What are your 2009 predictions for Brooklyn Heights, America and the World?
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The five (!) vacant stores south of Cranberry on Henry will be occupied by:
An eyeglass shop An animal boutique A spa for neonates Ooops: the other two will remain vacant.
I also predict:
Gristedes will start selling Bounty paper towels for $6.50 per roll. On sale.
How’m I doin’?
1) The Dock Street project gets blocked by the full CB, Markowitz (who in the past has shown spine against DUMBO buildings that would impact the Brooklyn Bridge), and the City Council heeding Councilman Yassky’s opposition to the project as currently configured, thereby rejecting Two Trees’ bid to permanently diminish the Brooklyn Bridge.
2) The Two Trees model will continue to be displayed at the Brooklyn Eagle building long after the zoning change gets rejected.
3) A decent and long lived restaurant will materialize where the defunct Wine Bar stands.
4) Obama stimulus package will expedite creation of the Brooklyn Bridge Park due to it’s “shovel in the ground” readiness.
5) Homer announces his candidacy for Heights dog catcher. ;-)
6) Brooklyn Heights remains staid, boring, and unhip, just the way we like it.
Brooklyn Heights will start to excercise regularly and vigorously for about 2 months, and shed at least 15 pounds, before reverting to its previous diet and excerise regimen, gaining all the weight back and then some.
I too think the new Wine Bar on the corner of Cranberry and Henry will be a tremendous success. We all know that Mark has “street cred” with repsect to food and Jim from Cranberries is a very knowledgeable guy who knows the Heights better than anyone. The fact they are initially putting an emphasis on food at decent prices is a big plus. Their liquor license will be approved during the spring.
20 Henry will really improve the northern part of the heights an add some condo elegance to Henry and Poplar. Also the reconstruction of the old laundromat on the corner of Cranberry and Hicks is looking very good. If Orange street construction gets its act together a fantastic will almost be perfect.
The vacant stores on Henry (Blue Pig,Oven,etc) hopefully will be the final piece to Nirvana. Love this area of the heights.
Karl, are you saying that a laundromat is going to move into the space that. most recently, we’ve been told will be residential?
If so, and having just schlepped 300 pounds of dirty-clean laundry to and back from the laundromat on Montague from my near-Middagh apartment–well, be still my heart!
No, AEB. Sadly not. I have seen into the space one day when the workmen had the plywood off the front entry and i can say it is a very nicely appointed residential interior in there. But maybe it’ll be a super nice bougy laundromat, eh? we can always hope!
I’ve always wanted to own a laundromat.
I want all my laundromats to be as bougey as possible, my2. Just have no use for those boutique-y versions.
You know, the ones that offer amuse-bouche while your clothes revolve…
I am still looking for my crystal ball, but in the meantime I must say, strange dream as it may be, I relate to wanting to own a laundromat.
My prediction for 2009:
Sorry to be a pessimist, but I think the economy will continue to falter, with negative ramifications for the Heights, city & country. Speaking of negative ramifications, over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed individual beat cops on side streets where I usually didn’t see them before. When I told this to a cop I know, he said they usually do that when there’s been increase in the number of criminal incidents reported in an area. In other words, he said your neighborhood is now a bigger “target” than it was before.
I’ve always wanted to own a laundromat too. I hear it is a great way to launder money…
OK, you laundro-wannabes: rock out with this 1964 hit.