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
You might be surprised to hear what’s going to replace Downtown Bar & Grill on the corner of Court and Amity in Cobble Hill: Rag & Bone, according to a well-placed source who tipped off Racked. Wow, this area is seeming more and more like downtown Manhattan every day. GMAP
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.
We are sad to report that Monday was the last day for Brook Farm General Store in Williamsburg. After the birth of her second child, the owner decided it was time to move out of town. The online store will carry on, though, and it’s possible the owner will open a new brick and mortar store in her new, as-yet-undisclosed location.
Over the years, we bought many beautiful and useful things there, including a toothbrush holder, an olive basket for laundry, wire mesh baskets for sorting recycling, linen trays for the pantry, linen dish cloths, and scrub brushes. It was a beautiful store that was fun to visit and we will miss it.
Click through to the jump to see the store’s farewell note to its customers. GMAP(more…)
We noticed that Planet Fitness has started renovations in its future location on Flatbush near Empire Boulevard in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. PFit has erected a sign on top of the Phat Albert building at 495 Flatbush Avenue, and we can see the fitness chain’s tell-tale purple walls through windows on the second floor. The gym will take up half the building’s second floor and a small portion of the first floor, roughly 2,000 square feet, according to DNAinfo.
It looks like Planet Fitness will open before the Crunch gym planned for 842 Lefferts Avenue in Crown Heights, which was hit by stop-work orders because it lacked the appropriate permits. And the PLG branch of Planet Fitness isn’t too far from its Flatbush location at Flatbush and Church avenues. Hat tip to this helpful Forum poster.
The transformation of downtown’s Municipal Building is really taking off: Neiman Marcus has just signed for 16,000 square feet for its off-price Last Call outlet, The New York Post reported. Aside from Bergdorf Goodman (and non-fashion stores run by new owner Ares Management), Neiman Marcus doesn’t have stores in New York City.
Sephora is also in the building, which was built in 1924 and designed by McKenzie, Voorhees & Gmelin. It’s Sugar and YogaWorks are also slated to move in soon.
Crown Heights residents will be able to satisfy their sweet tooth at Brookie Cookie, a cookie shop opening soon at 1297 Pacific Street just off Nostrand Avenue. Owner Brooke Nycole is expanding her four-year-old business from catering events and selling at various gourmet grocery stores to her own storefront.
Although Nycole recently posted photos of her newly renovated space, she still needs additional funds before she can open her store. She plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money, allowing her to open sooner. Her shop will sell a variety of cookie flavors, from chocolate to pretzel crunch, as well as biscotti, muffins, creme pies and gift boxes. She will also sell vegan and “diet” (half-sugar) versions of some of her cookies. GMAP
D.C.-based real estate investment firm Madison Marquette is buying the retail space at The Edge building on the Williamsburg waterfront for more than $40,000,000, Crain’s reported. Marquette will own 60,000 square feet of retail space at the base of The Edge, the 30-story tower with 580 condos and 400 affordable rental units in smaller adjacent buildings.
The retail space, which faces Kent and North 6th, has several tenants, including CVS, the gym Brooklyn Bodyburn, the restaurant Fabrica, a bike store, liquor store and preschool. Seller Douglaston Development built The Edge and is in the process of constructing two more towers as part of the complex.
A tipster sent us photos of a new coffee shop on Fulton Street in Clinton Hill called Lunitas, which will serve light fare and sell handmade goods and clothing. The cute spot at 1039A Fulton currently offers baked goods and drinks, but they’ll soon have sandwiches and salads, according to our tipster.
As you walk in, there’s seating with booths and a coffee bar towards the rear of the shop, followed by a separate room that’s being renovated into a retail space. A quick glance at Lunitas’ website shows that they’ll sell “handmade and vintage goods for little ones.” The owners also plan to host children’s story time and other kid-oriented events in the retail area, said our tipster.
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?