Hey folks, welcome back to the second installment of Brokelyn’s newest profile series: Perfect Summer Sundays. Each week, we bring you a local personality from the borough. They tell you how they like to spend a Sunday in their neighborhood. Then, you try it on for size. Tourists, too! Gone are the empty brags of having “been to Bushwick,” or the misguided attempts to hang out where the locals do. This way, you get a taste of what the neighborhood’s all about from someone who actually lives there, and you can leave satisfied.
This week we’re taking you to Prospect-Lefferts Gardens with Alison Pels, newly-crowned pie potentate of central Brooklyn. Since opening her own shop in the area, Pels has discovered all there is to know about this unassuming little neighborhood tucked in next to Prospect Park, and she’s brought all her “secrets of the garden” to Brokelyn! (more…)
Nothing makes the olds around here happier than seeing members of the Brokelyn Alumni Club go on to bigger and other things. Longtime readers may remember Alison Pels’ seminal work on freeloading at museums and her bravery and fortitude in hydrant-testing drugstore makeup with the other Broketown Ladies. She is also the journalistic powerhouse behind the definitive investigation into whether Dr. Bronner’s really has 18 uses. (Spoiler alert: maybe.) Now she’s plying her smarts on pastry dough with Pels Pie Co. (446 Rogers Avenue), her pie shop, bar and coffee house opening today in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens with all kinds of merriment, then open daily from 7 to 10. Stop by, but don’t do any of these things! Mean time, here’s more on how Alison rose from the ranks of the doughless and achieved what 1 in 3 Brooklynites only say they’re going to do: (more…)
It’s the same old story you read about again and again: local business in “up and coming” neighborhood closes after a rent battle, landlord looks for someone new, a national chain like Starbucks backs a dump truck full of money in her yard and Brooklyn has another chain store. Except this time, according to DNA Info, Starbucks’ plan to move into Prospect-Lefferts Gardens was rebuffed by the landlord of a retail space, who said she’s not interested in renting to the coffee giant and is looking for a local business to fill the space. (more…)
They’re breaking out the balloons for you and everything. via Facebook
Park Slope’s low-price deliciousness monopoly is getting shaken this Sunday. A couple months ago we told you Prospect-Lefferts Gardens would be getting a food coop this year. Well the day has come and you no longer need to schlep all the way to Park Slope and use a stroller as a shopping cart just so you feel like you fit in, because the Lefferts Community Food Co-op is opening Sunday with an open shopping day for everyone. (more…)
Real estate speculation! Sometimes it takes the form of horrible arson. Oftentimes, it takes much more banal, but somehow more unappealing-sounding forms, like this article in Real Estate Weekly about Pittsburgh-based HLC Equity buying a building in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Why are they doing it, and what’s their plan? Funny you should ask!
Farber said he saw 146 Fenimore Street as the ideal first investment in Brooklyn because of its proximity to several subway lines and the neighborhood’s untapped, fast-growing potential…convincing Farber that Prospect Lefferts Gardens is on the cusp of a major influx of white-collar residents.
Most of the building’s units are rent-stabilized, and HLC plans to slowly renovate the entire building.
“We could probably sell it at a profit right now,” Farber said. “But we want to hold on to it.”
Well, sucks to be you, rent-stabilized resident’s who we’re sure won’t be harassed in any way by your out-of-town landlords betting on “more white-collar residents.” Just to be sure though, don’t forget that you’ve got rights when it comes to improvements, and your rent in general.
If you make the decision to evict a community garden (may we ask you please don’t do that?), you need to make sure you have your house in order. You need your backhoes and your trucks and your constitution that allows you not to listen to people’s pleading. Oh! And you gotta bring some proof of ownership, or else the police will bounce you, as two jokers learned recently when they started tearing up Prospect-Lefferts Gardens’ Maple Street Community Garden. (more…)
There are worse places to spend a summer Saturday. We think. via Facebook
Freelancers, small business owners lend us your ears! Working out of a cafe is merely a croissant and a small coffee away, but does the fear of having your laptop stolen while you hit the can or order another large iced Americano ever go away?
Are YOU the future owner this cat is ignoring? via Craigslist
Update: The Craiglist poster says she found homes for both this cat and a second one that magically appeared where she had found the first one. If you were ready to welcome a new cat into your home though, check out places like Brooklyn Animal Action or Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition. They’re almost always overflowing with pets looking to be your new owner.
Someone with terrible cat karma abandoned an adorable kitty after moving out of a Lefferts Gardens apartment last week. Shannon, a resident of the building, created a Craigslist ad hoping someone will help kitty out after she found her in the lobby. Shannon the Cat Rescuer called animal control but was told the cat would have to be euthanized within 72 hours if she wasn’t adopted. There’s no room in any of the city’s no-kill animal shelters and Shannon can’t keep a pet in her apartment, so things are getting desperate.
This is where you come in. We know you need someone to watch the Girls premier with this Sunday, and this cat needs someone to snuggle with and ignore simultaneously. The Craigslist post describes the cat as super affectionate, so she might not openly resent you for speaking to her in a patronizing baby voice while making her wear little hats. A cat that doesn’t bite you for dressing her in dumb outfits is pretty rare, so this master-human relationship is alive with pawssibility. Email Shannon the Cat Rescuer if you’re ready for a new best friend or have any ideas of how to help out.
Obviously you guys knew about our Real Estate section, but did you know that we’ve made some changes to pretty it up a bit? Well, we have, so now seems as good a time as ever to see what magical deals can be found within. For starters, how about this 3-bedroom in Ditmas Park for $2,500/month. It’s being called “unbelievable,” and we can see why. Even without the furniture (we know, sucks you have to buy some) the place just oozes class and refinement. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you can’t go home with a six pack of High Life every night. (more…)
Daydream photo by Sean Elias-Reyes via PLGArts.org
If you have a kid, feel like one, or just enjoy good theater, catch one of Shakespeare’s best in your own backyard this June. The sixth annual Summer of Free Theater, presented by PLG Arts, is for Children Ages 3 to 103, which means it includes all Brokelynites, both the young and the slightly more seasoned. “Daydream,” a kid-friendly, 45-minute version of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, will be featured in 10 free performances in Prospect Park’s aptly-named Imagination Playground, every weekend in June. (more…)