It's been a very long time since we've seen any action inside the scaffolded space that was last home to Joe's Shoe Repair, on Fifth Avenue between Carroll and President Streets. In November 2007 the old-school business was forced out of its long time home, but the Fifth Avenue BID Committee found it a new storefront to set up shop in just a few doors down.
Since then, the original storefront, with its unique hand-painted sign, has sat vacant, right next door to the all-but-abandoned His and Hers Social and Athletic Club, another relic of Old Brooklyn. Over the weekend, though, something finally began stirring in the space. Workers have removed just about all of the interior, and have trashed it in a dumpster out front. Looks like steps are finally being taken to get a new tenant in this prime spot.