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  • Andrew Porter

    Courtesy the Municipal Archives, here’s what Vineapple looked like in 1940. The metal brackets that held the original sign can still be seen on the building:

  • Teresa

    As of a couple of days ago, Tazza on Clark appears to be no more.

  • Bornhere

    In the 1950s, it became “Ricky’s,” a bar, that made pretty dandy pizza.

  • Andrew Porter

    OMG! Was out shopping, suddenly the winds picked up. Got home, a few minutes later was watching The Weather Channel, and it showed a view from the St. George Tower—totally white. Looked out the window, couldn’t see across the street, heard the wind howling.

    I’m not going out the next few days!

  • lois

    opposum citing yesterday and today – walking along the wall behind the garden of One Pierrepont Street. Yesterday, it snuck through the fence into the garden of 148 Willow Street. Today, it walked along the wall past the gardens of 146, 144, etc.

  • Allie

    Hello Neighbors,
    Once again I am asking for guidance and recommendations. I would like to buy a gold baby bracelet and have a name engraved on it. Do you have any suggestions? Either in our neighborhood or nearby? Any place in Manhattan too? This is something new for me and I don’t know what a reasonable cost would be.
    Thanks for your ongoing help!

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Allie, I’m an oil painter who lives in the neighborhood. I want to very respectfully urge you to consider as an alternative, commissioning a painting of this baby instead. It will mean a lot more not only to baby’s parents but also to baby when s/he grows up, because it will be something that can be actively appreciated every day instead of tucked away in a box. I can recommend some local artists who will do a great job and work with your budget.

  • lien49

    An opossum was cited for walking along someone’s wall? Who would care? I sure hope it was let off with just a warning, and no fine.

    I bet it was one of the celebrity newbies who called in the report.

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  • Hank Street

    Well that’s better then another pet store. Is there a Dr. in the house?

  • Diesel

    Why do you think we have too many “pet” stores?

  • KXrVrii1

    And, not that it directly relates to your question, but StudioBrooklyn’s oil paintings are pretty amazing (although I’ve only seen online pictures), so his referrals are no doubt solid as well…

  • lois

    Cats and dogs: okay, but raccoons and ‘possums belong in the country, not in the city and I am not one of the celebrity newbies – I am a celebrity oldie.

  • CHatter

    Certainly better than another pharmacy anyway (I think it’s replacing a Duane Reade, so progress of a sort)

  • meschwar

    I don’t think the Duane Reade is closing. Plus, DR has an upstairs, and the article says ground floor and basement. Maybe the former office supply store space, which was also 44 Court St.

  • DIBS

    Sociale is closing and moving to 320 Court St., a much larger space. They will be open until the end of the month. Big loss for BH.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I never became one but I understand they built a very loyal following of locals.

  • Bornhere

    Area Kids has closed. I was in there only once, just before Christmas this year, spent a fair amount of money, and was happy to leave. I guess I understood the “no bags” policy, but the “no receipt” thing seemed a bit extra. The bad news is the loss of a needed neighborhood business; the good news is that the space is too small for a phones/real estate/mattresses….

  • DIBS

    Well, they served the only proper spaghetti carbonara in all of Brooklyn!!! Food is great.

  • Banet

    Yep. Court Street Office Supplies.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Oh now you tell me! That’s one of my fav dishes.

  • Arch Stanton

    The spaghetti carbonara was discussed here ad nauseam, a few years ago.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Come to think of it, I do remember that. Back when I was getting my fix at Armando’s or possibly even Oh My Pasta!, or more likely, making it myself.

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  • Andrew Porter

    Hey, they were here first! Just be glad you don’t see any deer, wolves or bear still around here.

  • Andrew Porter

    Petland Discounts are all closing. The owner and sole stockholder died recently.

  • Andrew Porter

    I posted about this on last Wednesday’s Open Thread. At that time, they had big piles of stuff they were selling off in bins on the sidewalk outside the store.

    But I still miss Heights Kids, and Darek:

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Too easy not to make at home (provided you have access to reasonably fresh pasta—can’t be the hard dried stuff)

  • StudioBrooklyn

    We’ve had a soft boycott going against Area Kids for a few years now, after discovering their rudeness and professional neglect is fairly consistent. I don’t like to badmouth local businesses but this one seemed to go out of its way to be inhospitable to people seeking a near-normal retail experience.