Ditmas Park History: Hurley’s Bar And Savarese & Schiro Meat Shop


Cortelyou Hurley's Bar and Grill 1502 Cortelyou Road

Brooklyn Visual Heritage has an incredible treasure trove of old Brooklyn photos, including tons from our neighborhood — such as this July 1963 snapshot of Hurley’s Bar & Grill at 1502 Cortelyou Road, a now-empty locale that was last home to New York Brick Oven Pizza. Next to Hurley’s is Savarese & Schiro Meat Market at 1506 Cortelyou Road — now the Dunkin’ Donuts that just came under fire for hanging a “male staff only” hiring sign.

Who remembers Hurley’s and the meat shop? We’d love to hear your memories of them! Share your stories below in the comments section, or email us at editor@ditmasparkcorner.com

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  1. Before it was NY Brick Oven Pizza, it was Solo; before that, the Cornerstone; and that was preceded by Boxers, Alexander’s, Hurley’s, and Monroe’s if I remember correctly. I learned that from the manager of Alexander’s who was also a bartender at the Cornerstone, which never really got off the ground but is where I spent a lot of time in 2004-2006, learned a lot of neighborhood history, and met a lot of local characters. When it was Alexander’s (I think during the 1980s and 1990s) That space is hands down the best bar space on Cortelyou and a lovely spot to spend a late afternoon when the sunlight floods in the front windows and you can see all the way down Cortelyou.

    I (obviously) don’t remember Hurley’s but I did meet one of the proprietors once when he came to visit the Cornerstone. Hurley’s was owned by two brothers – the actual manager and his gambling addict brother who would show up every month and raid the cash register before heading off to Atlantic City. I’ve also heard that you had to be a certain type of person to be fully welcome in Hurley’s. If you ordered a mixed drink or anything other than a bottle of beer, or if you were a woman, or if you were anything other than an old white guy, you’d be kindly advised to go to the bar across the street (where the deli is today) where you’d feel more at home. But that’s just what I heard second-hand, or maybe third-hand, or more, and perhaps the tales had grown in the telling.

  2. It seems cursed as of late, Solo was a failure from moment one and NY Brick Oven Pizza spent money renovating and furnishing it and then never opened.

  3. We shopped at that butcher shop when we moved here inn 1987. We don’t eat a lot of meat, but like the best when we do, and they had it. Incredibly good fresh turkey at Thanksgiving – there was a 30 pound one sitting on the counter one year when I walked in – never saw one that big! Apparently it was de rigeur for the large Italian families in the area. The older butcher retired and a younger man bought the shop, but I guess he couldn’t make a go of it. Really a shame – we still miss them.

  4. Look closely at the photo. What’s missing?

    Candy wrappers? A couple of coffee containers in the gutter? Oh, that’s right, it’s 1963.

  5. I was a young hippy guy and never had a problem. Flynn’s on CIA was an old white guy place. A lot of those ‘old white guys’ were at the American Legion around the corner or the VFW on CIA. That is what you heard – I was there with friends and gf’s with no problem.

  6. Well that’s good to hear. The tales always grow taller through the years…

    Where on CIA was Flynn’s?

  7. Pretty sure Flynn’s was btwn Ditmas and Cortel. What was weird about Hurleys was it was so bright during the day. Most my age smoked weed as opposed to drinking.

  8. Was Flynn’s the predecessor to 773? I think 773 was founded in 1969 but not sure, and the space had been a bar for decades before that.

  9. I grew up and lived above Hurley’s bar on second floor back in the early 60’s. All my childhood memories are in the neighborhood including Hurley’s bar. The characters that hung out in that place were truly characters. indeed it was an eclectic crowd. I attended Holy Innocents school on Beverly Road which is no longer there.

    I would not give up every being raised there and miss it so very much.


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