Spring at Elberta–335 Flatbush Avenue

Did someone say 60 degrees this week.  Well that means Spring Hang Out Season has begun! Kick it off at Elberta with Tasty Tuesday followed by First Fridays, and Midnight Brunch on Saturday!
It’s 3D Therapy: Dine, Drink, Dialog over a $25 Prix Fixe Three Course Menu happy hour 5-8 p. Add a little groove music and you’ve got the perfect date spot ! Doors open@5pm 
Dine at Elberta then step next door to 333 and feel the vibes of DJ ReWindz! Doors to 333 open @10 p
No need to leave the hot spot to get your brunch favorites now you can have it all in one! Happy hour 11p-12a kitchen closes @ 1:30 am
Vibe + Parish Nation - #MIDNITE BRUNCH Hosted by Bonsu Thompson
For more information, be sure to check the website, www.elbertarestaurant.com

The North Flatbush Business Improvement District and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Announce Collaboration to Staff and Operate BID

Pictured: left to right: Andrew Steininger, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce (BCC); Jola Spahija (BCC); Rashad Frazier (BCC); Elizabeth Cofrancesco (BCC); North Flatbush BID Director James Dean Ellis (BCC); Eladia Causil-Rodriguez, Owner, Eladia’s Kids and board ember at the North Flatbush BID; Regina Cahill, President of the North Flatbush BID; Diane Allison, Flatbush BID Board Secretary; Kris Goddard, Executive Director for BID Development and Commercial Revitalization at the NYC Department of Small Business Services; Carlo A. Scissura, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; Terence Kelly, Community Affairs at Barclays; Tondalaya London (BCC); Monique Hector (BCC); Alison Hooti, Owner Hooti Couture and board member at North Flatbush BID)

The North Flatbush Business Improvement District and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that beginning today (3/21/2014) the Chamber will staff and manage the North Flatbush Business Improvement District (BID) through the Brooklyn Alliance. This partnership with the North Flatbush BID will include the Chamber of Commerce’s Neighborhood Business Center pilot program, which will host representatives from NYC Business Solutions, Good Help Employment Services, Brooklyn HealthWorks and Affordable Care Act Navigators for health insurance. If your business needs resources or technical assistance, The North Flatbush office hours will be Fridays 9a-5pm, or by appointment.

Shop Local – #RedSnowflake Flatbush Deals

>>> click here for printable .pdf.

  • Hooti Couture – 321 Flatbush Avenue, $5 gift certificate on any purchase over $30.00 and a $10 gift certificate on purchases  over $100.

  • Meet2Nail – 299 Flatbush Avenue, Gel Manicure ONLY $20!  Reg. $26.50 All day, every day!!

  • Ideya Latin Bistro – 636 Carlton (at Park Pl.) ,$9  LUNCH Special Mon-Fri  Soup, /1/2 cuban or torta de pollo sandwich/cafe con lech 12pm to 5pm.

  • 67Burger – 234 Flatbush Avenue, 10% off your order, all day TUESDAY!  (IN STORE ONLY). Treat your friends and family.

  • Franny’s – 348 Flatbush Avenue – Choice of FREE Gelato OR WINE (250ml) during Lunch,with a 2 course lunch)  Monday through Friday 12:00PM to 2:30PM only.

  • DNN Hair Salon & Spa – 325 Flatbush Avenue, – $5 off next appointment with a $50 purchase.  Facials are only $45.00 too, reg. $75!!

  • Burrito Bar – 307 Flatbush Avenue, $50 Gift Certificates for only $40! Great stocking stuffer.

  • SugarCane Restaurant – $5 Poinsettia cocktail, Mon, Tue,Wed,Sun. 5pm to 8pm Made with Hibiscus, the traditional flower of the Caribbean.

  • Antonio’s Pizza – 318 Flatbush Avenue, FREE toppings with any LARGE PIE order.

  • Cake Ambiance – 452 Dean Street, 1 FREE cupcake with every dozen ordered.

  • Versailles – 194 Flatbush , 20% purchases of $100 most items IN STORE are on sale too.

  • Christian Science Reading Room – 338 Flatbush, Special discounts on all items including childrens books and posters with FREE gift wrapping! Sounds Heavenly.

  • Vinnie’s Styles – 239 Flatbush – 20% off cool designer Brooklyn T-shirts and Brooklyn Hats.

  • AllStar Locksmith and Hardware – 284 Flatbush, Small safes ONLY $99 Make 1 copy of key and get second copy FREE (not all styles).

  • Tatem Acupuncture – 285 Flatbush , $75 Evaluation/Treatment, reg. $125 and 20 minute detox cupping $25, reg. $50 10am to 1pm Mon – Fri ONLYand  20% off 14 day detox cleanse,  by appt. (give a healthy gift to someone you love).

  • Pintchik Hardware – 478 Bergen, 20% all power and hand tools (a great gift idea for dads!).

  • Petit Fleur – 71 6th Avenue, All beautiful imported mercury holiday ornaments ONLY $10 and $20, reg. $30-50 and 10% off imported from France,  scented candles.

  • The UPS Store – 315 Flatbush, for every $30 purchase on shipping get $5 off next shipping purchase.

  • Mei Chei Liquors – 391 Flatbush, 10% off when you purchase 6-14 bottles of wine, 15% off of purchase of 15-24 bottles of wine and 20% off 25 bottles and more *does not include Champagne or Sparkling wines.(Remember all those public  service people in your life).

  • Healthy Nibbles – 305 Flatbush, Veggie, Soy and Turkey burgers ONLY $5, 4pm to closing. Special salmon burgers ONLY $6.50, 4pm to closing! Every day.

  • Verizon Wireless – 337 Flatbush – FREE case with any purchase of Phone (a $29.99 Value).

  • Kami Asian – 395 Flatbush – 20% off total bill on DINNER, and 10% total bill FOR TAKEOUT.

  • Elberta Restaurant – 335 Flatbush –  text the word “redsnowflake” to 55469 show message to server to receive a FREE appetizer OR show receipt of purchase @nfbid business and receive the same offer.

  • T-Mobile – 304 Flatbush – $50 off first bill with a new small business account, FREE accessory with purchase of new phone.

  • more coming soon –  Remember this promotion starts Tuesday, December 2!!! and runs through December.

Places of Interest in our District



Barclays Center is New York City’s state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue located in the vibrant borough of Brooklyn, within the North Flatbush Avenue BID district.

Think Madison Square Garden in Brooklyn: a huge venue for entertainment and sport events, near a major transportation hub. That’s what’s in store at Barclays Center, to be opened in September 2012 as the new home to the Brooklyn Nets, the NBA professional basketball team formerly known as the New Jersey Nets.

Barclays Center’s owners expect to host about 200 sporting and entertainment events, starting in 2012.


Grand Army Plaza

Grand Army Plaza

Grand Army Plaza, the oval at the main entrance of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, was meant to provide a wide and picturesque approach to the park, which park designer Calvert Vaux considered a vital design element. The Plaza was one of the first features of Prospect Park to be built and marks the beginning of the Eastern Parkway (1866), the world’s first parkway also designed by Vaux and his partner Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903). The parkway’s intended purpose was to connect the City’s parks with ornamental roads free of commercial traffic.

From 1915 to approximately 1920, the Plaza was cut open to make room for the BMT and IRT subway lines. The underground tracks necessitated the removal of the electric fountain, which gave way to a grass oval. Construction on the current Baily Fountain began in 1928 and was completed in 1932. With the advent of the automobile, the busy junction of streets around the Plaza became increasingly dangerous and a “Death-O-Meter” was installed at the Plaza in 1927 that kept track of Brooklyn automobile fatalities. By the 1950’s, the Plaza was dominated by traffic, over 40 traffic signals were added in 1955, and the roadway was entirely repaved in 1958.

The bust of John F. Kennedy was added in 1965. In 1973 the Arch was designated an official City landmark, and in 1975 the entire Grand Army Plaza was designated such as well. In 1976 the victory figure on the quadrille on top of the Arch fell out of its chariot. The Arch was restored in 1980 and again in 2000.

Brooklyn Acedamy of Music

Brooklyn Acedamy of Music


Brooklyn Academy of Music  (BAM) is America’s oldest continuously operating performing arts center, founded 1861,  just a short distance from our district. BAM is a major performing arts venue known as a center for progressive and avant garde performance.

The first BAM facility at 176-194 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights was conceived as the home of the Philharmonic Society of Brooklyn. It housed a large theater seating 2,200, a smaller concert hall, dressing and chorus rooms, and a vast “baronial” kitchen.  After the building burned to the ground on November 30, 1903, plans were made to relocate to a new facility in the then fashionable neighborhood of Fort Greene. The cornerstone was laid at 30 Lafayette Avenue in 1906 and a series of opening events were held in the fall of 1908 culminating with a grand gala evening featuring Geraldine Farrar and Enrico Caruso  in a Metropolitan Opera production of Charles Gounods Faust. The Met would continue to present seasons in Broolyn through 1921.

BAM now consists of the Howard Gilman Opera House which olds 2,109 seats. The Harvey Lichtenstein Theater, with 974 seats, formerly know n as Majestic Theater, named in Lichtenstein’s honor in 1999.  BAM Rose Cinemas opened in 1997 allowing Brooklynites the chance to see more art films without having to go to Manhattan and the Hillman Attic Studio, a flexible rehearsal/performing space.

The Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower

The Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower


The Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower, or One Hanson Place, is the tallest building in the borough of Brooklyn and one of our districts familiar landmark.

At 34 stories and 512 feet tall, it is also the second tallest building on Long Island, and is among the tallest four-sided clock towers int he world. Built in 1927 by the architectural firm Halsey, McCormick and Helmer, it is lcoated at 1 Hanson Place at the corner of Ashland Place, near the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues. Despite the name it stands in the Fort Greene section rather than  where the bank’s original headquarters building still stands.

Originally the building was owned by the Williamsburgh Savings Bank, then later its parent, Republic National Bank, then via a merger, HSBC. For years the building contained offices, notably dentists offices: the New York Daily news once call it “The Mecca of Dentistry”.  As of early 2006, Magic Johnson started to convert the building into luxury condominiums.   The building is sometimes called “Willie” or “The Willie”, short for its bank namesake. As a 1920’s skyscraper comparable to those in Manhattan, but standing alone, it has been the subject of speculation and urban legends. It features a gilded copper dome, a public observation deck (now closed to the public), carved lions, turtles and birds on the exterior and a marble  hall on the ground floor with 63 foot vaulted ceiling, 40 foot windows and elaborate mosaics.


Prospet Park meadow

Prospet Park meadow

Prospect Park is a 585 acre public park bounded by Park Slope, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Kensington, Windsor Terrace and Flatbush Avenue, Grand Army Plaza and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  It is run and operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and is part of the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway.

The park was designs by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux after they completed Manhattan’s Central Park. Attractions include the Long Meadow, a 90 acre meadow thought to be the largest meadow in any U.S park, the Picnic House, which houses offices and a hall that can accommodate parties with up to 175 guests, Litchfield Villa, the home of Edwin Clark Litchfield, an early developer of the neighborhood and a former owner of a southern section of the Park, Prospect Park Zoo, a large nature conservancy managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Boathouse, housing a visitors center and the first urban Audubon Center, Brooklyn’s only lake, covering 60 acres, the Prospect Park Bandshell that hosts free outdoor concerts in the summertime, and various sports and fitness activities including seven baseball fields. There is also a private Society of Friends cemetery on Quaker Hill near the ball fields, where actor Montgomery Clift is interred.


The Green Market sells fresh herbs, plants and seeds

The Green Market sells fresh herbs, plants and seeds

The Green Markets at Grand Army Plaza brings the best and freshest in upstate produce and fish from Mattituck, Long Island and meat from the heart of Brooklyn. All food is grown and produced by regional farmers specializing in organic, unprocessed and free-range produce.  You will find everything from blueberry wine to goat cheese to one hundred varieties of apples and fresh-picked flowers, plants and seeds. You can also find fresh baked cakes, pies and bread.  The Green Market is open Every Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.. The Grand Army Plaza green market is the second largest open air green market in New York City.   It is located at the traffic circle near the Grand Army Plaza arch at the entrance to Prospect Park .Over half the farmers at the Grand Army Plaza GreenMarket are able to accept credit cards and EBT/food stamps.
The GreenMarket is a program of the Council on the Environment of NYC (CENYC) and was developed to support local farmers while offering over 600 varieties of delicious farm-grown products to City residents.


brooklyn fleaFounded in April 2008, Brooklyn Flea has grown into one of New York City’s top attractions, operating flea markets every weekend of the year that feature hundreds of top vendors of antique and repurposed furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as a tightly curated selection of jewelry, art, and crafts by local artisans and designers, plus delicious fresh food. The New York Times called the Flea “One of the great urban experiences in New York”; Travel + LeisureCountry LivingBudget Travel, and Fodor’s have ranked the Flea one of the best markets or antiques shows in the U.S. and the world; and Time Out NY named the Flea one of New York’s Essential Pick-Up Spots.

From April through Thanksgiving, the markets take place outdoors: on Saturdays in Fort Greene and on Sundays in Williamsburg. Every Saturday our giant all-food market Smorgasburg features 75-100 vendors in Williamsburg. From Thanksgiving through March, the market moves indoors to Skylight One Hanson, an event space in the landmark former Williamsburgh Savings Bank. And every summer you can find Flea food vendors at the Central Park SummerStage outdoor concert series, where the Flea operates the food and beverage concession. Click here for a map and directions.



libraryEach year, approximately one million people walk through Central Library’s majestic 50-foot high entryway, and countless others access its unique services online. Located at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Eastern Parkway on Grand Army Plaza, Central Library contains over one million cataloged books, magazines, and multimedia materials. In addition, its local history division, the Brooklyn Collection, holds millions of individual items including photographs, maps, manuscripts, Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia and other ephemeral items. The landmarked facility boasts the S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture, which hosts lectures, readings, musical performances and other events for people of all ages. The recently renovated plaza hosts concerts throughout the summer and is Brooklyn’s favorite outdoor destination for free wireless internet access.

Opened on February 1, 1941, the Central Library is the major reference center for BPL’s 60-location system. The library’s notable architecture was created to resemble an open book, with the spine on Grand Army Plaza and the building’s two wings opening like pages onto Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue.