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Tuesday
Jul082014

Facade Revealed, Signage Up at Flatbush Avenue Shake Shack

Construction has been progressing on the second Brooklyn location of Shake Shack, coming to Flatbush Avenue between Dean and Pacific Streets, since soon after the rumors were confirmed back in February, and it appears that they're getting ready to open.

The sidewalk shed has come down (revealing an attractive restoration of the facade, which had been covered with metal sheeting for decades) and signage has gone up.

The understated sign is standard for the chain, with a Neutraface font that will light up in neon. There's also a smaller burger-shaped vertical sign jutting from the brick at far left.

Meanwhile, the interior appears to be nearing completion. It looks like the majority of fixtures (including at least two televisions) have been installed, with just the finishing touches remaining. Here's a peek above the contstruction paper:

The entrance (at right) will most likely lead right up to the metal counter, with a large seating area to the left (with benches seating 4-6 along the far left wall) and more seating up against the front windows, facing the Barclays Center directly across the street.

Monday
Jun302014

New Mural Unveiled on Fifth Ave and Union Street

It was a bit disheartening to see the old "Who's Your Uncle?" mural on Union Street near 5th Avenue painted over last summer right after Mavi Jeans moved into the building; what was once a scrappy and charming neighborhood landmark was reduced to a brown wall. But apparently Mavi's management realized that it was a bad move, and last weekend a new mural was unveiled on the same spot.

The company held a competition called "What's Your Brooklyn?," and out of all the entrants, Carrol Gardens artist Kate Wilkes took the win, and the opportunity to put her own mural up. It's a cool little hodgepodge of familiar Brooklyn sights, from the three bridges to the Brooklyn Bridge Park carousel, the Williamsburg Savings Bank tower, the Arch, the Brooklyn Museum, and a lot of brownstones. It's certainly a charming addition to the streetscape; no word on whether the adjacent bench that Mavi removed will be returning.

Click on the top image for a larger version.

Thursday
Jun262014

Eleven Consignment Boutique to Open New Location Across the Street

Eleven Consignment Boutique opened their first Brooklyn location on the corner of Fifth and St. Marks last year, and it appears to be doing so well that the owners have decided to open a second outpost in the larger space on the opposite corner, in the space with the "Conservation Plumbing and Heating" sign last occupied by jewelry store Nora Kogan.

Like the location on First Avenue and 11th Street in Manhattan, the existing location specializes in high-end items, like Louboutins and Louis Vuitton purses, but this one will focus on less expensive items, according to Park Slope Stoop.

Vintage shops like Guvnor's and Odd Twin might have had their moment, but consignment shops are still going strong on this stretch of the avenue.

Photo via Park Slope Stoop.

Monday
Jun232014

Luis TV Repair/ Danny's Electronics to Close


Danny's Electronics, the repair shop on 5th Avenue and Douglass Street formerly known as Luis TV Repair, will be closing at the end of the month, according to a sign in the window.

The shop, which specializes in tv, computer, and stereo repair, is being booted due to the building being sold and the lease not being renewed.

It was first opened in 1994 by Luis Narvaez, and was run by him and his sons. At some point recently one of the sons, Danny, took it over. It was one of the last electronics repair shops in the neighborhood, and I always appreciated its fading hand-lettered sign.

Thursday
Jun192014

Giant Crotch Takes Over 199 Seventh Avenue

A location of European Wax Center is taking over the storefront on Seventh Avenue between Second and Third Streets long occupied by L&O Cleaners, and they've certainly found an eye-catching way to introduce themselves to the neighborhood.

The front windows have been papered over with a close-up photo of a woman's crotch as well as a shot of a topless woman's (tan line-free) back. The tagline proclaims that "luxurious waxing is now for everyone."

European Wax Center has nearly 600 locations, with 16 in New York City. The "in your face" approach is apparently working for them.