08/19/14 2:00pm

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Verizon has closed its Viva Movil cellphone store at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Pacific Street, only a year after Jennifer Lopez came to Brooklyn for its grand opening. Verizon Wireless and J Lo launched the retail stores in July 2013 “to lure Latino shoppers to the brand,” according to Betabeat. A tipster told us they saw the signage coming down on Friday at 162 Flatbush Avenue. What do you want to see on this corner, which is directly across the street from the Barclays Center? GMAP

08/14/14 2:00pm


We happened to notice this storefront for rent on the ground floor of a brownstone at 156 Gates Avenue at Downing in Clinton Hill. Previously home to a daycare, the space is bigger than most at 1,000 square feet. The rental listing suggests it could be used as a store, exercise space, art gallery, or classroom. (The rent is $3,500 a month.) What would you like to see in this spot? GMAP

08/12/14 4:00pm

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Trader Joe’s is supposedly planning to open in the old Greenpoint Savings Bank building at 856 Washington Avenue between Lincoln Place and Eastern Parkway, according to an anonymous source in the neighborhood who blabbed to FIPS. Apparently the Capital One there now is closing.

As well, Key Food across the street will become a Duane Reade, the source told FIPS. Trader Joe’s does love an old bank, as FIPS points out — its Cobble Hill location is in the former South Brooklyn Savings Institution on Court Street. What do you think? Have you heard anything?

Rumorsville: Trader Joe’s Coming to Washington Avenue? [FIPS] GMAP
Photo by Google Maps

08/12/14 9:00am

The building at 70 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights is in contract to be sold, and Brooklyn Heights Cinema will close August 27, theater owner Kenn Lowy told Brooklyn Heights Blog and DNAinfo. He plans to reopen in a new location in Dumbo, and is working on signing a lease there. He said he hopes to reopen in the new location in late September or early October.

The blog published a letter to customers Lowy planned to post last night: (more…)

08/11/14 2:00pm


Diesel is coming to Williamsburg and plans to open a concept shop sometime this month. The speciality retailer signed a lease at one of the new buildings near McCarren Park, the Karl Fischer-designed 101 Bedford, real estate firm Heller Organization announced. “The brand really resonates with people who live and shop in this part of the neighborhood,” said an exec with Heller in a prepared statement.

The asking rent was $175 a square foot. Urban Outfitters was the first chain to open a concept shop in the neighborhood when it opened earlier this year. GMAP

Photo via Heller Organization

08/11/14 9:30am


JCPenney is prepping for opening day, August 29, in Gateway Center, the mall in East New York where Walmart had once hoped to locate. The store, JCPenney’s first in Brooklyn, will have a few “Brooklyn-centric touches, including murals of borough landmarks,” said a story in The New York Daily News.

JCPenney will be anchoring Phase II of the big, surburgan-style mall, developed by Related Companies. It joins Target, Home Depot, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Best Buy, Red Lobster and Olive Garden, among other retailers. (more…)

08/07/14 2:00pm


We were dismayed to read in the Huffington Post that Kings Pharmacy at 241 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg closed last month due to rising rents. It had been there for more than a dozen years and was a special and well-run place, carrying prescription medications requiring special handling not widely available, as well as useful low-priced basics mixed in with interesting indie brands in categories from greeting cards to toys to makeup. In short, it combined the best of an old-fashioned five-and-dime and a boutique.

Duane Reade moved in across the street in 2010. When we snapped these photos on Friday, a sign on the door seemed to imply it was Duane Reade that put them out of business. “Kings Pharmacy would like to thank Williamsburg for its years of loyalty. Help us continue our relationship and fight the corporate bully. We look forward to serving you in the years to come. Let’s keep Williamsburg independent!” (more…)

07/16/14 2:00pm


Macy’s is contemplating selling its downtown Brooklyn store and building another nearby, according to a report in Women’s Wear Daily reblogged by Racked. Alternatively, the store could “redevelop the existing structure with apartment units on higher levels and a shrunken version of the department stores on the first few levels, á la the forthcoming Nordstrom,” as Racked put it. (more…)

06/26/14 2:00pm


We were shocked to see Circa Antiques will be closing up shop after 40 years in business when we passed by 374 Atlantic Avenue yesterday. The store will continue to sell online, a notice in the store window and on its website says. Circa is selling all its furniture at 20 percent to 50 percent off and plans to close in two or three months or at the end of 2014. Will you miss it? GMAP

06/18/14 2:00pm

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Brown paper has gone up in the windows and workers were busy setting up the interior at 312 Atlantic Avenue this morning, where retail mogul Andy Spade and partners are preparing to open a new home goods store later this month. Boerum House & Home will be “laid out like an apartment — albeit a totally fabulous one,” according to New York Magazine, which first reported on the plans.

Spade teamed up with Anthony Sperduti to found a new company, Partners & Spade, which in partnership with architecture and development firm Flank created the store. There will be accessories, tabletop, custom furniture, art, and whimsical objects such as children’s coloring books, said the story.

We’re not surprised by this new direction, considering the bag-upstaging decor at the original Jack Spade store in Soho back when Spade owned it, where there was a ripped-up leather couch, rare books, quirky vintage objects and interesting art on the walls, including paintings from thrift stores.

A Jonathan Adler store down the street closed a few weeks ago, but home goods store Layla Brooklyn, clothing retailer Steven Alan and plenty of other stores are nearby. GMAP