Welcome back to Hometown Headlines, our bi-weekly local news feature. On January 7th, Grace Church Brooklyn Heights (254 Hicks Street) announced that Rev. Dr. Allen F. Robinson will be its 15th rector — and first African American rector in the parish’s 170-year history. Reverend Robinson will take his post on March 19.
There are also changes afoot at another historic Brooklyn spot — Grimaldi’s Pizza in Dumbo (1 Front Street). The Pizzeria has been shut down by the health department due to violations including mouse droppings. Grimaldi’s is working with the department to fix the infractions and get back up and running.
If you can’t eat at Grimaldi’s at least you can drink at a prime new spot in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The swanky new Brooklyn Heights Social Club inside the 1 Hotel (60 Furman Street) features floor to ceiling windows showcasing iconic views of our glorious bridge and the Manhattan skyline. But with an $18 Gin and Tonic the view won’t come cheap.
But, if the drinks are pricey, Brooklyn made up for it in lower rents in 2017. Buyers and Renters were paying about 4% less across the borough at the end of the year.
Maybe rents are down because the heat is off. Last week, during the bitter cold weather, thousands of the City’s public housing residents were without heat and hot water.
While its been cold out recently, the NYPD is gearing up now for spring weather in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Starting in March, the police will have more boots on the ground in the park time for spring break.
Speaking of hot times in Dumbo, Rebecca Ferguson, the actress currently starring in The Greatest Showman opposite Hugh Jackman, “adored” Dumbo, which she visited while the movie was being shot in Brooklyn.