Friday, December 17, 2010

Baltic Street Conversion in Cobble Hill, Plus the Ohs Are Back Home!

These storefronts extending from the rear of 232 Court Street along Baltic Street were recently garages. In September the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved the removal of the four garage doors, to be replaced with black-painted wood storefronts. The wood and glass entrance door is in the eastern-most bay (all the way to the left).

The main building at 232 Court is occupied by Ideal Properties Group, which moved in this past July after the building had been vacant for more than two years. (Killing those Hooters rumors . . .)

Before that, 232 Court Street had been for 25 years the home of Trusting Cleaners, one of the most beloved businesses in Cobble Hill, if not all of Brooklyn.

In 2007 a new landlord hiked the rent from $2,500 to $6,500, and the owners Kyung Dong and Kyung Ja Oh, known as Anne and Joe, were forced out. (The landlord, Salvatore Prestigiacomo, refused to negotiate with the Ohs or with anyone from the community who pleaded in their behalf.)

Sadly, the Ohs home on Smith Street was destroyed in a fire shortly after they lost their business. But here is the good news: the Ohs have moved back home, helped by all the good karma they spread around their neighbors for 25 years. Read the story of their homecoming in today's Brooklyn Eagle.

Photo by MK Metz

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