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According to the current operator of popular East Village music venue Webster Hall, the venue will be closing down for an unknown period of time in August. The venue has been sold to a group owned by Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment and AEG Presents (who also now own The Bowery Presents), who also operate venues like Barclays Center, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Terminal 5, and more. According to a post from Gerard McNamee Jr.(who currently operates WH),...
As the clock clicked towards midnight on December 31st, only a handful of ardent regulars knew they were counting down the last minutes of service at Petit Oven. A fiercely beloved yet altogether surprising success story, Bay Ridge’s sole, local-seasonal, French-inspired boîte enjoyed a nine-year run in its 30-seat space off of 3rd Avenue—even though it opened in a time when a multi-generation tenure and spaghetti menu were the only things that guaranteed an audience. Petit...
For the eight years I lived in Cobble Hill, whenever I passed BookCourt, the Brooklyn bookstore that closed its doors this past December 31, I'd think of the Hemingway story, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place.” I lived around the corner and walking past it, whether I was coming back late and tipsy from drinks with friends or grumpily heading home from work, the windows were always lit by the huge, incandescent hanging lights that bathed...
After 35 years as one of the crown jewels of Brooklyn’s literary scene, Cobble Hill’s independent bookstore BookCourt will be closing down, as its owners, Henry Zook and Mary Gannett will be retiring at year’s end. The store, which holds both the 161 and 163 Addresses on Court Street, is a place to purchase anything from smaller publishing houses to larger bestsellers, and often houses signings and readings from celebrated national writers and local...

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