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Week-Long Brooklyn Book Festival Blankets The Borough

August 26, 2012

The Brooklyn Book Festival has announced its comprehensive lineup for the first-ever weeklong series of “Bookend Events” that will take place at venues throughout the borough from September 17 through September 23. The seventh-annual event is presented by Brooklyn Tourism and the Brooklyn Literary Council, initiatives of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, with support from AT&T.

It’s billed as the largest free literary gathering in New York City, with numerous events taking place in Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Fort Greene and Park Slope. See the full schedule here.

Markowitz commented, “Brooklyn has more writers per square inch than almost anywhere else in the country, all contributing to our growing reputation as the epicenter of the literary universe—where authors from across the globe gather each fall for the Brooklyn Book Festival, one of the world’s most prestigious free literary festivals. This year, the Festival expands from four days to an entire week of diverse literary offerings.”

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Kittery’s Seafood Coming To Smith Street In Carroll Gardens

August 11, 2012

A spanking new seafood restaurant is moving into 305 Smith Street at Union in Carroll Gardens. Brownstoner reminds us that the space housed Diego for a short time, and before that, Union Smith Cafe.

Kittery is a small fishing town in Maine, which includes the touristy seaside areas of Badger’s Island and Kittery Point. Mmm, mmm, good!

(Photo: Brownstoner)

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Crain’s: Cobble Hill & Carroll Gardens’ Court Street Maintains Old-World Feel

August 9, 2012

“Court Street Shops Defy the Odds” is the headline of a Crain’s New York Business profile of the main street that runs through Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens, which surveys the 13-block strip between Warren Street and Fourth Place, where nearly 20 longtime, mostly Italian-American mom-and-pop stores maintain healthy business.

The story notes that row houses within the region “can now fetch as much as $3 million. Pricey cars dot the curbs of low-key streets. Celebrity sightings—from Jay-Z to British novelist Martin Amis—are increasingly common. Yet out along Court Street, one of the neighborhoods’ main shopping drags, there is a surprising degree of continuity.”

Crain’s says that many of the Court Street stalwarts—from cafés to a clothier, many of them dating back to the early decades of the past century—have been able to escape rising rents “that have killed scores of their erstwhile neighbors, because their forebears had the foresight to snap up their spaces while they could. And nearly all of them have found ways to adapt to the area’s ever-evolving tastes while carefully preserving as much of the old ways as possible.”

For one, veteran sausage purveyor G. Esposito & Sons Jersey Pork Store, “started hawking rice balls, sandwiches and pasta alongside its curtains of handmade sopressata and pepperoni that hang from the pressed-tin ceiling.” Up the street, the owners of D’Amico Foods has been thriving since 1948. Current owner Francis D’Amico, whose grandfather Emanuele opened the store, says that when it opened, there were two kinds of coffee: dark-roast Italian and an American brown roast. Today, Francis cooks up more than 100 gourmet blends, while his wife, Joan, “still greets some longtime patrons with hugs and many others by their first names.”

Changes have also come at pub P.J. Hanleys, which is going strong 138 years after its first beer hit the bar, and at Scotto Funeral Home, which has been laying locals to rest for four generations.

“I had heard about the old-school Italian vibe here,” says Rachel Kash, a writer who moved to the area from the East Village three years ago. “I just had no idea about how many of these places still actually existed. Few areas have this kind of character or heritage.”

Read the full piece at Crain’s here.

(Photo: Row House Magazine)

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State Assemblywoman Joan Millman: Bring Back B71 Bus; Sign the Petition

July 20, 2012

State Assemblywoman Joan Millman has started a petition drive on the website to restore service on the B71 bus along Union Street. She notes that this bus has been a valuable transportation resource for residents of the Columbia Street Waterfont District, Carroll Gardens, and Boerum Hill. She will be testifying at an MTA board meeting next week, and needs as many signatures as possible before next Tuesday, July 24. You can sign the petition here.

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Real Estate

Brownstones Drive Up Brooklyn Residential Prices In 2Q 2012

July 19, 2012

While residential prices held steady throughout Brooklyn in 2012′s second quarter, a marked decline in inventory and a notable uptick in brownstone sales raised the bar for pricing in Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill.

Read more on the Brooklyn Heights Blog here.

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UPDATE: Fallen Carroll Gardens Townhouse To Be Demolished

July 7, 2012

Following the collapse of about half of a three-story brownstone in Carroll Gardens Monday, the city will demolish the 50-foot-wide structure next to PS 58 Elementary School.

Much of the eastern wall of 241 Carroll Street (between Court and Smith streets) came down at 1:13 a.m. Monday, exposing the interior of the regal brownstone. A gash extended from roof-to-ground, and included much of the home’s south wall as well, according to AP. Miraculously, no one was injured.

By Tuesday, a massive crane was on-site, along with workers knocking away at the side of the building with hand tools, according to the South Brooklyn Post. FDNY, police, city employees and neighbors also surveyed the damage. Homes adjacent to the fallen brownstone have been evacuated until after demolition is completed.

While the cause of the collapse is still unknown, the city believes age and natural deterioration are to blame, as the home dates to the mid 1800s. In the mid 1900s, the adjoining building was demolished to make way for PS 58, which also could have destabilized the structure.

(Photo: WNYC)

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Carroll Gardens’ Mama Maria’s All New Following Gordon Ramsay Makeover

July 6, 2012

Mama, mia! Since chef Gordon Ramsay made over Carroll Gardens restaurant Mama Maria’s for the filming of his Fox television series “Kitchen Nightmares,” the eatery at 305 Court Street, has supplanted its traditional Italian vibe for a more Brooklyn feel. It also now features a shorter menu, shiny new paint and new decor.

The TV production sliced the restaurant’s menu down from 110 items to just 30, one of which is a special dish, Fox spokeswoman Joanna Wolff told DNAInfo. The menu still includes Italian favorites like a 10-inch pizza, lasagna and chicken parmesan.

“They cut down the menu so that each dish is better quality and more authentic, and changed some of the dishes so that the overall menu is a bit more modern, rather than strictly traditional Italian cuisine,” Wolff explained.

Aside from the entrees, tables have been covered with vintage newsprint bearing the restaurant’s name, alongside new artwork and a store sign with a more urban signature. The awning of the restaurant has also been removed and replaced with the simple sign.

The “Kitchen Nightmares” episode featuring the restaurant is scheduled to air this fall.

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Carroll Gardens Building Partially Collapses On Carroll Street

July 2, 2012

Despite the collapse of about half of a three-story brownstone building in Carroll Gardens early Monday morning, miraculously, no residents were injured.

Much of the eastern wall of 241 Carroll Street (between Court and Smith streets) came down, exposing the interior of the regal brownstone. A gash extended from roof-to-ground, and included much of the home’s south wall as well, according to AP.

The collapse took place at 1:13 a.m. Monday, leaving six residents unable to return to their apartments. Two families on the first and second floors were on vacation. Police say work had been done in the building and that city building inspectors are investigating.

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Bank Coming To Dilapidated Carroll Gardens Lot At 232 Smith Street

June 21, 2012

A dilapidated empty lot at the corner of Smith & Douglass streets in Carroll Gardens is about to cash in on commerce. reports that the 5,000 square-foot space at 232 Smith Street is going to become the location of a bank.

The lot is owned by Son Claire Realty LLC, a limited liability company owned by Claire Palermo and her son, who confirmed that she intends to sell it to a banking chain. She declined further details. The pair has accumulated $150,000 in unpaid violations from the Environmental Control Board over the years for letting the derelict space become a hazard.


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New York Times Offers Portrait Of Carroll Gardens’ Smith Street Corridor

June 16, 2012

The New York Times serves up a luxurious portrait of the Carroll Gardens neighborhood—and specifically the Smith Street corridor—in the weekend Real Estate section.

Among its observations: “Carroll Gardens is the quiet Brooklyn neighborhood that lies between Red Hook and Gowanus. Established in the late 1800s, the area used to be considered South Brooklyn, but that was before the borough got carved up into minidistricts, each with its own character and bragging rights. A sign hanging in the small historic district on President Street, a few steps off Smith, sums up the milieu: ‘Its brownstone facades, coherent in style, with lavish gardens between the houses and the street, create a charming period enclave.’”

Read the entire story here.

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