Cobble Hill Blog Presented by The Brooklyn Bugle Sat, 16 May 2015 18:27:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill Window Box Contest Sat, 16 May 2015 18:27:14 +0000 IMG_0650_1

As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the Brooklyn Heights Garden Club is sponsoring a window box contest open to all residents of Brooklyn Heights or Cobble Hill. Contestants may enter more than one kind of planting; flowers in window boxes, containers, and tree beds are all eligible. You must choose a category: either “I did it myself” or “a professional helped me.” Entry is free; the deadline for entry is Wednesday, May 27. Judging will be on Tuesday, June 2 and winners will be announced on Thursday, June 4.

Entry forms are available at the Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, Floral Heights, James Weir Floral, or Seaport Flowers. You may also email your name, address, phone number, category, and type of planting to the Club at

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Help Keep Cobble Hill Park Beautiful Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:31:24 +0000 from the Cobble Hill Association: ]]> From the Cobble Hill Association:

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of Cobble Hill Park. At slightly more than a half acre, it was the City’s first vest pocket installation, established as a passive use environment to complement the surrounding brownstone area. It is well used and well loved.

Every Tuesday morning, spring through fall, you will find volunteers working there to supplement the tremendous efforts of the NYC Parks Department. This attention makes for brighter flowers, healthier leaves, and a welcoming environment for young and old. And yet, there is still some much needed maintenance that the volunteers cannot tackle and the Parks Department cannot address as often as is desirable.

The Cobble Hill Association, in conjunction with the Parks Department has begun to address some of these issues. It commissioned both a detailed survey of the Park’s aging trees and a detailed scope of work to address their ongoing needs. The recommendations for pruning and bracing have been accomplished, with funding from the Association and supervision by the Parks Department. Additional plans call for soil amendment and mulching, again to be supervised by the Parks staff. This extra effort will assure the community of a safe and enjoyable environment for decades to come.

This important work is underwritten by the community as are the supplies needed for the plantings and volunteer efforts throughout the year. Last weekend marked the start of spring and so we now ask that you consider giving the best gift you can to support these efforts. The Cobble Hill Tree Fund and a few generous residents have already begun lending financial support to help pay for both the current improvements and guarantee the park remains a cherished center of our community in the years ahead. We hope you will now join the cause too.

Please donate either on the web or by mail with the instructions below. Together we can speak for the trees in our own backyard.

DONATE on the web
– Enter your contribution via our membership form in the “Fund for Cobble Hill Park” category.

DONATE by mail
– Send a check to the address below with “Fund for Cobble Hill Park” in the memo.
Cobble Hill Association
P.O. Box 376
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Save the Date: The Cobble Hill Tree Fund Plant Sale is May 2nd Sun, 29 Mar 2015 19:00:04 +0000 The Cobble Hill Tree Fund will hold its annual Plant Sale at Cobble Hill Park on Saturday May 2nd from 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

There will be fun for everybody that day including a plant identification game for kids and terrarium building from Edelweiss Florist (with a $15 donation).

The 26 year old organization is dedicated to maintaining and planting trees all around Cobble Hill.

The group is also looking for volunteers to help out that day. For detail on how to participate visit their website.

In 2008,the NY Times wrote about the huge impact of George Polimeros, the inspiration for the Cobble Hill Tree Fund:

NYT: In 1966, when Ms. Dillon moved to the neighborhood, there were few street trees in Cobble Hill. The brownstones sold for $10,000, and many had been cut up into rooming houses, where Irish, Italian and Syrian immigrants rented space for about $100 a month. Feuding gangs, the Playboys and the Black Diamonds, shared the streets with the knife sharpeners and the horse-drawn fruit carts. Parents in Brooklyn Heights told their children not to wander south of Atlantic Avenue. Banks called it a “transitional neighborhood,” Ms. Dillon said, and it was hard to get a mortgage.

But a well of civic pride fed the residents of Cobble Hill. They fought for the park that today sits next to the mews houses on Verandah Place, and they issued a design guide for preserving brownstones that was circulated in historic neighborhoods in New York and beyond.

And they planted trees. George Polimeros, an engineer who was the tree manager for the Cobble Hill Association, led the effort. “He planted more than 2,000 trees,” said his widow, Demetra Polimeros, who still lives in the neighborhood. Her husband, who died in 1979, would go from house to house with his guitar to persuade residents over drinks and music to contribute money to the tree-planting effort.

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Landmarks Approves Revised Design For Building At Court And Congress Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:05:56 +0000 On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans to construct a new building on the current parking lot at 178 Court Street (at the corner of Congress Street).

The new building was designed by Sherida Paulsen and Robert Bianco of PKSB Architects. It will be two-stories-tall and rise 30 feet (39 feet to the top of the bulkhead). It is intended for up to two retail tenants.

The old design, left, and new design, right.

The old design, left, and new design, right.

When the project was presented in February, none of the commissioners had any objection to a two-story building at the site. It was the approach with which they had a problem. They felt that the windows were too big for a residential purpose, but the red brick wasn’t industrial enough for a commercial purpose.

178 Court Street_Revised LPC Submission_03.19.2015.pdf

The new design features brick that is more beige in color, plus more detailing. The elevator and stair bulkhead has also been made smaller to reduce visibility. This pleased LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan, who said the design was “more true to what it is.” Ms. Paulsen wasn’t even required to finish her presentation and the new building was approved unanimously.

You can see the rest of the presentation below.

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Evan Bindelglass is a local freelance journalist, photographer, cinephile, and foodie. You can e-mail him, follow him on Twitter @evabin, or check out his personal blog.

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Stabbing at Bergen Street Domino’s Sparks Online Snark Attack Fri, 20 Mar 2015 02:41:15 +0000 The New York Daily News reports that a teen was stabbed by two others Wednesday night at the Domino’s Pizza parlor at Bergen and Smith Streets. No description of any of those involved has been released by the NYPD. However, the Internet Snark Machine has gone into overdrive since the news broke.

Comments on the Daily News site immediately spiraled into race baiting with barbs like this:

“CRay: #blacklivesmatter. What a joke!”

And, of course, the obligatory comment about Al Shaprton, who in the Bunkeresque minds of the Daily News readers, is some sort of omnipotent wizard with a Jedi mind trick hold on all people of color and the mayor:

“Steven Ladd: Where is silent “REV.” AL on this B S going on now”

But the smugness is not limited to the Joe Sixpack readership of the NYDN. Gothamist picked up the story and that means Caleb Artisinal Brew crowd are also taking a swing at this story. However, their readers weren’t obsessed with race (the NYPD has not released a description of any of those involved) but with the fact that victim had just ordered a Fettuccine Alfredo:

Mariano Paniello: Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens have some great pizza places. Not sure if they’d appear on anyone’s NY Pizza map, but I was fond of Giardini’s, Vinny’s, and South Brooklyn Pizza when I lived in the area. What’s odd to me is that I have friends who are born-and-raised Carroll Gardens Sicilians, and they like Domino’s. My name notwithstanding, I’m Hispanic, not Italian, and I’ve seen the same thing with other Hispanics: in my mom’s native city, San Pedro Sula, Honduras, there’s a Taco Bell that’s always mobbed. Honduras is in many ways the worst country in the world right now, but it’s got great food, so I’m absolutely mystified at how something like Taco Bell could be popular there. Then again, McDonald’s thrives in cities with great burgers, and KFC is popular in the South, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

OK, maybe not everyone was focused on a poor food choice:

motaskah: 2pm to 4 pm. this area is the worst. high school lets out and all the hoodlums move back to their apts in the faragut houses. It may be cobble hill but during this time it’s jail during recreation hour on the public streets. Imagine those “wildin” kids on the upper west side or the kids in the flatbush mcdonalds video, but hundreds of them. You could make a documentary. Always look at your watch. If it says 3 pm, don’t even think about going to Trader Joes.

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Boerum Hill Resident Ethan Hawke Will Team Up Again With Denzel Washington Tue, 03 Mar 2015 02:47:24 +0000 Ethan Hawke will team up again with his Training Day co-star Denzel Washington in a new project, Variety reports:]]> Boerum Hill resident/actor Ethan Hawke will team up again with his Training Day co-star Denzel Washington in a new project, Variety reports:

Sources say the Oscar-nominated Hawke is in final negotiations to join Washington in MGM’s “Magnificent Seven” remake with [Antoine] Fuqua directing.

Chris Pratt and Haley Bennett are also on board to star.

The 1960 original, itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai,” starred Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. It centered on seven gunslingers who protect an oppressed Mexican village from a group of outlaws.

Hawke is currently filming Maggie’s Plan around the area, including Brooklyn Heights where residents are not thrilled about the parking disruption caused by the production.

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P.S. 29 Receives Proclamation Because They’re So Green Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:56:09 +0000 NYS Senator Daniel Squadron visited P.S. 29 in Cobble Hill Friday to issue a New York State Proclamation honoring the school for its “extraordinary record of environmental stewardship and sustainability, along with their “green sweep” of recent honors.”

The presentation was made during the school’s Green Awards Celebration.

Here’s the official document:

Squadron PS 29 Green Awards Proclomation

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Is Bocca Lupo Finished? Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:06:03 +0000 Bocca Lupo done? Twitter user Jordan Warren says so, citing a sign on the door of the eatery: ]]> Is Bocca Lupo done? Twitter user Jordan Warren says so, citing a sign on the door of the eatery:

Their website and social accounts haven’t been updated in a while so all signs point to “maybe”.


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East River Tolls: The Dumbest Thing You’ve Ever Heard or Brilliant Idea? Sat, 21 Feb 2015 01:58:50 +0000 MOVE NY and area civic groups, including the Cobble Hill Association, held a public meeting Thursday night to discuss ways to ease traffic and fund repairs for the city’s infrastructure and mass transit. The group proposes adding tolls to East River crossings while lowering current tolls on bridges and tunnels currently charging.

Former NYC Traffic Commissioner “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz is beind the proposal. WNYC’s Brian Lehrer interviewed him this week about it:

The Brooklyn Eagle’s Mary Frost has written a comprehensive story on the meeting. Here’s an outline of what MOVE NY is proposing:

* Drivers on the East River Bridges would pay (electronically, meaning no toll booths) $5.54 with E-ZPass, or $8 without. Vehicles without E-ZPass will be billed via optical license-plate cameras.

* Drivers on the MTA’s major outlying bridges — the Triborough, Whitestone, Throgs Neck and Verrazano Narrows — would see tolls drop by $2.50 each way. Tolls on other bridges, such as the Cross Bay, Marine Parkway and Henry Hudson, would drop by $1 in each direction.

* Drivers to and from Manhattan south of 60th Street (the Central Business District) would also be tolled.

* Trucks and other commercial vehicles crossing into the Manhattan Central Business District would only pay the toll once per day.

* Yellow and green taxi trips would have an added surcharge, roughly $1.40 for a three-mile trip.

* The MTA and taxis would be authorized to establish a “time of day” or “peak/off-peak” rate schedule, with higher rates during weekday rush hours.

* Manhattan residents’ exemption from the tax on monthly parking fees would be eliminated.

* A new financing authority would collect tolls and fees and disburse them to city and state agencies – and work to keep the funds out of Albany’s hands. (See for full details.)

The plan does have its supporters in the community:

What do you think? Dumb idea or brilliant plan?

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Area Man Might Be Done with Trader Joe’s Thu, 19 Feb 2015 04:24:03 +0000 Twitter user Tom DiChristopher is a little miffed with the Atlantic Avenue Trader Joe’s. On Wednesday, he tweeted a photo of a crowded store with near empty shelves.

Sure, long lines before a snow storm are a “thing” at this Trader Joe’s and other supermarket in the area. After all, we need to stock up on milk and bread before the apocalypse, right? But is this a regular situation at the ol’ TJ’s?

And where the hell has Trader Brosef been? He hasn’t tweeted since November!

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Landmarks Not Ready To Approve New Building At 178 Court Street Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:52:14 +0000 A proposal to construct a new building at the corner of Court Street and Congress Street didn’t fly at the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Tuesday morning, Evan Bindelglass reported for New York YIMBY.

The proposal was for a two-story building on the vacant lot at 178 Court Street, to be home to one or two retail tenants, Bindelglass reported. The commissioners were fine with the idea of a new building on the site, but had concerns with the design, presented by architect Sherida Paulsen of PKSB Architects (she happens to be a former LPC chair). They want the scale broken down more and the cornice to be more established.

Evan Bindelglass is a local freelance journalist and contributor to New York YIMBY. He also contributes to Cobble Hill Blog. You can e-mail him, follow him on Twitter @evabin, or check out his personal blog.

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Stacy London’s Wish Comes True: The Drybar to Open Boerum Hill Location in July Mon, 16 Feb 2015 22:54:16 +0000 After J. Crew announced its intention to open in Cobble Hill in 2013, TV celebrity Stacy London tweeted, “all we need is an @theDrybar!” Well YIMBY’s your wish has come true.

DNAinfo reports that the blow-dry palace will be opening at 215 Pacific Street in Boerum Hill this July.

DNAinfo: The salon’s “menu” of hairstyles is inspired by popular cocktails, such as “The Mai Tai” or “Dirty Martini” for a tousled style, “Southern Comfort” for a wavy look and $28 “The Shirley Temple” styles for kids under 10.

The “blow dry bar” offers only $40 blowouts and hair washes but, “No cuts. No color,” according to the chain’s website.

And for those of you who have no clue what’s going on at The Drybar maybe this will clue you in:

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CHA, Others Present Forum on Move NY’s Fair Plan Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:15:51 +0000 Last fall the Cobble Hill Association invited transportation advocates to the general meeting to present their Move NY plan, a proposal to increase fairness across the city’s bridge tolls but reduce vehicle congestion. The plan was well received and soon after the CHA executive board officially endorsed it. Now, ten other nearby civic groups have endorsed it too and together we are all sponsoring a Town Hall style forum for former Department of Transition Commissioner Sam Schwartz to present it before a larger audience on February 19th. See the flyer above and join your neighbors to learn more about this potential plan that could benefit drivers and straphangers alike.

Public Forum on The MOVE NY Fair Plan
Thursday, February 19th
30 3rd Ave (YWCA at Atlantic Avenue)

Learn and talk about:
Reducing congestion in downtown and brownstone Brooklyn
Modernizing and expanding the transit system
Fixing our roads and bridges

This informational meeting is sponsored by:
Community Boards 2, 6, and 8
The Brooklyn Heights Association
The Boerum Hill Association
The Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association
The Cobble Hill Association
The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
The Fort Greene Association
Fulton Area Businesses
The Park Slope Civic Council
Park Slope Neighbors
The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

(via Cobble Hill Association)

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Brooklyn Paper Talks to Expert Who Say LICH Replacement Is “Not So Bad” Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:12:11 +0000 New York University’s plan to open a new facility with 70 doctors and 330 staff members on the LICH campus faces some scrutiny this week in the Brooklyn Paper. They asked an expert what they thought about the plan, which the publication obtained via a public records request.

The answer might surprise many in the area:

Brooklyn Paper: “It sounds like pretty good access to emergency care,” said Laura Burke, an emergency medicine instructor at the Harvard Medical School–affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “But obviously the loss of a hospital is never a good thing.”

Full story here.

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Manhole Cover Blowouts in Cobble Hill Mon, 09 Feb 2015 18:59:30 +0000 A reader reports two manhole cover blowouts on Pacific Street between Clinton and Henry this (Monday, February 9) morning. “Lots of loud popping and shouting, now we are without power and it is getting cold in our houses,” she adds. Have there been similar incidents elsewhere in Cobble Hill?

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Cobble Hill Native Kenneth Adams Named State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Wed, 14 Jan 2015 03:56:28 +0000 The Eagle reports that on Monday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the appointment of Kenneth Adams as the new State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance. Adams grew up in Cobble Hill, the son of Murray Adams, a civic activist and leader in the fight to save Long Island College Hospital as well as past president of the Cobble Hill Association. Kenneth Adams previously served as president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and in 2012 Governor Cuomo appointed him head of the Empire State Development Corporation.

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Some Genius Crashed into Henry Public Tue, 06 Jan 2015 00:56:53 +0000 So… so much for the Vision Zero and the lower speed limits and such as this happened today:

We suggest everyone stop by for a HAMBURGER SANDWICH (order it by name, please) once Henry Public has reopened.

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Bird’s the Word: American Woodcock Sighting on Kane Street Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:42:53 +0000 CHB pal/super photographer/journalist Jacob Blickenstaff sent us this photo of a cute birdie he spotted Thursday in the area:

At Clinton and Kane Street I saw this bird crossing the street, I had never seen one like it before.

I believe it might be a woodcock, their migration takes them through the area but it’s unusual for them to be walking up and down the sidewalk! I followed it to see if it had any injuries but I couldn’t tell. I left it at the corner of Kane and Strong place and also sent a note to Wild Bird Fund.

I wonder if we should put out an APB!

Welp, is he right? Only one thing to do and that’s contact your humble publisher’s cousin/noted bird-watcher Jean Loscalzo who tells us it’s definitely an American Woodcock. She adds that Clinton and Kane is and an unusual place to find one these little fellas, but that he might live in a nearby garden. He may be been scared by a barking dog or other distraction which is probably why he chose to land where Jacob saw him. She adds that he’s probably a late migrant and that another woodcock has recently been seen in Bryant Park.

As for helping the little guy, Cousin Jean says, “the rule of thumb with wild birds are to leave them alone unless it is a dire emergency. Most of the time when the danger is over they move on.”

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State Officials Approve LICH Sale to Fortis Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:40:00 +0000 Say goodbye to Long Island College Hospital, and to availability of critical emergency care in our area. Today State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli both approved the sale of LICH to developer Fortis Property Group, which will turn most of the property into luxury housing, and provide space for NYU Langone Medical Center and Lutheran Medical Center to operate what amounts to an urgent care center, capable of dealing only with less than critical medical conditions.

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March to Save LICH Sunday Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:24:39 +0000 There will be a march to save Long Island College Hospital this Sunday, October 26. According to the Eagle:

Organizers say the march will start at Nevins Street and Atlantic Avenue and proceed down Atlantic to a rally at roughly 2 p.m. at Hicks Street and Atlantic Avenue, with speakers including City Councilmember Steve Levin and Jo Anne Simon, Democratic candidate for the 52nd Assembly District.

In the immortal words of the great Yogi, “It ain’t over….”

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LICH Sale to Fortis Finalized, Subject to State Approval Thu, 09 Oct 2014 20:52:10 +0000 According to New York Business Journal, SUNY has finalized the sale of Long Island College Hospital to Fortis Property Group for $240 million, subject to approval by the New York State Attorney General and Comptroller. In the words of the article:

Neighborhood activists, doctors and labor unions that had fought the hospital’s closure may be encouraged by one development: The final deal includes twice as much square footage for health services than originally planned on the redeveloped site, up from 65,000 square feet to 135,000 square feet.

Nevertheless, the NYU Langone health care facilities “will have no inpatient, overnight capabilities, but will include extensive outpatient services.” The article claims that approval of the deal by the New York State authorities “is widely expected.” Groups opposing the sale may try to prevent this.

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Martin Amis Reads From The Zone of Interest at Book Court Wednesday Evening Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:53:07 +0000 Martin Amis, the English novelist and Cobble Hill resident twice listed for the Booker Prize, author of Money, London Fields, and twelve other novels, will read from his latest work, The Zone of Interest, “a love story set in large part on the selection ramp of a Nazi concentration camp”, at Book Court, 163 Court Street, on Wednesday evening, October 1, at 6:30. There will be a release party, time for audience Q&A, and Mr. Amis will sign copies of his book.

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Watch Money Rain Down on Cobble Hill Park Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:38:40 +0000 In 2005, the New York State Lottery shot a commercial in Cobble Hill Park. It featured money “raining” down on the neighborhood jewel and a subsequent stampeded.

Prescient of the goings on at LICH and the real estate boom in the area? What? Too much?

(h/t CHA)

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It’s Official: Atlantic Avenue Shell Will Become Apartments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:14:58 +0000 The Shell station on Atlantic Avenue will become a four story apartment building. Brownstoner notes that property at the corner of Henry and Atlantic will, “have eight apartments scattered across 17,355 square feet — which works out to about 2,000 square feet per apartment — along with 6,000 square feet of shops on the ground floor.”

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Cobble Hill Author Jessie Burton to Appear at Book Court on September 13 Sat, 06 Sep 2014 22:09:27 +0000 Cobble Hill author Jessie Burton will discuss her debut novel “The Miniaturist” at Book Court on September 13.

Brooklyn Eagle: “The Miniaturist,” based on real people, was inspired by the author’s visit to an Amsterdam museum, where she was drawn to a famous 17th-century replica of a wealthy merchant’s mansion that had originally belonged to a woman named Petronella Oortman. The novel focuses on the domestic world of women in a repressive, religious society. “Petronella became my heroine, Nella,” Burton explains, “and from her miniature house, my story was born.”

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Channel 7 Visits Cobble Hill’s Brucie for Roast Chicken Sat, 06 Sep 2014 21:56:20 +0000 Brucie on its "Neighborhood Eats" segment. Video after the jump.]]> WABC-TV recently featured Court Street’s Brucie on its “Neighborhood Eats” segment.

WABC-TV: Zahra Tangorra opened her restaurant because cooking is her way of being creative and showing her love.

She’s the daughter of two chefs but studied art before building and opening Brucie.

“I like to create whatever it is, whether it’s at home or at the restaurant. That’s what I like to do,” Tangorra said.

“Brucie” is in Cobble Hill and the menu changes every day.

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Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway Shoot ‘The Intern’ in Cobble Hill Sat, 06 Sep 2014 13:15:43 +0000 Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro were in Cobble Hill this week filming “The Intern“. The shoot happened around Cheever Place and Cobble Hill Park. The production will reportedly be back later this month.

DeNiro plays the title character who works for a tech company run by Hathaway. The film is scheduled for a September 2015 release.

During an earlier shoot this year in the neighborhood, DeNiro enjoyed an impromptu viewing of the World Cup at a local resident’s home.

The shoot was an opportunity for some residents to tweet pics of Hathaway and DeNiro on set.

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The Brooklyn Eagle Hearts Cobble Hill Real Estate Sat, 06 Sep 2014 12:00:59 +0000 The Brooklyn Eagle’s Lore Croghan takes a walk around Cobble Hill, gushes about real estate – but the piece is really more about the great architectural history of the area. Of note our favorite stretch, “We love thy diminutive, soft-hued row houses on Verandah Place, flanking Cobble Hill Park. Of course everyone else in the universe does too. As well they should.”

More at the Brooklyn Eagle.

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Here Comes the Sun: Cobble Hill Cinemas to Use Solar Energy Sat, 06 Sep 2014 11:54:02 +0000 Cobble Hill Cinemas will be solar powered, at least partially, within the next six weeks. The theater’s owner, Harvey Elgart, tells DNAinfo that the sun soaking panels necessary for the effort will cover about 4,000 square feet of the building’s roof.

DNAinfo: The solar power will supplement the building’s energy use, contributing to a main electrical source that will power its five screens and digital projection, Elgart explained.

“We have always tried to be energy efficient,” he said.

The theater has already switched its bulbs to more environmentally friendly alternatives like CPL, and now LED, Elgart added.

The building at 265 Court Street has always been a movie theater, opening in 1926 as the Lido. Brownstoner featured it in an edition of its Building of the Day:

The day after Christmas, in 1939, when the theater was full of kids and their parents, an explosion in the furnace of the pool hall next door to the theater caused a brick wall between the two buildings to collapse. Fortunately, the smoke from the furnace began seeping in before the explosion, and the theater was being evacuated when the stove blew up, so there were only minor injuries to the children and adults. To their credit, no one panicked and everyone was gotten out of the theater before the wall collapsed. Some people suffered from smoke inhalation and a few got minor burns. Neither building was heavily damaged.

The Lido lasted until 1967, when its name changed to the Cobble Hill Theatre. That only lasted a year, upon which the name was changed to the Rex Theater. The Rex showed “B” movies, science fiction, horror and kung fu movies until 1981, when the building changed hands again. Cobble Hill was becoming gentrified at this time, and the new owner turned the theater into a duplex theater called the Cobble Hill Twin Cinemas.

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BHB/CHB Readers’ Endorsement Poll: NYS 52nd Assembly District Fri, 05 Sep 2014 01:34:21 +0000 last week on NY1. Vote in our poll after the jump.]]> On Tuesday night, we hosted a debate between the three candidates in the 52nd AD Democratic primary – Jo Anne Simon, Peter Sikora and Doug Biviano. In addition, the candidates debated tonight (9/3) on BRIC TV and last week on NY1.

BHB Candidate Interviews: Jo Anne Simon | Pete Sikora | Doug Biviano

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