The news I had feared and knew inevitable came with this Eagle story confirming that the owner of Friend of a Farmer, the restaurant that is moving into the space at 76 Montague formerly occupied by Design Within Reach, will remove the antique anchor (photo) that has been displayed in front of the building since the days when it was occupied by a ship brokerage, to make way for outdoor seating. Four crossings of the Atlantic by sea in my childhood made me a lover of all things maritime, and that anchor has been my friend since I moved to the Heights in 1983. Living as I do at the foot of Montague, I’ve walked past it almost every day that I’ve been here.
I would love to see it remain in the Heights rather than sent off to some distant spot like the Navy Yard. My notion of an ideal place is at the center of the circle at the south end of the Promenade, near the foot of Remsen Street. It would then “anchor” the south end, just as the armillary globe anchors the north end. This would require the cooperation of the City’s Parks Department, but perhaps with the assistance of the Brooklyn Heights Association and other community voices, we could make it happen.