Sunday, March 8, 2015

Store of the Day: Baba's Deli and Coffee Shop

Baba's Deli is located right over the border from the Greenwood Heights section of Sunset Park in Park Slope on 5th Avenue and Prospect Avenue.  The store was started 25 years ago by Stephen the owner who is an immigrant from Guyana. The original name was Baba's Indo/Pak West Indian Grocery. As the neighborhood changed it went through several makeovers becoming Baba's Convenience Store in 1974 and as the neighborhood underwent a wave of gentrification it materialized to it's current version Baba's Deli and Coffee shop 9 years ago. It's one of those immigrant success stories that hear quite often in New York City. He started the business borrowing money from his mother in-law whose nickname is Baba, hence the name of the store. Stephen also has a degree in architecture and also runs a small construction company and owns EZ Laundromat on 4th Avenue and 14th street. He has been on our website for some years now and just added a new Menu to his Deli. Yes he delivers check out his Menu and give him a call if he's within delivery distance.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Weir-McGovern Greenhouse Finally Getting a Makeover

The Weir-Mc Govern Greenhouse which has been a landmark in the neighborhood since it was built in 1879. Owned by the Mc Govern  family until they could no longer make a profit, they sold it to the Green Wood Cemetery in 2011 and it is finally seeing it's renovation phase. Located in the Greenwood section of Sunset Park on 25th street the location is today covered in tarp and fenced in for renovations. The signs indicate that the construction and renovations will be completed by December 2015 and will become a visitors center for Green Wood Cemetery. 

Monday, February 23, 2015


Every Year Paul Mak the president of the Brooklyn Chinese Association gives me the best seat to photograph the New Year celebrations. These are some of the best shots of the day. There were several teams of Lion dancers on hand as well as the usual cartel of politicians, including our own Chuck Schumer whom one has to wonder how he keeps getting re elected. ENJOY!!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Art in the Hood. Mural on 51st

I always wanted to photograph this mural but it was always blocked with vendors and vans parked in front of it. Yesterday I happened by and I guess because of the cold there was nothing to block the view. It has been there a few years and it is a bit weathered. It's located on the corner of 51st street and 5th Avenue.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Gung Hoi Fat Choi!! Year Of The SheepSave the date Sunday, February 22

Today is Chinese Lunar New Year, a good time as any to start blogging again after a hiatus. This Sunday the Brooklyn Chinese American Association will hold it's annual festival on 8th Avenue. Like every year there will be plenty of local dignitaries and yes politicians attending. Probably including our Mayor who is now forever famous for killing the Groundhog and cursing us with probably six more years of winter. Let us hope that if he shows up he doesn't accidentally kill anyone. The usual festivities are usually punctuated by fireworks a dozen or so Lion dancers, a cultural show and a march down 8th avenue from 50th street to 60th street. It's a very photogenic event so show up early before the crowds as 8th Avenue gets completely packed and bring your camera with you to record the event...

Monday, December 8, 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Fashion is The Big News in Sunset Park This Week

Fashion was  the big news this week in Sunset Park as they officially opened Liberty View Industrial Plaza. It seems to have been all over the press. The plans had been in the air for months when the City put up some $3.5 million in our taxpayer money to make it happen. The center of the fashion industry in NYC will shift from Manhattan to Sunset Park. Liberty will give over some 160,000 square feet of space for fashion development. Along with all this development will come some additional 300 jobs into the area and adds to the wave of gentrification that has accelerated in the neighborhood especially in the last couple off years. To read more you can visit the stories at the following websites, Brooklyn Eagle,,,, and the Daily News.


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