DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN – Beloved independent bookshop McNally Jackson is headed to Brooklyn! Store owner, Sarah McNally, recently announced that she will open an outpost at City Point (445 Albee Square West).
McNally Jackson’s flagship store almost had to relocate after 15 years on Prince Street in NoLITA due to a rent increase from $350,000 to $850,000 a year, but McNally told Vulture that she was able to negotiate with the landlord and will remain at the space in addition to opening two new outposts—one at South Street Seaport and the other right here in Downtown Brooklyn.
The 5,000-square-foot-plus City Point store will span two floors and feature large stationery and young-adult sections. McNally notes that she is considering adding a science and technology section as well. The Brooklyn store is expected to open this fall.
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Hank’s Saloon is back! The longtime Boerum Hill dive bar reopened at its new location on the second level of the revamped Hill Country Food Park at 345 Adams Street (between Brooklyn Bridge Boulevard & Pearl Street) on February 2, Bedford + Bowery reported.
Hank’s original location at 46 3rd Avenue (on the corner of Atlantic Avenue) closed at the end of last year to make way for a new development. The new downtown space features “up-cycled wooden rails from the old Hank’s,” according to Bedford + Bowery. Bartender Jeanie Taliercio, a 24-year veteran of the bar, also made the move downtown.
The grand opening night at the new location featured live music from The Cameramen and The New York Fowl Harmonic. The new Hank’s Saloon boasts a capacity of 150 for live shows, about 50 more than the old venue. Check out an interview with the owner of Hank’s Saloon, Julie Ipcar, at Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.
The new eatery is part of Matthew Kenney Cuisine, a California-based lifestyle brand that operates 30 restaurants in more than ten cities around the world, including Double Zero, a new vegan pizza restaurant in the East Village, according to the article.
The Brooklyn location of Hungry Angelina is part of DUMBO Heights, a 1.2 million-square-foot, five building campus consisting of 117 Adams, 77 Sands Street, 55 and 81 Prospect Street, and 175 Pearl Street, developed by Kushner Companies, LIVWRK, and RFR Realty. The development firms purchased the properties from the Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2013 for $375 million, according to Commercial Observer. Hungry Angelina is expected to open this summer.
And lastly, nearby in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Only Foods, a market specializing in Brooklyn-made products, opened at the beginning of February at 78 Henry Street (at Orange Street), the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported.
Showcasing “the best food products being made in Brooklyn,” according to the store’s website, “Brooklyn Only Foods offers products that have been around for over a hundred years and items that have just been born in the borough.”
The brainchild of Karim Othman, whose father Jamel Othman owns the adjacent Heights Falafel, Brooklyn Only Foods offers locally-produced fare including D’Amico Coffee Roasters coffee; Gold’s Pure Foods horseradish and mustard; JoMart chocolates; and Michael’s of Brooklyn pasta sauce. Othman’s friend, artist Austin Siegert, runs As of Now Gallery in the lower level of the storefront.