Big love! A cafe owner’s huge missive to Ditmas Park

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Take heart, Ditmas Park — somebody’s sweet on you.

The new owner of Cafe Madeline on Cortelyou Road — known simply as Adell — had “We love Ditmas Park” emblazoned on his front window last weekend, just days after the cafe’s former owner, Alexander Hall, trashed the tranquil community in a scathing blog rant.

“We wanted everybody to know that we love the neighborhood and the people that come in here,” Adell said.

The war of words began when the Ditmas Park Blog published an email from Hall railing against what he called the neighborhood’s penny-pinching coffee drinkers who lounged around his cafe all day. He also accused the neighborhood of having an anti-business slant.

“Everyone that lives in Ditmas Park thinks it is the best neighborhood in Brooklyn and it’s just not,” wrote Hall, who sold Cafe Madeline to Adell in November. Hall also owns the Milk Bar in Prospect Heights and another cafe in Manhattan.

Steamed latte sippers took their ire over Hall’s comments right back to the blogosphere.

“Good riddance to this guy. He seems bitter that in a neighborhood with two coffee shops, his was the worst,” wrote someone named “Jake.”

Cortelyou Road merchants scratched their head when confronted with Hall’s negativity about the area.

“We’re not Prospect Heights or the Lower East Side, for better or worse, but Ditmas Park is a wonderful neighborho­od,” said Justine Lacy, who works at Sycamore Bar & Flowershop. “It’s a great mix of people and everybody here is incredibly invested in the community.”

Adell said he’s keeping Cafe Madeline’s name, at least for now, but he is going to make a few changes — including dumping Hall’s sign about time limits for customers, installing more seating areas, and inviting laptop users and other regulars to lounge away without conscience. “People can stay there for as long as they want!” said the entrepreneur, who plans to keep his cafe open until 10 pm, change the coffee beans, and also offer wine and beer.

“It’s a great neighborhood that’s only going to get better, and we’re looking forward to doing business here,” Adell said.

Calls to Hall were not returned.

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at
Updated 5:29 pm, July 9, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reasonable discourse

manhatposeur from Portyn Lakes Park says:
The Fauxpaus urban lumberjack needs to start chopping wood or he gonna burst out of his flannel shirt.
Feb. 6, 2012, 8:46 am
Miguel Carraway from Clinton Hill says:
Change the beans? The coffee there was excellent. The logical and necessary change was to lengthen the hours.
Feb. 6, 2012, 10:04 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Ditmas Park is like the safety school of Brooklyn neighborhoods.
Feb. 6, 2012, 10:16 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Ditmas Park is like the safety school of Brooklyn neighborhoods.
Feb. 6, 2012, 10:16 am
jinx from bk says:
now The National can sing the white collar blues about also how their beans aren't roasted enough
Feb. 6, 2012, 12:10 pm
Homey from Crooklyn says:
Why do some chicks dye their hair stupid colors that makes them look like a clown?
Feb. 7, 2012, 9:53 am
katieb from ditmas park says:
wow, some commenters on this blog are vain douchebags! This is a great place with some of the best coffee in the city, imo.
Feb. 7, 2012, 12:10 pm

Comments closed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Keep it local!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: