Brooklyn Life


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Today the Museum of the City of New York uploaded lots and lots of historical photos of New York City to its website. Other blogs have started combing through this stellar collection, and we did the best we could searching through the 1,421 (!) shots of old-time Brooklyn. We couldn’t pick just one, so here are ten favorites.
MCNY Photography Collection: Brooklyn [MCNY]


Big news in the Flea department…As Daily Intel reported (and Curbed echoed) this morning, the Brooklyn Flea will be setting up camp in Williamsburg on Sundays when its outdoor season begins in April. While The Flea will continue to be held as usual in its flagship Fort Greene location on Saturdays, on Sundays it will move to a similarly-sized, 40,000-square-foot plot on the East River between North 6th and North 7th Streets. The plot is the future home of the third tower in the Edge complex; rather than leave it empty for the next few years, the developer, Douglaston Development, wanted to landscape and activate the site. The timing was perfect for The Flea, which needed a larger location for the outdoor season. We also will be programming the Edge site on Saturdays in ways that are related to The Flea’s existing areas of interest but that won’t compete directly against the Saturday operation in Fort Greene.


When we last checked in with 59 Orient Avenue, the freestanding house (and former squat) had already been hacked half-to-death and was back on the market for $1,389,000. The Williamsburg property ended up selling for $1,090,000 back in July to someone without preservation on his mind. (5,000 square feet of unbuilt FAR has a way of doing that to people.) Full demolition began last week and, according to the photo that New York Shitty snapped yesterday, didn’t last long. What a loss.
East Williamsburg Photos Du Jour: Goodbye [NY Shitty]
59 Orient, Half-Butchered, Is Back on the Block [Brownstoner]
Another One Bites the Dust? [Brownstoner] GMAP P*Shark
House of the Day: Endangered on Orient Avenue [Brownstoner]


A bunch of news outlets covered the groundbreaking at the new skating rink in Prospect Park, which will replace the old Wollman Rink. $54 million of the total $70 million needed has been raised for the project, which includes a LEED-certified green building, two outdoor skating rinks, and the restoration of the original landscape design. Five acres will also be added to the lake as well as three adjacent acres of park land. This is scaled back from last year’s plan, which included “rooftop recreation.” Despite that, and despite the shortage of funds, those involved feel confident the plans will pull through. Says Prospect Park Alliance spokesman Eugene Patron, “We’re confident that the rest of the money will be coming in. We have great momentum here.
Long Awaited Groundbreaking Held for Lakeside [Brooklyn Eagle]
Pols Hail New Prospect Park Skating Rink [Brooklyn Paper]


Chancellor To Be Tours Brooklyn Prep School [NY1]
Other Names for the Brooklyn New Yorkers [Observer]
City Mulls Raising Park and Recreation Fee [Brooklyn Paper]
Kent Ave Workers Get Job Back, Though No Union [Brooklyn Paper]
Liquor Store Moves from Moonshine to Bourbon [Brooklyn Paper]
DOT Revamps Truck Deliveries on Church Ave. [Brooklyn Eagle]
ESDC Meets Tonight to Discuss AY Case [AY Report]
Why Landlords Get Away With Housing Violations [Brooklyn Ink]
Falling Debris Into Greenpoint Playground [NY Shitty]


The Wall Street Journal, which seems to take a particular interest in profiling Brooklyn neighborhoods, turned its eyes towards Gowanus today. “Once a shadowy dead zone stacked with rusting warehouses along deserted streets, the blocks that surround the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn… have become the city’s unlikeliest cultural hot spot,” says the article. Bars and event spaces are opening mere blocks from the canal, even attracting visitors from Manhattan. (Not mentioned in the article: the purple-themed nightclub on 3rd Ave., pictured.) Because while the Superfunded Gowanus Canal has stalled development, it’s opened up a window for artists and arts entrepreneurs to move in cheap. But who knows what happens after the Whole Foods comes…
Superfund Site Morphs into Cultural Hot Spot [WSJ]


The other day we told you about a coffee shop in the very early phases of construction on 5th Avenue and 3rd Street, very near to Cafe Martin. And now a tipster tells us another coffee shop, specifically a Swedish cafe, has just opened at 186 5th Avenue, between Berkeley and Lincoln. (This is just a block away from the newcomer Venticinque.) Here’s Park Slope has all the details. As our tipster says, “The number of coffee shops in Park Slope seems to have doubled in the last couple years.” Well, Park Slope is known for its breeding! GMAP


Photo by Jackie Neale Chadwick for Dram.

New Food Menus at Dram and Blue Bottle
Dram owner Tom Chadwick told Grub Street that his cocktail bar will be launching a small plates menu in January — “just interesting bites that you can have with your drink.” Plus, T Magazine says that Blue Bottle is now serving pastries, such as absinthe biscotti, Brooklyn Brewery stout cake, and “a s’more comprised of a homemade honey-scented graham cracker, dark-chocolate ganache and a moonshine-tinged marshmallow.”

A New and Noteworthy Burger
Williasmburg’s Fatty ‘Cue has added a burger to its late-night, lunch, and brunch menus, and according to Grub Street, it involves “a house blend with smoked coriander bacon, smoked Cheddar, lettuce, green tomato, red onion, pickle, aïoli, and chile jam.” We’ll settle for a no-frills Dram Shop burger any day, but as far as fancy burgers go, this one sounds pretty delicious.

Brooklyn’s Best Mexican Breakfast?
Chowhounds are buzzing about the best spots for authentic chilaquiles or huevos rancheros in Park Slope, Sunset Park, or elsewhere. So far, suggestions include Lopez Bakery (on 5th Avenue and 18th Street), Ricos Tacos/Piaxtla es Mexico (51st Street near 5th Avenue), Tulcingo Deli (5th Avenue at 55th), Los Tres Portillos (4th Avenue and 39th), and Nuevo Mexico (on 5th between 11th and 12th). Any other recommendations?

After the jump: Holiday pies on pre-order, and a thumbs up for Lady Jay’s…