Monk's Trunk, the children's consignment shop that yours truly is launching, is opening its doors a week from Friday. We've got a ton of great, nearly new clothes and will also be selling new toys (as in new new) and kid-friendly greeting cards.
Friday, September 3: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday, September 4: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, September 5: noon - 4 pm
Monday-Thursday: By Appointment Only
Through September, our hours will be a kind of erratic but the general rule of thumb is that we'll be open weekends and Fridays, except for Jewish High Holy days and for Take the Boy to Preschool Day (September 8).
Starting a local business is both exciting and terrifying, but I'm eager to finish setting up the space and to start selling. One of the things we're focusing on now is Halloween costumes, so if you've got good kids costumes from previous Halloweens, come by and consign 'em, and you can check out the store space (previously known as our parlor floor).
Once we're up and running, I'll be blogging and tweeting about new arrivals, textile recycling, and (when inspired) parenting matters. You can follow on Twitter @monkstrunk. We're also on Facebook, and, though the page is sparse at the moment, I'll be adding photos and sample wares soon.
The rain didn't stop the fun at the Clarkson Avenue block party on Sunday and Tim from The Q at Parkside has posted some pictures and videos to prove it.
They had an inflatable waterslide, a moon bounce and plenty of food. According to Janice Thomas, the dynamo running the show, the block association raised the money to bring in the rides a few dollars at a time by going door-to-door. Fantastic.
I hope that Hawthorne can match Clarkson's spirit on September 18th.
Winthrop Street was closed off to traffic this evening, after a shooting. Our neighbor Laura, who lives on the block, said the police told her that two teenage boys got in a fight, one pulled a gun, and a stray bullet hit an innocent bystander who was in his car. The victim, who was shot in the leg, was taken to the hospital and is said to be in stable condition.
Bad news first: the odds of The Farmers Diner coming to PLG aren't looking so great at the moment. The owners had planned to sign a lease on the old Mike's International space in June but that didn't happen, and now the real estate broker, Besen, is talking about diving up the approximately 2000 sf space into 4 smaller storefronts to make it more affordable for small businesses.
The rent on that place was $7,000/month; if The Farmers Diner is indeed still planning on coming here, they're likely to seek a smaller space.
I'm told that there will be a update for Farmers Diner fans and supporters at the end of the summer. We'll let you know what we find out.
In happier news, the cafe we mentioned last week sounds like it may help fill the void in the interim. The Homesick Cafe will serve comfort food, including soup, sandwiches, cupcakes (the owners' specialty), and international offerings. The space is very small -- about 350 sf -- but large enough to accommodate a few tables and chairs.
It's slated to open October 1 on Flatbush, just south of Lincoln. In the meantime, you can sample some of the owners' cupcakes at Enduro and K-Dog, where they are currently for sale.
(Photo: Helga Weber)
This just in: a female employee at Enduro is opening a new cafe on Flatbush Avenue, near Lincoln Road. The place will serve comfort food. That's about all we know right now. We'll let you know when we find out more.
(Thanks, Mindy G.!)
There are a couple of events at Prospect Park next week that we think are worth checking out. First up, on Wednesday, August 4, there's a free screening of The Olmsted Legacy: America’s Urban Parks at the Celebrate Brooklyn Bandshell (enter the Park at 9th Street and Prospect Park West), at 8 pm.
Then, on Sunday, August 8, Elizabeth Mitchell is performing at 4 pm, also at the bandshell. Mitchell bears the distinction of being the only artist performing children's music whose records I have bought more than once. She plays mostly traditional folk songs, with a few rock and other modern ditties thrown in for good measure, but even the new stuff has a classic, no-frills Smithsonian Folkways kind-of-sound. (You can hear samples of my favorite LP here from Amazon.)
We played her records over and over for my son when he was an infant and he responded by calming down even when his tuneless mother sang them.
A new issue of the Lefferts Manor Echo is out now. You can pick it up at K-Dog or save paper copies by downloading it here (pdf file). Features in this issue include the local response to Haiti, an article on the Lefferts Montesorri School earning "green" certification, and profiles of local residents Stephen Hall (science writer) and Deborah Mutnick (documentarian).
The Times has been showing the love for PLG lately: today we've got the second feel-good article on our neighborhood in a week. "The Rutland Road Readers" focuses on a group of women, all on the same block, who formed a book club.
Among the 16 women members are a special education teacher, an administrator for visiting nurse services, a television producer, a costume designer, a lawyer, stay-at-home moms, widows, newlyweds and grandmothers. At 63, Sheryl Foster is the oldest member; she has lived on the block since 1984. Emma Straub, 30, is the youngest.
You can read the rest here.
I don't know if this appeared in today's paper or if it will appear in the Real Estate section over the weekend, but the New York Times feature on PLG is already online - and includes a quote from my coblogger/wife, Carrie.
It is a pretty straightforward promo piece about a gentrifying neighborhood. Nice people, proximity to nice things (Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens), good housing stock, and wait a second... a scoop!
The old Lincoln Road tower is back again! The last I had heard, the project was essentially dead due to the general economic malaise in the city. In part this may be because the address for the L-shaped lot is not "27 Lincoln Road," as we'd always assumed because that was the building that got torn down, but rather "510 Flatbush Avenue." It may not be a real scoop, however. I don't see any permits filed after 2008 for either address on the Department of Buildings website - though it is possible that the filings haven't yet made their way online.
The real estate prices cited in the article seem a bit high to me. A local who works for Corcoran is quoted estimating that "... single-family houses range widely, from around $700,000 up to $1.3 million. Two-family houses ... cost around $900,000 — more if they are in the historic district, and less if they are smaller or need more work..." This seems high in July 2010 despite knowing that there have, in fact, been sales in that price range because of the limited sales going on in the neighborhood in general.
In any event, the article shines a nice light on our little hamlet and quotes people I know and like. I'll stop picking nits now.
Image via Benjamin Norman for The New York Times