Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 2:42PM
The long-scaffolded "His and Hers Social and Athletic Club" at 237 Fifth Avenue, between Carroll and President Streets, is one of the neighborhood's enduring mysteries, even though there's actually not much mysterious about it. It was an Italian club where folks gathered back in the day to play cards, shoot the crap, have a few beers, and bet on the horses (hence the "Athletic").
To the best of my knowledge it's been unused for years, and the building is owned by the Fifth Avenue BID. I've never seen its graffiti-laden door anything other than tightly locked, and it's one of the last gritty, "Old Brooklyn" storefronts left on this part of the Avenue.
Walking past it the other day, though, I noticed a change: someone painted over the graffiti! The door, the front wall, and the adjacent entryway have been given a slapdash coat of white paint. No one's denying that it wasn't a bit of an eyesore before, but just this looks borderline ridiculous.