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The couple behind Senegalese spot Cafe Rue Dix last week opened a clothing and housewares boutique with an unusual contemporary interior next door at 1453 Bedford Avenue in Crown Heights. Marché Rue Dix sells a variety of vintage items, including clothing, shoes, ceramics and jewelry.

It also offers new accessories and textiles designed by Crown Heights locals, such as jewelry designer Lisa Levine, candles, coffee and tea. Husband and wife Lamine Diagne and Nilea Alexander hope to sell their restaurant’s signature Senagalese hot sauce in the future.

The space, located between Park and Sterling, is open from 11 am to 9 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Click through to see the interior. GMAP

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AB Architekten, not Karl Fischer, will design the mixed-use luxury building that will replace Clinton Hill’s White Castle drive-in at 531 Myrtle Avenue. We received the first renderings of the planned development, above and after the jump, from TerraCRG, which is marketing the retail space.

In September a family trust sold the property to an LLC for $4,500,000, according to public records. Developer Greystone & Co. has replaced Simon Dushinsky of the Rabsky Group, according to an item published in the Myrtle Avenue Partnership’s blog last week. Construction is expected to start in January.

Although no new building applications have been filed since we last looked at the property, the plans for the building described by TerraCRG sound as if they have not changed substantially. There will be 27 luxury apartments in the building with stores below. (No word yet on whether they will be condos or rentals.) The retail space on the ground floor will measure about 6,000 square feet with 14-foot ceilings and can be divided and built to suit, said TerraCRG. It will be ready for occupancy in early 2016.

“We expect to attract banks, food and beverage, pharmacies, and other uses targeting students and young families,” a spokeswoman told us. The development is across the street from Pratt, and the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Steuben Street will be part of the forthcoming Myrtle Avenue Plaza. The listing has not yet gone up online. Click through for more renderings and floor plans of the commercial space.

What do you think of the building design?

Clinton Hill White Castle Will Become a Karl Fischer-Designed Apartment Building [Brownstoner]
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Work has started up again at the long-stalled site at 252 Atlantic Avenue, future home of the Atlantic Galleria, where Pier 1 Imports, Retro Fitness and others planned to set up shop. Crafts and framing shop Michael’s will replace Pier 1 as the anchor commercial tenant, according to new information on the sales site.

Other tenants will be TD Bank and Blink Fitness, according the site, leaving just one small spot of 663 square feet available.

We had noticed work had progressed on the foundation when we passed by a few weeks ago, although no workers were actually present at the time, on a weekday. Then a reader who lives nearby emailed us to say he noticed the site was buzzing with activity Friday.

The site has not been recently sold, according to public records, but the delay may have had something to do with financing. Last month, developer and owner Renaissance Realty Group took out a mortgage from Peoples United Bank for $15,100,000, according to public records.

Our tipster said he thought the foundation work was recent. “They are making a lot of progress quickly,” he said. He wasn’t as thrilled about the change of retailers, however. “Personally, I was more excited about Pier 1,” he told us.

Click through to see a shot from the street and the old rendering still posted on the construction fence.

252 Atlantic Avenue Coverage [Brownstoner]

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A long-shuttered storefront at 1381-1385 Bushwick Avenue is for rent. The space is about 2,000 square feet and asking rent is $28 a square foot, according to a listing from Core Realty.

The other storefronts have signs advertising various social services of the Bushwick Development Corp., but we can’t recall any of them ever being open in the six years we’ve lived in the area. The building was at one time owned by Bushwick Development Corp. but now belongs to an LLC.

The whole property is big enough for a full-service grocery store, but there are already plenty on Broadway, and much better foot traffic there. We think it would make an ideal location for a taller building with affordable housing.

What would you like to see in this space? GMAP

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It’s less than two weeks until Christmas, and holiday markets are popping up all over Brooklyn. Besides the Brooklyn Flea at 1000 Dean Street, there are local craft markets happening in neighborhoods from Windsor Terrace to Greenpoint. Here’s an incomplete list of where you can find some interesting handmade items:

Holiday Crafts Fair and Christmas Tree Sale at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School, 3002 Fort Hamilton Parkway, Windsor Terrace, Saturday, December 13, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Record Sale and Craft Fair at Bossa Nova Civic Club, 1271 Myrtle Avenue, Bushwick, Saturday, December 13, 5 pm to 10 pm
Pop2 Brooklyn Holiday Market at 200 Livingston Street, Downtown Brooklyn, Saturday, December 13, 4 pm to 10 pm and Sunday, December 14, noon to 8 pm
Brooklyn Pop-up Holiday Market at Bat Haus, 279 Starr Street, Bushwick, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas, Fridays 8 pm to 12 am, Saturdays and Sundays noon to 6 pm
Hand Makers Holiday Market at Golden Drum, 97 Green Street, #G1, Greenpoint, Sunday, December 14, 1 pm to 8 pm
Proteus Gowanus Holiday Fair at Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union Street, Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14, 12 pm to 6 pm
Arts East New York Holiday Market at 170 New Lots Avenue, Saturdays and Sundays, December 13, 14, 20 and 21, 11 am to 7 pm
Brooklyn-Made Holiday Pop-up Market at Times Plaza at 4th, Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues (across from the Barclays Center), Saturday and Sunday, December 20 and 21, noon to 8 pm

Image via Downtown Brooklyn Partnership 

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Lower East Side mainstay Fringe Salon opened its first location in Brooklyn Tuesday, at 298 Bond Street in Gowanus. Owner Amy Schiappa has lived in nearby Carroll Gardens for years. Some of Fringe’s customers are well-known musicians, including the three members of Rainer Maria, which contributed music to a video about the new space.

Fringe Brooklyn offers the usual services as well as the salon’s own line of hair care products and makeup. It also hosts ever-changing exhibits of art for sale.

Up in the Brooklyn space now are works from Ash Ferlito, Marcie Paper, Ben Pederson, and Sophia Flood. Click through to the salon’s blog to see photos and the video showing the interior and the art. GMAP

Photo by Fringe Salon

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Gym CrossFit KingsBoro opened two locations last week in Clinton Hill and Crown Heights, as well as a spot in Bushwick in October. A reader sent in the above photo of the chain’s storefront at 920 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill, taken when it opened December 1.

The space was formerly home to restaurant Soule. The official grand opening is set for December 14, according to DNAinfo, which was the first to write about it.

In Bushwick, CrossFit opened in early October at 10 Wilson Avenue, close to Flushing, another reader told us. Meanwhile, in Crown Heights, Crow Hill CrossFit had its grand opening at 1010 Dean Street Sunday, a spokesperson said. CrossFit was founded in Santa Cruz in 2000 and there are at least six other locations in Brooklyn. GMAP

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Apple really is opening a store in Williamsburg, at 247 Bedford Avenue, according to the New York Post. That’s where the Bagel Store was located, across from where Duane Reade is now, between North 3rd and North 4th Street, close to Metropolitan Avenue. It is catty corner from the future location of Whole Foods at Bedford and North 4th Street.

The building contained at least three other retail spaces, all of which had the same address: 241 Bedford. Kings Pharmacy occupied the biggest one for the longest time. Corcoran and clothing maker Robert James recently occupied other storefronts between the pharmacy and the bagel store.

Apple will occupy only 20,000 square feet of the 70,000 square foot building. The building is being returned entirely to commercial and the lots regrouped, according to permits.

It will be Apple’s first Brooklyn store. Where it would locate has been the subject of rumors for years. RedSky Capital and Waterbridge Capital bought the building for $66,000,000 in 2012.

In late August, Gothamist ran a story saying Apple was planning to take over the whole building, based on info from employees of Whisk, at 231 Bedford Avenue a few doors down, at the end of the block on the corner of North 4th. Tenants of the apartments above Kings were being “pressured to leave” and were offered a buyout. “The space where Bagel Store/Kings Pharmacy existed is going to be the Apple store location,” one of the employees told Gothamist in an email. “They’ve already started on it, and the lease was signed about a month ago. We found that out from the owners of the block.” Gothamist later retracted the story when Ben Bernstein of RedSky Capital said, “Sorry, wish it were true. Apple is not opening in the old Kings Pharmacy.”

The Post quoted unnamed “brokerage community sources.” The renovation is supposed to wrap in April. Asking rent was about $250 per square foot last year, according to The Real Deal.

The design of the building — the architect of record appears to be Marin Architects — will look nothing like an Apple glassy cube. But not every Apple store has that look.

Apple Goes iHipster With New Williamsburg Store [NY Post] GMAP
Rendering via The Real Deal

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Midwood Investment and Development Corp. is touting two huge retail spaces available for lease at 800 Union Street that could lure big-box retailers to the heart of Park Slope, but the Department of Buildings disapproved conversion plans for the building, a parking garage, in November 2013 and little progress appears to have been made on the project since. The ground floor space would have 7,248 square feet and the lower level would have 3,903 square feet, according to the developer’s online brochure.

Renderings for the altered structure, which we published last year, show an attractive loft-style cast iron and brick building with ground floor retail space and apartments and penthouses with big windows and balconies above. Click through to see more drawings of the proposed alteration.

The developer filed plans to convert the parking garage to a mixed-use building in October 2013 but the city disapproved the plans the following month. In July of this year, the developer filed to alter the front and back facades, but the job was “administratively closed due to inactivity” in September, according to the DOB file.

Our only question is: Where would people park?

800 Union Street Listing [Midwood Investment and Development Corp.] GMAP
Marketing, But No Work, for Slope Conversion 800 Union [Brownstoner]

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Home goods and crafts store Altamira Workshop opened last weekend at 217 6th Avenue in Park Slope. Owners Philip Sachs and Amy Fierro sell handmade items, many of them produced locally, such as ceramics, jewelry, stationery, art and home goods.

The owners have “created an in-house brand of goods that emphasize a combination of affordability and high design,” according to the shop’s press release. They’ve been teaching printmaking classes and selling their prints for years at outdoor markets like the Flea, and now they’ll offer consultations on printmaking and an onsite print shop at Altamira.

The shop’s name refers to the Cave of Altamira in Spain, which contains some of the earliest known Paleolithic cave paintings. GMAP

Photo via Altamira Workshop

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The Plex started leasing apartments last year, and now retail space in the building is available. Or maybe we should say retail space is still available. When we passed by a few weeks ago we saw “for rent” signs on the ground floor of the building at 958 Nostrand Avenue.

There are a lot of really big spaces here with big windows and lots of frontage on the avenue. Turns out the spaces were up for lease over a year ago, according to a commenter on Brooklynian, who spotted the listing at Massey Knakal. Now Heller has the listing. There are two spaces that can be subdivided, with almost 10,000 square feet on the street level between them and more in the basement.

These are the kinds of big spaces national and global retailers have a hard time finding in Brooklyn, but perhaps the location would be better suited to something smaller. Or maybe the rent is really high. Anyone know more? GMAP

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The noticeably sagging building on the corner of Berry and North 5th in Williamsburg that recently got a spruce up — and once housed storied bar The Ship’s Mast — is now a clothing store. Menswear boutique ID New York, which started at 232 Bedford, opened a second location at 107 North 5th Street a few months ago, a salesperson told us when we called. The new location carries women’s clothing as well as men’s.

Burg’s Sagging Wood Frame Building Fixed, Now Renting Retail Space [Brownstoner] GMAP