• Runner & Stone Opens!

    This morning the sun filled 285 Third Avenue illuminating a uniquely designed new eatery in Gowanus, Brooklyn called Runner & Stone. The space, which was under construction for months (and discussed previously), has been transformed from an old law office into a beautifully laid out bakery and restaurant.

    Today, for their soft opening, Runner & Stone offered up lots of tasty treats for curious locals who started flooding in just before 9:00am.

    Upon exploring the space customers could see why construction took so long. The eatery has not one, but two levels…

    a skylight garden…

    and not just a full kitchen, but a bakery area to make pastries and bread.

    The space is filled with beautifully crafted thick wooden tables made from old water towers.

    And the walls of the space have an interesting texture look with concrete bricks shaped by the use of old flour bags.

    It’s truly a warm and inviting space!

    Runner and Stone‘s opening marks yet another dramatic shift for Gowanus’s Third Avenue. The Avenue that runs through an industrial neighborhood, exploded recently with many new businesses trying to take advantage of the seemingly endless foot traffic that is usually only found in Park Slope and Carroll Gardens. Runner and Stone joins Cotta Bene, a delicious Italian restaurant (best Italian rolls ever!), in focusing on not only the dinner market, but the breakfast/lunch market to fulfill the populations needs. Runner & Stone and Cotta Bene are a part of a growing dining scene that includes the popular clam shack Littleneck, Littleneck’s sister space The Pines, and the well know, pork chop offering, haunt Two Tom’s. But restaurants are not all that have taking over Third Avenue; unique stores like Twig Terrariums and the Brooklyn Robot Foundry  have appeared and started proving business can indeed grow and grow fast along Third Avenue in the once forgotten neighborhood of Gowanus, Brooklyn.


  • Root Hill Burger Opens Today

    Late Monday evening Root Hill Burger announced via their Facebook page that they will finally be opening their doors today. Root Hill Burger’s build has been watched by both Park Slope and Gowanus residents as another welcone addition to 4th Avenue between President St. and Carroll Street. For neighbors it’ll be another happy staple for those that love Root Hill’s Cafe and those that love meat. Despite just opening Grub Street declared in it’s fall preview in August that Root Hill Burger would had 9 burgers on the menu. And those that attended the recent Film Biz Recycling Fundraising event Lights, Camera, Auction actually got to taste some of Root Hill Burger’s sliders. We didn’t get a chance ourselves to get a taste at this event, but that’s cause they went, so darn fast. Most likely cause people loved them!

    Photos of the interior of Root Hill Burger appeared on their facebook page shortly after the announcement they would be opening.

    (Click the photo to see more images)



  • Inside Runner & Stone

    Late one evening after a Twig Terrariums Halloween party we had the privilege of taking a tour of the new soon to open Gowanus neighborhood bakery, restaurant, and bar, Runner & Stone. Runner & Stone has been building for months, while also still offering tasty treats at the Brooklyn Flea. Their place, still under construction, is on 3rd Avenue between President St. and Carroll St. and is surprisingly huge. When you walk in there is a bar on the right side that holds one sexy looking espresso machine…

    And just across from the bar you’ll find space for seating… which you can kind of see in this crappy picture we took when we walked in… Read more ›

  • Brad Lander Says Lightstone’s Development Should Be A Wash

    Carroll Garden’s Patch broke the news…

    City Councilmember Brad Lander, sent an open letter yesterday to David Lichtenstein, Chairman and CEO of The Lightstone Group, pleading with the company to withdraw its application for development of 363-365 Bond Street. 363-365 Bond Street sits right off the Gowanus Canal at a property near the Carroll Street Bridge (formerly the Toll Brothers site). Councilmember Lander refers to the large amount of flooding from hurricane Sandy as the reason why The Lightstone Group should not build their current version of a 1,000 residential condo on the banks of the Gowanus Canal.

    You know this hurricane flooding…

    As one can see in the video the water from Sandy’s storm surge easily filled the property (behind the metal fence on the left side of the Carroll St. Bridge) where The Lightstone Group’s new condo is set to be build. This particular video shows the beginning of hurricane Sandy’s wrath. Later towards the end of the storm, this area had way more water in it. The flooding from the Canal actually went up Carroll Street in both direction and could have reached four to five feet on the 363-365 Bond Street property.

    Councilmen Lander is adamant about The Lightstone Group changing or canceling their plans for the location. He says that he would be glad to work with Lightstone in the future for development in the area, but gives them a very stern warning if they continue with their current plans. In the letter he tells The Lightstone Group:

    If you choose not to reconsider in light of what we have learned from Hurricane Sandy, but instead push forward with your existing proposal unchanged, I will urge the City Planning Commission to reject your application.

    Brad Lander doesn’t seem to be playing around and looking at the video and images during and after the storm no one should be.

    Gowanus dodge a bullet with this storm. The neighborhood is actually prone to flooding when it rains and hurricane Sandy was mostly wind and flooding from the storm surge. If there had been rain mixed with Sandy this situation would have been even more devastating for Gowanus and South Brooklyn. Imagine all the water running down the streets from Park Slope and Carroll Garden’s during a huge rainfall mixed with the power of a hurricane… it would have been disastrous!

    To read all of Councilmember Brad Lander’s letter go here.


  • Twig Terrarium’s Halloween Grand Opening

    It was just over a month ago that we notice Twig Terrarium‘s new giant branch sign over their shop on 3rd Ave between President and Carroll Street. This large eye catching sign officially marked Twig Terrariums move from one side of 3rd Avenue to the other. The terrarium building business left their old space on 3rd Avenue and President St last May for new roomier space in the old Set Gallery. They recently sent out a note inviting everyone to see their new space. They are throwing a Ghoulish Grand Opening on October 26th!
    This party should be crazy festive! We went to their last opening at the previous locations and drank some crazy cocktails from a bubbling cauldron! Plus, their new space has some new featuring like a terrarium building area and some type of giant tree that sits in the center of the main room of the new space.

    The space is like a magical universe where worlds are all inside little bottles. We like to go and pretend we are some type of deity looking down on existence! Guess we are going to need a Zeus costume for the party… see you there!

  • Fletcher’s Sign is up.

    Fletcher’s BBQ, at 433 Third Avenue between 7th & 8th streets, has got its sign up! According to their website they are set to open this Fall and as of 9 days ago a tweet from their twitter handle, @FletchersBklyn, stated:

    we’re trying as hard as possible to open these doors!

    We hope they open their doors soon. We need to try some of their yummy BBQ!!! Yeah Meat!


  • Root Hill Burger: “Very Soon!”

    Earlier this summer we surmised that the folks behind the Root Hill coffee shop and cafe at the corner of Carroll Street and 4th Avenue were working on a new burger joint just a couple of doors down. That GYFO dream came closer to reality over the weekend when the above sign — promising that “Root Hill Burger” would be opening “Very Soon!” — was posted on the storefront’s glass. The wooden construction panels that had been surrounding the storefront for the past few months have been removed as well.

    Gowanus needs a good burger joint: Two 8 Two Burger, Mooburger and Bonnie’s are all just a little too far out of reach for regular neighborhood snackin’. Can’t wait.

  • Shuffleboard Debate Ends

    After coming up with a new (old timey) venue concept, trying to find common ground with opposing neighbors, pulling and resubmitting an application for a liquor license, and waiting through another really really long Community Board Six (CB6) meeting, the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Parlor has been approved for a liquor license. At last nights meetings there were lots of people who waiting around through other venues’ liquor license applications to see the finale of the Shuffleboard liquor license debate. Ashley and Jonathan, owners of the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Parlor, resubmitted their case for their venue with another presentation that included: all the compromises they had made to appease neighbors who lived across the street (Union Organize), a whole lot of names on a petition in support of the venue, letters of recommendation, a smarty pants lawyer to provide legal advice, and actual local people who were able to voice their support. One of those supporter was a well-known eco-business owner, Eva Radke owner of Film Biz Recycling who stated at last night meeting:

    “Community is important to the ethos that we do…. When I first heard about [the shuffleboard venue] I got very upset, upset that I didn’t think of it first”

    Of course Eva and other locals went on to talk about how the venue would help the community, would be a great place for local families, and that Shuffleboard is a really fun game that they all wished to play.

    The Royal Palms had lots of concessions they had made that included: no roof access, no people being out front smoking or waiting to get into the venue, smart security, food trucks (also not out front of the venue, but rather inside the venue), and closing on weekdays at 12:15a and weekends 2:15am. The closing early concession is one of the biggest because most, if not all local bars stay open till at least 2am or 4am. This includes Canal Bar just around the corning, which stays open every night till 4am.

    The board voted 9 to 6 to approve the liquor license for the venue with a last call a half hour before closing.

    And with that the debate ended. A venue that has been misrepresented by some of the media as a boozey Williamsburgesque night club has finally been able to convince a majority that Shuffling will be something fun and wholesome for the Gowanus and Community Board Six area.

    “I want to go have a drink and learn how to play shuffleboard!”

    Even Union Organized, a group that had been admittedly opposed to the Royal Palms, had members shaking hands with Ashley and Jonathan last night and were overheard saying:

    “they had tried to meet lots of demands… and… the process works!”

    Although this statement may not represent all those who have been in opposition of the venue.

    Ashley and Jonathan of the Royal Palms were extremely happy with the result. Jonathan looked visibly exhausted from all the stress and really was just happy for the debate to be over. Ashley took a moment to respond to us about how they were felling:

    “We are just so thrilled with the outcome. I feel like the system came through for everyone involved. We’re happy, the neighbors are happy, the committee is happy. We had an opportunity to meet so many more people in the community than we would have had we not had to go through this process and we’re better off because of it,”

    We agree with Ashley! And although this kind of community outreach done before a venue opens is unheard of according to some CB6 board members, the connection with locals will help bring business and maintain the focus for the venue, which is to be a friendly fun place to play shuffleboard.

    Frankly we wish we could go play Shuffleboard right now! Like right freaking now!

    Cause everyone’s gonna be Shuffling…


    Bonus Your Face Off
    The Royal Palms not only will have actually Shuffleboard courts, but Shuffleboard table top games too. Check out this super long Shuffleboard table from their Facebook page:


  • Judgement Day: Shuffleboard Liquor License Meeting At CB6

    It was just under a month ago that the Royal Palms Shuffleboard owners stood in front of Community Board Six (CB6) and presented its case for a liquor license at its venue. After hearing from members of the public that included Union Organized, the resident group adamantly opposed to the venue, and members of CB6, a hand vote from the board was taken. The hand vote showed that the Royal Palms would most likely not receive enough votes for the liquor license. So, the Royal Palms quickly withdrew their application for the liquor license to avoid the final vote. Since then the Royal Palms and Union Organized have been pushing for the local community to take their respective sides. The dispute between those who support and those who oppose is not hard to explain. It goes something like this:

    Oppose – The ‘club’ as it is referred to, will interrupt the quaintness of the block with wild boozey people. The residents have built nice homes for their families and shouldn’t be bothered with people drunkenly leaving a bar in the wee hours of the morning. 

    Support – The ‘parlor’ as it is referred to, will be a new venue for people to play an old timey game. The venue will be a fun place for all audiences and will use the money earned on liquor drinks to also offer programs for kids and old people.

    Both sound reasonable and both in a way are both right. The controversy is happening because of zoning in the area. A row of residential houses are right up against a commercial zone, and ultimately this situation was going to happen either now or in the future with other spaces.

    So, Monday is JUDGEMENT DAY for both those for and against the Royal Palms Shuffleboard facility (The phrase “Judgement Day” sure makes this sound all intense and stuff). On Monday there will be another Community Board Six meeting to decide whether a Shuffleboard + liquor license + residential is a good equation. The meeting will take place on Monday September 24th at 6:30pm:

    NYCHA Miccio Center
    110 West 9th Street
    (between Clinton/Henry Streets)
    Brooklyn, NY 11231

    This meeting will not only cover the Royal Palms, but also all of the following CB6 issues:

    • Orientation: Rules, regulations and procedures governing committee participation.
    • Presentation and review of an unenclosed sidewalk cafe permit application renewal submitted to the Department of Consumer Affairs on behalf of TSM Restaurant LLC at 524 Court Street (between Nelson Street/Huntington Street) to permit 8 tables and 16 seats.
    • Presentation and review of a new on-premises liquor license application submitted to the State Liquor Authority and a new Cabaret license application submitted to the Department of Consumer Affairs, on behalf of Forty-Forty No More Enterprises, Inc. dba Con Amor Cabaret at 18 Commerce Street between (Columbia Street/Richards Street).
    • Presentation and review of a new on-premises liquor license application submitted to the State Liquor Authority on behalf of Inches Wide LLC at 521 Hicks Street between (Kane Street/Degraw Street).
    • Presentation and review of a new on-premises liquor license application submitted to the State Liquor Authority on behalf of Duke of Montrose at 47 5th Avenue between (St. Marks Avenue/Bergen Street).
    • Continued review of a new on-premises liquor license application submitted to the State Liquor Authority on behalf of The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club at 514 Union Street (between Nevins Street/3rd Avenue).


    If you have an opinion on this subject you really should go to this meeting, but remember that even if things get heated, we are all Brooklynites and each of us really want Gowanus to be a wonderful place.


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