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Thanks for The Memories

  04/30/2020 at 22:51 pm

In immortal the words of Joni Mitchell, "you don't know what you got til it's gone." We are still mourning the loss of Greene Grape Annex, but the incredible stories our customers shared with us on Instagram are a great consolation.

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Through your comments we discovered that Annex was more than just a neighborhood café, it was the center of the universe for Fort Greene's writers, lovers, and dreamers. A café's closing pales in comparison to the loss of loved ones and the sense of isolation that people are experiencing right now. Brooklyn will bounce back from this crisis, but we'll never recover all that we've lost. Thanks for the memories, Fort Greene.

This is truly heartbreaking. I have a journal entry from the early 2010s when I’d just moved to NYC and didn’t know anyone. I was sitting out front of the Annex/GG and writing poetry about watching all the couples who emerge from their dens, pick up coffee and treats during winter then return to hibernation. I longed for a partner to share those moments with. I doodled images of the Greenlight bookstore across the street. A few years later, I brought my now-husband to that spot at the Annex early on our relationship and shared the poem with him. This is a very special place to me, even when it was the original super market. Sad to see coronavirus tearing down life in many forms. ❤️

I left work after receiving word that my sister was going into labor with her first child. I grabbed a latte and read at @greenegrape annex while I waited for my ride to the hospital to support my sister and later, welcome my beautiful niece into the world. I have had many wonderful memories at The Annex, but this was by far my favorite ❤️ Fort Greene will miss you. @jaiellebe @vickydreifus

I wrote the application for my Fulbright grant @greene_grape_annex . I needed a place that wasn’t my apartment but felt supportive, warm, and bustling. Some times @msdistraction worked along side me. I would start with coffee before moving to wine as the sun set. I got the grant and the Annex remained a spot held a little as my own place of success and I’ve loved spending time there after getting a book @greenlightbklyn Thank you and you will be missed.

@maximeakd brought me to annex for lunch and a beer after learning about the devastating news that my mother had passed away - actually took place a year ago yesterday on 4/23/19 - before we moved just a few blocks down in Clinton Hill. Your place will be missed! @lechat_milou

The @greenegrape was not only my office when I was a freelancer, but also a place I would go to and feel safe in when I had time to kill before a first date, or seeing a friend. I wouldn’t feel weird being there alone and knew that I would be cared for. And could transition seamlessly from a work meeting with coffee, to more work, to a drink and food with friends. All in one place. Thank you for being a home, an office and hang out in the most welcoming way. Tagging two peeps I know did too @animakesmovies @baholbrook

Ohhhh, this makes me so sad. I look forward to the time when it is possible to congregate this way again. From bookclubs, business meetings to just seeing dear friends, Annex has been central for my life in Fort Greene. You will be deeply missed.

My friend @helloclaireeece and I made a tradition of meeting here before or after weekend matinees at BAM. And when @syvy2465 lived here we would take long walks through fort greene park that would always end up here. I loved the buzz of people working, meeting and hanging out. We’ll miss this place!
I am so sorry to see this news given all that you have done for the neighborhood and an inspiration for so many mom and pop shops throughout our City. I am just thankful that your other shops are in tact and serving the community.

NOOOOO! My favorite place to work in all of NYC. I used to live up the street on S Portland back when this was the original Provisions spot. I was one of a couple people who got cold brews all winter. I now live in LA and make sure to spend time there every visit back. I have actually been on a crusade to try to get a similar place open here in LA - a beautiful space where you can get coffee and a bite and work and then some wine or a beer after the day is done (or not!). You will be so missed ❤️

Heartbreaking. The first place that felt like home when I moved to NYC in 2014 under sad circumstances. So many cups of coffee with @thisiscathrin. Went there for a drink to steady my nerves before my first date with my husband! Thank you, thank you, you’ll be so missed ❤️

So sad to hear this. I miss getting my cold brew, sitting on one of your benches, and letting my mind wander.

How heartbreaking. I spent many many mornings, afternoons, and evenings sitting al fresco with my pup having a coffee or a beer. It was the perfect neighborhood spot.

Some of our bestest customers. So sorry to hear this. Thanks so much for a great run. Please stay safe. I’ll be thinking great thoughts about you all!

We’ll miss you. You hosted some of @thenucleusgroup most interesting meetings, interviews, breakfasts and lunches. Thank you.

I’m so sad about this. I actually wrote a play with scenes inspired by Annex. I will always love and remember the seasonal egg muffins. @amyvirginia @marissaadele

So sad about this! My favorite place to grab a tea before work or beer on my way home you’ll be missed

I will miss you and your wonderful staff so so much!!! So many great memories over the years.

#upsouthcookbook launch party @nomnivorous @lynnpitts

This is very very sad news. Always my go to on my way to the farmers market. I hope no one rents the space and ruins it. That ceiling is the best. ☕️☕️☕️

I was killing time in the Annex after I locked myself out of my apartment and ran into my favorite barista from a coffee shop in Prospect Heights that had closed with no warning years earlier. I was so thrilled to see her again and I’d never been so glad to have forgotten my keys!

We’ll miss coffee and pastries during Greene Harvest CSA pickups and rainbow sprinkle cookies. Also, your chai was the best!!!


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