Apple is “looking closely” at Two Trees’ BAM South site and a converted brick factory building on Bedford between North 3rd and North 4th for its first Brooklyn location, The Real Deal reported. Rumors have been flying about Apple’s first Brooklyn store since 2008, but so far none have come to pass, including a location on Bedford and North 7th. Neither Apple nor its brokers, Open Realty Advisors, commented on the story.
TRD quoted four anonymous sources who contradicted each other. Two said the tech giant is interested in the planned 381-unit rental at 286 Ashland Place known as BAM South (pictured), just a stone’s throw from the Barclay’s Center in Fort Greene. Another two “disputed that information,” said TRD, alleging the current frontrunner is 247 Bedford Avenue, owned by RedSky Capital and Waterbridge Capital.
The Two Trees development has the high-rise metal and glass aesthetic that Apple seems to favor, particularly in its 5th Avenue and Chelsea stores. However, the Soho store is in a converted loft building much like 247 Bedford.
Apple currently has five Manhattan stores: Soho, 5th Avenue, Chelsea, Upper West Side and Grand Central. And they have a sixth one in Staten Island. What do you think would be the ideal spot for them in Brooklyn?
Kiehl’s has filled the windows of its future Brooklyn Heights store with giant images of its products, most likely to hide work going on inside. The skincare company was scheduled to start construction at 124 Montague Street November 1 in anticipation of a post-Christmas opening, according to previously published reports. The prime corner space had been occupied by Corcoran, as the photos show. This will be the company’s first Brooklyn location. It started in the East Village in 1851. Click through for a closeup after the jump. GMAP(more…)
Property owner Infinity Real Estate recently filed new building applications for 1245 Fulton Street in Bed Stuy, where Planet Fitness inked a lease in October. Although the gym had reportedly originally planned to add a second story onto the existing building, now it looks like the landlord is planning to build an entirely new one-story commercial building with 7,836 square feet. Demolition permits have not yet been filed, and the DOB disapproved the gym’s previous alteration permits. Permits list the architect as George A Fanous of SBLM Architects.
PFit inked a lease in early October for 22,500 square feet, with plans to open in January 2015. Asking rent is $50 a foot. This will be the gym’s 28th New York City location and its sixth one in Brooklyn. If you live in the neighborhood, are you looking forward to having a big chain gym in Bed Stuy?
After decades of mostly mom and pop retail, chain stores are moving to Brooklyn. The borough had the biggest increase in chain stores of any in New York, an increase of 2.8 percent in 2013, bringing the total number of chain stores in Brooklyn to 1,511, according to a report from the Center for an Urban Future. Capital New York was the first to cover the report.
Dunkin Donuts has the most stores of any chain in Brooklyn, with a total of 123. Its October opening at the corner of Bedford and North 7th in Williamsburg, above, got a lot of attention. Other retailers gaining in Brooklyn include Subway, Metro PCS, 7 Eleven, Family Dollar, Auntie Anne’s, Popeye’s and T Mobile. The transformation of downtown’s Fulton Mall by national and global retailers such as H&M, Century 21 and T.J. Maxx has been widely noted. Do you think it’s high time Brooklyn got some attention from big retailers, or do you prefer local stores?
The newly revamped Industry City complex in Sunset Park will host a pop-up marketplace showcasing New York City-based independent fashion designers beginning this weekend. The marketplace, called Fashion on the Factory Floor, will feature over 50 designers selling handmade clothing for men, women and children, as well as handbags, jewelry, and other accessories. There will also be several local food vendors present for hungry shoppers. The market will be open from 10 am to 6 pm on two weekends from November 23 until December 1. Industry City’s 16-building, 6,000,000-square-foot complex is located at 241 37th Street in Sunset Park.
After the jump, we’ve included a second photo of what the Fashion on the Factory Floor space looks like.
What may be the only bookstore devoted entirely to poetry in Brooklyn — or possibly in all of New York City — officially opened in Dumbo Saturday. Berl’s Poetry Shop at 126a Front Street specializes in “handmade contemporary pamphlets and chapbooks, often in hand-sewn, letterpressed small editions representing a vanguard at the intersection of literature, art and design,” co-owners and poets Jared White and Farrah Field told us in an email.
Most bookstores have limited space to devote to poetry, but Berl’s hopes to reverse that dynamic, they said. There will be a shelf of poetry for children and events such as poetry readings, interviews, film screenings and poetry trivia nights. The shop will also display and sell visual art relating to text and books or created by poets. The space was previously a gallery, and has a steel floor that was installed for a Bauhaus-themed party in the early ’90s.
Berl’s got its start as a pop-up shop at the Brooklyn Flea. GMAP
Here’s Park Slope reports that makeup superstore Sephora is opening in the old Triangle Sports space at 182 Flatbush, across the street from the Barclays Center. The 96-year-old store shuttered last year in anticipation of the massive arena’s opening, and then sold to real estate firm RedSky Capital for a whopping $4,100,000.
Here’s Park Slope says that the windows have been papered with Sephora signs. The retailer is planning to open its first Brooklyn store at the Municipal Building on Joralemon Street this Friday. If Sephora is indeed opening here, and the signs are not just advertising for its location at the Municipal Building, this outpost will be its 20th store in the city and its second in Brooklyn.
Uniqlo opened at 10 am today at the Atlantic Terminal Mall. At about 11 am, when our photographer took these photos, the line stretched over two floors. The retailer is planning traditional Japanese Taiko drum performances on the hour through the weekend starting at 4 pm today, as well as DJ performances.
They’re also offering special prices: jeans for $30 and down jackets for $50. Uniqlo, for those who don’t know, is a Japanese brand that offers high-quality basics, such as down jackets and cashmere sweaters, at competitive prices. This is, of course, the retailer’s first store in Brooklyn. Click through to the jump to see more pictures. (more…)
Handmade rug retailer Breuckelen Berber, located on the Columbia Street Waterfront, offers far more than an in-and-out shopping experience. Owners Nathan Ursch and Brin Reinhardt have created a space in which vintage Moroccan Berber carpets and other furnishings find a true home in a Brooklyn storefront. They had looked for a spot on Atlantic Avenue when expanding their business a year and a half ago, but Columbia Street was more affordable and, fortuitously, has since become a walking destination in its own right. (more…)
Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill are becoming quite crowded with upscale women’s fashion these days. On November 7, chain boutique Intermix is set to open at 140 Smith Street in the old Saul space, Racked reported. It will join Lululemon, Splendid, Barneys Co-op, Steven Alan and the forthcoming J.Crew, among others in the area.
The interior will retain its existing exposed brick wall, and will gain black steel fixtures, distressed leather tabletops and wallpaper by Brooklyn-based Calico Wallpaper, said Racked. Intermix carries a variety of contemporary and designer fashion by such as Rag & Bone, J Brand and Stella McCartney.
This branch will carry some local designers, and nearby ice cream shop Van Leeuwen will briefly offer an “Intermix” flavor consisting of dark chocolate with spice and pecan brittle. Sounds tasty.
Industry City is wasting no time realizing its vision for a new era of local manufacturing in Brooklyn since Jamestown Properties came on board as managing partner in September. They’re bringing on artisanal and local manufacturers as tenants, such as Alexandra Ferguson, who makes eco-friendly pillows out of recycled materials, reported NY1. Industry City chief executive officer Andrew Kimball, formerly chief executive of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp., said he hopes to double the number of tenants, currently about 400.
To that end, Industry City is repairing broken windows and other damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to its 16 buildings over 30 acres. Industry City is also flinging open its doors to the public, confident that a mix of retail, manufacturing, food and other attractions, such as art, will bring jobs, revenue, and new commercial tenants to the area. Already on offer are tours and, starting this past weekend, an art exhibit and retail pop-up market. The art exhibit, “Come together: Surviving Sandy” focuses on art about the resilience of the community in the face of Hurricane Sandy. Above, a sculpture outside one of the buildings in Industry City.
A huge pop-up market for New York City designers and makers will take place this weekend and next at Industry City in Sunset Park. Factory Floor, as it is being called, will include furniture, lighting, wall coverings and home accessories over 22,000 square feet in the old Bush Terminal manufacturing complex. There will also be DJs, food trucks and games for children. For a list of designers, go here.
The market is being presented by Industry City, BKLYN Designs and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, with support from Made in NYC and the Pratt Center for Community Development.
“The creative and innovative makers community in Brooklyn and across the city is the key to moving the city’s innovation economy forward through production of sophisticated, high-quality products,” said Andrew Kimball, CEO of Industry City and former chief executive of the Navy Yard Development Corp. in a prepared statement. “Factory Floor will give these local manufacturers an opportunity to showcase and sell their designs to a larger consumer audience.”
The market will run Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm starting October 19 at 241 37th Street.
“Our goal is to remove the bottleneck that exists between design-savvy local consumers and the tremendous cache of indigenous talent creating their products in Brooklyn and city-wide,” said Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. “Factory Floor provides a new opportunity to elevate Brooklyn as a worldwide epicenter of design and boutique manufacturing.”