, also known as 167 Rogers Avenue. Above, the Rogers Avenue entrance. Click through to see the St. Johns Place side. GMAP


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Brookland Capital’s latest condo development, Bergen House at 954 Bergen Street in Crown Heights, has launched sales. Prices start at $355,000 for a 407-square-foot studio and go up to $459,000 for a 617-square-foot one-bedroom.

No two-bedrooms have been listed yet, although we found some floor plans for the larger units. The 36-unit, six-story building was designed by Brookland Capital favorite Issac and Stern. Construction began earlier this year.

Interiors feature white oak floors, bright red kitchen cabinets, black granite countertops, glass subway-tile backsplashes and stainless steel appliances. The design choices are definitely bold. What do you think of the look and the pricing? Click through to see more interiors and floor plans.

954 Bergen Street Listings [Aptsandlofts.com] GMAP
The Bergen House [The Bergen House]
954 Bergen Street Coverage [Brownstoner]
Renderings via Aptsandlofts.com


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Here’s a spacious three-bedroom, two-bath pad in Crown Heights, near the Prospect Heights border. The 1,500-square-foot apartment has an updated kitchen with a dishwasher and plenty of cabinets. The living area seems nicely sized, but the bedrooms look a little small. What are your thoughts on it for $3,100 a month — or $3,400 including a washer and dryer?

785 Dean Street, #3 [Keller Williams] GMAP

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Brooklyn neighborhoods are getting into the holiday spirit this weekend and next weekend with Christmas tree lightings in Crown Heights, Bed Stuy and Fort Greene. The first tree lighting will happen Saturday at 5:30 pm at Restoration Plaza, located at 1368 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy. Attendees can enjoy hot beverages, live jazz, sweets and a dance performance. On Sunday, Fort Greene will welcome the holidays with a tree lighting at 4 pm in Fort Greene Park, where there will be music, hot chocolate and snacks. And Crown Heights will host its holiday festivities in Brower Park next week. The tree lighting will take place on Wednesday, December 17 from 6 to 7 pm.

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The owner of Clinton Hill’s Hanson Dry, Chris Buckley, is creating a 1950s-style cocktail bar, Branch Ofc, at 225 Rogers Avenue in Crown Heights. Buckley and his wife Kathryn are in the process of building out the space, which will include a backyard. They said they hope to open this month.

The theme will be “diner meets cocktail lounge,” according to a press release, and the interior will feature green-and-rose-colored vinyl flooring, chrome fixtures, steel chairs, a pinball machine and antique cash registers. The 75-seat bar will serve signature cocktails ($11), five draft beers ($7), four types of paninis and snacks such as chips, pickles and cookies.

They’ll be open from 3 pm to 3 or 4 am seven days a week. The backyard will close at 10:45 pm on weekdays and 11:45 pm on weekends.

The state approved the bar’s liquor license last month. We’re glad to see more businesses opening south of Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights, especially on Rogers. GMAP

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This newly renovated four-bedroom apartment in eastern Crown Heights is affordable and perfect for roommates. The kitchen has new stainless steel appliances and a dishwasher, and there are two new bathrooms. The building has a laundry room, and it’s only three blocks from the 3/4/5 at Utica Avenue.

The net effective rent is $2,636, but you’ll actually be writing checks for $2,855 a month. That works out to $713 a bedroom, which is cheap even for Crown Heights.

We don’t get much sense of the layout from the listing, but HPD shows the building is probably rent stabilized. What are your thoughts on the apartment?

1297 St. Johns Place [Aptsandlofts] GMAP

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A long-vacant prewar apartment building at 555 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights has been renovated and is now leasing apartments starting at $2,500, as Brooklynian was the first to note. Known as “The Francis,” the four-story building has been empty since at least 2010, when Nostrand Park blog asked “Where did all the people go?”

The 10-unit limestone has three listings up so far: two one-bedrooms asking $2,500 and $2,650, and a two-bedroom asking $2,700. The listings don’t have photos, but apartments have Cambria quartz countertops, central A/C, solid oak floors and stainless steel appliances. The rents are pricey for this part of Crown Heights, but we’re sure they’ll rent for close to asking if the renovations are nice.

555 Eastern Parkway Listings [StreetEasy]
Photo by Google Maps