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Wednesday
May282014

City Sub Moving Up The Block, Possibly into Melt Space

City Sub, the always-popular sandwich shop that's been on Bergen Street between Fifth and Flatbush Avenues for nearly 30 years, has been shuttered for the past few weeks. They're not closed for good, however; they're just moving into a new location on the same block, according to a sign posted in the front window.

The entire rest of the block from there on up to Flatbush is owned by Michael Pintchik, and while there's a chance that they might be moving into one of those "premium" properties, it seems much more likely that they're moving into the space next door that was last home to restaurant Melt. Not only was the space already a pre-existing restaurant, a new restaurant has been under construction inside it since March.

City Sub is one of the few businesses in the neighborhood that commands a line literally out the door on a near-daily basis, they also have the luxury of closing at 4:30 daily, except for Thursdays, when they're closed all day. Hopefully nothing gets lost in translation during the move; these are some good, old-school deli sandwiches.

Many thanks to reader Adam for sending in the photos.

Tuesday
May272014

Walk-In Cookbook Space Up For Lease

The space on Seventh Avenue between Lincoln and Berkeley last occupied by the Walk-In Cookbook, the ill-advised shop that sold the ingredients necessary to prepare specific portions of specific dishes, is for lease: Warren Lewis/ Sotheby's International Realty is renting it for $9,500 per month.

The Walk-In Cookbook closed in February after only about six months in business; hopefully the next tenant has the business plan and financial werewithal to last a bit longer.

Other local storefronts being repped by the same realtor include the former Two Boots space ($16,000); the Sweet Melissa space ($11,000); the Chiles & Chocolate space; which recently got a nice-looking new storefront, see below ($12,800); the "drip" building storefront ($8,250); the Trois Pommes space ($8,500); and the former Caramello/ A'Putia space on Fifth ($8,500), most of which have been vacant for months if not years.

Many thanks to reader Jeffrey for sending the top photo.

Wednesday
May212014

Real Estate Office Coming to 291 5th Avenue

A real estate office called RES is opening soon at 291 5th Avenue, in the space next to Beygl between First and Second Streets. It's an outpost of a Manhattan-based company that specializes in both retail and residential sales and rentals; current featured listings range from a $9 million apartment on Gramercy Park to a two-family house in Crown Heights for $649,000.

The 11-person company was formed in 2007; founders Dogan Baruh and Chris Sassano previously worked on Wall Street for the Private Client Group of Oppenheimer & Co.

At this point I think it's safe to say that we're all set with real estate offices here for the time being.

Photo by Park Slope Stoop.

Tuesday
May202014

Closed for Business: Guvnor's Vintage Thrift, 178 5th Avenue

Guvnor's, the expansive vintage thrift shop on 5th Avenue between Degraw and Sackett, closed down for good as the Fifth Avenue fair ended on Sunday after more than four years in the space.

The shop had an old-school rock and roll vibe, and the merchandise for sale, some of which dated back to the 1930s, was all undoubtedly cool, and well-curated. It was the brainchild of owner Suzette Sundae, who's owned eight similar shops in the past 20-odd years and posted a lengthy letter/airing of grievances back in January explaining the reasons behind her closure of arbuably the best vintage store in the neighborhood. Namely, she finds that the neighborhood has lost its rock-and-roll attitude and is suffering from a lack of "cultural richness."

"Anyone visiting Park Slope these days, could likely detect a marked lack in the ol' rock n roll, except at Enz's (across the street) and at a handful of bars," she wrote. "I’m not sensing a lot of 'cultural richness' either, with the exception of the cheese fridge, over at Bierkraft."

She continues: "Fewer and fewer of our “fashion-forward,” “vintagista” shoppers have been strolling in, but the strollers . . . well, those strollers continue streaming past, in endless waves of upper middle class, conservative earth tones ... The thought of selling khaki jackets and baby buggies appeals as much to me as eating Wonderbread dipped in milk ... Sure, we could move to Williamsburg, or Bushwick, but what about when those neighborhoods suffer a similar 'Conservo Scourge?'"

Sundae's rant reminds me a bit of what the owners of Southpaw said after announcing their closure, blaming it on the neighborhood's supposed shortcomings. She adds that she decided to sell the space for "generous compensation" and will now be "pursuing a life of creative freedom," and vowed that the shop will be moving online, but at the moment the Etsy store only has 13 items listed.

Friday
May162014

C-Town Takes Down Union Market-Style Sign After Union Market Threatens to Sue

Back in March, the C-Town on Ninth Street between 5th and 6th Avenues replaced their old awning with one bearing a design that looked suspiciously like that of Union Market's. Union Market apparently also felt the same way, because the sign has been replaced with a new one, and a C-Town manager told South Slope News that Union Market threatened to sue.

The manager also said something interesting: “The same guy who designed the Union Market logo designed our new one, and he didn’t tell us they were so similar.” However, Pix Design's Valerie English, who actually designed the original logo, commented on my previous post on the subject, saying, "As the designer of the Union Market logo and branding, I'd like to think that it's a form of flattery that C-Town chose to use the Union Market branding as their inspiration."

I reached out to English, and she reinforced that she was the sole designer of the Union Market logo, and that neither she nor anyone affiliated with her firm had anything to do with the C-Town signage.

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