Farewell Heights Veterinary Hospital

A few readers tipped us over the weekend to the fact that the Heights Veterinary Hospital at 59 Hicks Street has closed. A sign in the window refers pet patients to Dr. Greenberg at 85 Atlantic Avenue, 718-797-0070.

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  • Paul

    Everything is closing in this neighborhood. I need to get the hell out of here…

  • http://pistachiopony.com maria

    It’s the nature of living in this city. Things change. It can make you sad. I hope something/someone interesting uses the space and keeps its integrity.

  • Paul

    True but it seems its just the nature of Brooklyn Heights. Many other neighborhoods seem to have new things popping up but everything is closing around here.

  • Local

    We have things opening left and right. River Deli, Iris Cafe, the new Iris Cafe offshoot coming soon, the wine shop in 1 Brooklyn Bridge, Colonie, the new antique store next to the new Holler and Squall location, Hanco’s, Oh My Pasta, Dara Ettinger, Bevacco, the new MOMAesque store on Atlantic… Not to mention whatever goes in on the corner of Clinton and Joralemon and Clinton and Remsen.

  • X

    Dara E is moving out also

  • Andrew Porter

    Another location which will likely hit the real estate market, could be housing or retail or both.

  • Montague St. Neighbor

    One Love Animal Clinic on Atlantic and Hoyt is amazing…they opened a couple years ago and they are as good as it gets. They are wonderful people with a very caring, compassionate and affordable practice.

  • GHB

    I stopped going there when Dr. Norton left. So, not a single vet between Atlantic Avenue and DUMBO? You’d think the Heights would be a great place for a vet to set up a practice.

  • http://j lois

    I have heard good and bad about the “red door vet” but we found them both convenient and satisfactory However, since Dr. Norton left and Dr. Wasserman died, it was only a matter of time before they closed. According to PropertyShark.com the building is owned by B. Wasserman, so that probably is a factor in its closing. Another building on the market?

  • lori

    As far as recommendations for a new Vet, the recently-opened PetSmart on Atlantic Avenue near Boerum Place has a Veterinarian and full lab on premises. My daughter signed up for one of the several “wellness plans” they have and has been very satisfied with the service. Grooming services also available.

  • AnnOfOrange

    For vet care we go to Dr. Erin Dockery (Brooklyn Heights native and current resident) at Cobble Hill Animal Clinic, which my dog would highly recommend if he could speak human. CHAC makes appointments, a big plus. Also, I have heard great reviews of the care provided by Dr. Sara Neuman and associates at Vinegar Hill Veterinary at 57 Front Street. While this practice is technically in DUMBO, it is really only a very short walk, drive or car service ride from BH. Also for urgent and after hours care, Brooklyn Vet Emergency and Referral Group at 318 Warren Street provides excellent, thorough and compassionate, although expensive, care.

  • Curmudgeon

    Sad to see it go. I have used them for decades.

    There is something about the fact that many businesses the Heights are closing. The Heights does not seem to be the place for new and interesting places to open. (No more Italian restaurants, please!) Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Dumbo, etc. all have many interesting shops and restaurants, but not the Heights. I seem to remember some years back, that the Brooklyn Heights Association was keen to promote “clean tenants” that did not produce much refuse and so Montague Street became loaded with real estates and soul-less chain stores. No book stores, no bakeries, no butcher shops – no real neighborhood stores. A real pity and it helps to make the Heights a very dull area in comparison to the surrounding neighborhoods.

  • Local

    We continued to use Dr. Norton since she left. She comes right to your home and only charges $60 a visit. We can’t recommend her highly enough.

  • EHinBH

    A used book store in the Vet space would be awsome. with no library worthy of stepping into, a place to browse would be welcomed. Let’s hope they keep the rent cheap to attact interesting people…

  • epc

    Quite pleased with Vinegar Hill Animal Clinic (which is not at all in VH, it’s on Front between York and Main).

  • Luke C

    Many thanks to Dr. Turow for many great years of care. I hope his next ventures are successful and bring as much relief to animals and their minders.

  • cw

    Dr Norton now does house calls, which great, at a very reasonable price. Her number is 347-443-0203. I think she is the best.

  • Hicks on hicks

    We have been with Dr. Norton for seven years. She takes great care of Pepper and Ginger, makes house calls and is reasonably priced. We agree with CW and Local, the time to lament for 59 Hicks is when Dr. Norton stopped practicing there. This closure is now a non-event.

  • GHB

    cw, agreed. Been using her since she struck out on her own.

  • Gerry

    I take my dog to the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington it is worth the trip.

  • Wrennie

    @Local–Iris Cafe offshoot? Did I miss something? I heart them.

  • Claiborne Ray

    I always loved Dr. Wasserman and wished he had vetted people as well as animals. He retired so many years ago……. Glad he had a long, presumably happy retirement.

  • Claiborne Ray

    And thanks for the tip on house calls, though I love the vets at One Love Animal Clinic on Atlantic. I followed one there from Hope, which I also loved, but it was more expensive.

  • Matthew Parker

    +1 for Vinegar Hill Vet and especially Dr. Sara Neuman, who is now on maternity leave. But the other vets and vet techs are amazing. Used to go to Hope and Cobble Hill, but like Vinegar Hill better.

  • Master Of Middagh

    @EHinBH- The problem with your used bookstore notion (although I would love to have one) is that you want to “browse” not “purchase”. How is it supposed to stay open? When I first moved here, there already WAS a used bookstore right on the corner of Middagh & Hicks, where the design boutique is now. I’m all for books, but let’s resolve not to use our bookstores like they were lending libraries, or worse, Barnes & Nobles with dummies clogging the aisles so I can’t shop and destroying books they don’t want to buy…

  • persimmon

    As far as vet recommendations go, the Vinegar Hill Clinic is very expensive, if that is an issue for anyone. I will miss the Heights Vet Clinic (Dr. Turoff) as he took great care of my pets for a long time.

  • Hicks St Guy

    @EHinBH, I concur with the Master, second hand bookshops can only operate where rents are cheap and people buy books, not happening in BH. The Heights is evolving into a bedroom community and not a destination. Perhaps that was always the case.

  • Tony

    That’s one of the oldest buildings in the neighborhood—1820, I believe. Let’s hope the building gets a nice makeover.

  • Heightsguy

    Vinegar Hill is good, but very expensive, even for a routine shot. It’s like going to a specialist for human ills on Park Avenue.

    I highly recommend VERG emergency on Warren. Had several great experiences there.

  • David on Middagh

    MoM, Biblo books on the corner of Middagh & Hicks closed because the owners died. It was open only on weekends, anyway, and had very slow turnover. Heights Books left Montague Street because their building was being sold. They moved out of the neighborhood because Heights rent is too high for a used bookstore.