"Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees, stripped of all her proud monuments, until there will be nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? If they are not inspired by the past of our city, where will they find the strength to fight for her future?" Jacqueline Kennedy

Monday, November 16, 2015

Wonderful Video Paying Tribute To South Brooklyn's Enduring Mom And Pop Stores


Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Grete Suarez, who has been covering Carroll Gardens as part of her journalism graduate studies at Columbia University.
She mentioned a film she made over the summer on the enduring mom-and-pop shops in South Brooklyn.  There are all featured in the film: Espositos, Marietta, D'Amico, Mazzone's, Sam's Pizza and many more who have defied the odds and have been part of the community for more than 50 years..  You will love it.
Please share and let us remember to support our local businesses so that they will still be here in the next 50 years.

Thank you for allowing me to post this on PMFA, Grete.

Here is a bit about Grete:
Grete Suarez is a multimedia journalist based in New York. She's originally from Sydney, Australia, and have lived in Madrid, London, and Hong Kong working in the financial sector before deciding to become a journalist. Grete is currently honing her skills as a graduate journalism student at Columbia University, and is an avid coffee drinker.


Grete Suarez said...

Thank you for posting! I'm really happy to share this special story.

Anonymous said...

And so many others have fallen by the way over the past 10 or so years: the wonderful pharmacy where the Chase bank stands, the Leonard's Pizza restaurant where there is now a Duncan Donuts, the old butcher where there is now an Apple Bank, just to mane a few.

Carroll Garden's did quite well once without all those banks and chain shops.

Graying Mantis said...

There was this film from several years ago. Poignant and wistful.

Teri said...


Andy said...

Did anybody else see the nationally run ads featuring George Esposito in front of his store promoting the Thursday Night Jets game last week? Old news by now, but still pretty cool.

Anonymous said...

Really awesome, but man...I can't support Damico coffee anymore. I suspect they might soon be the next victim as quality of everything around them increases.

Nice people, but the coffee is god-awful. I heard the owner made some disparaging remarks about how coffee has evolved (i.e. the 3rd wave roasters like Stumptown and Blue Bottle) and that kind of ended it for me.

Anonymous said...

D'amico isn't a micro roaster like Stumptown. They make their own two roasts for people who make normal coffee. Also they need to put the old sign back or get a new one. That plastic banner has to go.
Also, FYI, Scottos Wine merchant is not family run. The new owners bought the name. Fact Checking.
In any event it is nice to see this little video.