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  • aeshtron

    12/8 – 5:00pm – Boro Hall tree lighting

    12/14 – 5:30pm Promenade tree lighting

    12/18 – 5:00pm Boro Hall Menorah lighting

    Please patronize our wonderful local independent retailers for holiday gifts!

  • North BK Heights Couple

    My Condo Association is looking for a new property manager. It would be for two condo buildings, each with 50 units, and an HOA that covers both buildings, as well as 3 fulltime staff between the buildings. Does anyone have any good or bad property managers they’ve worked with? The issue we face is that we’re too large to self-manage and too small for the larger national property managers to want to work with us. In general just looking to see who other buildings are using.


    Try EM Management, 80 Joralmon Street,Brooklyn,NY11201

  • Andrew Porter

    Does anyone know where I can get fried liver and onions locally? I woke up at 3am thinking about this. Last time I had this was at Theresa’s on Montague Street, before they closed in January 2020.

    I checked: Clark Diner and Park Plaza Restaurant don’t have this.

  • Andrew Porter

    Southeast corner of Joralemon and Furman Streets on September 9th, 1904. Pretty sure the buildings were demolished for the BQE:

  • CassieVonMontague

    This website will list the property manager for a building. Type in a building you think is well managed. It will also list the board members if you want to send them an email asking if they’re happy.

    Looks like the big property managers in our neighborhood are Advanced Management Services, Marin Management Corp, and TKR Property Service

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  • Cranberry Beret

    The optician DEO at 128 Montague (upstairs) opened about 6 weeks ago. They’ve been closed every day this week and the store looks sparsely outfitted. Weird, and not an encouraging sign.

  • Effective Presenter

    Teresa’s Restaurant had been the greatest, my favorite had been the chopped steak, French fries, broccoli and tomato soup on Thursdays.

    Is Teresa still the owner, manager of the liquor store and laundromat next to Wild Chicken the new place to replace Teresa’s Restaurant?

  • Jorale-man

    A pandemic update for 11201:
    Dates: November 28-December 4
    7-day percent positive: 12.13%
    People tested (reported to date): 816
    New people positive (reported to date): 99
    City-wide, cases are up 60% and hospitalizations are up 20% over two weeks ago. And Christmas travel and holiday parties haven’t fully begun yet.

  • MaggieO
  • clarknt67

    Riverside Apts used to be U shaped. Half of them were razed for the BQE, leaving the current L shape.

  • clarknt67

    the news that Barnes & Noble are vacating their current spot and moving to Atlantic has made me wonder if their lease was not renewed so the building could be razed for new condos. I suppose it might also be possible to reskin it with windows, flatten the theater floors and partition the spaces of the current building. Anyone else get that idea?

    Might be unpopular opinion here but I miss the Court St theater— a lot. I imagine a lot of the adjacent restaurants do too. Much less foot traffic.

    Doesn’t make a lot of sense to me it couldn’t make it as it was always busy.

  • NeighboorHood

    We use Brooklyn Home Management and are very happy with them compared to those we’ve used in past. A smaller family owned company. Our building is about 70 units. Good luck!

  • Cranberry Beret

    Yes I agree lease was not renewed – seems to me the building owner pushed the 2 tenants out (Regal, B&N) in a hurry. Given outlooks for both businesses are lukewarm, I’m sure the tenants were happy to be in the bargaining seat rather than begging to be released. Pandemic crushed Regal which is a shame, I miss it too. I don’t think any of the still-open cinemas are particularly busy these days.

    It would be super un-economical to retrofit this building. Definitely a tear-down. While I mourn losing the theater & bookstore, won’t miss the building itself – what an ugly pile of zig-zag bricks.

  • FatFreddy’sCatheter

    I love the Deco touches.

    An article/rant on why we don’t build with as much brick as we could, with the aesthetic flexibility it affords (and stuff)…

  • CassieVonMontague

    Regal blamed the landlord, but Regal’s parent company just filed for bankruptcy and they are still closing theaters.

    B&N is going through a company-wide downsizing. They are closing large stores and opening new ones that are half the size in high-rent areas.

    Seems to me the building on Court St was doomed to lose its tenants.

  • Jorale-man

    Agreed: As someone who can see the theater building out my living room window, I wouldn’t miss it if that hulking ’90s-style building was razed.

    Of course, I wouldn’t object if they opened a real art house cinema there, showing indie and foreign films, but I don’t see that in the cards. The building will be forever associated with a raucous, participatory movie-going experience.

  • meschwar

    But that B&N is just moving a few blocks away. The parent company was apparently optimistic enough to not only keep the store open, but take on the expense of moving to a new space.

    Movie theaters still have a questionable future. I think a new mainstream multiplex could do well there, but it would have to do a lot of renovations and I don’t think regal could afford that at the time.

  • CassieVonMontague

    New B&N space is half the size and has been vacant for three years, so it was probably worth the expense of moving.

    They did the same thing on the UES in the article I linked to above.

  • Sweeties

    It is a monster. I’ve been told that it’s more likely to be converted than demolished, despite the numerous large theaters inside.

  • TeddyNYC

    I don’t know if this is close enough for you, but New Apollo Diner at 155 Livingston Street seems to have it. I just checked the menu on their website and broiled liver steak with onions is listed.

  • TeddyNYC

    Maybe we’ll get a 500 or 600 ft. tall residential building there? Unless there’s a height restriction?

  • Jorale-man

    Therein lies the rub. You trade one bad option for another. Looking at Sweeties’s photo below, the setbacks suggest that there was some restriction once to limit the shadows but I wonder where regulations are today.

  • Effective Presenter

    The beautiful window on the ground floor, we suspect a beautiful apartment, home is behind the bay window, and maybe a fireplace,.

    I think the Riverside apartments had fireplaces and or mantles.

  • nomcebo manzini

    Betcha it’s “supply chain issues” and/or contractors who are still too busy to finish all that they’ve started. The ice cream store at Henry and Orange was “waiting for” some chairs & tables for about 6 months … until recently.

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  • Banet

    A little closer than either of those locations is the Alamo. Since they’ve opened, I’ve seen over 50 movies there and it always is an absolutely gem of an experience.

  • Andrew Porter

    Thank you! Broiled is better than fried. I will have to go eat there.

    By the way, yesterday I noticed that there’s Marshall’s Order on the window of the Happy Days Diner on Montague, and apparently it’s been closed for a week or so.

  • Montague Monitor

    What’s up with Happy Days Diner on Montague. It was closed today with a tax notice on the window. Anyone know anything?

    Also curious if there are any updates on the other restaurants supposoed to be coming e.g. Taboonette, Brooklyn Lobster and Chama Mama. Inquiring minds want to eat.