The Old Neighborhood, New Again…

March 11th, 2007

After seeing the apartment again, we decided to do a little exploring. We both lived within two blocks of the new place, but the area has changed a lot in the last few years. When I moved out of my old house 10 years ago, the neighborhood was very different. There certainly weren’t cafe’s like Solomon’s Porch there.
We had brunch there, I wasn’t as happy with it as I was on our previous visit. I’m not really a breakfast person, Tammi is. One of the things I like about brunch is that I can eat real food and not just bacon and eggs. Sadly the brunch menu at Solomon’s Porch is severely lacking in the ‘lunch’ side of things. Regardless, I expect to spend a lot of time over at Solomon’s Porch. After all, they have beer, food and music, a great vibe and a comfy-looking couch up front.
I’m pretty excited about the idea of having places to hang out nearby. Living in Bed-Stuy for 20 years, I’ve never had neighborhood places where I’d really like to hang out. When I was a kid, I spent my days in Brooklyn Heights and my weekends in the Village. Since moving back from college, most of my leisure time has been spent in Manhattan somewhere. In the last few years I’ve gone to Fort Greene or Smith Street or Atlantic Avenue.
After we left, we wandered over to Lewis where we found a new restaurant in the old Akwaaba space. There’s no sign up, so I’m not sure what the name is. A couple of doors down is Bread Stuy and Brownstone Books. Tammi also happened upon a boutique on Lewis and Macon.
On the way back to my place, we walked down Tompkins and stopped in at Ibo Landing to look for lighting ideas. We talked to Achuziam, one of the owners about their new expansion into the space next door and the businesses in the area. She filled us in on a number of new restaurants and cafes that have been popping up in the last year or so. She also pleaded with us to support Common Grounds, a new coffee house just down the block. More on that in upcoming posts.

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