Brooklyn Life

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Back in 2008, we got word that a florist was planning to open up at 73 Front Street in Dumbo. That never happened (luckily for us because we ended up using the location for the winter location of the Brooklyn Flea that year) but Dumbo’s dream of having a full-fledged flower store is now going to come true after all. Gramercy Flowers is coming to 32 Adams Street, on the backside of 55 Washington. The Manhattan-based biz is taking 2,500 square feet of retail space along with another 1,350 square feet of office space in the building. Excited? GMAP

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Snow Day for New York City’s Schoolchildren [City Room]
Morning Commute Outlook: Poor [City Room]
A Reservist in a New War, Against Foreclosure [NY Times]
Minorities Disproportionately Affected by Foreclosure Crisis [Daily News]
RealtyTrac: NYC Foreclosure Activity Down 5% from ’09 [TRD]
$1 Billion in HUD Funding Delayed to Spring [TRD]
Google Maps to Retire Real Estate Feature [TRD]
25,000 Ping Pong Balls Line a G-Point Apt [NY Observer]
Markowitz’s Passion for Food Now on Tumblr! [NY Post]
Brooklyn School Receives Preservation Award [Eagle]
Work Begins at Williamsburg Landmark [Curbed]
Dow Breaks Through 12,000 [Crain’s]
Photo by J. Yung from the Brownstoner Flickr Group.

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A tipster told us that something is finally moving into the Super Savers in Park Slope at 7th Avenue and Union. He says that Area Kids, which is also on 7th, will be “leap-frogging, as it were, over the San Toy Laundry, from its present location.” Here’s Park Slope has a few more details, explaining that the move will give the Area Kids much more space than its previous digs. The store is expected to open after a few months of renovation. GMAP

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A Look Inside Dean Street
A few weeks back, we mentioned that former Spotted Pig chef Nate Smith was preparing to open a place called Dean Street in the old Tavern on Dean spot at Underhill. The new spot is open now and Yelper Noel R. says, “It’s strange because it’s almost as if the locals from the old Tavern on Dean spot have simply reclaimed their seats at the bar and continued their conversations from where they left off. This isn’t a bad thing since Dean Street already feels at home with a lively and fun crowd keeping the bar busy.” You can check out more photos of the space at Eater, and we’ve got a shot of the menu after the jump.

3 More Openings
“Alberto Avalle, who was one of the founders of the revolutionary Il Buco 16 years ago, will open a bakery, restaurant, and specialty foods complex, Pan Y Rosas, on Kent Avenue in April,” the Brooklyn Paper reports… Good news for fans of the Brooklyn Star: “The sweet tea will flow again at Joaquin Baca’s Southern-inflected eatery when it reopens on Feb 2. This expansive reincarnation—the original space was shuttered following a fire and reopened as Best Pizza—is nearly four times the size of the original, but the menu of hearty comfort food remains the same,” says The Feed… And according to their website, Mable’s Smokehouse (44 Berry Street at North 11th Street, Williamsburg) opened last night. “Barbecue has lots of company in Williamsburg, but this place cues the Midwest and South,” writes Florence Fabricant for the New York Times.

Marty Eats!
Everybody’s talking about the simply titled tumblr Marty Markowitz Eating, which consists of photos of our borough prez with food. Just keeping you in the loop, folks.

After the jump: Dean Street’s menu, Di Fara’s new look, and El Nuevo Portal vs. El Cibao…

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“New Yorkers are slated to get free wifi in 32 public parks next year, but it will come with a pricetag. Park users will get three 10 minute sessions per month, and after that pay 99 cents a day. The money goes to Time Warner and Cablevision, who agreed to provide the wifi as part of the city agreeing to renew their cable-tv franchises for 10 years. …The NYC Council will be holding a hearing on the topic this morning…”The Consumerist

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According to the Daily News, some Bedford-Stuyvesant residents are once again protesting an expansion of the homeless shelter at the Sumner Armory on Marcus Garvey Boulevard and Putnam. The move would result in the shelter having 400 beds. While the city says it has brought in contractors to subdivide the shelter space so it can hold double its current capacity, 200, “for temporary emergency housing, particularly during the winter months,” angered residents see the move as placing a disproportionate burden on the neighborhood to house the homeless. One person interviewed by the Daily News had the following to say: “They need to create new shelters in different areas. Why bring more into our community?” Meanwhile, a homeless advocate says the expansion is illegal since there are “lawsuits and local ordinances that limit the number of beds in a shelter to 200.”
Planned Expansion of Bedford-Stuyvesant Homeless Shelter Angers Local Residents [Daily News] GMAP