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  • DIBS

    Lung’s Cleaners on Henry do an excellent job of wash & fold. They may do pick up and drop off. Stop by and ask.

  • DIBS

    I knew David Seatts. He had a few decent restaurants before all this blew up. I can’t remember the names. There were all sorts of allegations about credit card fraud and it all came crashing down.

  • St. Georgette

    My Gosh! I just fell down a serious rabbit hole reading about this guy Dan. Homer Fink and the BHB wrote so much about him at the time. Back then I was living near Atlantic and didn’t come to the North Heights that often. I know I once got something from Busy Chef that was neither good nor bad. I vaguely recall hearing great things about The Blue Pig (probably their own press release) and going there once and being unimpressed. I had no idea this was all going on. Nuts.

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    This is the best my phone camera could do…but I spotted the culprit. A large hawk atop the water tower above what used to be Björk’s penthouse at 160 Henry. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1c7fc65b88662ed5831e565078479ec3ae9c062e0916eaff4d74fd66e20d46af.jpg

  • Andrew Porter

    There are numerous places in the Heights where you can see artwork that’s for sale, including on the walls of Salon Van Sickel on Middagh, in Jubilee Gallery at 117 Henry Street, just south of Clark, and other framing shops.

    There used to be the BRIC Gallery on Clinton street, but it moved away.

    Here’s owner Stephen de Fluiter in front of Jubilee Gallery:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bd1a02501dd36aeacd8007e2e947de19112c8b9ee95a2bd86993fd4e94aa1547.jpg

  • Andrew Porter

    I’ve complained about this place numerous times. Nothing ever seems to happen. The low wall that separated it from the driveway next to the church was also torn down.

  • Andrew Porter

    Isn’t there a cleaner’s on Montague next to Teresa’s Restaurant? Never used them—we have machines in my building’s basement—but they’re there.

  • Andrew Porter

    And we geezers—excuse me, geezerati—have half price fare cards. So I’m not complaining.

    Gee, I remember when the fare was 15¢. OTOH, here one fare takes you everywhere, unlike, for instance, London, where the fare is based on the distance travelled.

  • Andrew Porter

    Belatedly posting another image courtesy the Municipal Archives. Here’s 156 Henry Street in 1940, before it was torn down and replaced by the building that housed the D’Agostino Supermarket, and now the CVS:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/32cfabe4650a39cfefa1f8ee4db988c8b2782469413536dd3341a3706517be21.png

  • http://www.yotamzohar.com StudioBrooklyn

    Yes, I’ve had some nice conversations with Steve (of Jubilee) about the local scene. He’s trying to move a massive collection that belonged to his late wife, though, and unfortunately doesn’t have room to show other artists’ work. Also I think artwork on the walls of other businesses is not the same as a gallery that cultivates clientele and is dedicated to a philosophy of selling art specifically.

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    An apartment there was, for a time, unhappily shared by Henry Miller, his second wife, and her lesbian lover: http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/61584

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    And before D’Agostino it was Bohack’s supermarket.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    OTOH, when the fare was 15¢ a slice of Pizza was also around 15¢. Now a slice is around $3 so…

  • Andrew Porter
  • Andrew Porter

    I remember Bohack; it was the nearest supermarket when I first moved to BH. The block of Pineapple-Cadman-Plaza-Clark-Henry was just rubble then. Even before the Pioneer Supermarket, where the diner is now.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    Pioneer was where Grosstedes is.

  • Andrew Porter

    You sure? I could swear…

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    I’m absolutely sure Pioneer was at the Gristedes location first.

  • brooklynbull

    Thanks so much for this pic and the subsequent link.
    Altho never a huge Henry Miller fan, I can see the influence of the (then) tather raffish Heights in his work.
    But any mention of Lovecraft (a secret guilty pleasure) is always welcome. I never pass that corner without flashing on him — and that building still has an aura ….
    who knows what doorways to forbidden kingdoms lurk in that basement ??

  • http://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/ Claude Scales

    You might enjoy this, though you have to scroll down to the “Update” to find the Lovecraft discussion: https://selfabsorbedboomer.blogspot.com/search?q=lovecraft

  • Andrew Porter

    The diner location was an open dirt lot when it was used for a scene in Taxi Driver. I vaguely recall it then became the supermarket, in competition with the one on Henry, which subsequently bought out their lease, and it closed, was converted to the diner. 50 year old memories, now, which are hazy…

    Here’s the still from Taxi Driver showing an incredibly young Martin Scorsese and Sybil Shepherd, with what’s now Signature Dental in the left background:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/05598cf0c01b5d6037bd6de95bbed2d90d24057ae9f0464e65760f3649e66e0d.jpg

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nPOzGeyaw Arch Stanton

    I remember when they were filming those scenes for Taxi Driver and of course know the film vey well. The film came out in 76 so it was probably shot in 75 the diner opened in 83, I know that because I took my ex gf there on a date when it first opened. I also remember it was built from the ground up.
    That’s 8 years for the super market building to be built, opened, closed, torn down and rebuilt into a diner. Possible I suppose but I have no recollection…

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  • Brixtony

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dcf0abbbac1d86d5ea7dd0b1ffbfc2c9a9039cb3bbc4ddf959cd1993aec466c4.jpg
    Saw this one at. Cadman / Whitman this morning. Perhaps an immature red-tail?