Over the past year, lots of businesses have come and gone from the Park Slope landscape.
While many of the neighborhood's businesses closed this year (54, if my count is correct), it's astounding to think of the percentage of their storefronts that are no longer vacant. Of all the businesses listed below, less than a quarter remain empty to this day, and the average turnaround between businesses was on average less than four months. Hopefully the quick turnover trend continues into 2012.
Also worth noting is the fact that more often than not these shuttered businesses were replaced by ones that were unique and exciting, and added to the neighborhood instead of detracting from it. For example, Compucell was replaced by Valley Shepherd Cheese, and Hog Mountain was replaced by Fleisher's. Tune in later this week for Part II, a rundown of every business that opened this year.
So without any further delay, here's a list of every single business that closed up shop in the neighborhood in 2011 (cue Taps).