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Tuesday
Nov112014

Huge Check Cashing Place on Flatbush Closing, Moving Two Doors Down

If there's one business on Flatbush Avenue that's always seemed a little incongruous with its facade, it's been the Checks & More, between Sixth and Bergen. With its two story-high entryway, flanked by huge Doric columns, and ornately decorated upper floors, the building has always seemed suited for something grander than a check cashing place. Well, it won't be a Checks & More any longer; it's moving into the space last occupied by a prosthetics shop two storefronts down (at left), and the space is now for rent, and will be available vacant in January.

The building originally looked like the surrounding buildings, but at some point (most likely in the 20s or 30s) it was transformed into its present state, and has been occupied by a bank or similar establishment ever since.

Buyers have the option of purchasing just the main level or the main and second floors, and the space is touted as an "ideal location for flagship retail, bank, restaurant or bar." If the buyer takes both floors, they can boast 20 foot high ceilings and a second-floor terrace, with 6,000 square feet in total.

Rumor has it that Apple has been shopping around in the neighborhood for a storefront. This is about as good as they're going to get.

Tuesday
Oct072014

Yogurberry Closed, Luscious Food Closing on Fifth

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Some closing news to report from the north end of Fifth Avenue: Yogurberry, the generic fro-yo shop that opened in May of 2012 on the corner of Prospect, closed up shop last week, and the 10 year-old Luscious Foods, the homestyle prepared foods and sandwich shop between St. Marks and Bergen, will be closing at the end of the month.

"Rumors are true. Luscious Food will be closing this month," owner Christine Zeni said in an email. "Our ten year lease is up and the new lease offer is awful. So we have no choice but to close our doors. We thank all of our customers whom have made us a part of their family. We will miss you all."

Yogurberry, which has locations as far reaching as Nigeria, Paraguay, and India, has had trouble making a go of it in New York, where a Flatiron district location also closed recently. In a market that's been oversaturated with fro-yo shops for years, it really had nothing to separate it from the pack.

As for Luscious, the news comes as a disappointment. The sandwiches (like the Slow Ro, with roast beef, caramelized onions, Swiss cheese and horseradish spread) were creative and tasty, and the rotating menu of prepared salads, sides, and main dishes was always good in a pinch. Zeni's desserts are outrageous as well; make sure you try her oatmeal cream pie cookies before the last day on October 31.

Thursday
Sep112014

Met Supermarket on Seventh to Close

Some major developments this week from the corner of Seventh Avenue and Second Street: The long-dilapidated building on the corner, which has (slowly) been prepped for a major rehab, has lost its sidewalk shed, and the next-door Met Supermarket has announced that it will soon be closing.

First, 187 Seventh Avenue. Owner Charla Nash finally sold the building to a developer back in early 2013 for $4.2 million, and progress on the space has been slow-going since then. It's been gutted, and we can probably expect full scaffolding to go up sometime soon as exterior work gets underway (it certainly needs it).

As for the Met, many thanks to a tipster for sending the above photo and letting me know that there's currently a sign in the window announcing the closing as well as a 50 percent off sale. After it closes, those in need of groceries will have to walk a few blocks further north, to the Key Food.

Thursday
Aug142014

Boing Boing to Close, Owner Heading to Haiti

Boing Boing, the maternity shop that has been "at your cervix" on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Union Street since 1996, will be closing soon, according to an email sent by founder and owner Karen Paperno, who has decided to explore other options. It appears as if her first move will involve a trip to Haiti that she's started an Indiegogo campaign for.

The first shop in America to focus exclusively on breastfeeding and babywearing, Boing Boing is still one the top spots in the borough not only for necessary supplies (everything from the country's largest selection of nursing bras to pumps, books, and baby toys and clothes), but for expertise. Paperno is incredibly knowledgeable on every aspect of maternity, and in fact started up one of the first mother's groups in the community.

Paperno has been invited by a baby sling company to travel to Haiti to give maternity advice, promote breastfeeding, and distribute slings, and she's raising $8,000 to "cover Insurance, Immunization, tickets, luggage, cost of living, shipping & donating goods from the shop, camera and cell for documentation, costs of closing the shop, safety measures, etc." Excess funds will go continue her "mission and outreach to isolated and needy communities."

No word on when exactly the shop will close, or what she plans on doing after returning from Haiti. You can follow her progress on Facebook; she's currently raised more than $800.

Monday
Aug112014

Butter Lane Cupcakes Closing at End of the Month

Butter Lane, the Brooklyn location of the East Village-based cupcake shop that opened in April 2011 on Seventh Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets, will be closing down at the end of the month, according to a notice on display at the shop.

An employee confirmed the closure, but was unable to provide a reason as to why. She did make sure to note that the original location, on East 7th Street, will be remaining open. Rumor has it that another bakery may be opening in the space.

Along with the bankruptcy of Crumbs, this could be another sign that the Cupcake Bubble is bursting. If you're looking for a cupcake to satisfy your fix after the closure, however, I recommend Buttermilk Bakeshop.