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  • Andrew Porter

    Another one of your my-world-from-my-window photos, Claude!

    Here’s the Manhattan Bridge under construction, from Main Street, March 11, 1909. See reply for a postcard view of the same:

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  • A neighbor

    According to NextDoor, the Rite Aid at Joralemon and Clinton is closing Feb 10, due to “theft and no profits”.

  • Cranberry Beret

    The “no profits” part wouldn’t surprise me. Mediocre location for a store that depends on high foot traffic, bad layout (the pharmacy is segregated on a hard-to-access split-level and the junk food is hidden in a corner), oodles of competition nearby and high prices. Good riddance. Hopefully the landlord will have some sense and rent to a more viable business (local would be nice) and not hold it empty for years waiting for another chain.

  • BethP

    I am in in a process of moving into the neighborhood. Would you be so kind to recommend a good and reliable handyman/contractor with insurance, etc.. to do a bathroom update/renovation. Thank you in advance

  • Banet

    I miss the bodega that use to be on that corner – the one with a purple awning. Good prices and a broad Ben & Jerry’s selection to meet my needs when I came home off the 4/5. :-(

  • MaggieO

    aha. i’m surprised it’s not sooner given the fact that the shelves in most of the store were incredibly empty this morning. they’ve also been changing the hours constantly these last few months, which has been a real PITA.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Excellent picture with Main Street ferry house in background. Love it.

  • Joe

    I really hope it doesn’t sit vacant for long. That Rite Aid was extremely convenient for me when I was sick or needed a snack.

  • Mike Suko

    You’ll learn. This site has lots of old photos … and many people who love cats – god bless ’em. It’s like a dollar store or thrift shop … where “you never know what you’ll find,” and that can be wonderful!

    For questions like yours, Nextdoor/B.H. is the place.

  • Jorale-man

    Likewise. I never loved the place but jeez, that’s been a lifeline for those who live within a couple blocks.

    I too noticed the lack of inventory recently. And the pharmacy just told me they couldn’t process one of my longtime prescriptions. They blamed my insurance company but I think see what was really happening.

    And yes: the food selection there was extremely unhealthy but they do have some staples if you need them.

  • Sweeties

    …and British chocolate bars!

  • H Ginsburg

    For completeness, that is not a VW, but rather a Fiat 500

  • AndyHeights

    I’m very disappointed to learn that. It is very close to my home and where I’ve shopped the most after the two Key Food’s. It is also the pharmacy on record for my doctors, although I now have my meds shipped through my supplemental plan. I also get my vaccines there including the COVID booster. Yes the shelves have been empty lately, but I was thinking it was the supply chain issues. I find it very sad news.

  • TeddyNYC

    A Rite Aid in Hell’s Kitchen is closing for the same reasons.

  • lois

    If you find one, let me know! The ones I know are high end ones taking care of the “top dollar” places.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    One of my favorite places to eat breakfast, Iris Cafe, is now at Pier 6 inn BBP. This may be old news but new to me.

  • Mike Suko

    I somehow missed it when it was on Columbia Street or Place, but it got quite a few rave reviews from tourists and “guides,” as some locals are called on some sites.

    When I last passed the grocery store, in which it seems to have relocated, either the signage wasn’t great … or I wasn’t observant enough.

    It’s tricky making things work when there’s “food service” inside of a supermarket, but maybe this pairing will work out well…. It’s not terribly long since the re-opening took place:

  • Banet

    The original was incredible. Rachel, the founder and owner had a partner who was the “money” behind it named Sal. Sal opened up the little grocery closet to Joralemon.

    Sal’s father was the real money. He owned a number of grocery stores further out near Bay Ridge.

    Sal’s father pushed Rachel to renovate, expand the hours, switch to table service… none of it worked and it ruined all that was good about Iris Cafe. Rachel was forced out.

    I suspect Sal’s family is behind the new grocery in BBP. They’re recycling the Iris name in hopes of trading on its memories but I’m confident it will be pointless.

    The cafe is inevitably going in the open bar space that you pass when you enter from the West. It remains to be seen if they sell anything serviceable.

  • CassieVonMontague

    Architectural Digest did a little walking tour of the neighborhood

  • AEB

    Wonderful–thanks! I’m always delighted by the architectural distinction of our neighborhood–which we tend to lose sight of as we move within it in our daily rounds.

  • Andrew Porter is a good source of info.

  • KDHicks

    Restaurant pulse-check: Any news on the highly-anticipated openings for Inga’s, L&B Spumoni Garden, L’Apartement 4F, Clover Hill or any newcomers?

  • KDHicks

    This is great! So many BKH streets featured.

  • Effective Presenter


    We are sad that you are stuck at home due to illness.

    Thank you for the beautiful pictures from your window.

    For nearly 20 years we lived on Montague Terrace I walked by your window all the time early each morning to the Eastern Athletic Club St. George Pool, etc.

    The pictures remind me of more than a decade ago.

    Best wishes,

    Get well soon,


  • Effective Presenter


    Thank you for sending a link from Brick New York City Real Estate Blog to the Open Thread a few months ago.

    A story about our years on Montague Terrace the garden floor of a Brownstone.

    Y’all are ever Down the Shore stop by to say hello, have a biscuit, etc.


  • Effective Presenter

    We remember Ginny who owned the original Clover Hill on Montague Street years ago the late 1980’s that had been a GREAT place.

    Ginny closed due to a rent increase moved to New Mexico I think?

    Ginny had been selling beautiful Clover Hill Montague Street Tee Shirts to raise money to help fight the rent increase. I have the tee shirt around here someplace a beautiful black shirt with the Clover Hill Logo on back.

    If Ginny reads B.H. Blog know that we hold great memories of you and the old days.


  • SongBirdNYC

    Join the FB group We Live in Brooklyn Heights/Dumbo…

  • Claude Scales

    Thank you! I’m hoping to be able to get out and about more freely soon.