On Tuesday I was able to sneak a peek inside the new Blueprint Cocktail Bar coming to the old Long Tan space, and it's looking quite classy. And in your "saw that coming" news of the week, a hair salon will be moving into the space last occupied by Sea World Fish Market, next to Timboo's on Fifth.
Wednesday brought the official release of the Here's Park Slope app for Android and iPhone. Check it out and let me know what you think, it's got all my blog posts as well as a comprehensive listing of just about every business in the neighborhood. I also had a chat with Murat Ozcan, the owner of Couleur Cafe, the French cafe moving into a spot on Seventh by Sixteenth, and he tells me that it should be opening on Tuesday.
On Thursday, a look behind the scaffolding of 79-81 Seventh Avenue, soon to be home to a Petco, revealed that construction is almost complete. Also, remember that odd little Clear Wifi store on Fifth near St. Marks that closed last week? It's going to be replaced by a Boost Mobile store. Yawn.
In other lamentable "coming soon" news, on Friday I spoke to Mark Ravitz, the guy responsible for the crazy "drips" on the front of his building at 200 Seventh Avenue and the wild little gallery in the ground floor space (he also did set design for Bowie's tours in the 70s- seriously an awesome dude), and he told me why the gallery has been cleared out: the space has been leased by MetLife, for mortgage company offices. Boo. Also, Dolly Lyla, the funky little vintagey shop on the far north end of Seventh Avenue, has closed up and will be re-opening in a few months on Degraw Street.