Wednesday, May 24, 2017

From Brooklyn To Alaska For A Very Special Reason

"He is here!" is all my husband and I needed to hear from our son to pack our bags and head to Alaska.
After an impossibly long flight that involved a stop-over in Atlanta, we arrived this past Monday in a small town just 40 miles outside of Anchorage to be greeted by our son, his girlfriend and their brand new baby boy.
And instantly, I fell in love.
For the past two days, I have spent hours staring at the little munchkin, examining every tiny facial expression and soaking in his newborn baby scent.
And then, there is the stunning landscape all around. Spring has just begun here, the trees are getting their new leaves and the daffodils are popping out of the ground. The mountains are still covered in snow and it is all very magical.
My week here in Alaska is passing by too quickly. The little Peanut will soon move to Austin, where his parents normally live. Thankfully, that is closer to Brooklyn, but not close enough for my taste, of course.
Life is full of wonder and adventures. This one may be the most amazing and magical adventure yet!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

This Memorial Day, Let's Honor Carroll Gardens Servicemen At Carroll Park Memorial



Everyone here in the neighborhood knows the beautiful war memorial that stands in the center of Carroll Park, but few take the time to read the long list of names on the two bronze plaques attached to the side of the monument, commemorating those Carroll Gardeners who died in the service of this country.
This Memorial Day, let's take a moment to remember Franky Manning, Joseph Milori, Pasquale Muscillo and their comrades . Read on:

Memorial Day Ceremony In Carroll Park
Monday, May 29th – 11:00am

It is a day to honor our nation’s war dead.  It is a day to honor our veterans. It is a day to pray for the safe return of all those presently serving in our military. Join us as we honor their sacrifice
and as we place a wreath at the war memorial monument.

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.