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Friday
Jun032011

Petco Signage Unleashed

 

79-81 Seventh Avenue, which got the full reveal last week, got some signage the other day. As expected, the new building, between Union and Berkeley, will be home to an Unleashed by Petco.

Friday
Jun032011

What is This Thing on Fifth Avenue?

I must have walked past this thing a thousand times, but for some reason I never noticed it until now. It's just south of Union Street, and it's a box, mounted on a pole, with a couple lights or lenses in it, facing the sidewalk.

 

Any ideas as to what this could be? Looks like it's been there for a while.

Thursday
Jun022011

Then and Now Thursday: The Tower House

When Park Slope was first developing, mansions sprouted up all over the area before settling on the streets closest to Prospect Park. One of these was built for a man named Asa P. Richardson in most likely the 1880s at 300 Eighth Street, just east of Fifth Avenue. It was one of the crazier-looking mansions of the era, with a massive round tower on its southwest corner. Here's another view, looking towards Fifth (both of these photos were taken in 1910):

The view today couldn't be more different, even though the townhouses at right are still standing. The mansion was torn down in the 1920s and replaced by a building that stretches down to Fifth, which today is home to discount store Save on Fifth.

Source

Thursday
Jun022011

Pharos Tries to Clarify its Name, Fails

Pharos, the Greek restaurant coming to Seventh Avenue between Union and Berkeley, has taken some heat due to the nearly-indecipherable spelling of its name, which combines Greek and English lettering (Oaros?) However, it appears that they may have over-clarified, and now the restaurant's name is spelled Faros. I suppose it can be spelled both ways? This is all too confusing for me. I'll just call it Faros from now on.

Thursday
Jun022011

Seventh Avenue Loses its Classic "DONUTS" Sign

Since 1977, Donuts Coffee Shop has held court 24-7 on Seventh Avenue between Eighth and Ninth Streets, along with its amazing, straightforward sign. Sadly that sign was lost to the ages over the weekend, and was replaced yesterday with the ordinary one seen above.

The reason behind the landmark sign's loss? Owner John Mamounas told me that it broke in half as they attempted to take it down, in order to replace the burned out light bulbs behind it.

"I loved that sign, and we had to waste thousands of dollars on this new one," he said. "We waited until the last light burned out, but we had to change them because at night this block looked like a cemetery. The material was just too old, and it broke."

Another one bites the dust. Here's what the old sign looked like: