Although rumors go back to 2011, it’s been official news since early 2012 that T.J.Maxx was going to be setting up shop on the two lower floors of 505 Fulton Street, the 300,000-square-foot mixed-use building in Downtown Brooklyn. Owned by United American Land, the developer with multiple holdings on the Fulton Mall as well as the Municipal Building, the historic building will have more than 200,000 square feet of luxury residential space on the upper floors. When we passed by on Tuesday afternoon, it was apparent that work on the T.J.Maxx space was going full-bore, with windows out and portions of the lower facade temporarily removed for repair. The landmarked Romanesque Revival structure is also known as the Offerman Building. For some history on the building, click here. For a closeup of the current construction work, see below.
A T.J.Maxx Will Open on the Fulton Mall [Brownstoner]
505 Fulton Street Looking for Upscale Tenants [Brownstoner]
Development Watch: 505 Fulton Street [Brownstoner] GMAP
505 Fulton’s Transformation to Residential Begins [Brownstoner]
We were grabbing some takeout from Choice last night and noticed lights and activity in the long-shuttered storefront at 285 Grand Avenue formerly inhabited by Dakar restaurant. Upon our approach, camera in hand, a very friendly proprietor popped her head out to let us know that they weren’t officially open yet, despite the number of happy-looking diners inside. “The name is Marietta,” a sign in the window informed us, “and we’re a fun-loving American restaurant with Southern influences.” Indeed, a profile already up on Menupages reveals treats like Tennessee Brown Jam Smoked Pork Shoulder and Extra Fancy Memphis Fried Chicken. Great news for Grand Avenue! GMAP
Popular Red Hook watering hole Sunny’s has been rebuilding since Sandy hit in October and is aiming for a June opening. They are holding a May Day benefit at the Bell House to help raise runds for the last of the work. You can buy tickets to the event, which takes place May 1, here. Photo by michele y. Last week, the liquor store Dry Dock quietly reopened at its original storefront on the corner of Van Brunt and Van Dyke; it had temporarily relocated up the street after Sandy. And in Coney Island, NY1 checks up on a Neptune Avenue body shop that needed a month and a half to reopen after the storm.
Williamsburg’s first med spa opened at 47 North 4th Street this week. Brooklyn Based posted the spa’s entire press release in all its glory: “After all, even hipsters want Botox,” it says, as well as, “So for the Brooklynite who may be regretting that full sleeve and in need of laser tattoo removal, or simply seeking a bit of pampering after a hard week doing the hustle and grind, N4 offers everything from organic seaweed leaf wraps to an Infinity Sun Tan, for a full spa and med spa experience.” Zagat checks out Isle of Skye, a new Williamsburg bar serving over 200 bottles of Scotch. The Scottish pub is located at 488 Driggs Avenue, with the owners already eyeing an expansion to Park Slope. And the plywood is down at Motorino Brooklyn, opening later this year at 191 Broadway.
Signage is up on the Flatbush Avenue Starbucks and the old Fornino space will likely go to a chain restaurant. Are chains taking over the Slope? Not entirely: The Brooklyn antiques/gifts shop Sterling Place will open its third location on Seventh Avenue between Garfield and Carroll. And South Slope bar Supercollider, under construction at 609 4th Avenue, will open up this Friday for biz. It’ll be a cafe/bar hybrid, although the bar won’t have its grand opening until May 4.
Cake Man Raven is considering Bed Stuy for his new Brooklyn location, after he shuttered the bakery in Fort Greene in November 2012. Upscale home goods store Dunham Home opened up shop in Cobble Hill, at 213 Court Street. A food truck lot opened up in Dumbo this week — you can follow @dumbolot on Twitter to keep track of participating trucks. Finally, Grub Street got an early peek at Glady’s on Franklin Avenue, Crown Heights‘ newest grilled cheese restaurant.
About three weeks ago, two brothers opened up a cafe and tea room called, appropriately enough, Teaffee. The spot at 517 Court Street, on the corner of West 9th Street, serves over 80 varieties of loose-leaf teas in addition to unsweetened iced teas and Dallas Brothers coffee. Also available is merchandise for both tea and coffee drinkers. Teafee is experimenting with tea varieties and coffee types and is very responsive to any requests from patrons. The brothers got the idea for this hybrid cafe after a trip to Portland; they picked the lower end of Carroll Gardens to settle in because of the growth in the neighborhood and in anticipation of the Smith and 9th Street subway station reopening. (It’s happening this Friday!) Click through for lots of pictures of the interior… GMAP (more…)
Bergen Bagels is open on the corner of Fulton Street and Washington Avenue, one year after the popular bagel outpost announced its expansion. They’ve got a big space, formerly two storefronts occupied by King’s Pizza and the Senegalese Fashion Center. This is the third location in Brooklyn. Anyone check it out over the weekend?
Bergen Bagels Is Coming to Fulton and Washington! [Brownstoner] GMAP
A reader sent in a photo with the info that Hatchet Outdoor Supply Co. opened last week at 77 Atlantic Avenue. The store sells outdoor gear, camping supplies and men’s clothing. It is located on the corner of Hicks in the space previously occupied by Perfect Renovation, now at 103 Atlantic. GMAP (more…)
A new garden center is going in at 1010 Fulton Street near Downing in Clinton Hill, according to a reader who sent us these pics. Named the Fort Greene Garden Center, it’s under construction and set to open May 1. The formerly vacant lot was also home to a tree giveaway in 2010, pictured after the jump. GMAP (more…)
We received a number of tips yesterday concerning the closing of Boerum Hill institution and watering hole The Brooklyn Inn. There’s a sign up on the window that reads, “We are temporarily closed for restoration. We look forward to seeing you very soon.” One patron heard from a bar employee that they were redoing the ceiling, but after poking his head in a few days later he noticed that much more work seemed to be under way, and that it looked like the mirror behind the bar had been taken down. A bar regular heard that the ceiling work was much more extensive than they originally planned, and that they also may be tiling the floor. Here’s hoping that they don’t gut any of the historic interior, which is truly old-school with bare wood floorboards and a huge 19th century wood bar. (On the Brooklyn Inn Facebook page, the owners promise the changes are “positive.”) Several attempts to reach management were not successful. Thankfully, we’ve heard from a few sources that they should reopen by the end of this month.
Here’s Park Slope spotted signage for the Brooklyn Skybox, a “sports viewing experience” near the Barclays Center. We hear that the exact location is 604 Pacific Street, right off Flatbush Avenue, where it will open by the end of this year. The owner, Michael Drummond, plans to set up a restaurant, rooftop dining, big-screen TV and arcade. He’s also in touch with the North Flatbush Avenue BID with the assurance that the venue is community friendly and will be a good neighbor. Here’s the Facebook page for the new space. Photo by Here’s Park Slope. Eladia’s Atelier just opened at 264 Flatbush Avenue. It’s a new dance, art, and music studio for children that also offers classes with parents and after school programs. Parents can register their kids for classes now. Kahawa Cafe, a bakery on the corner of 5th Avenue and 15th Street, reopened after a five month absence. Dragonfly Boutique, which sells men’s and women’s clothing, held its grand opening last weekend at 145 5th Avenue. Fusion City, a Chinese-Indian fusion joint, is open at 310 9th Street. This space near the subway has had an eclectic variety of restaurants come through in the past few years.
Grub Street gets the first look at newly opened Fatty ‘Cue, which is back after closing twice for renovations. The bar Over The Eight moved into 594 Union Avenue, the former Royal Oak space. Over The Eight is planning readings, art shows, dance parties, food and music. The dance club TBA has opened in a former auto repair garage at 396 Wythe Avenue, at South 6th Street. And La Villita, a Mexican bakery on the corner of Grand Street and Bedford Avenue, recently closed after the rent went way up. They had been at that space for 17 years.
New Ditmas cafe Coffee Mob will hold a soft opening this Saturday at 1514 Newkirk Avenue, on the corner of East 16th Street. And the under-construction Milk and Honey Cafe has taken down its scaffolding.
Buried in the Wall Street Journal article about Gowanus late last week was the news that Park Slope’s Gorilla Coffee is expanding to Gowanus. They plan to open a 4,000-square-foot cafe and coffee roaster at 500 President Street, between Nevins Street and 3rd Avenue. They will also remain at the Slope location at 97 5th Avenue. The above rendering comes from the Gorilla Facebook page, where they write, “Super excited to start roasting and serving coffee out of here. Stay tuned.” There isn’t an opening date yet.
More Signs of “Gowanus A-Go-Go” [WSJ] GMAP
Exciting news: A farmers market is coming to Pier Six at Brooklyn Bridge Park! This upcoming Monday, the green market organization Down to Earth will present to the Community Board Two Parks Committee a proposal for a market on the upland portion of Pier Six. Down to Earth runs markets upstate, in Park Slope, and in Greenpoint’s McGolrick Park. If they are shooting for a launch this summer, they will join a number of food vendors also slated to set up around the park. Fornino Pizza will serve pizzas from the Pier Six concession stand, as well as beer on the rooftop beer garden. If you’re interested in learning more about the farmers market, the meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 15, at 6 pm at the Brooklyn Hospital at 121 DeKalb Avenue.
Photo by Etienne Frossard via Brooklyn Bridge Park
Look what’s popped up at 365 Chauncey Street! This is fairly far east in Bed Stuy, between Howard and Ralph. Looks like they’ve installed plywood, trim, and caulking, and are getting ready to paint the exterior. No word on exactly what they plan to sell or when, but from the look of the signs and the pass-through window, we’re guessing cones and popsicles of some sort. We were sad when nearby soda fountain Tin City closed down, and we’re looking forward to this. GMAP
Fornino has marked its territory in Greenpoint! Signage went up just yesterday on the second Fornino location under construction at 847 Manhattan Avenue. The first Fornino is located on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, and they will also operate in Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer. The owner told us that this Greenpoint location should be open by the summer. And over in Williamsburg, Old Fellows Ice Cream Co. will open this summer at the corner of North Third Street and Kent.
On Monday evening the new, larger Franny’s space opened at 348 Flatbush Avenue. The menu’s the same but there are twice as many seats and a downstairs room that can be reserved for private parties and larger groups. The owners will open an Italian joint, called Marcos, in the old Franny’s space this spring. Baluchi’s, the Indian restaurant on Fifth Avenue, was shuttered by the Department of Health. This is the second time it’s happened in a two year period. Here’s Park Slope hears a rumor that Brooklyn-born actress Debi Mazar and husband Gabriele Corcos are eyeing the old Fornino space to open a new restaurant. Popular microbew destination Beer Table is expanding to a unannounced larger location in the neighborhood, where they will have a full kitchen and more seats. And Tommy’s Famous Cheesesteaks and Pizza will open in the South Slope in the next few weeks.
Fork in the Road takes a tour of just-reopened pizza joint Totonnos in Coney Island. Also in Coney, the New York Aquarium has set a date to reopen: May 25. Brooklyn Slate Company, a cheese board and coaster purveyor, has opened a Red Hook showroom at 305 Van Brunt Street. A tea and coffee spot called Teafee opened at 517 Court Street in Carroll Gardens. Their grand opening celebration will be Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. In Downtown Brooklyn, a pub and restaurant called the Brooklyn Brewhouse opened on Duffield Street just off Fulton Mall. In Clinton Hill, the Tibetan shop 21 Tara moved from Clinton Avenue to 388 Myrtle Avenue. And the Kohl’s department store in Bensonhurst reopened last Sunday after having to shutter from Sandy.
The creator and organizer of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, a nighttime flea market previously set up in Williamsburg and at the Dekalb Market, is looking toward the shores of the Gowanus to set up another outpost. Pardon Me For Asking reports that the business has a date with Community Board Six for an outdoor seasonal liquor license at 226-242 Huntington Street, just east of Smith Street. It’s unclear if the bazaar will host music, food or craft vendors, although it’s going to be a big setup: At least 600 patrons are expected nightly, according to the applicant. PMFA hears a rumor that that number could be closer to 4,000 or 4,500. If the liquor license is approved, the market will open in May and last through the summer. Community Board Six will hear the applicant on April 22 at 6:30 pm at the Old First Reformed Church. Back in 2011, Community Board One voted against a similar outdoor seasonal market by the Brooklyn Night Bazaar in Greenpoint, so we’ll see how this goes over in Carroll Gardens.
Organizer of Brooklyn Night Bazaar Applying for Liquor License [PMFA]
Photo via Google Maps
The Greenpoint farmers market re-opens Sunday, April 7, in McGolrick Park at the corner of Nassau Avenue and Russell Street. New this season are American Pride Seafood with fish fresh from the Atlantic and Stone & Thistle Farm of East Meredith, N.Y., among others. Stone & Thistle raise and sell pastured cows, goats, sheep and pigs. In late May, they will have chickens. The market is open from 11 am to 4 pm.
Photo by Greenpointers
Grocery store Brooklyn Harvest Market opened Monday at the corner of North 5th and Kent in the Edge in Williamsburg. From the outside, it looks like it could be a regular bodega, but the store is sizable at 15,000 square feet and, according to our tipster who sent in the shot above, carries “very high quality produce” and has “very good fish and meat counters.” Not counting Fresh Direct deliveries, there isn’t too much genuinely fresh fresh available in this neck of the woods — our favorite is the fish stand at the Saturday McCarren farmers market — so this could be a real boon to the area. Has anyone checked it out yet? GMAP
Yesterday Eater announced that the owners of Di Fara were planning on opening an offshoot of their pizza joint just a few doors away from the original location. A small takeout spot will be serving up pasta, heros, salad and more by mid-April. Photo by Aaron Landry.
Eater rounds up a lot of Williamsburg food news: Radish is closed on Bedford Avenue, Fatty ‘Cue should reopen after a year of being closed in two to four weeks, a huge new bar and restaurant called Shelter is in the works for North 7th between Wythe and Kent streets, and Kumar’s Classic Artisanal Chutney is setting up shop on the corner of North 3rd and Kent. Gothamist tours the second outpost of East Village ceviche bar Desnuda, now open at 221 South 1st Street. There’s a bar area serving up cocktails and a separate dining area. Bushwick’s Wreck Room was shuttered by the Department of Health due to rodent activity. And in Greenpoint, the No Name Bar at 597 Manhattan Avenue is now serving up Korean food and has expanded with additional seating downstairs.
In Park Slope, the Manhattan-based wine bar Pierre Loti will open its fourth outpost at the old Canaille Bistro space on 5th between St. Marks and Warren. The bar will also serve cocktails and Mediterranean tapas. Shanghai Spa opened over the weekend at 241 Fifth Avenue at Carroll Street. In Carroll Gardens, Pardon Me For Asking laments the closing of Good Food, an Italian superette at 431 Court Street. It’s been in the neighborhood for 85 years. In Crown Heights, a provisions and cheese shop called Wedge is opening in May right next to Little Zelda on Franklin Avenue. And on Coney Island, Shoot the Freak, evicted by Zamperla in 2010, has been reborn as Shoot the Clown.
Just one hour ago, at 1pm, the Red Hook Library reopened for the first time since Hurricane Sandy. Because of severe flooding, almost half of the library’s thousands of books were destroyed and the mechanical and electrical systems needed to be totally replaced. Assembly Member Felix Ortiz, Council Member Sarah Gonzalez, Brooklyn Public Library President Linda E. Johnson, the BPL staff and the Red Hook community came out to 7 Wolcott Street to celebrate the reopening. Now the only two Brooklyn Public Library branches still closed since Sandy are the Coney Island and Gerritsen Beach branches. The Gerritsen Beach branch should open this spring; the Coney library won’t reopen until October.
Red Hook Library Makes Its Comeback Next Month [Brownstoner]
Photo by the BPL
The eagle-eyed folks over at the Wyckoff Heights blog last week noticed a permit has been filed for a new five-story, 20-unit residential building at 19-23 Bleecker Street in Bushwick. The new build will be designed by architect Karl Fischer, who, although prolific, is not known for his inspired design. The forthcoming high rise replaces a sweet little wood frame, demolished in 2007. Click through to the jump to see a photo of it. (more…)
The Ground Floor Art Gallery is opening in Park Slope on April 6, with an opening exhibition on display from 6 pm to 10 pm. The debut exhibition, called “Next Generation,” is a group exhibit featuring the artists June Glasson, Preston Trombly and Evan Venegas. It was curated by Park Slope artist Lori Nelson. The gallery plans to feature work by emerging artists and also host a different artist-in-residence every month. That artist will be highlighted in a solo exhibition in exchange for manning the gallery one day a week. These monthly solo exhibitions will also be accompanied by group exhibitions, artist advising seminars, and various contemporary art events. The exact location is 343 5th Street, right off 5th Avenue. You can keep up with Ground Floor at its Facebook account.