New Tattoo Shop on Court.

At the far south end of Court Street in Carroll Gardens stands a storefront that’s now called Nice Tattoo.  The exterior is a lovely color blue and it looks clean and simple.  493 Court Street used to be a barber shop so you would think the transformation shouldn’t have been too difficult.  Nice Tattoo looks […]

Cafe Booqoo coming to Smith Street.

Right across the street from the Smith and 9th Street subway stop is a corner storefront that used to house Kimchi Grill.  This little kimchi-centric restaurant was really yummy but unfortunately they closed shop a short while ago. Whenever we pass by a vacant space we wonder what will be the next business that opens […]

Carroll Gardens Drug Store Becomes Nail Salon.

The Clinton Street Apothecary, at 420 Clinton Street, closed a while ago, much to the disappointment of residents in this neighborhood.  It was an affordable little family-owned drug store and the closest pharmacy for those living in the Columbia Waterfront District.  They knew their customers by name and were always friendly and chatty. After they closed […]

Men’s Clothing Store Coming to Court.

The exterior at 173 Court Street has transformed quite a bit, as you can see from the current photo above and the past photo below.  The previous tenants owned Cobble Hill Animal Clinic and so we imagine the interior took a while to overhaul and turn into the men’s clothing store Bonobos, which looks like it will […]

Bastille Day Celebration in Cobble Hill!

Today is Bastille Day and , though some celebrate this holiday throughout the entire week, the big Smith Street Festival Bastille celebration will take place on Sunday. You can expect delicious food from local restaurants and vendors since the neighborhood favorite French cafe Bartabac hosts this fest. We also look forward to the live music and […]

New Organic Burger Cart on Court and Schermerhorn.

There was a small crowd formed at the corner of Court Street and Schermerhorn last week and we walked to the cross section to find out what the gathering was all about.  It was a line for a new food cart called JJ’s Holy Cow.  They serve up delicious-looking organic burgers and just opened the day […]

Books Are Magic Coming Events.

We were thrilled to welcome “Books are Magic” into the Cobble Hill community.  After the closing of a couple of neighborhood book stores, they were a sight for sore eyes.  We’ve visited the shop and have been keeping up with their events schedule.  We wanted to share their coming events with you here. Readings, signings, […]

It’s Time for the Smith Street Fair! by Sandra Manley

Looking for some Summertime fun? The Smith Street Fair has been scheduled for Sunday, June 25th from 12pm to 6pm, rain or shine. The fair will feature plenty of food, live music, and arts and crafts, along Smith Street from Union to Bergen. The Smith Street Fair has been an annual event for 23 years and […]

Painted Swan on Court Street.

It’s quite a sign of the times in a neighborhood when a Chinese fast food restaurant is replaced with an upscale home goods boutique.  The whole corner of Court Street and 2nd Place, where the store Painted Swan now resides, has undergone a transformation.  Not just the exterior of the corner storefront has changed but the front of […]

Dover Transforms into Sheila’s

For three years in the large space at 412 Court Street, Dover wowed diners and critics alike with it’s creative and exquisite cuisine. The owners, who also own Battersby at 255 Smith Street, created an upscale menu for the new place with an optional seven-course tasting menu.  We visited the restaurant a few years back […]