As part of their coverage on Hurricane Sandy recovery, NY1 stopped by Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill to speak to one of the district’s newest businesses: Brewklyn Grind. The coffee business opened its first storefront location this past month at 557 Myrtle Avenue, after spending the last couple of years rebuilding their Red Hook-based wholesale operations, which was damaged by Sandy.
When Brewklyn Grind was looking for a place to open a storefront cafe, the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership was able to use a state-funded grant program to attract them to Clinton Hill. Through the New York Main Street grant program, the Partnership provided a matching grant to the business to help with costs associated with building-out the formerly vacant commercial space. Prior to their arrival, the space did not have a restroom, heat or A/C system, very little plumbing and the entire electrical system needed upgrading. The bare bones of the space made it difficult for prospective businesses to sign a lease, but thanks to the matching grant funds, the space become a viable option for new lease signers. After submitting an application and having their plans reviewed, Brewklyn Grind was approved for a grant and began work in the space.
Over the past 10 years, the Partnership has awarded more than $800,000 in New York Main Street grants to 36 different properties along Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. The grant has not only served as a tool to attract businesses, but has also supported many existing businesses who renovated their commercial spaces or made storefront improvements.
Brewklyn Grind, 557 Myrtle Avenue, between Emerson and Classon.