Party on Montague This Weekend

Courtesy Montague Street BID

Summer Space is back just in time before the fall. Montague St. between Clinton and Hicks will be closed to cars, making room for “outdoor seating, expanded cafés, and great free performances and activities that celebrate Montague Street’s local merchants and the Brooklyn Heights’ community.”

Crumbs Bake Shop, Eamonn’s, Armando’s, Subway, Café Buon Gusto will offer free noshes at 1, 3, and 5 p.m. City Chemist, M.A.C. Cosmetics and Ricky’s will offer beauty activities, makeovers and free samples. Design Within Reach, J. McLaughlin, St. Mark’s Comics and others will hold sidewalk sales. Yoga People will hold yoga demonstrations at 1 p.m., and a range of other merchants will offer promotions and give-aways throughout the day.

The event will also feature ballet and opera for a little culture. Summer Space lasts from 9-6 on Sunday the 12th and 11-6 the following Sunday. For more information visit

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  • Monty

    I say they should cobblestone the whole street and shut it off to car traffic all year. New York should have at least a dozen cozy pedestrian malls like Third Street in Santa Monica or Rue Prince Arthur in Montreal.

  • Arch Stanton

    That’s one of the most idiotic suggestions I’ve ever heard…. Montague street has lots of residences, how would people who live here load/unload their vehicles? Streets that are turned into pedestrian malls are all commercial.

  • ratNYC

    I agree with Arch.

  • Jorale-man

    Tell us how you really feel, Arch. Sheesh…
    I do think there needs to be a grand master plan for the street. It’s been discussed here time and again that Montague is a chronic underachiever as NYC streets go. If we’re stuck with the stores we have there, a beautification plan would be the next best thing: repaving the sidewalks, cleaning up some of the more scruffy storefronts, encouraging more uniform signage, etc. Maybe this Summer Space can at least be a platform to raise such concerns.

  • x

    the rent is too high for any interesting stores to come, besides major chains, pharmacies, banks, restaurants and salons.

  • Monty

    I reckon 90% of Montague St residents don’t own cars in the first place. And for those who do can pay their butlers to carry their hat boxes from the nearest corner.

  • michele

    Yes the rents are too high for anything interesting to come again. I don’t think Montague Street will ever be what it was 20, 30 and so years ago but in the very least some beautification would be a welcome improvement. More benches like the one in front of Connecticut Muffin would be very nice on areas where the sidewalks are wider. They could be placed nearer to the curb side of the sidewalk so access to store fronts are not blocked.

  • Arch Stanton

    @ Monty, 90% Where did you get that number from, a box of cornflakes? I live on Montague, own a car and I don’t have a butler…
    The fact that the whole “Summer Space” thing went over like a turd in a punchbowl is proof enough it’s a lame-brained idea to make it permanent.

    What a waste of perfectly good parking spaces.

  • bornhere

    I’m thinking that Monty is going for the humor, here (unless Sherpas to schlep the Key Food, Garden of Eden, Lassen, random restaurant, UPS Store, clothing store, etc, deliveries/pick-ups are somewhere mixed in with the butlers)….

  • Remsen

    I guess if there will never be a fish store, wine bar, bar, etc on Montague, perhaps a stimulus would help in the form of a refresh…new side walks, benches, etc…. The daphodiles were nice, but….