If you don’t know about Reconnect Cafe, it’s time to start supporting them. Located at 139 Tompkins Avenue, the cafe was founded in 2014 by locals who wanted to provide employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for young men here in Bed-Stuy. The cafe has since expanded to a bakery and graphic design company. You can hear the full story of Reconnect through the YouTube video below.
But the landlord of the cafe, Silvershore Properties, was recently named on the public advocate’s “Worst Landlord in NYC” list. According to Reconnect, they have refused to do building repairs which ultimately forced the establishment to shut down. “Silvershore is selling the property and so takes little interest in the invaluable mission of Reconnect,” the non-profit said in an email.
They are asking that supporters call Silvershore and lodge a complaint. The number for Silvershore Properties is 212-239-7164; building management is 718-854-5205. They’re also asking for social media postings under #savereconnect.
Finally, you could make a donation to Reconnect right here. Let’s support this invaluable local business!
There’s a new cafe and record store at 1129 Bedford Avenue, between Monroe and Madison, called The Mixtape Shop. The business began as an online store in February of 2016, specializing in independent and underground music. Now, the brick and mortar record shop also features a café serving espresso from Intelligentsia, Bien Cuit pastries and a selection of cold drinks. In the fall, there are plans to expand to a more extensive food menu.
“We wanted to create a space where people can spend time hanging out and listening to music with a welcoming vibe for people who don’t normally go into record shops,” co-owner Erica Roden said in a press release. The release also said this about the music selection: “The record shop offers a range of recent releases, rare original pressings and reissued albums and LP’s with new titles every week. The inventory favors a curated selection of house, soul, disco, techno, Brazilian and jazz music.”
This storefront has been vacant for years, and was designed into a functional, simple space that could easily be transformed for weekend or evening events. It’s equipped with Klipschorn speakers and multiple listening stations, too.
If you’d like to visit, The Mixtape Shop is open seven days a week. The cafe runs between 8am and 4pm, while the record shop is open between noon and 8pm.
Here are some new business openings I’ve noticed around the neighborhood. The first is Brown Butter Craft Bar + Kitchen, at 413 Tompkins Avenue (between Hancock and Halsey). Myriam Nicolas, owner of Brooklyn Baby Cakes on Nostrand Avenue, is behind the venture, and is offering up fancier takes on staples like the bacon, egg, and cheese, alongside grain bowls, salads, matcha teas, beetroot lattes and juices. The cafe is currently open from 7:30am to 5pm, though Nicolas is in the process of applying for a beer and wine liquor license to expand her hours. Read more details of this new spot over at DNAinfo. The photo of the cafe is via Facebook.
This summer, Capoeira Fit Brooklyn opened at 525 Nostrand Avenue, between Nostrand and Atlantic. Beside offering Capoeira classes–which is an African-Brazilian practice that combines dance, martial arts, music and acrobatics–there are also karate and yoga classes. Check out the full class schedule here. Photo above via Yelp.
South London pizzaria Bravi Ragazzi has opened shop at 570 Putnam Avenue, on the corner of Marcus Garvey Boulevard. This is the first American outpost for the company, which is known for its wood-fired, sourdough pizzas. This is more than a slice joint — there’s seating for up to 60 people inside and includes a bar. Has anybody tried it yet? Does it stand up to the classic Brooklyn slice?
Debuting tomorrow is the Woodhull Medical Center Youthmarket, a farmers market run by GrowNYC through a partnership with the New York City Health and Hospitals/Woodhull and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. The market will employ local youth to help teach them small business skills and nutrition education.
This green market will stock everything from veggies, fruits, grains, honey and more. It’ll run Wednesdays between
July 12th (tomorrow) and November 22nd, from 8am to 3pm. More details on the market can be found right here.
UPDATE: Due to a permitting issue, the market will actually start on July 19th
Hart’s, the restaurant that opened last year at 506 Franklin Avenue, is now serving weekend brunch. (That’s the menu above!) The restaurant has gotten praises for its simple Mediterranean dishes. The brunch offerings, according to the owner, were kept very simple. To try it, just visit Saturdays and Sundays, between 11am and 3pm. And to check out the drink and dinner menus, visit the Hart’s website.
Two new cafes that have opened up in the neighborhood: the first is Milk and Pull, at 307 Malcolm X between Decatur and Bainbridge. The mini chain also has locations in Bushwick and Ridgewood. That’s a photo of their newest Bed-Stuy location above, where they’re serving coffee, tea, pastries, snacks, bagels and sandwiches.
Then there’s Everyday Coffee, now open at 380 Marcus Garvey Boulevard between Jefferson and Hancock. A Yelp review reports that the new spot offers baked goods from Bien Cuit, cookies from Ovenly, bagels, sandwiches, coffee and wifi.
Photos via Milk and Pull and Everyday Cafe
If you don’t have plans this Friday night be sure to stop by the Fulton Ale House, soft opening tomorrow at 5pm. (Here’s the Facebook event.) The new sports bar is located at 1446 Fulton Street, near Tompkins. The bar will be headed by Jimmy Grimason, the owner of Highbury Pub on Cortelyou Road. This location will have beer, cocktails, and television screens to watch games. In the summertime, the 1,000-square-foot outdoor space will host pop-up food vendors. (Summer, where are you?) At least the interior looks cozy to enjoy a beer while the weather’s cold.