CLARK STREET BUSINESS OWNERS CLAIM MTA LEFT THEM IN THE DARK ON STATION CLOSURE

Transit honchos are planning to fast track repairs at Clark Street subway station in Brooklyn Heights, but business owners in the station say they’re being left in the dark. The Metropolitan Transit Authority plans to shutter the station for eight months while conducting desperately needed repairs on the station’s three elevators, which are the only methods of reaching the deep-underground station. 

While agency officials sent out a press release on the decision on Feb. 14, shop owners in the station say they were never informed of the decision — which they fear will be catastrophic to their bottom-line, and force some of them to close. “They didn’t tell us nothing now,” said Chan Han, owner of Han’s Market, a convenience store housed in the station. Every business owner interviewed by the Brooklyn Paper on Monday afternoon said they were similarly unaware. Salahuddin Aziz, the owner of a newspaper stand inside the station, said the station’s closure would likely kill his business. Read entire story:

Brooklyn Heights Association Posts Community Resource Info

As the COVID-19 crisis evolves rapidly, check this page for updated resources compiled by local organizations and our representatives. We encourage you to consult government links for the most current information concerning social distancing, activities and of course medical needs. The City has a number of resources available to assist individuals and organizations, as well as opportunities to volunteer. All of this information is available here. For updates from the Department of Health go here. For City alerts in English, text COVID to 692-692.
For City alerts in Spanish, text COVIDESP to 692-692. Access page info here: https://thebha.org/news/covid-19-resources/

Post Office Workers Walk Out for Lack of Protective Gear

by Claude Scales on March 27, 20209:49 pm in CoronavirusDowntown BrooklynHealth

We have it on good authority – our mail carrier, who was here yesterday – that there may be no mail delivery for several days, because the Postal Service has failed to deliver sufficient protective gear – gloves and masks – to workers at the main Brooklyn post office (photo; By Beyond My Ken – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25016206). Can you blame them? We hope they get the needed supplies soon.

A Sign of Brighter Times Ahead

Thanks to Board Member Dawn Brekke who managed to get her hands on an assortment of multi-colored tulip bulbs and bright yellow pansies, we have an early Spring planting in front of the building. A little bit of cheer as we all get through this rough time together.

Brooklyn Heights Association Posts Restaurants Open for Business

As of this morning, many neighborhood restaurants are open for takeout & delivery and can really use your patronage. Many are also offering gift certificates or gift cards that can be purchased now and redeemed in the future.

In addition, a number of restaurants and businesses have set up GoFundMe or Venmo accounts to support their staff during this difficult time. Please check their Instagram, Facebook or websites to learn more. 

This list is of course subject to change and may be incomplete.  

We are in the process of updating the resources section of our website to reflect the status of other neighborhood businesses including retail and services. Click below for full list:

https://thebha.org/civicrm/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm%2Fmailing%2Fview&reset=1&id=215

Noodle Pudding Goes Online!

Talk about unprecedented times! Noodle Pudding has famously and proudly never had a website, social media presence, or even a sign on their facade. Because why would it bother? It’s still the neighborhood’s favorite restaurant according to our readers, and packed nightly. But, with all NYC restaurants closed to dining in, Noodle Pudding now has an Instagram account to keep customers updated on their take-out menu. Check it out @NoodlePuddingToGo. Current menus and wine lists (with some prices slashed) are posted there. Call (718) 625-3737 to order.

The restaurant has also posted its menu and contact info on its windows. Even Juliana’s (pizza) is now delivering to Brooklyn Heights. For more neighborhood food news, go to http://brooklynheightsblog.com

Special Hours for Seniors Only at Local Grocery Stores

Of course, the best thing for everyone would be to stay inside as much as possible. But for people over 60 and others more vulnerable to COVID-19 who must shop for themselves, the following local grocery stores will provide special hours for those folks only at:

Key Food, 169 Atlantic Avenue (Brooklyn Heights):
7:00 am-9:00 am (unable to confirm, please call ahead)

Target, 139 Flatbush Avenue (Atlantic Center):
Every Wednesday, 8:00 am-9:00 am

Stop and Shop, 625 Atlantic Avenue (Atlantic Center):
6:00 am-7:30 am

Whole Foods, 214 3rd Street (Gowanus):
7:00 am-8:00 am

-Brooklyn Heights Blog

Historic Brooklyn Restaurant Gage & Tollner Finally Sets a Reopening Date

125-year-old Brooklyn institution Gage & Tollner, at 372 Fulton Street, in downtown Brooklyn, has an official re-opening date: Sunday, March 15, according to Grub Street. Red Hook restaurateur St. John Frizell, along with husband-and-wife team Ben Schneider and Sohui Kim of Good Fork and Insa fame, will be stewarding the famous, historic steakhouse into 2020 with a menu of classic favorites: steak and scalloped potatoes, pork potpie, clams casino with a dab of kimchee, Edna Lewis’s she-crab soup, and plenty of pillowy Parker House rolls. Once open, the restaurant’s operating hours will be 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily. 

To get this new iteration of the classic Brooklyn restaurant off the ground, hundreds of small investors banded together in a successful crowdfunding campaign to raise $477,000 to support the three restaurateurs in breathing life back into Gage & Tollner. Investors include Elizabeth Warren’s chief strategist and his wife, children’s book author Tad Hills, and actor Michael Shannon, Grub Street reports.