Daily Archives: March 4, 2009

Toll Bros Update

The Brooklyn Paper has a midday update about Councilman Bill DeBlassio’s stance on the development project looking more and more like it’s on its way to the Gowanus Canal. Says the pape:

DeBlasio’s support is crucial as the plan enters its final public review before the City Council, which was set to hold a hearing today. Councilmembers tend to defer to the local lawmaker on land-use issues.


Destination: Red Hook

I couldn’t resist.  clearwater-sloop

It appears that  pretty soon the Waterfront Museum won’t be the only boat making a home in the water behind Fairway (don’t worry, Sharps, your boat still has about 40 years on the new kid).  From GreenBeat Brooklyn:

From July 30 to Aug. 2, the Clearwater (a 108-foot wooden replica of an 18th- and 19th-century traditional cargo vessel) will be docked near the Fairway Cafe in Red Hook, said Captain Heyman. Normally, the ship’s stay at any given dock would be two to five days, but in this case, “there is the possibility that it could be extended,” she said.

This particular dock is owned by Tom Fox, the president of New York Water Taxi. Heyman is grateful to him, as well as property owner Greg O’Connell, for their generous support.

She explained that the Brooklyn location for the Clearwater is ideal for many reasons. It has “the best fishing in the Hudson River estuary,” and is wide open enough for the wake from other boats “not to get too vicious.”


Either a horrifying place or a super-hot Coffee Roasting company on its way to Red Hook. Stumptown has been slowly spreading throughout Brooklyn, and you might’ve heard about the outpost they’re opening in Red Hook.  Either way, a good article from the place that would know them best gives a nice background to their entrance to the neighborhood:

The roastery in Red Hook will offer free weekend tastings and, more important, will give Stumptown the freshness that comes with having beans roasted on-site daily. Sorenson said he eventually would like to open a cafe in Red Hook in order to create relationships and have a presence in the neighborhood.

If nothing else, they chose a nice picture for their homepage.

If nothing else, they chose a nice picture for their homepage.

A Beer Garden Grows In Brooklyn

OK, based on the language that Eater uses about this rumor, maybe might be too strong a word.  In either case, something to think about:

First, we’re hearing from a couple of sources that the Franks (of the Frankies Spuntinos and Prime Meats) are working in conjunction with Shane Welch of Sixpoint Craft Ales to open a cafe on Court Street and (yes and) a Frankies beer garden in the vicinity of—or perhaps even in—the current space of the Sixpoint Brewery. We always wished that brewery could have a tap room, so this idea is pretty much gold. Neither Mr. Welch nor anyone at Frankies will confirm the rumors


The folks at Sixpoint have always been good neighbors (except for their too-hard-to-identify front door.  Even as I type this I’m not sure if the picture above is the door I’ve gone through or the decoy).  Here’s wishing them the best, whether they have visions of beer gardens dancing in their heads or not.

Around the borough (mini version)

While Borough Prez Marty Markowitz takes a stand on tolling the East River bridges, another “Toll” project takes a step forward (credit for info, and blame for Toll pun, goes to the Brooklyn paper).

If you’re near City Hall right now, HURRY UP and get to the Zoning & Franchises Subcommittee Public Hearing regarding Toll Brothers.  Details, courtesy of Pardon Me For Asking:

City Hall
Committee Room (R to City Hall or A to Chambers St.)
March 4, 2009 9:30am

Written testimony can be sent to Tony Avella,
Chairperson of Zoning & Franchises

avella@council.nyc.ny.us (original post)