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Boerum Hill is a little less buttoned down now, thanks to the Jerkface street art adorning what will soon be designer Steven Alan’s third shop on the corner of Atlantic and Hoyt Street in Boerum Hill. Steven Alan Optical, the company’s first standalone eyewear store, plans to open Thursday in a former garage at 83 Hoyt Street, behind the Atlantic Avenue women’s store.

Until now, eyewear occupied a corner in some of the clothing shops.  (more…)

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Downtown Brooklyn may soon become known as the place where New Yorkers fill their prescriptions for medical marijuana, if a dispensary opens on the Fulton Mall as planned. Long Island-based medical marijuana company PalliaTech announced Thursday it had leased a second-floor space for the purpose at 425 Fulton Street, between Jay and Pearl streets, the site of a former Wendy’s, Crain’s reported. The firm has applied to be one of five licensed in the state to sell the tightly controlled drug.

Each company can have only four outlets. PalliaTech has chosen Utica, Newburgh and Rochester as its other locations. A production facility would be located upstate, in Plattsburgh, Crain’s said.

We asked our resident medical marijuana expert to explain what this means for Brooklyn. Jim Rendon is a longtime Brownstoner commenter and a freelance Brownstoner contributing editor and writer. He is the author of “Super-Charged: How Outlaws, Hippies, and Scientists Reinvented Marijuana,” published in 2012 by Timber Press.

Brownstoner: Why do you think PalliaTech chose Brooklyn?

Jim Rendon: Certainly Brooklyn has a large population and good transit, however much of the city’s medical infrastructure is in Manhattan.

BS: What effect do you think this medical marijuana store will have on Brooklyn?

JR: Probably not a ton, but it will get a lot of attention because it’s marijuana. New York is not like California where if you stub your toe you can get a doctor’s recommendation for marijuana. What’s happening in New York is very small scale. If you’re a pot smoker you’re not going to get a card. There are a very narrow group of illnesses that qualify, such as cancer, HIV and Parkinson’s. There won’t be a lot of traffic.

BS: Crowds of people won’t be making a beeline to this second floor office?

JR: Even in California where it’s more freewheeling you wouldn’t know the dispensaries are there necessarily. The only difference is there tends be a big security guard and cameras to make sure no one is smoking weed out front or getting robbed in the parking lot because dispensaries are forced to run all cash businesses because banks won’t allow them to open accounts. (more…)

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Pioneer Works’ Pioneer Books opened Sunday at 289 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook. The small store carries arts journals and vintage arts-related books.

It is an offshoot of Pioneer Works, the nonprofit arts and event space, located two blocks away on Pioneer Street.

The space appears to have at one time housed a bodega, going by old photos. Click through for a few more photos of the inside and the window display. GMAP (more…)

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The Atlantic Galleria mini mall at 252 Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill has reached its full height. Insulation and cladding are going on in preparation for the glassy facade, which comes next. Click through for a close-up and updated rendering.

Crafts store Michaels, TD Bank and Blink Fitness are the tenants so far, as reported previously. Renaissance Realty Group is the developer and SBLM Architects is the designer.

After years of no action, the foundation was dug in December and the frame started rising in January. This site has been a long time in development — we reported back in 2007 that it was going to be an apartment building!

252 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner] GMAP
Rendering by SBLM Architects
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After years of no work at all or minute changes to the existing steel frame at the site of Williamsburg’s future Whole Foods at 242 Bedford Avenue, suddenly there is real, visible progress. The glassy facade is up on the two-story structure on Bedford Avenue, pictured above, and along about three-quarters of the side at North 4th Street.

As the previously published rendering below shows, the glassy rectangle will be bookended by more traditional looking red brick sections on Bedford and Driggs Berry, somewhat like the industrial building that was on this site originally.

It looks like more of the building will be glass than is indicated on the previously published rendering below. (more…)

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Finally: Renderings for the retail development under construction at the former Salvation Army site at the corner of Bedford and North 7th Street has been posted on the fence. The high-profile retail development site, on what is arguably the most trafficked corner in red-hot Williamsburg, has been under construction for years. The store closed in 2012.

The design is traditional with patterned brick in pale colors and large multi-paned windows. The top of the building looks like it could have been built in the 1940s or so. It should fit in very well with the mix of old residential and industrial buildings in the area, we think. (more…)

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It’s been a long time coming, but finally the Brooklyn Navy Yard has found a developer and a supermarket for its long-promised Admiral’s Row development project — and it seems like a great pairing.

Steiner Studios, the Navy Yard’s biggest tenant, will develop and fund the estimated $140,000,000 project. Highly regarded supermarket chain Wegmans will be one tenant in a larger 126,000 square foot industrial building. In return Steiner will get a 96-year lease from the Navy Yard and will collect rent from Wegmans and other tenants. (more…)

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Greenwood Heights’ beloved neighborhood Polish grocery and speciality shop, Eagle Provisions, will become an apartment building with 26 or 28 units, a tipster tells us. The store is closing in two weeks, one of the owners of Eagle Provisions told her when she stopped by and saw the shelves half empty.

No permits have been filed yet. The development will include parking for six cars, she added. (more…)

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A for-rent sign has gone up on the corner of the building under renovation at 247 Bedford Avenue, where Brooklyn’s first Apple store is supposed to be opening.

The sign went up yesterday, according to a tipster who passed by and saw it and sent us this photo.

There were no construction workers at the site and no work happening when he passed by at 8:45 am, he said.

“I wonder if this means that the Apple Store deal is dead?” he said. (more…)

977 Manhattan Avenue

Demolition permits were just approved on Friday for a three-story brick building at 977 Manhattan Avenue, home to Goldsholle and Garfinkel Hardware for decades. The building is like most that line Greenpoint’s main thoroughfare — retail at street level and a few modest apartments above.

The developer filed plans for an eight-story building with 14 apartments and ground-floor retail space last month. They were disapproved, but if the developer is able to get approval for its plans, the building will rise high above its neighbors on this thoroughfare of mostly three- and four-story buildings. (more…)

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Renderings released Tuesday by Rybak Development at a Community Board 15 meeting show the developer is planning an ambitious mall with condos above as well as a large public plaza in Sheepshead Bay.

The glass-fronted retail space is broken up with zig zagging and horizontal concrete divisions, and the whole thing comes to nearly a point at one corner, like the prow of a ship. (Perhaps the marine look is a reference to the nearby waterfront area.) The architect of 1809 Emmons Avenue is Brooklyn-based Zproekt.

The renderings were first published by Sheepshead Bites. The developer plans eight stories with 50 to 60 condos. Rybak will need a zoning variance to build that many apartments, which is where the big public plaza comes in. (more…)

367 7th Avenue

Since the 1970s, the storefront at 367 7th Avenue in Park Slope has been shuttered. In January of 2014, the whole building was on the market, asking $3,499,000.

It turns out the building belonged to a reclusive artist, Leo J. Bates, who used the retail space as his studio, a story in The New York Times over the weekend revealed. The neighborhood changed dramatically over the decades, but still the space remained locked.  (more…)