Mathnasium To Move Into Heights Kids Space

Neighborhood tiger moms and dads, rejoice! Mathnasium, a math tutoring center, will be moving into the empty space on Pineapple Walk that used to be home to Heights Kids. The recently-posted sign on the window says Mathnasium will be opening this spring.

The space has been empty since last July, when the neighborhood collectively grieved over the loss of Heights Kids. Ever since, parents have been forced to wander the toy desert for blocks and blocks to pick up that last-minute birthday party gift. Still, no oasis has been found anywhere to match the charm of Darek and those collectible Schleich figurines.

According to its website, Mathnasium is a franchise, like a McDonald’s serving up math, with more than 700 locations worldwide and an average of two more opening every week. Good luck to the new occupants and let’s hope another one doesn’t sprout up on Montague St.


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  • Jessie C.

    Pineapple Walk has so much potential. Every time I walk through it, I envision an enchanting pedestrian plaza with benches/chairs, greenery, and ambient lighting. It could be such a nice gem for the community. Now it’s a sad eyesore. What’s the best way to surface this idea and make it happen?

  • Reggie

    No calories or trans fat in math.

  • SongBirdNYC

    Pineapple Walk is co-owned by Whitman Owners Corp (75 Henry) and 101 Clark Street. The two boards would have to come to an agreement on what a potential project would be, how much it should cost and how much each entity would pay for it.

  • Jessie C.

    There goes my dream! :)

  • Eddyde

    Huh, the children of the privileged Heights parents need tutoring? That just doesn’t add up.

  • MaryT

    Count yourself lucky that 75 Henry didn’t sell their side of the walk to condo developers. The cooperators voted it down. And I disagree that it’s sad or an eyesore. It’s a slice of Brooklyn.

  • Jorale-man

    I think it’s dealt a difficult hand in that it’s bordered by the hulking 1960s building on one side that doesn’t have storefronts – just the back of the Gristedes. That said, I agree it could be spruced up.

  • Nathan Hale

    The boards are a reflection of what the active element of the population which first entered those buildings….all the types who ran out of East flatbush when that area “turned” during the 60’s….so what kind of wonderful “designs” do you think that element is capible of….

  • Cranberry Beret

    Exactly. It’s never going to be an “enchanting pedestrian plaza.” The whole 1960s concept is a failure of urban design. Robert Moses should’ve left that block of Pineapple Street on the map, and kept the organic storefronts instead of a mall. The big shame at the time was clearing out the so-called “slum” but the lasting legacy that we all suffer today is not the bulk/height of the Cadman towers (residential towers are the wave of the future, just ask our past and present mayors!) but the lack of street engagement. The elevated plaza, the monolithic walls, the lack of storefronts — the North Heights would be much better served by a regular street grid and normal storefronts, even with the towers.

  • MaryT

    Cadman leveled its bricks and seeded the planters, but 75 hasn’t – yet – because they have no entrance from the walk? There is a Cadman Towers storefront – the dentist – and an entrance for the Heights Casino annex. A coffee from Cranberry’s and a sit down on the pet shop’s bench is about as much traffic as I want there. And yes, there’s never much sunshine.

    BTW: Would you call St. George Towers hulking?

  • ws gilbert

    From the hicks Street side, it is.

  • Andrew Porter

    There was a movie house, the St. George Playhouse, on Pineapple there, which was leveled by Moses. This is what was lost. In the rear, you can see the tower on top of the St. George Hotel:

  • Andrew Porter

    Before Heights Kids, there was the Brooklyn Dojo, and before that, I believe, was a fabric art store.

  • AbeLincoln

    calm down Eddyde

  • Eddyde

    Um, it was a joke…

  • Cranberry Beret

    Andrew, that’s a great photo – where did you find it?

  • Andrew Porter

    Went there as kids. Saw some great movies back then. Shirley Maclaine personal appearance.
    Thanks for the memories.

  • Andrew Porter

    It’s not the back of the Gristede’s. If you look, you’ll realize that these were meant to be individual stores, with separate entrances. When Gristede’s moved in, it amalgamated all of them into the back of the frozen food section. There’s also a display case at the corner of Pineapple Walk and Henry Street, which was supposed to have a lighted display. No one uses it, alas.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    [raises hand meekly] there’s a dentist’s.

  • Cranberry Beret

    Awesome, thanks!

  • Cranberry Beret

    Thanks for sharing! What a loss to the ‘hood…

  • StudioBrooklyn

    In high school I dated a girl whose father was an anesthesiologist. They lived in a big house in the nice part of town. She and her sister both had math tutors, not because they needed it, but to advance them beyond the curriculum the school provided.

  • brooklynbull

    A lovely little building, and another great loss. Andrew, your photos are always wonderul — hopefully they can help us try to prevent other losses.