Monday, May 22, 2017

As In Years Past, The Carroll Park Fair 2017 Was A Big Hit

The annual Carroll Park Fair, which took place this past Saturday, continues to be one of the most popular events in Carroll Gardens. As usual, it drew large crowds, even though the weather was a bit on the cool side.  The entire Valentino Ball Field was set aside for vendors, who sold everything from furniture, household items, clothing, records, toys and so much more. It is a great opportunity to pick up a bargain, to find out about new businesses, and to connect to neighbors.

The event is hosted by Friends of Carroll Park, which has been holding the fair for over 20 years now.
Hopefully you had an opportunity to stop by the park to check it out.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Picture Of The Day: Friday At Last

Wishing you a wonderful Friday night here in South Brooklyn.
Don't forget to take advantage of all the great events planned around the neighborhood tomorrow.

Sad Sight: Lovely Wood Clad Building That Housed Book Court At 163 Court Street Loses Its Beautiful Old Façade

161 and 163 Court Street when the buildings housed Book Court
(photo credit:
Book Court, before it closed.
On May 18, 2017
First, the South Brooklyn community mourned the loss of BookCourt, a 35-year old Cobble Hill indie bookstore when owners, Henry Zook and Mary Gannett decided to retire.
Now, many in the neighborhood are saddened to see that 163 Court Street, the smaller of the two joint buildings that housed the bookstore is undergoing a major renovation that has stripped it of its original wood cladding and charming ornate wooden storefront.

After closing their business, Book and Gannett sold both 161 and 163 Court Street to Eastern Capital for an estimated $13.6 million. Permits were almost immediately filed with the NYC Department of Buildings and works has been progressing rapidly.

Esther, a local resident reached out to PMFA to say:
"I recently walked past 163 Court Street, the smaller of the two (former) Book Court buildings. The wood cladding and window surrounds have been removed, exposing the frame and brick nogging, and the historic storefront has been ripped out. Any idea what is happening there? Rare wood frame building, c.1840s. Very sad because I doubt any restorative work is planned."

A Permit for 'proposed façade and store front alteration' has been issued by the NYC Department of Buildings. A permit for a vertical and horizontal enlargement is pending. The architect on record is John Schimenty.
The larger building at #163 will also be enlarged.

It is important to note that neither of the two buildings is landmarked since only the opposite side of Court Street is within the footprints of the Cobble Hill Historic District.
One can only hope that this old building will not be totally remodeled, but one can't help but feel sad to see it in its current condition.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Moment In Time: Ices

Waiting in line for ices at Court Street Pastry Shop on this 90degree day in Carroll Gardens.
Whats's you favorite flavor?

St Paul's First Annual Flea Market This Saturday AND Sunday

If the yearly Carroll Park Fair, the Carroll Gardens Library Book sale and the Summit Street Community Tag and Bake Sale are not enough reason for you to stay close to the neighborhood this week-end, here is another: St. Paul's Episcopal Church's two day Flea Market.
Here are the details:
"It’s a two-day affair at St. Paul's next weekend when we hold our First Annual Flea Market on May 20 and 21st. On Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm we will have bargains galore in our Parish Hall, along the sidewalk on Carroll Street and even in Carroll Park. Then we get to do it all again on Sunday May 21st from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Although we have changed the name of our event you will still find quality goods at a reasonable price. Stock up on some summer reads in both hardcover and paperback or pick out a vintage frock to wear on your summer adventures We also have an eclectic collection of CD’S and DVD’s to choose from, and the usual bricker brac, knick knacks, vintage jewelry you have come to expect. And if you work up an appetite from all the bargain hunting, we will have prepared food, baked goods and beverages for sale
Many things in Carroll Gardens have changed but you will see our Flea Market isn’t one of them. So come down, shop, visit with your friends and neighbors and experience a true neighborhood tradition. We would love to see you. St Paul’s is located at 199 Carroll Street"

Take advantage of all these great neighborhood events and invite your friends.

Summit Street Community Garden Invites To Its Annual Spring Tag And Bake Sale Fundraiser This Saturday, May 20

(photos courtesy of Summit Street Community Garden)

This Saturday, May 20 from 10 am–3 pm, take a walk down to Columbia Street and check out Summit Street Community Garden's  annual Tag and Bake Sale. All proceeds will go directly towards beautifying the garden, so it's all for a good cause.

The Summit Street Community Garden is having its annual spring tag and bake sale fundraiser. Stop by to peruse items for sale, including seasonal clothing, jewelry, music, books, children's clothing and toys, household items and accessories and more! We’ll also have a variety of baked goods and iced tea. All proceeds go toward supplies, maintenance and plants to beautify the garden. For more information about the garden, please visit:

Summit Street Community Garden is located on the corner of Summit and Columbia Streets.

This Saturday, Head On Over To the Carroll Gardens Library for A Giant Book Sale

This Saturday, May 20th,  please show some love for our very own Carroll Gardens Library.  Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library, a group of volunteers who have dedicate themselves to making our 
local branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on Clinton Street even better, have organized a huge book and bake sale/fundraising event.
On sale will be a fantastic selection of books from fiction to art and everything in between. There will also be tons of children's books.
Additionally, the Friends group is holding a bake sale plus a raffle with gifts for both kids and adults. Plus an acoustic-guitar duo will be entertaining!
The event coincides with the Brooklyn Library's great Bike the Branches Day.   So, hop on your bike and head on over to our neighborhood branch.

Saturday, May 20
10am – 4pm
Carroll Gardens Library
396 Clinton Street (at Union Street)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Construction On Another Section Of New Bulkhead In The Gowanus Canal Has Begun


Part of the Environmental Protection Agency's Superfund clean-up of the Gowanus Canal depends on property owners replacing or repairing the bulkhead along their property, so that the bottom of the canal can safely be dredged without the uplands collapsing into the water.
A few sections along the 1.8 mile canal have already been replaced, notably along the Whole Foods Gowanus site as well as in front the Lightstone Development at 363 and 365 Bond Street.
Today, work on a new bulkhead began in front of 155 Third Street and the Canal.
The property belongs to Monandock Construction.
As you can tell from the  video, the work is a bit loud, but moves along swiftly.

The sooner the bulkheads along the Gowanus are replaced, the sooner the dredging can begin.
That is, unless the Potentially Responsible Parties, or polluters, who are responsible for paying and cleaning the canal, try to delay the clean-up.
They are trying....and we should not let them.

You might want to read this, if you missed it.
Forget Clean Gowanus Canal By 2022: Schedule Proposed By Potentially Responsible Parties Adds Six To Seven Years To Completion Date

Get Ready For The Carroll Park Fair 2017 This Saturday, May 20

The weather is supposed to be splendid this Saturday, so plan on stopping by the yearly Carroll Park Fair this Saturday May 20 from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Come by and shop for housewares, clothes, books, music, antiques, jewelry, furniture, tchotchkes, and everything else under the sun, meet neighbors and make new friends.
The event is hosted by Friends of Carroll Park and will be held at the Valentino Ball Field, located along Court Street between Carroll and President Street.

I'll be there. Hope you will, too.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Picture Of The Day: Blue Sky

Clotheslines, telephone wires and a blue sky.
View from my Brooklyn back yard today.

Third Street Bridge Traffic Reduced To Single Lane During D.O.T. Repair Starting May 22

The New York City Department of Transportation has just issued a notice of work  on the Third Street Bridge in Gowanus.  Traffic will be reduced to single lane of traffic between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m starting on Monday May 22, 2017.
The work is apparently related to "bridges recovery construction from Superstorm Sandy.
Flaggers will be out on either side of the lane reduction to assist traffic as well as variable message boards which will alert motorists of the construction."
Below is a list of workdays.
Monday 5/22
Wednesday 5/24
Thursday 5/25
Friday 5/26
Tuesday 5/30
Wednesday 5/31
Thursday 6/1
Friday 6/1

It probably is a good idea to avoid the area on those days.

Smith Street Stage Returns To Carroll Park This Summer With Its Production Of Shakespeare's "Richard III"

Actors Michael Hanson and Katie Willmorth
In Smith Street Stage's production of Richard III
(photo credit: Chris Montgomery)
(photo credit: Chris Montgomery)
(photo credit: Chris Montgomery)
Once again,  award-winning Brooklyn theatre company Smith Street Stage will be bringing Shakespeare to Carroll Park here in Carroll Gardens for two weeks this summer.  Since 2010, their
free, open-air productions have included Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Henry IV, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth.
This summer, Smith Street Stage has chosen to perform Richard III, a play about the short lived reign of the 15th-century British monarch that is as timely today as when it was written.

From Smith Street Stage: 
Richard III tells the story of a country in turmoil and a madman lusting for power. As the ruthless and charismatic Richard claws his way to the throne, a nation is forced to the breaking point in this chilling tale of a tyrant, his enablers, and those who attempt to resist.

Richard III is directed by Jonathan Hopkins and features Brendan Cataldo* as Clarence, Raquel Chavez as Anne, Justin Crowley as Edward, Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy as Elizabeth, Michael Hanson as Richard, Eleanor McCormick as Catesby, Oliver Palmer as Brakenbury, Nowani Rattray as Richmond, Danny Rivera as Stanley, Chloe Ross as the Prince, Kate Ross as Margaret, Corey Whelihan as Hastings, and Katie Willmorth as Buckingham.

Performances will take place in Carroll Park from June 7 through June 27, Wednesdays through Sundays at 7:30pm.
Smith Street Stage encourages everyone to arrive half an hour prior to curtain time. A limited number of chairs will be available, but please feel free to bring your own lawn chairs and/or picnic blankets. Admission is free. No tickets are necessary. The performance is family-friendly, so bring the kids. 
So mark your calendar, tell your friends and be there.

For further information, go to or follow Smith Street Stage on Facebook.