Moving to Montague Street

From New York Magazine. Ian Dagnall/Alamy Stock Photo

New York Magazine, July 27, by Clio Chang:

Montague Street used to be drab, and now it is less so. The beloved bookstore Books Are Magic announced on Tuesday that the Brooklyn Heights retail strip would be home to its second location this fall. The poetry salon Brooklyn Poets also opened over the weekend, and the Brooklyn Women’s Exchange — a volunteer-run, handcraft consignment shop that was born 168 years before Audrey Gelman started hauling in goods from Ohio’s Amish country — signed a lease on Montague last month. That’s three new stores. Amy Schumer may browse all of them.

Montague’s decline began in the ’80s and ’90s as the neighborhood gentrified and commercial rents spiked. Storefronts sat empty, and chain stores came and went. The pandemic saw even more closures: Some one in five storefronts shut down for good by 2020.

But things seem to be getting better. The big block goss this spring was the opening of L’Appartement 4F, the Instagram-born bakery, which saw lines down the street. (Our colleagues at Grubstreet declared that “L’Appartement 4F has already done the improbable: generate buzz on Montague Street.”) The increasingly ubiquitous Blank Street Coffee joined the neighborhood around the same time. Causing less fanfare, but nonetheless of note, were the additions of an art center for kids, a deli, and martial-arts studio. Signs of life!

Brooklyn Heights Library to Open June 8th

The Brooklyn Heights Library at 280 Cadman Plaza West

At over 26,000 square feet, the new library has more public space than any other branch in Brooklyn and a bright, open design with flexible spaces for books, programs and technology.

The new, City-owned Brooklyn Heights Library anchors a mixed-use building topped by market-rate condominiums, developed by Hudson Companies. This project generated $40 million for repairs and construction at other branches in Brooklyn and created over 100 affordable housing units in Brooklyn’s Community Board 2.

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Moonstruck House Sold for $11 million

The Circa-1829 townhouse at 19 Cranberry St. in Brooklyn Heights whose exterior was used for the classic film “Moonstruck,” starring Cher and Nicolas Cage, has sold for $11 million. For the complete story, visit the Brooklyn Eagle at:

The Circa-1829 townhouse at 19 Cranberry St. at the corner of Willow Street was used for exterior shots in Moonstruck (1987).

Loyal Customers Bring Brooklyn Heights’ Popular Vineapple Cafe Back to Life

Regulars Aubrie Therrien and her husband Zac Rubin brought Vineapple back to life.

After one of Brooklyn Heights’ staple restaurants closed its doors in 2019, a couple who loved the eatery made it a mission to bring its signature meals back to the neighborhood.

When Vineapple Cafe, an Italian-esque eatery located on Pineapple Street just blocks from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade first closed for business, regular customers Aubrie Therrien and her husband Zac Rubin were hopeful their favorite haunt would return.

“We’ve been residents of Brooklyn Heights for seven years,” Therrien said. “Old Vineapple used to be our coffee shop, we basically lived right next door and, like the rest of the neighborhood we were very sad when they closed. First, they put up a sign that they’d be closed until summer … summer rolled around and they never came back. We were like, ‘What’s happening?’”

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From Untapped New York, here is a tour of the most interesting spots in neighboring Vinegar Hill. Thanks to Lori Moorehead for the contribution.

Vinegar Hill, located along the East River waterfront, is one of Brooklyn’s quietest neighborhoods. Sandwiched between DUMBO and the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the small community has a population of about 2,700 and features historic Federal and Greek Revival architecture. Vinegar Hill is often described as a quiet European village, whose off-the-beaten-path tranquil streets feel out of place in Brooklyn. The area has a rich Irish and Lithuanian history, as well as a Tibetan Buddhist center, popular restaurants, and a large mansion previously occupied by Commodore Matthew C. Perry. Here is our guide to the top 10 secrets of Vinegar Hill:


The Clark Street subway stop will reopen for full service in April — which should help boost its mom and pop businesses, who have been suffering from the lack of foot traffic — the MTA recently told the Brooklyn Heights Association.

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Former CPN Resident Debuts on The Tonight Show!

Former CPN resident, comedian Eric Neumann, son of Paula Neumann-Retig & stepson of Saul Retig, recently preformed a killer set on The Tonight Show. Watch it here:

Eric will be performing at The New York Comedy Cellar, March 4th-6th.