Ditmas Park

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Ditmas Park Celebrates Neighborhood Eats During "Cortelyou at Twilight" [PHOTOS]

    Outside, dusk falls over pillared Victorian houses and spotted sycamores, their leaves starting to curl and drop with the season, but inside the bar, everything's awash in a yellow glow and flickering candlelight. Three men walk in.

  • Theater

    July 10, 2013
  • Music

    January 23, 2013

    All That Brooklyn Jazz

    The borough is where it's at

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    It Takes A Lot To Get Lucius Down

    Some of Lucius' best shows have been born from the most obnoxious, pain-in-the-ass circumstances, the kind that rear their meddling heads at the most inopportune moment. Just before playing a sold-out show at the Bowery Ballroom a few months ago, one of their cars got towed--with a bunch of gear i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    Bar Chord Opens in Ditmas Park; Burger Bistro Opens in Upper East Side

    Ditmas Park will get a new bar and music venue on Cortelyou Avenue. Bar Chord will open in La Nueva Union Bakery's old location and will serve draft beers and bar snacks. The owners told Ditmas Park Corner that patrons can look forward to a jukebox and a regular event called "Wings and Strings" with ... More >>

  • News

    October 31, 2012

    The People the Storm Killed

    Sandy's human toll

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2012

    Year of the Takeout Day 62: New Peking

    Pork Dumplings from New Peking (76 Bushwick Avenue, 718-388-8866).

  • Dining

    February 8, 2012

    Kavkaz: Nuts to You

    A Brooklyn restaurant leaves herds of sheep testicle-free

  • News

    October 19, 2011

    Stoops to Conquer

    Ode to a Brooklyn neighborhood

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Ask the Critics: The Sweet Spot

    Calvin Godfrey​ Everyone I Know asks: Do you know where I can the find a restaurant that serves inventive, exceptionally prepared food at dirt-cheap prices with a fun atmosphere and plentiful booze? Dear Everyone I Know: I am not a magician. I cannot conjure up a restaurant with the food of P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    The Castello Plan's Natasha Pogrebinsky Will Open Bear in Long Island City

    Not that kind of bear.​Earlier this month, Natasha Pogrebinsky announced she would be leaving the Castello Plan to open her own place. Although some assumed that Pogrebinsky would remain in Ditmas Park, where she helped open the Castello Plan in February 2010, she'll instead be leaving Brookly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Natasha Pogrebinsky Leaves the Castello Plan​Along with Hung Ry, the Castello Plan also has some chef-related news to report.

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    The Parks Department Is Bringing Purple Yam to the Upper West Side

    Purple YamBroadway bound.​Some encouraging news for Purple Yam fans who are weary of the Q train: the Ditmas Park Filipino restaurant will soon have two outposts on the Upper West Side, thanks to the NYC Parks Department.

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    The Bluebird Coffee Shop Has Been Taken Over by Café Madeline

    Rebecca Marx​We were somewhat saddened to learn a couple of days ago that the Bluebird Coffee Shop had been sold - in addition to losing what is in many ways the consummate neighborhood coffee shop, we now risk losing some of the best doughnuts in Lower Manhattan. But it seems like our loss wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Ask the Critics: Where Should a Brooklyn-Based Vegetarian Celebrate Her Birthday?

    KeeganIn need of a seitan steakhouse?​ Alainna L. asks: I'm celebrating my birthday this month, and I'd like to go out to eat with a few (6-9ish) of my friends. The problem? I'm vegetarian, but they're not. Any suggestions of places that could accommodate all of us, and I'm not stuck with the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    Fiji Water to Pull Out of Fiji; Bees in Red Hook Caught Red-Bodied

    ​Fiji Water is shutting down its operations on the island due to a tax hike imposed by Fiji's government. The company is owned by billionaire investors Lynda Resnick and Stewart Resnick, who also own POM Wonderful. [Wall Street Journal] Burger King's monthlong "King of the Road" bus tour has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2010

    An Earthquake Hit Long Island Today. Did the Earth Move for You?

    via NYT/Google Maps​This is nothing to our West Coast brethren, but it's kind of a big deal to us. A 3.9 magnitude earthquake in the Atlantic Ocean, about 80 miles off the coast of Long Island's Southampton, occurred around 10:45 a.m. today. According to WNYC, it was even "felt by a New York T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Purple Yam Is Offering Cooking Classes

    Neal Oshima/Purple Yam​Beginning Nov. 13, you'll be a bit closer to being able to replicate the flavors of Purple Yam in your own home: that's when owners Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan will kick off a series of cooking classes dedicated to traditional Filipino foods. The Nov. 13 class will focus o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Saturday Brought More Bagels to Brooklyn

    ​This weekend was a high-gluten one for Brooklyn, thanks to the opening of bagel stores in both Park Slope and Ditmas Park. On Saturday, per Here's Park Slope, the Bagel Market opened on Saturday on Seventh Avenue, while Catskills Bagel opened on Cortelyou Road, according to Ditmas Park Blog.

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Posts of the Week

    It is now Friday afternoon, and thus time to look back on the week that was: Our Man Sietsema ranked Our 10 Best Chinese Restaurants, 2010 Edition. Brooklyn Winery's Conor McCormack discussed urban winemaking, the science in the glass, and why winemakers are so beer-happy. Battle of the banana cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    The Old-Fashioned Plans to Bring Ice Cream to Ditmas Park

    boliston/FlickrThis is in England, not Brooklyn, but you get the idea.​Even as we bemoan the end of the official ice cream season (though as any six-year-old knows, ice cream has no season), Lisa Eisen and Prairie Rose Free are giving us reason to look forward to next summer. That's when the p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Vox Pop Is Closed. Most Likely for Good.

    Vox has been popped.​After dying numerous deaths over the past year, it looks like Vox Pop has circled the drain for the last time. Ditmas Park Blog got word from the café's embattled CEO and general manager, Debi Ryan, that she's calling it quits following yet another seizure by the ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2010

    Milk Bar Owners Will Open Cafe Madeline in Ditmas Park

    Cafe Madeline/FacebookGutted deli today, French Art Deco coffeehouse tomorrow.​Having made their mark on Prospect Heights with full eggs, strawberry toast, and sheep station pie, the Australian owners of Milk Bar are planning to open Cafe Madeline in Ditmas Park.

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Todd English 'Out' at Juliet Supper Club; David Burke 'In' at Bowlmor

    ​Todd English is no longer affiliated with Jon B's Juliet Supper Club in Chelsea. The chef's menu was phased out a month ago and a new one by Mario Tolentino, who won an episode of Chopped, has been launched. [Grub Street] White House chef Cristeta Comerford and pastry chef William Yosses rec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    The Doobie Is Everywhere

    via New York Times​Even though our world seems to get a little more desolate by the day, there are certain things that bring comfort to our aching hearts. Like finding plants thriving under the toughest of urban conditions. Like, in Union Square, where the tireless folks at Gothamist noticed t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    DIY Food Entrepreneurs Head to the Market; Top Chefs Head to Beirut

    ​The new food entrepreneurs are bypassing restaurant kitchens to instead peddle their handmade fare via food trucks and at market stands. [NY Times] Joël Robuchon, the Parisian baker Eric Kayser, and perhaps even Jean-Georges Vongerichten are among top chefs being tapped to open restaurants ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Egyptian Food Is Reportedly Coming to Ditmas Park

    Bamya is a meat and okra stew served throughout Egypt.​Cortelyou Road continues to evolve into one of Brooklyn's most intriguing dining strips: in addition to Tibetan, Filipino, Israeli, American seasonal, and Japanese cuisine, it's about to start serving Egyptian food. Ditmas Park Blog repo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Vox Pop Apparently Seized by the Government. Again.

    Vox Pop in less back-taxed days.​Four months after being shuttered by the tax man, Vox Pop has apparently been seized yet again. Ditmas Park Blog has learned from a neighbor that the famously embattled cafe is sporting bright orange "seized" stickers and that its gates are down. After manager ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    Is Pomme de Terre Closed?

    Will tapas this way come?​Last December, Jim Mamary disclosed his expansion plans Pomme de Terre, his two-year-old restaurant in Ditmas Park. Mamary mentioned he was thinking of "tweaking the concept" of the French bistro, and now it looks like he may be on his way to doing so. Ditmas Park Blo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2010

    Wine Box Inventor Dies; Hello Kitty Sells Wine

    ​Forget the soda tax. Now, lawmakers are aiming to get their grubby little hands on our beer! A tax increase on mass-market beer -- microbrews would be exempt -- is one of the first new revenue-raising ideas Democrats have come up with in weeks. [AP] The Castello Plan in Ditmas Park, The Bode ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2010

    Roland Alonzo-Castro, 18, Chased Out of Prospect Park, Stabbed to Death

    View Larger Map DATE: Friday April 2, 2010, 5:28 p.m. LOCATION: Parade Place & Crooke Avenue, Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. Not often that we get a homicide so close to Prospect Park, but the police say Roland Alonzo-Castro, 18, of Arlington Avenue in Brooklyn was found fatally stabbed on the south end, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Ditmas Park Is Desperately Seeking Ice Cream

    Barbara L. HansonLick it.​Perhaps not quite as titillating as PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door contest, the Flatbush Development Corporation's survey to determine what kind of ice cream store to open in the area is still pretty exciting, at least if you live in Ditmas Park and crave frozen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    The Castello Plan Opens in Ditmas Park This Friday

    Brownstoner.comThe Castello Plan (right) in its plywood infancy.​ The Mimi's family is about to get a little bigger. This Friday, Ben Heemskerk will partner with Avi Shuker, one of the owners of Ditmas Park hummus restaurant, to open the Castello Plan. The wine bar will be located two storefro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Mimi's Hummus Opens Its Market in Ditmas Park

    Brownstoner.comMarket: open for business right this very minute.​ Early last month, we reported that Mimi's Hummus would be expanding its Cortelyou Road presence with a market--called, appropriately, Market--on Jan. 25.

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Sonali Cuisine; Sifton at Purple Yam

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema heads to Queens Boulevard for a meal at Sonali Cuisine, which "may be tiny... but the flavors are big, big, big." Sam Sifton awards a one spot to Purple Yam in Ditmas Park, where the menu "looks widely across Asia for inspiration, most notably toward Korea, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    Ditmas Park Mainstay Vox Pop Seized by the Tax Man

    ​ It looks like Vox Pop's voice has been silenced: yesterday afternoon, the Ditmas Park coffee shop was seized by the tax man for non-payment of back taxes. Ditmas Park Blog received reports of patrons being asked to leave by the cops, who then slapped the red badge of shame on the shop's Bob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    The Burgeoning Ditmas Park Restaurant Scene is Still No Place for a Vegan

    Cortelyou Road is still a barren place for a vegan.​Ditmas Park may be home to a growing number of restaurants, but its animal product-free options are apparently still lacking: the blog Flatbush Vegan has suspended operation because its authors, though still vegan, have moved out of Flatbush. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Scenes From Purple Yam's First Weekend in Ditmas Park

    Haegeen's homemade kimchi​ Purple Yam, the new pan-Asian/Filipino restaurant from Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan, the former owners of Cendrillon, opened in its new digs in Ditmas Park last week. On Friday night, the place was packed. Both the service and the kitchen were running a bit slow, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    Purple Yam Opening Pushed Back to Late October

    The Philippine Daily InquirerPurple Yam's Chef Romy Dorotan​It looks like Ditmas Park will have to wait a little longer for Purple Yam, the eagerly anticipated new Filipino restaurant from the folks behind Cendrillon. According to a message that owners Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan posted on their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Under Review: Sietsema at Liman

    This week in the Voice, Our Man Sietsema indulges in some (hopefully sustainable) ultra-fresh seafood at Liman. Bruni's third to last review is of a slipping Union Square Cafe. The beloved Danny Meyer restaurant lost one star from the three William Grimes awarded it in 1999. [NY Times] Restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    Incredibly Cheap Eats--Chapli Kebab

    Madina Restaurant is on the Pakinstani stretch of Coney Island Avenue in Kensington (bordering Ditmas Park), Brooklyn. The sign on its awning is admirably inclusive (Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi food!), but it mainly focuses on hearty Punjabi-Pakistani dishes. But my favorite item at Madina is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Fork on the Road Eats Momos in Ditmas Park

    This week, I'm at Top Cafe Tibet, a tiny restaurant that opened this summer in Ditmas Park Brooklyn. It's owned by a group of brothers who started with an Asian grocery store, expanded by adding a sushi bar (!) in the mini mart, and started selling the momos at the mart at well. Finally, they opened ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 10, 2008

    Top Café Tibet Is Stuffed With Good Food

    A delicious new restaurant in Ditmas Park

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2007
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    August 31, 2007
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    August 8, 2007

    A Mighty Wind in Brooklyn

    Photos by Neil DeMause Even some of the oldest trees in Brooklyn were no match for a tornado. The car didn't fare too well either. While the Bay Ridge tornado got all the initial press, Mother Nature opened up a major can of whoop-ass on Ditmas Park (aka "Victorian Flatbush") as well.

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    July 1, 2003
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    June 10, 2003
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    March 30, 1999

    Splendor in the Grass

    Medical Marijuana

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    January 19, 1999
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