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  1. Neighborhood Watch
    Café Madeline Opens in Ditmas Park; Columbine Will Close in TribecaPlus: Halloween festivals abound, and a taste of Sunnyside, in our roundup of neighborhood news.
  2. Neighborhood Watch
    Ditmas Park Stakes Claim As Brooklyn Food CapitalMarty Markowitz calls Cortelyou Road “the new Smith Street.”
  3. NewsFeed
    Farm on Adderley Owners Launching Tiny Ditmas BistroDitmas Park is taking another step toward being the next big Brooklyn neighborhood with an addition to its scant restaurant scene. There now is the Farm on Adderley, Picket Fence, and a guy that cooks ribs on the street outside of left-wing cafe Vox Pop. But help is on the way, reports the Ditmas Park Blog. Gary Jonas and Allison McDowell, the owners of the Farm on Adderley, are planning on opening a small bistro on Newkirk Avenue, currently best known for its laundromats and ill-stocked Indian groceries. The two will be operating partners with Pacifico and Patois owner Jimmy Mamary. We asked McDowell about it, and she explained the plan: “It’s going to be tiny. We’re not doing a big, family-friendly neighborhood restaurant there. It’ll be more grown-up, European, but there won’t be a liquor license, just beer and wine. We’d like Tom Kearney, our chef at Adderley, to do the menu, but that’s still up in the air.” So, apparently, is the name: We’re suggesting the Barn, but only because Lentils & More is worse. Newkirk Bistro Aims for Xmas Opening [Ditmas Park Blog] Related: Best French Fries: The Farm on Adderley [NYM]
  4. NewsFeed
    Picket Fence Not Long for This WorldThe era of Ditmas Park boasting two good New American restaurants may be coming to a close. According to a Craigslist ad posted today, picket fence, the neighborhood’s pioneering New American restaurant, is for sale. (The other favorite is the Farm on Adderley.) It was with great sadness that we read the following line: “Visit picketfencebrooklyn.com and see for yourself what a great opportunity this is.” (We’re easily moved.) The restaurant helped spark the Ditmas Park revival; we’re sorry to see it go, but curious as to what will come in its place. Cozy Restaurant for Sale [Craigslist]
  5. Openings
    Ditmas Park: New Center of the Food Universe? Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park, known primarily for its immense Victorian houses, may never be as hip as Red Hook. But, in a sea change reminiscent of Red Hook’s Van Brunt Street, a cluster of new food ventures are springing up there along Courtelyou Road. The strip began its upswing last year with Picket Fence, whose kitchen we’ve praised as “disarmingly daring.” This past summer, the Farm on Adderley, an equally ambitious restaurant with a first-class bar, opened. (They just began serving inventive brunch items on Sundays.) Now comes word that on November 1, TB Ackerson Fine Wine Merchant will open a store specializing in organic and biodynamic wines at 1205 Cortelyou Road and that Park Slope candy shop–ice-cream parlor Rapper’s Delight will move to Ditmas Park. There’s no equivalent of Sunny’s or Fairway in the neighborhood, but who’s to say what the next year might bring?