Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Old Brooklyn Bicycle Group

Bicycling was such a hit at this year's Brooklyn Centre and Old Brooklyn All-Access event that a few of us community residents would like to have group rides on a more regular basis.

The thought is that residents, stakeholders, and others gathering to bicycle en masse could be something fun, healthy, and active to organize around, give the opportunity for like-minded individuals to interact, and put additional eyes and ears on the street both in Old Brooklyn and beyond. Initial response has been great, and we're moving forward to do our part to make this vision a reality.

So we'll plan for the Old Brooklyn inaugural ride for next Wednesday, August 5, departing at 7pm. Let's meet at the southwest corner of Memphis and Pearl in front of CVS. For our first ride, we'll do some riding within the neighborhood at a pace of about ten to twelve miles an hour. We can also plan to discuss the frequency that everyone would like to get together, as well as future destinations and routes throughout the city that we can collectively explore.

Please email me at if you'd like to continue the dialogue around an OB bicycle group and/or would like to join us for a ride next Wednesday. And of course, feel free to pass this information along to friends and neighbors.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Honey Hut Celebrates 35 Years

Be sure to stop by Honey Hut this weekend to help celebrate its 35th birthday. What better treat for a summer day than a mint chocolate chip waffle cone? And there's no better way to thank owner Bruce Page and family for being a neighborhood institution and destination for three and a half decades than patronizing them.

For Honey Hut's menu, please click here.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Old Brooklyn On My Mind

Greetings again, everyone! It's been a while, but as I posted in the past, there's been quite a lot happening as of lately.

Here are a couple of items worth mentioning:

Old Brooklyn & Brooklyn Centre All-Access

Please join us for a free bicycle tour this Saturday, July 18. Co-OB Blogger Jeff Rhodes and I have volunteered on the event's bicycle tour committee for the last three or so months, and can guarantee that you'll experience both Old Brooklyn and Brooklyn Centre in a fun, healthy, sustainable way. We'll be departing from the Gavin Lee Party Center, 3315 Broadview Road for a 6-mile tour of Brooklyn Centre around 11:30am. At 1:15pm, our group will be following a 12-mile route around Old Brooklyn. In addition to our advanced/extended rides, shorter guided tours of both communities will be offered for beginner bicyclists and families. For more information and the full agenda or to register, please visit Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation's website.

OB Businesses

Just wanted to mention a few neighborhood businesses that have been phenomenal. First and foremost, it's spectacular to have business owners like John Young of Speed Exterminating and Don Workman from Ameriflag, who acknowledge the importance of community and do substantially more than their part for Old Brooklyn. John and Don have played a crucial part in securing sponsorships for All-Access, but have done everything from attempt to organize a merchants association to physically installing flags on telephones on main corridors. Thank you for your hard work!

A few neighborhood businesses deserve a mention just because: Gentile's Imported Italian Foods on Broadview Road, Bella Pizza on Memphis Avenue, Nunzio's on State Road, and Jack Frost Donuts on Pearl Road.

And please consider patronizing the local businesses that have sponsored or contributed to All-Access!


Remember that, after All-Access on Saturday, that the 2nd annual Brookstock event will be taking place from 4-10pm. For more information, please click here.

See you Saturday, and be sure to stop and say hello!