Brooklyn Heights Blog » Brooklyn Heights Dispatches from America's first suburb Wed, 27 May 2020 11:33:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 River Deli is Open for Take Out and Delivery! Mon, 25 May 2020 22:22:21 +0000

We’re a tad late with this great news, but River Deli is now open for take out and delivery. The full Sardinian-Italian menu of antipasti, pasta, and main courses is available. Cocktails to go too.

How about a whole grilled orata and a river julep for a perfect summery meal? Or a papardelle and a negroni to give yourself a break from all that home cooking?


Tonno grigliato- grilled tuna steak with cherry tomatoes and garlic (Instagram @riverdelibrooklyn)

Tonno Grigliato- grilled tuna steak with cherry tomatoes and garlic (Instagram @riverdelibrooklyn)

Malloreddus alla Campidanese (Instagram @riverdelibrooklyn)

Malloreddus alla Campidanese (Instagram @riverdelibrooklyn)

Address: 32 Joralemon St.

Phone: (718) 254-9200

Hours: Mon-Sun, 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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Cash only for takeout. ATM available inside.

Delivery via UberEats. Grub Hub soon.



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Willow Street Added to List of “Open Streets.” Sat, 23 May 2020 23:58:32 +0000

Our ever alert and helpful friends at Brooklyn Community Board 2 have notified us that, effective now, Willow Street between Middagh and Pierrepont streets (practically its entire length) has been added to the “Open Streets” program, described in Mayor de Blasio’s press release as follows:

Open Streets are simple closures of streets to vehicles and do not feature any programming, seating, or other elements that might encourage gathering. These closures may not be implemented on a bus, truck, or emergency route. Limited access to the street shall be maintained to allow for essential deliveries, emergency needs, and/or to retrieve a parked vehicle.

Willow joins  Joralemon between Hicks and Furman as Brooklyn Heights streets designated as Open Streets.

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Some Heights Residents Slow on Census Response Fri, 22 May 2020 03:36:27 +0000

Rob Perris, District Manager for Brooklyn Community Board 2, which includes Brooklyn Heights. has advised us that Census Tract 3.01, which is bordered by Pineapple Street on the north, Hicks Street on the east, Joralemon street on the south. and the East River on the west, to date has a census response rate of only 40-50 percent. This is well below the rate of neighboring tracts, such as the one above Pineapple; bravo, North Heights residents. Rob suggests this may be related to the flight of many Heights residents to supposedly more salubrious environs like the Hamptons, where you can get your link to the census, as can anyone else.. So, come on, Census Tract 3.01 residents, wherever you may be: go on line, as I did (although I’m right here in the Heights) and fill out your census forms. It only takes a couple of minutes.

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Brooklyn Historical Society Provides On Line Brain Food at Lunchtime Wed, 20 May 2020 03:24:06 +0000

The Brooklyn Historical Society will provide a series of five free lunch time on-line discussions about objects in the Society’s collection  The first of these will be this Friday, May 22, starting at 12:30 p.m. Here’s what’s in store:

Join us for lunch! Our lunchtimes series Bite-Size History begins May 22 with BHS historian Nalleli Guillen who will provide in-depth looks at intriguing objects in our collection. This Friday she and Project Archivist/Reference Associate Mary Mann explore the history behind the statue of a seated Native American that stood outside a Brooklyn Heights cigar shop for decades, and what this object tells us about art, indigenous history, and who controls historical narratives. Learn more over your Thursday dinner leftovers or a delicious snack on Friday at 12:30 pm!

While the event is free, BHS asks you to register here. Funding for these events is provided by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.


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Zoom Chat with Brooklyn Heights Preservation Pioneers the Pearsalls and Preservation Advocate Anthony Wood Wednesday Afternoon Tue, 19 May 2020 02:18:18 +0000

Those of us interested in Brooklyn Heights history and architecture consider Clay Lancaster’s Old Brooklyn Heights an indispensable guide. Thanks to Brownstoner we’ve been alerted to an event coming up this Wednesday afternoon, May 20, starting at 3:45. This will be a conversation, available on Zoom, among Heights preservation pioneers Otis and Nancy Pearsall and preservation advocate Anthony C. Wood of The New York Preservation Archive Project, “about working with Lancaster and his larger legacy.” To get the check in details for the Zoom, please email

You may also see a slideshow of Clay Lancaster’s photos of Brooklyn Heights here.

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Did Brooklyn Heights Lose Over 40% of its Population Because of COVID-19? Sat, 16 May 2020 23:56:23 +0000

According to this story by Kevin Quealy in the New York Times, which has a very interesting map and graph, because of the coronavirus pandemic,

[r]oughly 5 percent of residents — or about 420,000 people — left the city between March 1 and May 1. In the city’s very wealthiest blocks, in neighborhoods like the Upper East Side, the West Village, SoHo and Brooklyn Heights, residential population decreased by 40 percent or more, while the rest of the city saw comparably modest changes.

As the next paragraph notes, “[s]ome of these areas are typically home to lots of students, many of whom left as colleges and universities closed.” The Heights does have a substantial student population.

The estimates of population loss by neighborhood were based on “an analysis of multiple sources of aggregated smartphone location data.”


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Get Your Clinton St. Barber Shop Hoodie or Polo and Make a Donation Sat, 16 May 2020 16:26:31 +0000

Clinton St. Barber Shop and Choo Choo Cuts have started a GoFundMe campaign and are offering hoodies and polo shirts for sale to raise funds. Hair salons and barber shops have been the hardest hit local small businesses.

The blog spoke to Sergey (Serge to all his customers) Isakov, owner of Clinton St. Barber Shop and Choo Choo Cuts.

Q. How have you been?

In general, I’m okay, grateful for health. But it’s very tough for the business obviously. The staff has been out of work almost two months. The business didn’t qualify for PPP (paycheck protection plan) because our barbers are self-employed. Most barbers and hairdressers are self-employed and “rent” their chairs in the shops.

Q. What do you foresee in the near future for your shops?

I paid rent in March and April, but maybe will pay half for May. For Clinton St., a big corporation owns the property and is not sure what they can do for us, maybe cut the rent in half or postpone payment of rent. For Choo Choo Cuts, they’re cutting rent 50%. The rent is very high on Montague St. and we were there just over a year and hadn’t built enough clientele yet. So we need to renegotiate the lease. To be honest, I’m not sure Choo Choo Cuts will stay in business. But Clinton St., I opened it 15 years ago, that’s my baby. I’ll do my best to keep it going. 

Q. How do you foresee reopening?

Well, the prediction is we’ll be open sooner than later, but I don’t see it before October/November. Graduation season would have been busy for us but that’s not happening. Back-to-school time too, but we’ll have to see. Training a staff and getting them motivated is tough, and we’ll have to have a new way of working. We have 250 square feet at Clinton St. and if we need distance, we would have to remove one of the three chairs. If we have to cut a staff member because we lose a chair, maybe we can have them work on sterilizing everything after every customer. It will be tough, but we’ll get through it.

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People who get their cuts at Clinton St. and Choo Choo Cuts know that Serge and his staff are some of the nicest people in our local service industry. Clinton St. is a true neighborhood institution, so representative of Brooklyn that it appears in the very first scene of the HBO series High Maintenance, a must-see if you haven’t yet. Let’s support them during this difficult time. Donate at this GoFundMe link and buy one of their nifty hoodies or polo shirts by calling (718) 797-1247 or (718) 797-1221. Serge will be at the Clinton St. shop this Sunday to distribute the hoodies and shirts.

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All photos with permission and courtesy of Clinton Street Barber Shop on Instagram.


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Brooklyn Heights Wine Bar Opens for Takeout Thu, 14 May 2020 23:54:05 +0000

Brooklyn Heights Wine Bar is back! Check for updates on the daily menu on Instagram @brooklynheightswinebar, or call (718) 855-5595. Hours for now are 12 pm – 9 pm.

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Park Plaza Diner, Asya, and Curry Heights Reopen for Delivery and Pickup Thu, 14 May 2020 03:32:04 +0000

Three tried and true Brooklyn Heights restaurants reopened for delivery and pickup in the last week. Let’s support our local restaurants. Calling the restaurants directly to order is encouraged to help them avoid the hefty fees that third-party ordering services charge.

Park Plaza Diner is back with Chef Dimitri’s excellent barbeque menu, as well as the old diner standbys. A new plexiglass barrier has been installed at the counter for everyone’s safety. Check out the menu here and call (718) 596-5900.

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Not one but two Indian restaurants, Asya on Henry St. and Curry Heights on Remsen St., are back to serve you some spice. Asya is still offering its 50% off lunch menu, if you call the restaurant directly. Check out Asya’s menu here and call (718) 858-6700. Curry Heights’ menu and online ordering can be found here or call (718) 260-9000.


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Starbucks on Montague Re-Opens Mon, 11 May 2020 21:21:39 +0000

The Starbucks on Montague Street, between Henry and Clinton streets, has re-opened for takeout and delivery only, and boy, do they want you to know. Your cold nitro brew awaits.

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Promenade’s Montague Street Entrance Being Cleared Mon, 11 May 2020 15:08:21 +0000

This morning a crew from Everest Scaffolding has been busy removing planks from atop the sidewalk bridge covering the Montague Street entrance to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The bridge is there to protect pedestrians from possible falling debris caused by inspection and repointing of Two Montague Terrace’s facade. Our surmise is that the work on the north facing facade been completed.  It appears they are leaving the bridge covering the sidewalk on the Montague Terrace side.

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Join TMH For Its Annual 4th Window Concert! Sunday, May 17th at 4pm Sat, 09 May 2020 20:18:42 +0000

Nothing will stop one of Brooklyn Heights’ favorite annual events, the 4th Window Concert! A message from The Music House:

Hello Everybody,

We just wanted to let you know that The Music House will be going virtual this year for the 11th Annual 4th Window Concert on Sunday, May 17th at 4PM.

We’ll be Announcing the concert Live on Instagram @TMHBrooklyn on Sunday the 17th at 4:00PM – Follow us there.

Then Watch the 4th Window Concert on YouTube. Search for ‘The 4th Window Concert 2020″ immediately after the Live announcement.

Take a selfie watching the 4th Window Concert on YouTube and post to Instagram #4thWindowConcert.

It will be great to see you all. We miss you.

Bill and Ellen

Here, the audience as seen from the window in 2017.

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And here’s another look back at the concert in 2014 with a fantastic video by Karl Jungersfeld.



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Brooklyn Women’s Exchange Taking Orders For Crafted Items; Offering Resources for Mask Making Sat, 09 May 2020 18:06:43 +0000

The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange has closed its store at 55 Pierrepont Street for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, but is taking orders by phone – (718) 624-3435 – or by email – – for crafted items made by artisans who have consigned goods for sale at the store. There’s a more extensive list of crafters here.

The Exchange also offers links to instructions for mask making, as well as links to websites of crafters making mask material.

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Mother’s Day Dining and Gift Ideas Fri, 08 May 2020 04:55:32 +0000

Are you ready? Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Today is Friday in case you were wondering, which means you have two days. A global pandemic is no excuse! Show the mom(s) in your life how much you appreciate her. Here are some local neighborhood options for dining (at home) and for gifts.

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From James Weir Floral Co.: “Even during hard times, mom is always there for you. Let us create the perfect arrangement for Mother’s Day! Order yours today for pick up or local delivery, safely and socially responsible.” ⁠Check out their website and call (718) 624-0270.


City Chemist has many gift ideas from perfumes to skincare to luxurious bath products. They are open for shopping or you can call for delivery. Check their website and call (718) 237-2489.


From Ebb & Flow: “Operating via its grab & go annex Ebb & Flow, Michelin-starred Chef Danny Brown has created a festive sweet and savory Mother’s Day Basket for families to enjoy on-the-go. With the weather warming up, it’s also ideal for a social-distanced picnic around nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park. The basket, which serves 4, features a seasonal quiche and viennoiserie from resident pastry chef Christophe Toury.

  • Mother’s Day Basket ($65): Quiche with Mushroom, Asparagus, and Leeks; Strawberry Tart; Assorted Croissants (Plain, Chocolate, Almond); Madeleines; Mini Baguette; Scone. Option to add DIY Mimosa ($40). Available via Grubhub, Caviar, Seamless, or phone order for pickup.”

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From Noodle Pudding: “We will be open for takeout this coming Sunday, for Mother’s Day! Wine also available to go. Our hours will be from 1:00 to 7:00. Still cash only.” Check out the menu on Instagram @noodlepuddingtogo and/or call (718) 625-3737.

Iron Chef

From a yelp reviewer for Iron Chef House: “They have great sushi, and are still open now in times of Covid – they are super busy but doing their best to provide orders for delivery and pick-up. The sushi is as delicious as always and they are doing a great job to stay open. Thank you, Iron Chef!” Open Sunday from 4:00 pm – 10:30 pm. Check their website for the menu and to order delivery or pickup.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. Whether you’re staying sheltered and unable to visit your kids/grandkids, or at home doing the work and home-schooling juggling act, we salute you!

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BHA Launches “The Brooklyn Heights Together Community Relief Fund” Thu, 07 May 2020 00:39:59 +0000

The Brooklyn Heights Association (BHA) has launched the “Brooklyn Heights Together Community Relief Fund” to support hourly workers who have lost or been furloughed from their jobs in Brooklyn Heights. The fund will pay out grants of $250 to each qualifying hourly worker, helping recipients to buy groceries, medicine, diapers/baby items, and pay utility or other bills.

The grants will be administered through the Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC), a non-profit, non-sectarian organization located at 150 Court St. The AAFSC has been providing social services to a variety of immigrant and refugee communities throughout New York City since 1994. Its work was nationally recognized in 2019 by the USA Today Network and the Gannet Foundation. Many of our neighbors, including the families of the Yemeni immigrants who enrich the area around Atlantic Avenue with their fantastic cuisine and culture, rely on AAFSC.

“Our members began reaching out to us in the very first days of the crisis to see how they could help, especially right here in the neighborhood,” said BHA Executive Director Lara Birnback. “We knew we wanted to focus on some of the most vulnerable members of the larger community, the people who helped make our restaurants, shops, salons and other businesses such wonderful places.”

“Hourly wage earners, so many of whom are immigrants and refugees, have been hard hit by this crisis and are turning to the AAFSC as a trusted, culturally and linguistically competent resource for help,” said AAFSC President and CEO, Rawaa Nancy Albilal. “We are deeply grateful to be working with the BHA and our generous neighbors in reaching people who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.”

The BHA is working with additional local organizations and business owners to identify qualifying individuals and encourage them to apply for the grant. In particular, the Montague Street BID has been helpful in providing contact information for many businesses and is supportive of the Brooklyn Heights Together initiative. “Brooklyn Heights is more than the people who live here, it’s also the people who work here — and we have come together to support them now,” said Birnback.

Visit the BHA’s website to make a tax-deductible, secure online donation. Or send a check to:

The Brooklyn Heights Association
Attn: Brooklyn Heights Together Fund
55 Pierrepont Street, #17D
Brooklyn, NY 11201

If you would like to apply for assistance from the Brooklyn Heights Together fund or wish to refer an applicant, contact:

Kerry Sesil | Director of Development and Communications
Arab-American Family Support Center
150 Court St, 3rd Fl, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: 718-643-8000

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Squibb Bridge is Back! Tue, 05 May 2020 01:05:39 +0000

The blog reported on the demolition of the original Squibb Bridge last October. To the surprise of many, the bridge has been rebuilt and reopened today in what seems record time, and during a pandemic no less. If you’re in the mood for controversy over the reopening, head over to the Gothamist. If you’d rather just mindlessly look at some photos from a jaunt down the new bridge at about 7:30 this evening, here they are.



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Brooklyn Historical Society Presents Free On Line Events; Collects COVID-19 Memorabilia Tue, 28 Apr 2020 02:20:34 +0000

The Brooklyn Historical Society‘s two locations, at Pierrepont Street and in DUMBO, are closed for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, but the Society remains active. It has online access to exhibitions and is presenting some free online programs, the earliest of which is this Thursday, April 30. BHS also has a COVID-19 Project that seeks to collect material, whether in the form of photos, videos, or audio clips, which can be donated online, or physical objects, which will need to be saved and donated after the crisis has passed.

Photo: C.Scales for BHB

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Borough Hall Farmer’s Market In A Time Of Social Distancing Sun, 26 Apr 2020 04:16:13 +0000

Saturday was perfect weather for a visit to the farmer’s market at Borough Hall. Being the weekend (yes, what is a weekend?) and beautiful out, more people were out and about than in recent weeks. But at the farmer’s market, calm and order ruled the day. Shoppers were advised to keep a distance and to not touch any of the goods.

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There were chalked signs on the ground marking the spots for shoppers to stand in line. There was fresh air and fresh produce, and a feeling that maybe we’ll get through this afterall. Just look at this expert social distancing.

Farmer's Market 3Farmer's Market 4And business was hopping. By 12:30 p.m., Stone & Thistle Farm, which brings down organic meats from 170 miles north in East Meredith, NY, was sold out of every pound of meat. Savannah, pictured below, spoke to the blog, from a safe distance of course.

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Are you a member of the Warren family that owns Stone & Thistle Farm?

I’m engaged to one of the sons and I work at the family farm. Four to five of us work on the farm. 

How has business been?

Business has been good. We usually bring down 400-500 lbs of meats to each market. We’re already sold out for the day. Since this crisis began, many people started shifting from grocery stores to farmers market, so we’ve been selling out quicker. More people are cooking at home, so that has something to do with it too.

Were you nervous about coming down from upstate to the epicenter of the Covid 19 crisis?

We were nervous at the beginning. But we take all the precautions. We wear masks, use double gloves, and spray everything down. With the precautions, it calmed things down. The customers have been really nice about everything. They’ve been thanking us for coming down and that’s given us a sense of community. People are more willing to try new cuts of meat too, now that they’re cooking more.

Can you tell us more about your farm?

All of the animals on our farm are 100% pasture raised and grass fed. The chickens are all free range. We have 400 acres that we raise our animals on from birth. We practice rotational grazing. So different animals take turns grazing to help keep the ground healthy and reusable, rather than killing the soil. We also compost everything possible, so it all goes back into the soil. Pasture raising produces better tasting meat. We’re very proud of the way we raise our animals. In normal times, we also have farm tours and Air BnB rentals.

Check out Stone & Thistle Farm’s website and on Instagram @stoneandthistle.

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Starting May 1, No Composting or Electronics Pickups Sun, 19 Apr 2020 16:40:24 +0000

Our friends at Community Board 2 have advised us that, because of budget cuts related to COVID-19, the City Department of Sanitation will no longer pick up food scraps or yard waste for composting. Instead, they will be collected with other trash. Residents are advised to store the brown composting receptacles in secure places. This suspension of composting collection is presently scheduled to last through June 30, 2021. Also, the Department is suspending appointments to pick up electronic waste.

All other trash and recycling collections will continue on their normal schedule.

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Tattered Glory Sat, 18 Apr 2020 22:14:04 +0000

This photo, taken from your correspondent’s window this afternoon, shows how the winds that have battered Brooklyn Heights this winter and early spring have ripped the flag that flies at the Montague Street entrance to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

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Sorry, Brooklyn Heights Did Not Set a Property Value Record Sat, 18 Apr 2020 02:23:08 +0000

There’s been a lot of excitement in various forums since Curbed reported that a “Brooklyn Heights penthouse” sold for $20 million, a record for any residential property in the Borough of Brooklyn. Oddly, the New York Post story Curbed cites gives the correct location of the penthouse: Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Penthouse sits atop Quay Tower, seen in your correspondent’s photo, taken from the Promenade, looming over One Brooklyn Bridge Park. It’s what’s just below that brownish structure enclosing the building’s mechanicals. To be fair, the penthouse is higher than Brooklyn Heights, but only because it’s on top of a high rise building built on a littoral plain.

Perhaps, though, we should be grateful that this geographical misattribution might boost property values in the Heights.

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River Deli Has Fundraiser for Staff Thu, 09 Apr 2020 02:30:28 +0000

Thanks to alert reader Jorale-man we know that River Deli, long a favorite of your correspondent, his wife and daughter, and several friends, which has been closed because of the pandemic, has established a GoFundMe site to take donations to help support their kitchen and floor staff during what may be a long closure. While the GoFundMe site shows they’ve exceeded their very modest ($100) goal, more will be needed if this proves to be (and we earnestly hope it won’t) a lengthy closure.

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Sahadi’s Closed for Shoppers: Take Out and Delivery Only Mon, 06 Apr 2020 13:02:51 +0000

Sahadi’s on Atlantic Avenue is closed for shoppers because the narrow aisles do not afford space for social distancing. Orders for pickup or delivery can be made hereUpdate: earliest deliveries are Monday, April 24; pick up times start on Friday, April 17, with limited slots available. See comments below.

The new Industry City store remains open for shopping from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. daily. Shoppers are asked to maintain proper social distancing.

Photo: C. Scales for BHB

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Keeping Virus Free While Shopping? The Eagle Has Suggestions From Local Residents Sat, 04 Apr 2020 02:42:41 +0000

Mary Frost of the Eagle has interviewed local residents about how they do their grocery shopping while avoiding COVID-19 contamination. She got responses from many local residents, including City Council Member Stephen Levin; Lara Birnback, executive director of the Brooklyn Heights AssociationKate Chura, executive director of the Montague Street BID; and Brooklyn Heights residents Beverly Closs, and Will Hasty. Your correspondent, while trying to keep things clean, needed some advice from these good people.

Photo: C. Scales for BHB

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Take Out and Delivery Going Strong at Henry’s End Thu, 02 Apr 2020 23:20:08 +0000

From our friends at Henry’s End:

Take Out plus Wine, Beer & Cocktails!

We are continuing Take Out, Monday-Saturday, from 4:30- 8:30. The entire menu is available plus nightly specials! Just call us at the restaurant, 718 834 1776, place your order and you can usually pick up within 30 minutes.

In addition to our discounted wines, we are now also offering Cocktails & Beers to go. You can order a Manhattan, Negroni or Margarita for $12 each, which are in sealed pouches. All you have to do is open the pouch and pour your drink over ice and stir!

If you would rather have your food delivered, you can do so through our partner, Caviar.

Since this pandemic began, we have had to lay off most of our employees at both Henry’s End and the Brooklyn Heights Wine Bar. We are grateful that take out has enabled us to rehire a few HE employees, but the majority and all of the Winebar employees are out of work. We have set up Go Fund Me Campaigns to support the staff at Henry’s End and the Brooklyn Heights Wine Bar. No donation would be too small in helping our restaurant families get through this. All donations will go to directly to both staffs of the restaurants.

– Mark, Julian, Hallie and the staff of Henry’s End & Brooklyn Heights Wine Bar


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Goodbye (For Now) Notes From Montague Street Local Businesses Thu, 02 Apr 2020 03:37:46 +0000

Even on a sunny and temperate day like today, Montague St. was a near ghost town, making social distancing uneasily too easy. Many, but not all, of our local businesses are closed. Here are the goodbye (for now) notes they left for us. We can’t wait to have them all back in action…

To create that gorgeous arrangement and green the entire block for us…


To frame those photos we’ve been meaning to frame for so long…


To help us look and live better, all for a good cause…


To steam some dumplings for us…


To spruce up our wardrobe with classic yet fashion forward finds…


To host our kids’ chocolate-making birthday parties…


To help us accessorize any outfit for any occasion…


To double scoop us “caramel moose prints” on a sugar waffle cone…


To give us half an hour of pure purry therapy…


To serve us that spinach artichoke dip and a bowl of mussels…


To give us that perfect cut, color, and blowout…


To ladle us that soul-satisfying pho.


We really can’t wait. Until then, at least we have this essential business.


For other businesses that are still open, check out Montague BID.

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Brooklyn Heights Artist Angela Rizzuti Wishes “Good Health” to All Thu, 02 Apr 2020 01:35:59 +0000

Angela Rizzuti, a Brooklyn Heights resident artist, graduate of the Parsons School of Design, and now retired Grace Church School teacher who taught your correspondent’s daughter there, made this little poster and displayed it in her window. The pastor of the Zion German Evangelical Lutheran Church has told her he will base his e-sermon this Sunday on it. We at BHB join in Angela’s wish for all.

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Park Plaza Diner Closes for Now; Eyebrows Trivia & Karaoke Zooms Wed, 01 Apr 2020 20:05:03 +0000

The Park Plaza Restaurant was once-bustling with attorneys, courthouse, and Office of Emergency Management employees, college students, and regulars from the neighborhood. For many, the family-run Park Plaza was a second dining room where patrons and staff alike knew one another’s names. Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams frequently held meetings with constituents at a coveted corner table. Children ogled the cookies and cakes in the case near the cash register.

Sadly, once the COVID-19 crisis shuttered restaurants for dining-in, even take out orders weren’t enough to keep the beloved restaurant operational. The blog found this message on the diner’s website this morning.

To our loyal customers. As of April 1, 2020 Park Plaza Restaurant will close indefinitely due to the covid -19 pandemic. This was a difficult decision but we feel the right one at this time. Our first priority is the health and safety of our customers and our staff.

We appreciate all the love and support we have received over the last few weeks from all of you. We will reopen when the time is right and will continue to serve the Brooklyn Heights community and beyond like we have been for 37 years.

Please use our contact us form for inquiries.

We at the blog are all thinking of Nick, Dimitri, Eve, Rosie and the entire Park Plaza staff and hope all of our neighborhood restaurants can re-open soon.

Tommy Kafkalas, aka Tommy Eyebrows, has been an entertainment staple at Park Plaza for close to three years.  Each week in the bar, he hosted Tuesday Night Trivia and Family Karaoke on Wednesdays. Early in the evening, the kids would knock out everything from “Let It Go” to “Old Town Road,” and “Hotel California” with full harmonies. Then at 8:00 pm it was “adult swim.” Drinks flowed, laughter and comradery ensued.

Last week, Tommy moved Karaoke to a Zoom conference as an experiment. Tonight, you can log on starting at 6:00 pm with Zoom ID: 387 867 5309 and belt one out. He’s also expanding his schedule. In an email to his mailing list, Tommy shared, “Next week I will be working alongside my Beard and Brows partner Tim to bring you events every day (except Sunday) to keep the morale up!”

Stay safe everyone. And don’t forget to #shoplocal when you can. As Tommy would say, “Eyebrows Out!”


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Support Brooklyn Heights Wine Bar And Henry’s End GoFundMe Campaigns Sat, 28 Mar 2020 02:17:23 +0000

Sharing two more local restaurants’ GoFundMe campaigns to help staff who have suffered a sudden loss of income. Two more neighborhood institutions that deserve our support. Let’s keep them afloat until we can meet again to wine and dine there!

From Brooklyn Heights Wine Bar’s:

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

We miss you all and can’t wait to congregate again. In this difficult time, we are asking if you can to make a donation to help our front and back of the house staff through this.  Due to our closing, the entire staff is unfortunately put out of work. 100% of donations will go to the BH Wine Bar staff. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and are looking forward to seeing you back at our home soon.

From Henry’s End’s:

Our generous friends and neighbors have helped keep the restaurant going with nightly takeout. However, most of our serving staff and kitchen staff have been laid off due to the mandated closure. We hope that you can help our Henry’s End family get through this crisis. All donations made will go directly to our employees. We will make it through this crisis and look forward to being together to celebrate with our friends and neighbors.

Donate at this link for Brooklyn Heights Wine Bar.

Donate at this link for Henry’s End.


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Montague Bid Update-March 26th Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:53:32 +0000

The Montague BID has another helpful update with additions to the businesses and services that are open with links to their websites.

The resource list is extensive and includes, but is not limited to, business supports and tools, social services, volunteer opportunities, ways to help your neighbors, housing, mental health and much more. The information is all on the Montague Bid website.

 THANK YOU to everyone that’s been sharing information and resources with us. Please keep it coming. E-mail us at with news, updates, closings, and resources. Follow us on Instagram @montaguebid and Facebook for updates. Stay well.”



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