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  • KDHicks

    Anyone know when Books Are Magic will officially open? Or Chama Mama? Just curious…

  • RW

    I’d like to add Brooklyn Lobster to that list :)

  • Mark C

    While we’re adding, what about L&B and Tsuta that were supposed to open on Old Fulton?

  • Steevey

    Heard from their Smith St location that it’s the First week of Nov for Books are Magic. I’m skeptical the lobster place will ever open…

  • Jorale-man

    This week’s pandemic update for 11201:
    Dates: September 26-October 2
    7-day percent positive: 6.91%
    People tested (reported to date): 810
    New people positive (reported to date): 56
    Median daily test rate: 237.6 people tested per 100,000 people
    A slight decrease over last week but still a substantial amount of viral spread. We’ll see what the colder temperatures start to bring.

  • Jorale-man

    Random question: Anyone know what the deal is the constant police presence on Remsen between Henry & Clinton lately? It seems like every night I see 2 or 3 police cars with their lights flashing on the block.

  • Odessey

    I would guess it’s security for the two Jewish synagogues located on that block for the high holiday services.

  • Jorale-man

    That makes sense. I had never seen the security so intense there before.

  • T.K. Small

    I never got any response to my concerns about the large planters at the intersections along Montague Street. Separately, a number of people approached me in agreement about the planters. Should I take this as a sign of the Montague Street BID’s indifference or incompetence?

  • Daniel Green

    L&B posted on their IG story last Friday that big news was coming soon with the BK bridge in the background, so maybe soonish?

    Tsuta put up a sign on the brick wall as well as on the glass door and lighting inside looks all done, gun to head id be that one
    is up by end of month latest.

  • Andrew Porter

    One of my photos of the Heights in the 1970s. The trouble with taking photos around here is that things never change:

  • Effective Presenter


  • Banet

    Take it to Lincoln.

  • aeshtron

    Three humans of average strength can move those planters. Anyone down?

  • CassieVonMontague

    Clover Hill received one Michelin Star

    Restaurants five times as large wish they could do what Clover Hill does from its postage-stamp of a kitchen. On a quiet, residential street in Brooklyn Heights, the talented Chef Charlie Mitchell cooks with irresistible suaveness and confidence, making the most out of top-rate ingredients, delicious sauces and thoughtful combinations. From Long Island fluke ceviche jolted with lime zest and sweet melon to Peekytoe crab salad wrapped in corn gelée and set in a pool of warm, silky corn velouté, expect to find vibrant, seasonal eating that never once feels fussy or onerous. Under a watchful vintage mirror that hangs above the bar, the charming bistro setting, lit with flickering candles, oozes romanticism. If you loved dinner, check out brunch on Saturday

  • CassieVonMontague

    Has there ever been a Michelin starred restaurant in Brooklyn Heights before? The River Cafe doesn’t count.

  • JaneonOrange

    There was the restaurant on Smith that had one…

  • KDHicks

    So excited for them — and it was the only Michelin Star awarded to any restaurant outside Manhattan this year. Such a great place!

  • nomcebo manzini

    Grocery…. Kind of chuffed that I remembered the name…. But seriously, since it appears that a couple/several readers have tried Clover Hill. Menu & looking in the window (when it was new) made me think “Precious, fey, etc.”

    Plus, portions that speak “artistry” and prices, ditto.

    Tell me I’m wrong if you feel differently, but I’ll be triply grateful if you go beyond “Amazing!”

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Didn’t Saul, back in the day, receive a star? Loved their food.

  • Andrew Porter

    There’s an article about the Brooklyn Book Fest in Brownstoner, here:

  • Andrew Porter
  • Andrew Porter

    Article in Streetsblog relevant to your concerns:

  • nomcebo manzini

    Right you are. From the “last” – pre-move to BMA – NYT review: “They chose Smith Street in 1999 because they sensed that their neighbors wanted Manhattan-style meals without crossing a bridge.”

    Still true in 2022 with Inga’s. Clover Hill? TBD in my book.

  • nomcebo manzini

    Is it just me or does “our district” still look a lot like the one that led to the term “gerrymander?!”

    Seriously, other than “continuity” and politicians looking out for their fellows (true, in our case, a VERY good pol won’t have to move), with 51 districts/members, should one person represent 6 or 8 different neighborhoods?

  • Claude Scales

    More like a very strange looking flightless bird.