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  • Andrew Porter

    I found some more Old BH photos. Here’s 15 Clark Street, being spruced up, on May 26, 1915 (as usual, click to see full size):

  • Andrew Porter

    Cloudy Donut has opened at 14 Columbia Place. See article and scrumptious photos here:

  • gc

    They are not. Located in Brooklyn Heights as claimed in the articale. Too bad. Would have been a nice addition to Montague Street!

  • Andrew Porter

    Article says, “Cloudy Donut is located at 14 Columbia Place, just south of Joralemon Street.”

    How is this not in the Heights?

    Here’s a map of the Heights for you:

  • Cranberry Beret

    Montague Street store comings & goings:

    1. A new optical has opened upstairs at 128 Montague (above the new Khaosan Thai) called DEO. Other locations are Jersey Gardens Mall and the Carolina Mall in Puerto Rico. Head-scratcher…

    2. The infamous COVID-test-rip-off-charging Carecube at 110 Montague has closed

  • Andrew Porter
  • gc

    Not sure how this happens but this is not my comment (gc). I’ve had 200+ comments on this site going back at least 10 years without any issues until now. Not sure how to address the problem. Any thoughts?

  • Jorale-man

    Yay – that Carecube place was a nightmare.

    I wonder when the Ann Taylor and LPQ storefronts will ever get filled. I noticed the massage parlor/brothel is still chugging along when I walked by the other night.

  • Sweeties

    Surely not.

  • Mary Kim
  • RickP

    The usual real estate sources have it as built in 1920.

  • Jeremy

    The building was completed in 1905. It went co-op in 1920.

  • FatFreddy’sCatheter

    That’s annoying. If you can still log in to your Disqus account, I assume you can delete that comment; if you can’t log in, I would contact Disqus. Good luck!

  • Andrew Porter

    At least there’s some movement on the site, though that giant sign above is strictly forbidden under local regulations.

  • Andrew Porter

    Are the BQE Workshops an empty exercise? My thought: smoke and mirrors, and kicking the can down the road. Mary Frost has the details in the Eagle:

  • CassieVonMontague

    Are there any photos of the huge mansion that used to be on that site?

    Also, big fan of your work, Jeremy. Any history book recommendations (brooklyn or general) for the holiday season?

  • Jorale-man

    Good article. Yes, her suggestion that the city is already moved several steps beyond the online meetings makes me wonder if they’re held to fill some requirement. But will Adams really get behind some bold new approach to the cantilever? I’m just a tad skeptical.

  • Effective Presenter

    Willowtown, or Willow Town that area has been called maybe not a part of Brooklyn Heights?

  • Bornhere

    I lived there for the first 30 years of my life—three bedrooms, 3 full baths, formal DR, LR, eat-in kitchen, built in bookcases in the foyer. I’m a Brooklyn Heights “lifer,” now living a few blocks south of Clark. The image is my mom and me in front. And to Jeremy, the building became a co-op in 1966 or 1967, not 1920 :)

  • Banet

    The LPQ site is allegedly leased to a popular Georgian restaurant. (The country, not the state.)

  • Effective Presenter

    Born Here,


    That sounds like an incredible apartment .

    We bet that home was as beautiful as your mother, GREAT picture.

    Best wishes,


  • Jorale-man

    Sounds intriguing. Walking by there today there was a rather unpleasant aroma along the sidewalk so hopefully that will prompt a cleanup.

  • Bornhere

    It became a co-op in 1966 or 1967. I remember my parents’ decision to buy, and I thought the whole idea was so wild.

  • Jeremy

    Great picture!

    Would you believe 15 Clark went co-op *twice*? The current arrangement dates to the late 60s but that was round #2. In 1920, the building made news as the 1st in Brooklyn after WWI to convert. (Co-ops had been around in Manhattan before the war but never really caught on here.) Inflation was raging post-war and tenants started organizing to fight rent increases. 15 Clark aka “Willow Court” led the way and was soon followed by 200 Hicks and a building on Prospect Park West. Several fancy new buildings put up in the early 20s in the Heights started as co-ops from the get-go, like 160 Henry, 1 Pierrepont and 2 Montague Terrace. Some failed during the Depression – it looks like 15 Clark went back to rental in the early 30s and stayed that way until the current co-op bought the building in 1969.

  • Jeremy

    Here’s an ad from 15 Clark’s co-op era #1.
    (Plenty of potential code-words & phrases to leave you guessing who they were trying to let in – and keep out!)

  • Bornhere

    Fantastic! The Poses, who lived in the building, were the owners for as long as I knew, until the 60s conversion, but I knew nothing about the earlier transitions. And, you’re right— the buzz words are … something. I should also mention the no-longer-used dumbwaiter in the kitchen, which my sister and I thought was just the neatest thing.

  • meschwar

    Anybody know the story as to why there are two Bruno’s hardware stores on Court St? I’ve always wondered. I’m pretty sure that they are not related now, but did they used to be?

    (I’m hoping there is a dramatic story involved. Feuding brothers, a unrepentant copycat, that sort of thing.)

  • Eddyde

    They are, or were, related. The hardware store on the corner was there first, they opened the second store, I think in the early nineties, to handle their housewares department. Yes, I think after “Bruno” died there was some conflict over the stores, and buildings (I’m pretty sure he owned the hardware store building and a couple of others) between the heirs.

  • Cranberry Beret

    The bigger of the two Bruno’s (the one that spans 2 buildings with the “Homecenter” sign) is scheduled to be knocked down and replaced with a 9-story apt bldg

  • Jeremy

    Love the dumbwaiter! I always picture kids hiding in those old ones.