Thursday, March 17, 2011

City's First Brooklyn Parking Lane Pop-Up Cafe Finds Spot in Cobble Hill

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 4:07 PM

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Last summer the city's Department of Transportation tested a project to convert parking spaces into pop-up cafes with seating and tables on Pearl Street in the Financial District (pictured), and everybody was so happy with it (especially the adjacent businesses that requested the cafe, and saw major boosts in business) that the city announced plans to expand the project in 2011. Now, with pop-up cafe installation day just a month and a half away (May 1st), Brownstoner reports that Ecopolis in Cobble Hill will likely get Brooklyn's first such pop-up.

The business at the corner of Warren and Smith Streets has been working with Community Board 2 to file their application (which was due on January 21, so...) for the pop-up space, which would be six feet deep and occupy the parking lane on Smith for the entire length of Ecopolis's storefront. There won't be any waiter service from the cafe, and alcohol and smoking are prohibited, but enjoying your lunch/coffee in the sun while doing some top-notch people-watching is encouraged—if not mandatory. It's still not a done deal, but if it goes through the pop-up seating and tables will be in place from May 1st through October 15.

This is the second year for this two-year pilot program, with a total of 12 possible pop-up sets at the city's disposal to be distributed. When they all come down in the fall the city will re-evaluate the program and decide whether or not to continue it, and if so how frequently and extensively.

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