Residents of Hoyt Street in Carroll Gardens have in recent months decried restaurateur Jim Mamary's plans to open an Oyster Bar on that lane, insisting it would spoil the quietude of that retiring residential strip. At one Community Board 6 meeting, one local declared: "Bottom line: Hoyt Street is residential."
Which I pretty much agree with. But which was not always the case. To anyone with eyes, it's clear that Hoyt was once—and not too long ago—a commercial strip as busy as neighboring Smith Street. Nearly every corner building between 3rd Street and Sackett Street has the look of a former storefront. I've learned from recent conversations with locals that there were at least two German bakeries on the street and many other businesses aside, including whatever concern once operated out of the Oyster Bar space (a grocery, as I remember). So, in one way of looking at it, Mamary is returning the strip to its historical roots. Not that there were any oyster bars back then.