One of the best spots to get a coffee and breakfast in the neighborhood has been closed for at least a month now. We noticed the shuttered storefront at Ms. Dahlia’s Cafe–located at 449 Nostrand Avenue–and a tipster recently got in touch to report they believe the owner has passed away. (Here’s a profile of the owner, Margo Lewis, and how she made those amazing biscuits.) If you know more details about the closure, please leave them in the comment section. Ms. Dahlia’s was such a lovely, welcoming spot and a longstanding small business in Bed-Stuy. It’s terrible to say goodbye.
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This evening the Macon Library will hold its second meeting of the year for all those interested in becoming a friend and advocate of the branch. Here are details from Ellen Weaver, the children’s librarian, when the 2017 friends group launched earlier this year:
This meeting is for anyone interested in advocating, engaging, supporting, and fundraising for your local branch! This is a great way to get involved in your local community and meet new people. Our goal is to gather a diverse and multigenerational group of volunteers who are dedicated to making positive changes in the library and help it reflect the vibrant community of Bed-Stuy. All are welcomed and please invite your friends. We look forward to seeing you at the library!
The library is located at 361 Lewis Avenue, on the corner of Macon.
The popular jerk chicken stand that has operated around Bed-Stuy (formerly known as the Jerk Shop) opened its first brick and mortar location! This stuff is delicious, people, so get excited. It’s in the cute restaurant space right down the block from Peaches, at 411 Lewis Avenue on Decatur. Pictured above is the “yardie special” with jerk chicken, rice and peas and baby bok choi. Looks like the spot is now open for dinner until 10pm, although the website isn’t up and running yet.
I tracked down a menu on Facebook… check it out after the jump.
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See the menu
Mayor Bill de Blasio will hold a community forum in Bed-Stuy, according to DNAinfo. He will be joined by elected officials of Central Brooklyn to discuss a variety of local issues, and will also address questions from the audience. Co-sponsored by Community Board 3, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and Bridge Street Development Corporation, this marks the mayor’s first town hall meeting for the neighborhood. Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. will moderate.
The date of the town hall is Wednesday, February 8th, and the location is P.S. 23 Carter G. Woodson elementary school, 545 Willoughby Avenue (between Marcy and Tompkins). The event will begin at 7 pm, but doors open at 6 pm and space is limited. RSVP is required by February 6th–do so by emailing TownHallRSVP@cityhall.nyc.gov, or calling 212-788-1369.
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Bohaus Coffee and Flowers, the cute cafe that opened last year at 406 Marcus Garvey Boulevard, is now offering local flower and plant deliveries. Here’s word from co-owner Jenny Hauser:
After being opened for a little over 6 months and getting lots of feedback, we recently launched our flower/plant delivery program in the Bedstuy area. We offer a unique yet classy variety of arrangements for any occasion and we are now available to do weddings/other events! We are excited to offer this to the community! For info on delivery and other services, customers can visit bohausbk.com. As always, everyday, we offer a vast selection of flowers, plants, and (of course) coffee in our retail shop.
Arrangements on the website range from $50 up to $140, with delivery fees between $10 and $15. See photos of the lovely types of flower arrangements after the jump.
Blink Fitness has opened its 50th location right here in Bed-Stuy, at 1413 Fulton Street (between Marcy and Tompkins). The gym comes staffed with a team of certified personal trainers. The bright, open gym design utilizes colors scientifically proven to enhance mood, and the music is specifically selected to motivate members. As a Blink rep tells us, “The opening of the 50th club comes five years after Blink opened its first location in 2011, and Blink is committed to providing its high-quality experience to the members of the local Bed-Stuy community.”
Gym hours are Monday-Thursday from 5am to 11pm, Friday from 5am to 10pm and weekends from 7am to 7pm. Memberships–which you can check out here–range from $15 to $25 a month. See interior photos of the space, as well as some grand opening shots, after the jump.
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Just in time for winter: Nana Ramen is open! We got a sneak peek of the space over the summer and they just opened to the public this week. Apparently Nana’s debut went well — according to Facebook, almost 100 bowls of ramen were served for opening night.
The 700-square-foot restaurant is located at 330 Malcolm X Boulevard, between Decatur and Bainbridge. The owner is behind the Asian fusion restaurant Nana, which has closed in Park Slope, and the Asian restaurant Hachi, in Williamsburg. The Bed-Stuy menu has a nice selection of small dishes, which include gyoza, shrimp shumai, tofu, tempura and sashimi. There are seven types of ramen, priced between $11 and $13. We hear the Spicy Miso (with chashu, scallion and baby bok choi) is delicious. Can’t wait to try.
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