It is perhaps PLG’s most conspicuous vacancy – the street level retail space fronting The Parkline. Shrouded by rumor and wraparound graphics, the location has been notably dormant since the tower’s 2016 inauguration. But the storefront will finally enliven with a new “American fare” bar and restaurant, a partner told this week. Industry veteran and longtime local Ben Toro said he and an associate hope to launch the venture by spring. Tentatively named Edie Jo’s, Toro said the space is being diligently hammered and nailed into existence. Despite the tony address, Toro said his familiarity with the neighborhood will preclude any ill-advised pretension. “It’s going to be casual,” Toro said, noting that the venue will feature a full bar and outdoor seating. “It’s not


AlexHarsley_AIR_01 was under the impression that car break-ins had gone the way of beepers and Cross Colours overalls. Classical vehicular thievery was usually the purview of the cagey and industrious crackhead who at best scuttled off  with a Blaupunkt stereo and maybe a 2 Live Crew CD as a bonus. But with limited demand for rock cocaine and extractable car stereos now obsolete, Flatbushed had considered the crime a bygone scourge. Not so fast. According to the website SpotAngels, Prospect Lefferts Gardens had the highest rate of car break-ins in all of Brooklyn last year – more than two times the borough average. While East New York logged the most overall


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Perhaps they called in a few “favors” from the old country. With this recent writeup in the Village Voice, the amiable paisans up at Camillo on Nostrand have now managed to wring ink from most every relevant publication around. Here’s just a sampling of the estimable outlets that have referenced Camillo after their courageous wager on a peripheral stretch of a relatively uncharted culinary province. New Yorker Zagat New York Times Grub Street Now go enliven your existence with a few frigid Negronis – and bolster your neighborhood  in the process.


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With little sentimentality or resistance, the stately homes that had long graced Flatbush Avenue were being pulverized into the granules of history. By the early 1920s, the pastoral compounds between Malbone Street – now Empire Boulevard – and Parkside Avenue were being swept into extinction one by one. For more than a century, famously obstinate Flatbush had managed to repel the incursions that had rendered Manhattan a nerve-jangling human hive. But, much like today, pressure from acquisitive developers slowly eroded the area’s will – and desire – to resist. And as the local population began to swell and urbanize with working-class immigrants, Flatbush’s patrician clans began


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Cream cheese colossus Bergen Bagels has completed construction at its hotly anticipated Flatbush Avenue location and is awaiting city signatures before raising the curtain, a manager told “We could open in weeks or we could open in months,” the staffer said with annoyance on the side. “The work is done, we are waiting on permits.”     Known for corpulent bagels and lavish lox portions (see above), the mini-chain has already established three successful outposts and selected our precinct for a fourth. “The area needs a bagel shop,” the staffer said simply, apparently unconcerned with any potential rivals.


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While Lefferts Garden’s developmental frenzy has  centered on rentals, a handful of modest condo projects have quietly sprung on peripheral blocks unencumbered by the Lefferts Manor single-family covenant. An exemplar hit the market at 195 Hawthorne Street in January between Bedford and Rogers avenues. Branded “Lefferts House,” the 14-unit building is comprised of one and two bedroom apartments ranging in price from $665,000 to $765,00, according to the venture’s web site. Hoping to beckon buyers pining for our area but without the requisite scratch for stratospheric townhouses, the project lures with a gym, a shared terrace, and private parking spaces for sale. As


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‘Bushites will soon be able to jettison that annual slog to Koreatown to delight in a steaming bowl of bomb bibimbap. First time restaurateur Tae-Hyun Han informed that his new venture, Slow Loris, will be pickling the Kimchi inside 556 Flatbush Ave. by the end of next month at the latest. Named for the lovably languorous primate, the restaurant will feature popular Korean staples ranging from Bibimbap to BBQ classics. While this marks Han’s maiden voyage into the restaurant business, his family has operated Brooklyn produce markets for years. Slow Loris plans to put that expertise to use and will place a heavy emphasis on fresh greens and vegetables. The


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Nostrand Avenue at Parkside Avenue, early 1900s. Remarkably, a slightly less prim version of this structure still stands today, but shorn of the front porch and these souls who once stood upon it. Here is a slightly enlarged version of the original picture.


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It’s remarkable how little the frantic tone of New York City real estate brokerage has changed over the past century. Take this February 1899 Brooklyn Eagle ad for a row of freshly constructed homes on Midwood Street between Flatbush and Bedford Avenues. Offered for up to $11,500, the copy tantalizes readers by noting that comparable homes in Manhattan would run them anywhere from $30,000 to $35,ooo at the time. The language is just as nakedly solicitous as anything you might run across on 119 years later. Noting the budding neighborhood’s proximity to Prospect Park and New York City Hall, the ad shuns genteel


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Behold the pelican’s view of the old Flatbush monument and those same sepulchral grounds today.   Notice that Medgar Evers College was built on the site of the ballpark’s primary parking lot and that the soon to be developed Golombeck Spice factory – and its signature minaret – are present in both shots at the top right. Incredibly, the Firestone vehicular clinic at the corner of Bedford and Empire opened in 1926 and is also visible in both images.