I think we can all admit there’s an aesthetic division on Montague Street in our Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. In one several-block stretch little shops of delicacies, restaurants with sidewalk seating, and cafes to satiate your caffeine addiction abound. However, in just the one block between Clinton and Court Streets, a parking garage, banks, construction and the subway entrance leaves little to admire (excepting the lovely Brooklyn Trust Company, now the Chase Manhattan Bank). I suppose that’s why it was attacked by guerrilla knitters this week. I don’t know about anyone else, but I was pleased as punch to trudge down the first block of Montague yesterday to find fuchsia, plum, olive, and sky blue wool titillating my cornea instead of the usual drab row of parking meters. Thanks to a work installation of Knitta Please‘s founder sponsored by the Montague Street Business Improvement District Brooklyn Heights has been ‘touched.’
Montague Street used to stretch all the way down to the waterfront accented by the charming Penny Bridge. Now it ends at the beautiful Promenade overlooking the East River. The block between Clinton and Court Streets used to boast a combination of charming striped window awnings and more austere offices and business including the Brooklyn Academy of Music before a destructive fire. It remains that transition from the tree-lined, 19th century residential neighborhood to the business of Fulton Street and downtown Brooklyn.
I’m happy to see some recent attention paid to this block that paved the way for the bustling business district now on the other side of Court Street. I would love to see more of the Brooklyn knitting installations. Perhaps more work pictures by these aesthetic vanguards might find their way into our collection so we can document this magnanimous endeavor for all time.