Straphangers Weigh In On Future Of SH

We nabbed straphangers for impromptu interviews hereat the 8th Ave N stop.

We stood outside of the 8th Ave stop a few nights ago and asked people coming off the train one simple question:

What would you like to see more of in Shang Heights?

“I think we need just a just like a really cool place to watch sports. I know that may seem like a stupid thing for an up and coming neighborhood, but some of us really want to watch baseball to just like hang out.” -M, 29
“I think we could really benefit from a farmer’s market. I mean we have so much seafood, but really if we could use a corner of Sunset Park as a place to get some killer local produce. That would just be so great.” -F, 23
“We just had our first baby this summer, and I’m worried that we’ll have to leave the neighborhood once she reaches school age. I think it would be nice to have a charter school established here by then.” -F, 36
“I would say that we need a Whole Foods, but definitely a bigger grocery store. I love all the little Chinese markets and seafood stands, but I also want to be able to get tough to find staples, like quinoa or really decent yogurt when I need it.” -M, 26
“Nothing, man. I love this place!” -M, 23

OMG Sully’s


Sully’s Bar is probably the newest best thing to come to Shang Heights in a while. I knew I was going to like this place when I showed up at 7 on a recent weekday and the bartender was drunk.


We’re naming names (don’t want to get anyone in trouble), but that night everyone had a good time, and it made ME a repeat customer. So what’s the harm?

I am also not going to count the ways this bar is a must-frequent for residents (endless happy hour, European MTV, TMNT Arcade game)…just trust me when I say: Sully’s+You = FunFunFun.


Sully’s Bar

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 5:00-Close

775 50th Street, 11220

347 789 2387

Brooklyn Spiritual Center Opens On 8th Ave

The open-minded Brooklyn Spiritual Center is now open, providing space to those seeking enlightenment, unstructured worship and inner development.  Founders Trevor Zernike and Leanna Wurtz organized the Center from the ground up over about 8 months.

“The seed for the Center was really planted during our trip through Tibet, Nepal and India in 2010,” said Trevor, when he and Leanna “explored a variety of spiritual traditions.”  They visited Buddhist and Hindu temples, experienced 10 days of silent Vipassana meditation, and even delved into local animist practices.  Trevor took copious notes in a now-dogeared Moleskine, which he is working on turning into a travel memoir.

“We were constantly inspired by these new ideas,” Leanna recalled, “but very disappointed in the organizations presenting them.” The pair felt that all organized religions “seemed to be based on just making money, and that’s not what we’re about.”

At $16 a month, membership provides access to yoga classes, meeting rooms, a holistic wellness center, and prayer hours at a non-denominational chapel.

“It’s a space where everyone is meant to feel comfortable.” Leanna said of the chapel. “‘Chapel’ is sort of a shorthand we use. Officially it’s just a place for quiet contemplation for people of all faiths and beliefs; it could just as easily be a mosque, or a temple, or stone site.”spiritual center

While there have long been both Buddhist temples and a range of Christian churches in the area, the addition of a Spiritual Center will provide ShangHeighters with a new, more inclusive option.

“Obviously we don’t want to step on anyone else’s toes, but we’re definitely looking to build a real community around this place. We feel very strongly about that.”

For a full schedule of classes and events, and for more information about membership fees and donation opportunities, go online or check them out at their 8th Avenue location.


Brooklyn Spiritual Center

Hours: Membership required. Public worship: Sunday and Tuesday, 6AM – 7AM

718 365 1090