The couple who single-handedly revived the corner of Hicks and Cranberry Streets, when they opened Jack the Horse Tavern, were among those honored for "community building and architectural excellence" at the Brooklyn Heights Association's Annual Meeting on Wednesday (2/28) at Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims.
Tim Oltmans and Micki Schubert opened JtH last year, transforming a space that had previously been the site of many stores into a friendly, neighborhood restaurant. Presenter and BHA governor/WNET anchor Tom Stewart handed out the awards, making sure to mention the architectural accomplishments of each honoree in exquisite detail. The owners of 122 Joralemon, 74 Hicks Street and 25 Grace Court were also feted for their notable renovations. Seth Phillips and Olivia Ellis who are credited with driving the revival of P.S. 8 were also honored.
In other P.S. 8 news mentioned at the meeting, the school's magnet charter expires in 2008 and will need to be renewed. The P.S. 8 PTA will be holding a silent auction to support the school's new tradition of excellence on March 14 at Barge Music.
Other mentions of note: The BHA will host a screening of the film "Brooklyn Matters" on March 22 at St. Francis College. The BHA supports making DUMBO a Landmark District. BHA membership is now at 1150 households. Montague Street businesses need to be more diverse and the BHA is working on it. A survey was handed out regarding Permit Parking in Brooklyn Heights. BHA Board of Governors was re-elected.
Guest speaker NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn gave an energetic 40 minute speech and answered audience questions ranging from lighting outside of the Hicks Street subway station to "why are those delivery people on bikes so crazy" with amazing knowledge and detail of each subject. When asked if New York was "ready" for a woman mayor, Quinn pointed to the fact that it shouldn't be an issue citing that in her rise to Speaker the fact that she was an openly gay woman was never a factor.
Photo: Jack the Horse website