Thursday, August 27, 2015

CLOSINGS: Next Level Going to the Next Level

Next Level Arcade which moved into Sunset Park after relocating from Chinatown is soon to close. It's next relocation is said to be somewhere outside the neighborhood.  The arcade moved into Sunset Park in 2011 and lasted four years in the nabe. As with everything else the one constant is that the neighborhood is subject to change, constant change. During the period that it was open Film maker Calvin Theobald has been filming the goings on for a documentary. Below is the brief preview on Youtube.

Calvin Theobald is also responsible for the documentary "King of Chinatown" which follows the goings on of a gamer who frequented the previous incarnation of Next Level as the Gaming Parlor "Chinatown Fair". The documentary below is from YouTube.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Openings: Healthy Dumpling Cafe In Sunset Park

A new food place has opened up on 8th Avenue. Healthy Dumpling Cafe is more than a dumpling place or cafe. It offers a full fledged menu of Chinese food and they deliver too. While their specialty is dumplings, either boiled, steamed or fried, you will find a full fared menu on their brand new page on our website. It is also newly refurnished and the place is set up to be more welcoming than the other dumpling places in the neighborhood with a slightly more upscale clientele in mind.  The prices are quite competitive   and the quality of the food is high. What more could you ask of a new restaurant in the neighborhood? Visit their web page on our website and check out their menu and offerings..

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.