04/17/14 9:30am


J.Crew plans to open a store in a warehouse on Wythe Avenue and North 4th Street in Williamsburg, above, according to sources quoted in Crain’s. So Williamsburg may end up being the brand’s first Brooklyn store after all. Last year, it said it planned to open at 151 Court Street in Cobble Hill early this year, replacing neighborhood grocer Pacific Green, but that didn’t happen.

The space at 234-236 Wythe Avenue is a 6,000-square-foot red brick warehouse. It’s close to Gant Rugger, American Apparel, the new Urban Outfitters store, and on the way to the Brooklyn Flea. For years, J.Crew was rumored to be eyeing space on Bedford near where Whole Foods is supposedly opening. Apple is still supposedly looking in the neighborhood, most recently at 242 Bedford Avenue, according to the story.

J.Crew is also planning to open a store in Park Slope, according to Racked, which quoted a story in Women’s Wear Daily today. Both stores are supposed to be open by August, said Racked. Meanwhile, a Madewell store is also “in the works” for Williamsburg.

Massey Knakal is handling leasing for the Wythe Avenue warehouse, which is asking $50,000 per month, or $100 a square foot.

J.Crew Eyes Williamsburg Outpost, Apple May Follow [Crain's]
J. Crew and Madewell to Take Over Brooklyn [Racked]
Photo by Massey Knakal

04/14/14 2:00pm


Menswear maker and retailer By Robert James‘s Williamsburg store has moved around the corner, from 241 Bedford Avenue to 193 Grand Street. The new store, which opened in February and had its grand opening party last month, is between Bedford and Driggs, on the same block as Bird.

The locally made wares include corduroy paisley shirts, animal print jackets and skinny ties. The company is known for its friendly attitude and frequent parties. There is also a second Brooklyn store, at 416 Atlantic Avenue, and the original store on the Lower East Side. 

By Robert James Opens in Williamsburg [Brownstoner] GMAP

04/04/14 10:00am

Brooklyn Heights Cinema Owner Kenn Lowy has bought himself more time in 70 Henry Street by raising $30,000 to purchase digital projection equipment through crowdfunding site Indiegogo, The Brooklyn Eagle reported. Lowy would have been forced to close if he couldn’t afford to buy a digital projector and the server needed to run it. Over 400 people have contributed $31,586 as of this morning, according to Indiegogo.

However, the building at Henry and Orange Streets is still for sale or lease, and BHC’s future remains somewhat uncertain. The landlord still hopes to present a plan to redevelop the building to the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Lowy told us:

“Our lease expired almost two years ago. The truth is that when people came in 18 months ago and asked how long we’d be here I said ‘I just want to make it through the holidays.’ Six months later I was saying ‘I just want to be here through the summer.’ Then the fall came and I said the same thing again. So I’m hoping we’re here for a while. If we have to leave, we can bring the projector wherever we go and hopefully bring it back when the landlord gets his plan approved. I still think, and hope, that is what will eventually happen.”

Crowdfunding Saves Brooklyn Heights Cinema [Brooklyn Eagle]

03/25/14 2:00pm

The Associated Supermarket that was burned out in a fire four years ago will be returning to the corner of 5th Avenue and 17th Street in Greenwood Heights. We found this rendering on the fence at 617 5th Avenue, beneath a big green banner announcing “Marketplace ‘Coming Soon’” (though we’re unsure why there are quotes around “coming soon”).

Construction will finish this spring, according to the sign on the fence. Owner Clarista Realty Group is also repairing the building’s 10 apartments, according to permits.

South Slope News was the first to report that Associated would return. Click through the jump to see a picture of the building.

Demolition Under Way at 5th Avenue Fire Site [Brownstoner] GMAP


03/21/14 2:00pm


Superfrench, the vintage furniture and clothing store at 519 and 521 Halsey Street in Bed Stuy, is turning into a yoga studio and children’s play space. Owner Karine Petitnicolas, who goes by the name Superfrench, plans to offer arts and crafts, music, a gym, and other classes and activities for children. 

Yoga classes started a few weeks ago and there are still a few vintage items for sale, she told us. Petitnicolas also operates the Georges-Andre Vintage Cafe across the street, which has become a popular hangout for young children and their parents. 

Superfrench Debuts Cafe in Stuy Heights [Brownstoner]  GMAP
New Vintage Store Opens in Stuy Heights [Brownstoner]

03/19/14 2:00pm


We were walking down Fulton Street last weekend when we noticed signs announcing a May 1 opening date for Nordstrom Rack in the Offerman Building at 505 Fulton, pictured above. There was also a sign on the building for T.J.Maxx, which has also taken space there, but it said only “coming soon” and did not give a date.

Last time we heard about the landmarked former department store, owners Jody and Al Laboz of United American Land said the building’s conversion to 120 luxury condos would be ready by the end of this year. The building has been under construction for nearly three years. Click through to the jump to see the signs announcing the openings.

Offerman Loft Conversion Chugs Along on Fulton Mall [Brownstoner]
Offerman Conversion Slated for Summer Completion [Brownstoner]
Construction Under Way on T.J.Maxx at 505 Fulton Street [Brownstoner] GMAP (more…)

03/14/14 2:00pm


Citi Paints & Hardware opened at 331 Tompkins Avenue near Gates a few weeks ago. At first we thought it was a Benjamin Moore store, their logo is so big on the sign! In addition to paint, the store sells plumbing, electrical and other home-improvement supplies.

This should be welcome news to renovators in the area who miss the old Weinstein store at Tompkins and Halsey. Now closed, it was a neighborhood staple for years — and as far as we know the only place in Bed Stuy to sell Benjamin Moore.

Citi Paints & Hardware replaces Edna Mae’s Deli. Anyone check it out yet? GMAP

03/10/14 2:00pm


This long-shuttered commercial space on the corner of Saratoga and MacDonough was being renovated when we passed by recently. Through the window at 83 Saratoga we saw a big room with a sanded wood floor and doors to two bathrooms. In 2012, a permit was filed for minor alterations to the interior.

The building, located in a part of Bed Stuy the city considers Ocean Hill, changed hands in 2012 for $485,000. GMAP

01/30/14 2:00pm


Kiehl’s will open its doors to the Brooklyn community and celebrate its grand opening at 124 Montague Street Friday. The look of the 830-square-foot space will pay homage to the skincare retailer’s origins as an apothecary in the East Village with a mosaic tile entryway, reclaimed wood floors, exposed brick, vintage photographs, Carrara marble tables and counters and a bronze and crystal chandelier.

There will also be pop-art inspired graphics and neon signs, a Kiehl’s trademark “Mr. Bones” teaching skeleton and a custom painted Kiehl’s motorcycle on display. Kiehl’s also commissioned artwork by Brooklyn-based artist Jon Contino.

The grand opening party will take place from 4 to 5:30 pm. There will be giveaways, including gift cards and facials, and Brooklyn-made refreshments. Entertainment will include a DJ, photo booth and skate clinic. Kiehl’s will also donate $5,000 to the Friends of Douglass/Greene Park.

Kiehl’s Covers Windows With Graphics at Future Outpost in Brooklyn Heights [Brownstoner] GMAP