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?
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?
A sustainable bakery called Little Cupcake Bakeshop will open next spring at 589 Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights, according to co-owner Massimo LoBuglio. The storefront on the corner of St. Marks Avenue, which used to be Pena’s Food Market, will be Little Cupcake’s third location in the city, joining two in Soho and Bay Ridge. Little Cupcake has become known as the world’s first carbon-neutral bakery, because they use energy efficient practices and appliances, green construction, biodegradable packaging and ConEd Solutions wind power, according to their website. And their stores are insulated by recycled blue jeans, just like the Kickstarter headquarters in Greenpoint.
They’ve also hosted fundraisers for endangered species, hungry children in developing countries and environmental charities. And the four Brooklyn brothers who run the bakery enjoy supporting street art: Their Prince Street store hosted a Shepard Fairey mural two years ago, and they plan to have street artist Gilf! paint the Prospect Heights shop. GMAP
Here’s Park Slope reports that makeup superstore Sephora is opening in the old Triangle Sports space at 182 Flatbush, across the street from the Barclays Center. The 96-year-old store shuttered last year in anticipation of the massive arena’s opening, and then sold to real estate firm RedSky Capital for a whopping $4,100,000.
Here’s Park Slope says that the windows have been papered with Sephora signs. The retailer is planning to open its first Brooklyn store at the Municipal Building on Joralemon Street this Friday. If Sephora is indeed opening here, and the signs are not just advertising for its location at the Municipal Building, this outpost will be its 20th store in the city and its second in Brooklyn.
An artisanal pretzel shop called Pelzer’s Pretzels is opening this Saturday at 10 am at 724 Sterling Place between Bedford and Franklin, according to the owners. Husband and wife pretzel-making team Leon and Barella Kirkland already sell pretzels at Smorgasburg and Union Market, and they were so successful that they started leased the Crown Heights storefront during the winter. The store will sell fresh-baked pretzels in a variety of flavors, Philadelphia regional snacks (we hope that means Tastykakes), coffee and soft drinks, according to their press release. There will be limited seating in the shop. The store will initially be open from 7 am to 3 pm weekdays and from 10 am to 6 pm on weekends. GMAP
YogaWorks has started construction on its 5,800-square-foot space in the Brooklyn Municipal Building at 210 Joralemon Street, and hopes to open in spring of next year, according to a press release. This will be its sixth location in New York City. The new studio will feature two large studios with 13-foot ceilings, a “specially designed lyengar yoga wall,” spa-like locker rooms with showers and towel service, a boutique and a tea bar.
YogaWorks said they will build a studio that reflects the “cultural sensibility of the area, mixing classic architecture, a modern design aesthetic and an emphasis on natural materials.” They also plan to use green building materials like energy efficient LED lighting, FSC certified bamboo flooring and low VOC paint. This location will begin selling memberships on December 1. YogaWorks and Sephora both signed leases at the building earlier this summer, and Sephora plans to open next month. GMAP
Swarovski opened its tenth retail boutique in the city on Fulton Mall on September 26; the storefront at 490 Fulton sells collectibles and jewelry, including $1,000 crystal necklaces. Brooklyn Daily Eagle called it “another step in the upscaling” of Fulton Mall, but Swarovski’s highly reflective store is a different level of retail than the other new chain stores on the block — H&M, the Gap Factory Store, Armani Exchange, and the soon-to-open American Eagle. However, this is not Swarovski’s first store in Brooklyn. They already have a boutique in the Kings Plaza Mall in Marine Park.
The scaffolding is down at the Sephora storefront in the downtown Brooklyn Municipal Building, and they put up a sign announcing that they plan to open in November (pictured after the jump). The cosmetics chain signed a lease on the 7,000-square-foot ground floor corner spot in June, getting 1,300 square foot of storage in the bargain. Developer United American Land is currently renovating the building and asking $140 per square foot in rent. YogaWorks also signed a lease for 5,000 square feet on the lower level, helping make the building into what the New York Post called a “women’s power center.”
It looks like CVS is opening soon in the long-vacant storefront next to Chase Bank on the busy corner of Flabush and Nevins in downtown Brooklyn. Construction has been going on inside the store for a couple months, but CVS signage just went up above the Flatbush side of the space in the last couple days. The interior looks close to finished, and we’re guessing the opening will happen in the next couple weeks. CVS signed a lease back in March with ConEd, which owns the hulking 1970s-era office building with an official address of 38 Flatbush, according to PropertyShark.
Preservation advocates at the New York Landmarks Conservancy have suggested Studio V Architecture dial down its proposed design for the adaptation of the landmarked Empires Stores warehouses in Dumbo, according to a few graphs buried at the end of a long New York Times piece today about the project.
Conservancy President Peg Breen praised the plan for restoring the facade, but said the two-story rooftop addition was too big and that a proposed glass arcade — the centerpiece of Studio V’s plan to knit together the buildings and create modern usable space — cuts too many holes in the buildings’ schist walls.
A few other details of the project, which is being developed by Midtown Equities, emerged: The architects want to preserve as many remnants as possible of the building’s past as a hub for the sugar and coffee trades in the 19th century, including iron hoisting wheels, chutes for coffee bags, iron shutters, star-shaped tie-rod anchors, and what remains of painted advertising signs. “We don’t want to take away the aging,” said Studio V’s Jay Valgora. “We want to restore the patina.”
Neighborhood favorite Enamoo boutique will re-open on Atlantic Avenue this Friday, the owners told us. A tipster spotted their sign up on Atlantic between Bond and Nevins, as well as their newly painted blue storefront. The owners say the new location at 428 Atlantic, in the old Anwaar space, may only be for the next six months, but they’re negotiating with the landlord. The boutique, which sells handprinted t-shirts, hoodies and antiques, closed its store at 109 Smith Street in January after 15 years in the neighborhood.
A new ice cream shop called Ice To Meet You opened on August 23 on Fulton at Kingston Avenue in Bed Stuy. A tipster sent us a photo and let us know that it opened. The ground floor space at 1499 Fulton Street used to be a salon, and the building has six residential units, according to PropertyShark. Besides ice cream, the shop also serves baked goods paired with ice cream, like profiteroles and crepes, as well as sandwiches and salads. Has anyone tried it yet? GMAP