Jiajein Highsmith, an actor and the owner of WTF Coffee and Dick and Jane’s Bar, both in Fort Greene, is looking to open a hybrid café/bar at 488 Lafayette Avenue in Bed Stuy. For the moment, at least, the establishment is going by the name Lifting Spirits NYC.
At a meeting last week, Community Board 3 voted against a letter of support for a liquor license, partly over concerns about his stated plan to operate as a cafe by day and a bar by night. The new business would replace a check cashing service. What would you like to see in this spot? GMAP
Dunkin’ Donuts is everywhere, and soon that will include Clinton Hill at the corner of Myrtle and Grand. It’ll be interesting to see how they make over this spot, which is located at 513 Myrtle Avenue. Thanks to a tipster for sending in the photo. GMAP
Urban Market opened Friday at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge at 11 Broadway. The 16,000-square-foot store is an offshoot of Key Food and aims to offer both upscale and basic items, according to a press release sent out by landlord L+M Development Partners. The store features a gourmet deli with a kosher section, a full-service seafood department, and locally sourced and organic products. It is located near some recently opened luxury apartment buildings, artisanal grocer Marlow & Daughters, and the area’s large Hasidic community. The new store has 20 parking spaces. GMAP
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…)
Drug treatment and psychotherapy center New Directions lost its lease and plans to relocate to 500 Atlantic Avenue in March. The substance abuse treatment program has been headquartered at 202-206 Flatbush Ave between Bergen and Dean since 1983.
More than a dozen neighbors came out at last night’s community board meeting to voice their opposition to the move. Community Board 2 supported the relocation plan, noting that many people in the community benefit from drug treatment services.
Neighboring property and business owners at the meeting said that they didn’t want another health service on this stretch of Atlantic, where there are already medical and dental offices, a hip center and transitional housing for the homeless. Business owners, as well as the Atlantic Avenue BID, said the block needs retailers or restaurants that would draw more foot traffic to the area.
“We’ve seen crime go up… I hear people screaming down the street, and I think it affects my business,” said Karen Zebulon, the owner of a craft shop, Gumbo Brooklyn, across the street. ”I think I would do better on a different block. We need more retail on the block.”
Several neighbors said they are worried recovering addicts and alcoholics will bring safety issues and crime to the area. However, New Directions Executive Director Mark Solomon said the program had never needed to call the police or been cited by the state. And he emphasized that the center offers psychiatric services, group therapy, art therapy and criminal justice services, but it isn’t a detox or methadone program.
“There’s really been no negative impact [on our current neighborhood],” said Solomon. GMAP
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?
Hungry Ghost opened its second Brooklyn location last week at 781 Fulton Street. The coffee shop serves its own baked goods, Stumptown coffee, and breakfast and lunch items such as granola, sandwiches and quiche. It also plans to host events such as comedy nights. We think they did a really nice job on the exterior. (The inside looks good too.) Click through to the jump for a look at the tire shop it replaced and a glimpse of the interior through the window. Anyone been yet?
Clinton Hill yoga studio Move with Grace is partnering with Fort Greene-based fashion company White Noise to offer a pop-up shop with a mix of clothing, accessories, home decor and gifts for the next four Saturdays. Move with Grace is using part of the proceeds to fund its effort to build two additional rooms in its studio. MWG’s founders recently began an Indiegogo campaign with a goal of $20,000, which they say will help pay for the renovation, new equipment and furniture, and promotional materials. During their renovation, MWG wants to add a shower, studio skylight and a soundproof rehearsal space for musicians. They hope to expand their normal schedule of pilates and yoga classes and host movie nights, children’s events and a variety of community workshops. The pop-up shop will happen inside the yoga studio at 469 Myrtle Avenue on Saturday November 30 and December 7, 14 and 21, from 2 to 8 pm. GMAP
Brooklyn’s first dinner boat, The Water Table, will officially open for business on December 6. The World War II-era ship will be serving up seasonal New England cuisine and is taking reservations for Friday and Saturday nights in December. Dinner will be a prix-fixe three-course menu that costs $75, not including beverages, taxes, and gratuity, and cruises generally last from 7:30 to 10 pm. They’ll be pouring bitters-inspired classic cocktails from the ’40s and offering Brooklyn Brewery beer. The wine list will feature small, organic wineries, and there will be a “sipping rum” list. The boat, which docks at India Street Pier in Greenpoint, hopes to expand its service in early 2014. And you can make reservations for New Year’s Eve! Reservations and the December menu are available on The Water Table’s website.
Pastry and ice cream shop Fort Grace Local opens today in the back of Fort Greene restaurant The General Greene at 229 Dekalb Avenue. When we stopped by yesterday, workers were putting the finishing touches on the space and we weren’t allowed a peek, but there will be a communal table, vintage lighting and marble tile floors, according to a press release.
The new store replaces the restaurant’s outdoor summer-only stand, above, and there will be a much bigger selection, by new pastry chef Elle Lawrence. The ever-changing, seasonal menu with locally sourced ingredients will feature such treats as Honey Cream Cheese Corn Muffins, Apricot Rosemary infused Pistachio Teacake, Clementine Pound Cake, focaccia, brioche, croissants, Chocolate Beet Cake, Butter Toasted Walnut Cake and Bourbon Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Pie.
Malted cookies and bars come in flavors such as Salty Oats, Malted Chocolate Chip and Coconut Dream Bars. House made candy includes Ancho Chili Cinnamon Bark and Salted Pumpkin Caramel.
The restaurant will still be serving its house made ice cream in such flavors as Asian Pear, Pumpkin Pie and Salted Caramel. There are milkshakes and malts, homemade cones, sauces and toppings such as Coffee Cake Streusel and candied spiced nuts.
Some of the items will be vegan, grain-free and sugar-free, so there is something for everyone. The coffee and espresso is from Counter Culture. GMAP
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.
We’ve heard there’s a wine bar planned for 1114 Fulton Street between Claver Place and Franklin Avenue in Bed Stuy. The new owner filed a liquor license application last month, which is still pending. The space seems to cycle through tenants quickly. A restaurant called Cafe Denim briefly occupied the space last year. And before that, a gift shop was the ground-floor tenant. The property last sold for $201,100 in 2004, which was when the two-story building was built, according to PropertyShark. GMAP