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Greenpoint’s Park Deli Reopens After Temporary Closure

Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.) (Photo via Google Maps)

Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.) is open again after closing last week following an inspection by the Dept. of Health.

A January 16th DOH inspection resulted in a series of marks for unsanitary conditions in the food preparation area that have since been rectified.

A follow-up DOH inspection on Wednesday cleared the way for the reopening today.

Owner Krystyna Godawa and the deli are widely considered neighborhood treasures, and the Park Deli was rescued from closure in 2017 after the landlord raised the rent by more than double. The Park Deli lives on!

 

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Classic Nassau Avenue Deli Closed by Department of Health

 

Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.) is closed following an inspection on January 16th by the NYC Dept. of Health.

The cherished McGolrick Park-adjacent Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.), which is in a storefront that has been home to a deli since the 1930s, faced closure in 2017 when deli owner Krystyna Godawa struggled with a more than 100 percent rent increase. Broadway Stages stepped in and covered the difference in rent and saved Park Deli from shuttering.

A health inspection of the deli last week racked up 65 points (a “C” is 28 or more points) for evidence of unsanitary conditions that included evidence of live mice.

Park Deli was closed for business last Friday and the doors remained shut on Tuesday.

The nearby deli Brooklyn Standard also closed temporarily last week following a visit from DOH; the business reopened a day later after addressing a basement flood which was the root of the problem.

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Printing, Planting and Pierogis — The Hook-up (2/22)

Exterior of Park Deli 209 Nassau - Photo Julia Moak
Outside Park Deli Image: Julia Moak

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! This week, Greenpoint’s own Polish-language weekly newspaper, Kurier Plus got a profile in the Columbia Journalism Review. Read about how the Polish paper is thriving!

Speaking of Polish Greenpoint, the beloved Polish deli, Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave.), is looking for a new neighborhood home after owner Krystyna Godawa was hit with a rent hike for the space, but loyal customers have stepped in to help.

Other businesses are not as faring as well. Budin (114 Greenpoint Avenue) has closed due to an ongoing dispute with the landlord  Continue reading

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Park Deli, Greedy Landlord or Normal Neighborhood Changes?

Exterior of Park Deli 209 Nassau - Photo Julia Moak
Outside Park Deli  Image: Julia Moak

As New York City, and North Brooklyn in particular, go through massive socioeconomic changes, it’s become very common to hear cries of outrage about gentrification. Since the infamous rezoning in the mid-aughts, Greenpoint/Williamsburg has seen ever-rising rents and an influx of residents (myself included, I arrived here in 2009 from my family home of northeast Queens). This trickles down into situations like the one occurring with the Park Deli (209 Nassau Ave). But sometimes, the story isn’t a “greedy landlord” or “gentrification,” but rather a situation much more complex and completely normal.

Hildegard and Rudolph Daempfle receiving the Borough of Brooklyn Award in 1987  Image: Thomas Handschiegel

There’s no doubt that Park Deli is a Greenpoint institution. Opened in 1931 by German-American William Mullenbrock, the deli has served reasonably priced German-style food ever since. What was Mullenbrock Deli changed hands in the 1950s, and at some point, acquired the name “Park Deli.” Continue reading

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Park Deli Vows to Fight for Survival, But It’s an Uphill Battle

Owner of Park Deli 209 Nassau - Photo Julia Moak
Krystyna Godowa, owner of Park Deli at 209 Nassau – All photos by Julia Moak

There was a time not long ago when Greenpoint was the ground zero for reasonably priced, delicious, home-cooked food. There seemed to be no end to the great cheap mom and pop little restaurants, delis and butchers that offered fresh, hearty food. Little by little, though,those solid family-run businesses have been disappearing, many the victims of rising rent. It seems that the latest victim is the Park Deli (209 Nassau Avenue), but the owner has vowed to fight to keep her business open.

Interior of Park Deli 209 Nassau - Photo Julia Moak
Park Deli’s charming interior

The deli predates the present Polish ownership, going back 86 years when a German-American William Mullenbrock opened the business. His place drew a loyal following of locals who loved their cold cuts, salads and tasty sandwiches, all reasonably priced. Sold by Mullenbrock in the 50s, it stayed a German place until about two decades ago when Poles took it over, but continued to serve the same German-style food that has made the place a Greenpoint institution. Continue reading

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