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Subway Construction Underway in Leaf & Bean Space

It was last month when I first brought you word that the space formerly occupied by Leaf & Bean, the coffee and tea shop on Seventh between Union and Berkeley that's since re-opened around the corner, would next be home to a Subway sandwich shop franchise. The construction paper has gone up in the front windows, and it looks like the space is in the process of being gutted. 

For those who were concerned that the classic storefront (1930s-era in my judgement) would be dismantled, it looks like thanks to Landmark laws they're forbidden from altering it in any way. According to a letter posted in the window, in fact, the only alterations they're allowed to make are to the interior, and while they'll be installing air conditioning and HVAC equipment, it won't be "visible from any public thoroughfare, ... and will not affect any significant architectural feature of the building."

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I wonder why subway would be interested in moving into a historic, landmarked space like this and have all that unusable window display area, when there are much easier spaces to move into (for instance yogo monster directly across the street). i expect that this Subway will not do well in this location. People in this part of the neighborhood despise these kinds of places and won't want to be seen walking out of a subway sandwich store.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterliza

I would imagine kids getting lunch during school will be a big customer base.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSlopeLifer

Park Slope residents, join your local chamber of commerce and speak up against chain stores. Look how fast it's changing! 7th Ave will be a chain store urban strip mall before you know it. And what a shame that will be.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

Subway has more stores than McDonalds-they clearly know about store siting. Theyll do a huge business with singles, workers etc Whethery you want them there or not, they and their strangely pungent wafting bread smell will become a fixture.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Slopelifer?

What school? If you're talking about John Jay, wouldn't they go to the Subway directly across the street from that school?

I can't imagine what students would walk up here for a subway.

Janice you need to stop. 90% of the stores opened on 7th Avenue this year were independent mom and pops. You constantly cry wolf and get called out on it yet you repeat the same thing over and over. The entire BLOCK around here has been filled in with mom and pops in the past year including Cafe Dada, Noella Brew Bar, Painted Pot, Faros Greek, People's Pops, Leeleewadee (Thai), the new Leaf n Beah and as reported here a new Bahn Mi place. ONE CHAIN (this subway) has come to this stretch and you continue with the nonsense.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHarry

Harry, I was thinking about Berkeley Carroll and the Catholic School on President St. (St. Francis I think)

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSlopeLIfer

I suppose it's possible kids will go there, but I really don't see it. Parents of these kids have taught them to eat healthy or if they're gunna splurge on something unhealthy, they seem to get a slice which is a lot cheaper than subway ($2.50 compared with $5 and up).

In any event, I'm happy they are being respectful to the landmarked space. hopefully it won't look atrocious.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHarry

I think you overestimate parents' influence on their children. Like you said they get slices of pizza. When Ozzies was still open you would see kids getting bagels with butter all the time, etc... Also, kids at Berkeley Carroll tend to have a decent amount of money in their pockets, so they aren't considering the cost of 2.5 vs 5. I went to Berkeley Carroll for 12 years so I think I am more than qualified to make this statement.

Also, to categorize Subway as unhealthy isn't exactly fair. While it isn't the most nutritionally good food on the planet, it is actually pretty healthy, especially when you consider that it is fast food.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSlopeLifer

And dont forget the customers from the Barclays Center that will descend on the N. Slope like great hoardes out of a Conan the Barbarian movie :)

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Kids can leave school to go eat lunch? Who knew.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHarry

Subway's sandwiches are pretty good for old-school sandwiches. It ain't Zito's, but lots of people like 'em. Close enough to Flatbush Ave. and GAP that commuters might pick one up on the way home. In all likelihood, Subway's management has done their due diligence far better than the folks who continue to open froyo places, burger joints and bakeries.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLassie

Isn't there a subway right up ON Flatbush?

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEm

Subway does a good job for fast food. Lots of veggies to put on your sandwich, including fresh spinach. The meat is certainly some of the most processed stuff ever, but you could do far, far worse. There have been plenty of times in my life I've been more than glad to have some Subway.

Folks who want to spend double the price, of course, can have an infinitely better sandwich, or those who just hit the deli at the back of the bodega up.

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCubanSlope

Hopefully, the franchisee will adhere to regulations governing landmarked districts and preserve the display front at both sides of the entrance to the shop. Another concern is the size and appearance of the fast food shop's sign. Hopefully, it won't be as large and as garish as the yellow and white illuminated sign on the Subway shop near Methodist Hospital.

Thanks to the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Petco's Unleashed store next door erected a building with a storefront that is far more attractive than the majority of storefronts on Seventh Avenue. Let's hope that the LPC is as successful in preventing Subway's storefront from being another eyesore on Park Slope's main shopping street.

August 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOldParkSloper

The land mark title has meant nothing to the people doing the work in the space. All of the beautiful wood shelving will surely be removed. They have been working very loudly down there for 2 weeks and the only part of the building they are restricted to altering is the facade (see the permits). As a direct neighbor I'm extremely dissappointed. It's just another yogo monster with a tacky IKEA decor. Laminated walls and the smell of fake bread are already giving me nightmares.

I've contacted everyone possible about this, no one seems to care as long as the rent is paid.

August 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterResident above Roma

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