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Thursday
May262011

Then and Now Thursday: St Francis Xavier

Sixth Avenue between Carroll and President is one of the prettiest in all of Brooklyn. Brownstones and small apartment buildings line the west side, and the east is completely taken up by the Church of St. Francis Xavier, its grounds, and its rectory. Constructed in 1904, the church and rectory are still in pristine shape, and are frequently used in TV and film shoots as stand-ins for Old New York (HBO's Boardwalk Empire most notably featured it last year). 

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I love this nighttime shot, from a postcard:

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Here are similar views today: 



And for comparison's sake, here is the original St. Francis Xavier Church, built on the same site in 1886:

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Thursday
May262011

Sposabella Couture Bridal Shop Moving into Dolly Lyla Space


It's been less than a week since quirky boutique Dolly Lyla moved out of its storefront at 69 Seventh Avenue (between Berkeley and Lincoln), and the space has already been snatched up. 

Sposabella Couture, which will sell "everything for the bride, except the groom," according to its sign, in in the process of moving into the space. The bridal salon has another location in Bay Ridge, which apparently sells more than 600 varieties of veils and just about everything else a bride might need. Reviews range from glowing to negative.

Thursday
May262011

79-81 Seventh Avenue Revealed


79-81 Seventh Avenue, which will be home to an Unleashed by Petco, got the full reveal yesterday as the plastic tarps that had been covering it up were taken down. 


Workers are putting on the finishing touches (the interior is just about ready to go as well), so we can expect the Petco folks to start loading in soon.

Wednesday
May252011

A Peek Inside Prime Six

On the heels of the news that 604 Pacific Street looks like it's going to get its own Barclays Center-themed eatery (while another sneaky little one already opened last weekend a block away- where's Jennifer McMillen when you need her?), I thought now's a good time to check in with Prime Six, that lightning rod for controversy that will be opening someday on Sixth and Flatbush. 


This peek through the dirty front windows reveal that there's still a lot of work to be done, although the bar itself appears to be taking shape.

Wednesday
May252011

Kulushkät Gourmet Falafel Coming to 446 Dean Street


A new Middle Eastern restaurant called Kulushkät will be opening next month in the space last occupied by Anneris Beauty Salon, on Dean Street just east of Fifth Avenue. 

The restaurant's owners, Israeli native Yagil Kadosh and friend Andrew Rowley, are both in their 20s and met while studying at SUNY Purchase. After deciding to open a restaurant, the duo spent months training in Israeli restaurants in order to develop the skills necessary to bring Kadosh's old family recipes to the masses. 

"In Israel I really learned how to cook authentically," said Kadosh. "The food served will be traditional and authentic Middle Eastern food, but on a higher scale. We'll be using lots of fresh local ingredients and it'll all be very affordable."

According to their Facebook page, the "mostly vegan" menu will include "flavored falafel, delicious home-made salads, smoothies, and yummy snacks," with international and local beers to be added later this Summer.


And as for that name? "Kulushkät means 'Shut up and eat' in Moroccan," explained Kadosh. "My grandma says that all the time."