Brooklyn Life


Remember when we told you about Lucas Fine foods closing, but with the promise that Ample Hills Creamery, the ice cream sold there, would open a storefront in Prospect Heights this spring? From the Ample Hills Facebook page comes word that a lease was signed on a corner storefront at Vanderbilt Avenue and St. Marks Avenue. We’re guessing it’s the charming storefront at 623 Vanderbilt, which is pictured. As the Fork in the Road notes, “Together with the Blue Marble outpost on Underhill Avenue and the $9 gelato sold at Bklyn Larder, [this] may establish Prospect Heights as an unlikely artisanal ice cream vortex.” GMAP


Despite numerous protests against a pawn shop moving to the corner of Franklin and Park – and despite the pawn shop sign being taken down – it’s still set to open. I Love Franklin Avenue points out the kicker: the shop’s named Crow Hill Jewelry, after the very group that protested it. Ouch! Also, we have no idea what to think of the mural that’s gone up to promote the place. That is one lucky baby.
Crown Heights Pawn Sign Comes Down [Brownstoner]
Protests Against a Pawn Shop on Franklin [Brownstoner]


Less than six months after renovations began, Aeropostale, the casual apparel retailer with over 900 stores around the country, opened its new location on the Fulton Mall on Friday. The store is the company’s second-biggest in New York City after its Times Square one. We heard it was hopping over the weekend.
Aeropostale Build-Out Begins [Brownstoner] GMAP
Aeropostale Landing on Fulton Mall [Brownstoner]


Stuff Yourself Silly…A Variety Show With All The Fixins
Spend Thanksgiving Eve in Coney Island with a cornucopia of extraordinary talent.
Get your fill of unusual acts and death defying feats with some of New York’s most talented and outrageous variety performers. Come and enjoy this special event! Wednesday, November 24. Bar opens at 6:30 p.m. Event at 8 p.m. $13. 1208 Surf Avenue, Coney Island Museum.

Movie Night

Come and watch the film “Battle of Algiers” this Wednesday. This 1966 war film is based on the occurrences during the Algerian War (195462) against French colonial rule in North Africa, the most prominent being the Battle of Algiers. It was directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. Come and enjoy this screening! Wednesday, November 24. 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free. 93 St. Edwards Street, Brooklyn Public Library, Whitman Branch.

Chess Club Meeting
A few weeks ago the Brooklyn Public Library Carroll Gardens Branch, located on the corner of Clinton and Union Street, started a chess club. Every Wednesday night you can go get your chess on with National Chess Master, Manuel Ugarte. All are welcome! Wednesday, November 24. 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Free. 396 Clinton Street, Brooklyn Public Library, Carroll Gardens Branch.

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City Council Analyzes NY Food Industry [NY Times]
Unlearning to Tawk Like a New Yorker [NY Times]
Norris Church Mailer Dies in Home in Brooklyn Heights [NY Times]
Bicyclist Hits Brooklyn Bridge Kid [NY Post]
Solar Energy System Planned for Sunset Park Compound [NY Post]
Brooklyn Principal Bounced from School [NY Post]
Bed Bugs Writhe the D Line [NY Post]
Seed Money Needed for Kid’s Garden Project [NY Daily News]
Living Near a Transitional Home [NY Daily News]
A Brooklyn Panda Made for Punching [WSJ]
Just Like Real Thing, Almost No One Will Like AY Play [Observer]
Illegal Backyard Restaurants Close Down After Crackdown [Brooklyn Paper]
Cool New Kids Shop on Vanderbilt [Brooklyn Paper]
Jay-Z Brings it Back Home [Brooklyn Paper]
What’s Inside St. Ann’s Plan for Warehouse [Brooklyn Eagle]
Community Garden in Park Slope Creates Compost Initiative [Brooklyn Eagle]


This is the Brooklyn Flea’s last Saturday outside in Fort Greene before it moves to Skylight One Hanson for both Saturday and Sunday through March. As it looks like the weather will hold out through the weekend, it would be a mistake to miss the final day. Check out some scavenger hunt items here and good luck searching for them through the jewelry, clothing, vintage, antique and food vendors. Saturday the Flea’s at the Bishop Loughlin schoolyard and Sunday at Skylight One Hanson, across from the Target Center Mall. Map and directions: here.


As you may recall, there was a huge fire a week ago at the Associated Supermarket on 5th Avenue and 17th Street in the South Slope. Unfortunately the supermarket building was not the only one damaged by the fire. A brownstone on 17th Street was also rendered uninhabitable by the blaze, leaving the owners and their tenants without a place to live. It so happens that one of the owners is the woman who designed the original Brownstoner site way back in early 2005 and has continued to work on various Brownstoner-related projects over the years. She, her husband and three children now desperately need a place to live for the next few months somewhere in the South Slope area; they also are looking for a new space for their gallery which was displaced by the fire too. Their tenants also need a place–presumably a smaller one than the family. Please email handax AT gmail DOT com with any leads or suggestions.
Mr. B


From The Feed comes more details of the new bar at 925 Fulton Street that we’ve been watching closely since we broke the news of its impending arrival, Hanson Dry. Apparently it evokes a “mid-century lounge” and will serve classic drinks with some twists. And then the word from Eater is that the spot will open its doors this weekend. Exciting news… let us know if you go!
Hanson Dry Revealed [Brownstoner]
Hanson Dry Bar Coming Along [Brownstoner] GMAP
Bar Vets Opening New Spot on Fulton [Brownstoner]