Back in August, the landlord at 78 Fifth Avenue, between Bergen and St Marks, booted longtime tenant Gomez Hair Stylists. He posted an "Available for Lease" sign above their doorway while they were still open, and when I spoke with him he said that he was "in the process of pushing them out," in order to make the space available for a higher-rent tenant.
Gomez eventually shuttered, the space sat vacant for months, and the the next tenant will be... a barber shop. This one is called George's 2, and it's an expansion of George's, the well-liked, tiny little barber shop on 11th Street near 7th Avenue.
It's not a bar, it's not a high-end retailer moving into the neighborhood in anticipation of arena crowds, it's just a barber shop, to be run by the successful owners of another barber shop in the neighborhood. And there's something nice about that.