New York City has a lot to be proud of. Three months after we went into pandemic “PAUSE,” we made it to Phase 2. It was a tough road to be sure. Those who stuck it out in Brooklyn endured sirens blaring all day for weeks on end, each siren reminding us of the unthinkable. Many of us fell ill and recovered. Many of us lost loved ones. But we persevered, as New Yorkers do. There were no protests at the state capitol demanding our right to dine out and shop as we wished. The city that never sleeps stayed in and looked out for each other. As Governor Cuomo said, we didn’t just flatten the curve, we grabbed it and bent it. We went from being the epicenter of the pandemic to having the lowest infection rate in the country. Although many questions remain about the immediate future, today is a day to celebrate. Here, we share photos of our hard hit, local small businesses that dusted themselves off to welcome Phase 2 in Brooklyn Heights.
A neighborhood youth gets his first haircut in months at Choo Choo Cuts on Montague Street.
Mario Avila, stylist at Diva Salon on Henry St., said, “I’m so happy to be back. I was so excited about today that I couldn’t sleep at all last night. I needed to get back to work.”
James Weir Floral Co. on Montague St. had been open for delivery and curbside pickup only. Today, owner Estela Johannesen welcomed customers inside for browsing and shopping.
Tango on Montague St. also opened its doors today.
Mark Sgantzos, owner of Clark’s Restaurant, shows off a newly installed section of sidewalk seating on Henry St.
Long time Brooklyn Heights resident Jose Baide (far right) with friend Julio at the Clark St. side section of sidewalk dining. Jose said, “It’s great to be here after all the craziness, to just relax and have some wine with my old friend.”
Sidewalk seating at Lantern on Montague St. was hopping late afternoon today.
Custom House on Montague St. improvised by using as much of the adjacent sidewalk as possible for tables and chairs.
Park Plaza Diner on Cadman Plaza West prepares a section of Pineapple Walk for sidewalk seating.
Alas, Fortune House on Henry St. was not quite ready to open on Day 1, but come July 1st, it’ll open for takeout and delivery.