“The mystery of Montague Street” has been laid out in detail this week in an article on Curbed trying to find answers to the question why Montague Street is perpetually drab. The piece highlights the frustrations of a variety of stakeholders: the small businesses struggling with rising rents and an uncertain customer base, the landlords dealing with an unwieldy tax burden, and local residents craving a lively and vibrant shopping and strolling destination that doesn’t yet exist.

What comes next? The Brooklyn Heights Association and the Montague Street BID have commissioned a study by Sam Schwartz Engineering to collect information on who is coming to Montague Street, how they are getting here, and what they do once they’re there. They will be holding community meetings to discuss the findings of the study in January and in February.

What is opening on Montague Street? Olive + Garden Deli will be opening at 141 Montague this winter. BK Lobster offering lobster rolls, lobster mac & cheese, lobster and waffles, salmon cakes and more will open at 142 Montague Street and Din Soup Dumplings is opening above Lychee Nut at 162 Montague Street. The former Heights Café/Giulia space will soon host Felice, a Tuscan restaurant. And the new French bakery L’Appartement 4F  will open at 155 Montague soon.

Photo: Sunday Social 2021